reply to post by NightSkyeB4Dawn
But the Strangeness is definitely getting thicker. The imaginary monetary system is becoming more obvious with each passing year. Real data about the
income gap is getting out there more and more and when people start looking at how much more "money" the top 1%, 5% and/or 20% control, they start
realizing that wealth has become almost completely uncoupled from productivity.
The top 20% have to know that their time is coming. As Uncle Bob once said: "You better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone." Yet, they
simply can not comprehend the relatively simple solution. They are incapable of realizing that real wages for real services, fair prices for quality
products, and the freedom of self-sufficiency are the way to salvation. They can not grok the idea that perhaps they should only be incredibly rich
and opposed to mind-bogglingly, impractically, wealthy.
At the same time Weirdness is escalating. Syria, Iran, Russia, Comet Ison, mass shootings, glitches in reality, the complete derangement of our
politicians on both sides of the aisle; Humanity is careening into the future with no one at the helm. Entropy is kicking our asses, and we have
precious little resources at our disposal because too much has been tied to our elaborately printed monopoly money.
And it all comes back to artificial scarcity. There are more vacant houses than homeless families in this country. We throw out tons of food every
day; not just home waste but unsold stock that literally can not be sold fast enough to avert spoilage a few hundred feet from people starving for
want of little green pictures of dead white guys.
The system has gone mad, but the rich have so deeply ingrained the us vs them tribalism, this false notion that someone getting means taking away from
you. People vote against their own financial interests because they are unwilling to admit how low they are on the totem pole. A serious
redistribution of wealth would benefit 85% of the population including many who have taken up the tea party banner to protect their "fellow" job
creators in the top 20%, never realizing that they are trapped by a corporatocracy that, quite frankly, hates them.
At the same time, pure socialism and communism are not the answer.
We have 21st century technology and we're clinging to 19th century economic models.
It's like trying to drive a Ferrari across the horse paths of Elizabethan England.
I don't have any answers at this point. The people making the decision are penny wise and pound foolish. They are making decisions for next
quarter's profits, next election's votes, and next week's meeting with deep-pocketed lobbyists. They don't care about you, about me, or even their
own well-being past the immediate thrill of power and greed.
We're hosed, mate.