That great sucking sound of money being vacuumed to the top. . . it will consume your safety, your job, your roof, your grandchildren’s future. And here’s a dynamic picture of how fast it’s happening:
Back in 2010, Oxfam’s new stats show, the world’s 62 richest billionaires collectively held $1.1 trillion in wealth, far less than the $2.6 trillion that then belonged to humanity’s least affluent half. ¶ Now the numbers have reversed. The world’s top 62 billionaires last year held $1.76 trillion in wealth, the bottom half of the world only $1.75 trillion. ¶ “Far from trickling down,” Oxfam concludes, “income and wealth are instead being sucked upwards at an alarming rate.”
That’s just six years ago! Nation-states have lost their clout against family dynasties, because these power brokers own our politicians. And soon they will own you and me, too, unless we object before it’s too late. (Both major candidates are sold out to these brokers. Voting for either one is mere ventilation.) Plato knew that dictatorship arises when democracy fails. We may be about to witness history repeat itself.
What to do? (Runaway trains are notoriously dangerous and difficult to stop!) Governments are spying on citizens, supposedly to protect us, but more probably to protect Big Capital from social upheaval; and it seems they’ve inserted military agents to perpetrate false-flag actions (“anarchists”) to discredit the Constitutionally-protected activities of orderly citizens. When government no longer trusts the citizenry, the matrix has arrived, and we are fast on our way to living in a police state. During Vietnam my generation marched on Washington DC, shutting it down to protest the war. That will never happen again. So, where are the pressure points today?
What would happen if the voting public surrounded all our polling places, unarmed, the evening before the coming election, dispersing upon the opening of the polls the next morning. (Lining up to vote early is surely no crime.) It would certainly put elected officials on notice that we won’t be trifled with any longer. They must heed the voters, rather than the power brokers. This could be an effective exercise in social practice, which could pave a way to changes such as ranked-preference voting, or no-confidence (“none of the above”) as an option in our governance. Failing to take such bold action will only kick the can down a very polarized road, where there surely is trouble ahead. All sides should reasonably be seen as peacefully honoring our civility by refusing to be distracted, even if anarchists are seeded into such a gathering.