Posted 6 months ago on Nov. 20, 2019, 6:31 p.m. EST by agkaiser
from Fredericksburg, TX
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The problem is: the 99% are so conditioned to believe in the superiority of the !% that most of us think we are lazy, stupid and undeserving of having more. Most believe the propaganda of the rich that claims the 99% are responsible for our own condition. They aren't rich by taking the profit of our hard work. It must be divine intervention as reward for their virtue. That is, of course, almost everyone else but me believes that shit. Yes, each of us knows we should be rich but have been unfortunate somehow. We, like our rich idols, despise the indolent fools, excepting self, of the 99%.
George Orwell's "1984" population was less well conditioned than today's Americans. Those poor souls knew they would face retribution if they spoke or otherwise indicated recognition of the truth. When American's blame ourselves for struggling to get by on the leavings of the rich, we believe in our responsibility for our own condition. We believe the mendacious propagandas of the ruling class of Wall St. Oligarchs are the truth.
We are free to say whatever we want but if we speak the real truth, no one believes it. Why do we lie to ourselves? Is it pride? That would be ironic but no one gets the joke. OK. I get it. I'd rather say the alcohol turned to because I was homeless is the cause of my fall. I've heard homeless disparage themselves or otherwise admit to failure to explain their place. One woman said she chose freedom over the normal measure of achievement. But what are the real odds of success, for those others who play by the rules?
To simplify the math, I'll set the limit to wealth at twice the average net worth and income and define wealthy as possession of that amount. In that world, if 50% of the population were rich, the other half would have nothing at all. They could only live as welfare recipients or permanent slaves, equally at the mercy of the masters. The real world of debtors and lenders is much worse than that. I'll leave the expansion of the mathematical certainty of our zero sum reality as an excercise for the reader.
Evidence of the failure of Capitalism is the growing bankruptcies due to the high cost of medical/pharmaceutical corporate profits. The progression towards cradle to grave indebtedness in general should start to become apparent to even the blindest mind-eyes of the believers. One specific and one general instance of taking the profit from the labor of ordinary people to further enrich the ruling elite parasites is all you need from me. That's the story of civilization, the meaning of the metaphor of original sin.