...global inequality... the roots of the crisis, including land reform, workers' rights to collective bargaining, the right to health and education, corporate power, and violence against and discriminatory pay for women.
Not to take away from the importance of any of these issues, they are all relatively important to some extent. Gender equality in particular is at the core of the inequality crisis. To describe the others as "the roots of the crisis," however, seems incredibly naive at the least, and potentially dangerous and even sinister. Education? Land reform? Collective bargaining?? If these issues are the roots of the crisis, where in the anatomy of this 'crisis plant' would one find the government borrowing from private banks at interest? The inflation this creates? How about usury or the fiat money systems of the world in general... are these merely leaves on this 'crisis plant?' Globalized predatory crony corporate capitalism may then be the 'stem' or 'trunk,' and perhaps greed is the soil in which it grows and blood the fertilizer. It's a poor analogy so it's hard to be sure.
One thing we can be sure of, however, is that the 'Oxfam 62' mentioned at the end of the article are not likely to be losing any sleep over this 'coalition of the willing' taking aim at them. It's no sweat to them if Joe Consumer and the boys down at the shop win their right to collective bargaining and (against all odds) secure a 3% raise over the next seven years. This won't even cover their union dues. And if Maria's school gets that funding for those new computers... great! The 'Oxfam 62' own majority shares in all the big computer companies so that's just dandy. They deal in history books as well, to be sure, and are happy to offer these on sale if the computers are purchased. They can weather these 'social progress' storms, and their multi-billion/trillion dollar multi-generational banking/mercantile family cartels will remain quite intact, in most cases bolstered for having tossed a few crumbs to the starving masses.
I'm all for tackling this unconscionable inequality... does it require "a total revamp of the economic system?" Obviously! "People-powered pushback"... I don't see it happening any other way. I get leery, however, when the battle call comes up from an 'alliance' of bloated, well-funded NGOs who's numerous ranks seem to be doing quite well with the status quo. The would-be 'Rebel Alliance' of the Star Wars fluff. Who's making the most substantial donations to these groups? Who knows? I certainly haven't donated hundreds of millions to Greenpeace lately, and I suspect nobody here in the commons has either. Then the Beatles gave us:
"You say you've got a real solution, well, you know... we'd all love to see the plan. You ask me for a contribution, well, you know... we're all doing what we can."
You can bet your bottom dollar (sic) that the 'Oxfam 62' are doing all they can too. It's entirely possible that the seeming good intentions here are being steered by the same people who've led us into this situation. It has been put forth by others in this space that while many members of these NGOs have the best intentions, the further up that pyramid one goes the murkier those waters become. Think BMGF, for example. The seemingly philanthropic Rockefeller initiatives in Mexico also come to mind, encouraging corn farmers there to abandon their traditional ways and heirloom varieties in favor of bigAg mono-cropping, pesticides and fertilizers... and eventually GMOs. How's that worked out for Mexicans, especially now with the ethanol scam going full tilt? What's a pound of corn flour going for these days? Holding that thought, when the article states, "a people powered movement [that] can build a breakthrough that unites governments, trade unions, civil society and companies who share a commitment to the common good," I shudder as I picture enthusiastic crowds in black and white films from the twenties and thirties. A common good defined by whom?** !!!** Maybe we should phase out governments and trade unions instead (the big, bloated NGO-like trade unions, anyway). In conclusion, I'd advise taking grand pronouncements like this from these NGOs with a grain of salt. Indeed, salt and pepper to taste. Some turmeric too, I understand it's quite good for you.
"...the transformation of the economic system must happen 'on a scale never seen before.'"
How about this coalition reveal their biggest donors first. Then maybe we'll have it.
"Spiraling out of control..."
No doubt. This article really creeped me out. Cheers.