I'm all for Capitalism, free-markets and the idea of harder work bringing in more pay and I'm certainly all for pulling one's own weight. However,
in our current system, we do not have true capitalism and nothing even resembling free-markets. Rather, we have a system that deprives some, while
favoring others. In our system, it isn't the people deciding the direction of markets, rather it is the opposite.
I found this article to be quite alarming and very indicative of things to come. I suggest everyone
, in its entirety.
In the wake of BP's calamitous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, CEO Tony Hayward is stepping down, but he will be receiving a severance
package amounting to an estimated $18 million.
"That's what he gets for presiding over a record oil disaster and massive losses," commented Chris Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation, who was
guest hosting MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday.
Hayes went on to note, however, that "Tony Hayward's $18 million payoff is an absolute pittance compared to the kind of cash top CEO's are raking
in." He cited a recent Wall Street Journal story which revealed that over the past decade, the two highest-paid CEOs at public companies each took in
over a billion dollars in compensation, while others in the top 25 received compensation in the hundreds of millions.
What makes these pay rates really "infuriating," says Hayes, is that "CEO pay is both a cause and partly a symptom of the staggering increase of
inequality in this country.
Hayes cited a study recently released by the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities which shows that if you're in the bottom 20% of
earners, "you're making only 16% more today than you would have in 1979." If you're in the middle fifth, you're making 25% more. "But the top
fifth of earners in this country -- they're making 95% more."
When this has happened in the past, it usually ends up being a revolt by the people, to replace their masters who have been hording all of the riches.
Generally speaking, a community or society starts out with almost everyone on an equal footing. Then, as time goes on certain people accumulate more,
giving them power. When they have power and influence, they tend to stretch and bend the system to favor themselves, thus acquiring more riches. It
eventually turns out to where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. When it gets to a certain point, the people are no longer willing to allow
their families to be starved and enslaved and thus "reset" the system.
What's different about today, is that the elites have learned from lessons past. Unlike the majority of the public, the elites seem to learn from
history's mistakes. What "they
" are doing now, is setting up a system to where a revolt will be absolutely impossible. So, when we get to
the point where our families are starving and the divide between rich and poor is at the extreme, we will have no recourse to do anything, giving the
elite a free-for-all. By then, we will have handed over all of our liberties, or whatever few we have left.
Our founding fathers foresaw situations such as these and this is why the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as a whole were written. However, the
last several generations, through complacency and indoctrination, have allowed our Bill of Rights to be subverted and sidelined. We have allowed our
children to become indoctrinated to believe that our current system is one of freedom and liberty, even if we have neither. It is in this atmosphere
that we have allowed our Constitution to be slowly marginalized, thereby allowing the elites to swoop in and take advantage.
I challenge everyone to just look at many of the laws and policies being enacted lately. The main theme of these laws and policies are designed at
control, while any protections that we had are being systematically removed (such as Posse Comitatus, for instance). It is policies such as this that
are removing any capabilities of the people to ensure that their families are fed. So, while generations of past always had the option to revolt, that
is slowly being taken away from us.
TPTB are smart enough to disable our protections before the economic imbalance become too great. In other words, we are only but cattle, being herded
before our ultimate demise.
[edit on 28-7-2010 by airspoon]