There is a strong parallel here between our self-anointed hyper-rich elites, and the similarly
self-adoring and powerful aristocracy and monarchists of pre-revolutionary war England.
Back in the day, one of the great rallying cries was “No taxation without representation!”
Not that the original thirteen colonies hated taxation so much as the fact that they had
virtually no say in the ordering and governance of their own affairs. Which would have
allowed them a large say in the good disposition of those same taxes. In essence, the
same thing has been happening today in the USA. Not just in the last few years, but as
far back as the 1970s, when the highest levels of rich corporate power began to succeed
in lobbying Congress to slash their socially rightful taxes drastically. Not to mention their
even uglier success in erecting the infamous Southern Strategy, in all its incarnations.
Inevitably, this left it increasingly up to everybody lower down in the pyramid to take up
the resulting slack in very reasonable funding for infrastructure, education, healthcare
and more. All of which has suffered terribly, with sad results for a supposedly modern
nation. The Social Contract has become eroded, until it is in great danger of becoming
null and void. In the broadest terms, this has become the equivalent of being “Taxed
without representation.” The fundamental flaw in pleading for higher taxation of our
‘truly needy’ ultra-rich, as though they’d just sit idly by, without responding with even
lethal force to such a weak reformist ploy, is that, at best, it would simply leave them
And at worst? Remember what our government did, at the behest of our oligarchy,
to Chile, under Allende, a mere reformer? We need to understand how great power,
of necessity, accrues to concentrations of great wealth, in fewer and fewer hands.
If not for ourselves, then for our children and their children.