Like a gilded coating that makes the dullest things glitter, today’s thin veneer of political populism covers a grotesque underbelly of growing inequality that’s hiding in plain sight. And this phenomenon of ever more concentrated wealth and power has both Newtonian and Darwinian components to it.
We can’t eat them, however, we can make them pay for participating in the fleecing of America and the devastating results of that inequality.
There will be no political solution to the staggering inequality. If there was any desire by the two political parties to address the problem, it would have happened already. We should have long ago realized that the vast majority of politicians don’t give a rat’s ass about us.
Capitalism has run its course and is leaving the United States. End stage capitalism.
PREDATORY by DESIGN needs a bit of push back with the 300 million + who have been subjected to the maw of unconscionable greed. Exercising and providing a taste of non-violent, fully diversified aggregation of supporters employing Newton’s First Law of Motion would be a form of social affirmation that would change the scenario for generations and probably even save the planet.
Would that we could EQUAL the intelligence of Prins…more of us.
Nomi, don’t you know that everything is awesome and, thanks to the Triumph of capitalism, getting more awesomer?
Maybe you should ready Hans Rosling’s Factfulness (or Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now). Factfulness has got the endorsement of Obama and Gates and is all the rage among liberal intellectuals in universities. Let Rosling show you the ‘Facts’ that, we’re at that verge of eliminating poverty and, economically, we are all doing pretty well ==> https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen?referrer=playlist-the_best_hans_rosling_talks_yo
These obscene levels of Income and wealth inequality are products
of Charles Koch’s long game. Anyone who hasn’t read “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America” by Duke Professor and awarded winning historian, Nancy MacLean, should do so soon. The Koch donor network has been intently focused on destroying all progressive legislation since the early 1900’s for over 40 years now, and they have won. It is not remotely hyperbolic to say that they are responsible for crimes against humanity, as 30 million Americans lack healthcare, 44 million more are underinsured, 500,000 are homeless, millions are dying from “diseases of despair,” such as opioid addiction, etc,etc, etc. They have a lock on the country, and the outcome has been unspeakably tragic. The only “hope,” and it will be an epic battle, comes through the policies for which Bernie Sanders is the strongest voice and biggest advocate.
Another daily dose of the obvious. Right. Check. Got it. Things suck.
I’m more than a little burned out on reading these sorts of articles, with no suggestion of what to do about the problem(s) they put forth, or, in this case, merely repeat.
If anyone knows of an alternative site to CD, for at least some semblance of balance in the woes and what to do in response, please share. Thanks.
In the meantime, I’ll recommend a book I found more than a little interesting: What Then Must We Do; Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution, by Gar Alperovitz, Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political economy at the University of Maryland.
Edit: “award winning historian” not “awarded”
Nomi Prins has dropped her condescending sarcasm and otherwise high falluten tone to write a clear and very accessible article for ordinary, non-ex-Wall street investment bankers like herself. Thanks for a clear and needed explanation to counter both the baloney and self-justifying propaganda of the very wealthy.
Although Prins’ books and articles have been written for audiences having varying levels of understanding of Murkin sausage production during the past four decades, I have found them all providing valuable information that only an insider could provide.
If Obama’s hope and change mantra had an ounce of substance, Prins would have been his first choice for Treasury Secretary.
Unfortunately Obama’s hope plus two bucks (three bucks today) bought a cup of coffee and change is what jingles in your pocket.
Have a read at the book Tomorrows God …check out the chapter Throwing Out The Money Changers Again…it explains why the economic system is the way it is and how we can change all of it.
Its not what you think it is …it comes from illusions human beings believe are real.
So we live in a self created nightmare based on fallacy.
Who created the economic system ,and who stands in the way of any change whatsoever ?
The answers are ultimately spiritual in nature and in humanity’s Oneness .
Now the Empire intends to steal the resources of Venezuela, a twofer. More loot for the rich and a nice profitable bloody war to unite the country behind our Great Leader.
Thank goodness for MJ.
“Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope”.
At the verge of eliminating poverty, or eliminating the financially impoverished?
If we finally get our heads out our asses, and act on our best impulses
Maybe … just maybe … this won’t “end well” for the exploitocracy.
HI unlikelysource: but how can it end well for them? The more they hide away in exclusive towers or hidden lands----the more they will depend upon, “the other,” that would be most of us------who would be their support crew of teachers , cooks , cleaners, farmers, meat producers, doctors, nurse mechanics, designers -----just about every kind of job in the world.
THEY have to worry about who they will trust—a lot. GETTING over Fear of Loss would be the first fear that they have to deal with—then more FEARS come: what exactly is in that dinner anyway? Does this medical person really like me–probably a fleeting and scary thought when one is on an operating table…who can I trust about —anything—would be what they spend a major amount of time on. FEAR FACTOR—24 hours a day… does my child like the nanny better than me? Did he/ she marry me for me —or … the money? . Is my neighbor, who is equally rich, trying to be friendly only to find out my secrets? Do my kids like me—will I have to fear them when I am older? Are my employees secretly trying to ruin me? Is my manager out to get me??? All these thoughts and worse would come when fewer and fewer people have most of the wealth-----and the rich will find that at a certain level—money does bring power-------but it also brings DIS empowerment even more.
At a certain level money, power and fame is great------but the more that the 99% lose—there begins a certain last ditch effort—whether individual or as a group----- where some will work against the top —and it will topple-------and that doesn’t necessarily mean great things for the people at the bottom either. It’s a crapshoot for everyone-----and when the planet is running out of time too--------it can get really really messy.
Am I making this up, no, pretty much thinking about the French Revolution and how at certain point----the top did fall, and the next in line and the coup leaders kept falling for a while too. RICH PEOPLE of the world, I feel sorry for you already—but I am already mourning the planet at the same time. So, there’s a possible dystopian world for you, already carried out in a similar way in 1789---------
“It can’t end well.” No it can’t. It’s either capitalist ecocide or ecosocialism.
I was speaking to justice, not vengeance.
The two are often sadly conflated.
We must never allow our tormentors’ inhumanity to justify our own.
Just received this link, and think it’s worth sharing:
Hi unlikelysource—I wasn’t talking revenge—just historical reality-----I want the 01% to think about cause and effect----and it’s been demonstrated in every nation since written history began. If they would think about real consequences—behavior can change—I just don’t think they’ve ever really thought about that. : )