I think Mr. Reich makes significant points. I would like to add the medical-psychological component to this “powerlessness.”
The 3rd widest selling drug today is anti-depressants. I’ve long argued two things:
First, that when millions of people feel they must medicate their minds in order to maintain their lives, a gigantic social-engineering experiment is underway.
Second, this muting of so much angst is like silencing the canaries that would otherwise shriek inside coal-mines.
Instead of responding to this “alarm” by fixing what’s broken, the voices are silenced. Note how this same protocol operates to silence today’s foremost whistle blowers. TRUTH is the great taboo and it’s just plain not allowed into The Public Conversation.
Also, when people carry 30 or more extra pounds around, they tend to feel lethargic, literally weighed down by their own bulk.
Companies like Monsanto which are POURING corn syrup into food products are part of the Obesity epidemic.
Add in Fracking and the detritus of a vast chemical overload and Cancers are spreading so that it’s estimated that one in 2 persons will face some kind of Cancer during their existence.
The lack of genuine health–be it psychological or physical–is a HUGE component of the lack of energetic citizen “blowback.”
Also, when both parents are forced to work (if there are 2 parents at home) to balance the FACT that costs of living have skyrocketed while wages have remained depressed, then between maintaining the home, getting the kids to school and back, shopping, cooking, cleaning, helping with homework, and often taking care of aging relatives, very little JUICE is left.
All of this is as calculated as implementing the Turner system within the manufacturing realm. Forcing workers to repeat redundant tasks rather than build an entire product wears down souls in subtle ways.
What the 1% is using its clout, financial muscle, and legal privilege to enact is a CRIME against humanity.