Mal-Distribution: Reaching the Boiling Point?
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poorest will survive, somehow. Look at Egypt where the majority live on twodollars a day. Even they get by.As the divide between the rich and the poor grows, and it becomes harder for therich to hide their fortunes, the unemployed and poor get angry. They feelcheated. Sometimes, as in Saudi Arabia, the government tries to buy off itspeople, but usually, by the time anger has boiled over, it¶s too late. You can puta lid on it, but it only boils all the harder. As long as there have been revolutions,it has ever been so.
Our system requires that we work or accept being poor. But in the USA, thereare five applicants for every job opening, and this is not likely to improve soon, if at all. A college education is no longer a guarantee of employment.
Time will tellwhether today¶s high unemployment is cyclical. Evidence suggests it¶s not.Theprevailing fiction is that the wealthy
their money by the sweat of their brow and deserve to keep every penny. However they gained their advantage,they'renowin a position to leverage their power and resources to acquire evenmore of both without much personal effort, at a cost to our nation¶swell-being.The trend of the past ten years is indisputable; the rich have become much richer ± 50% richer ± while the rest of the population has lost ground; many,are far worse off. Most would agree that, whatever the cause, for the good of the nation,this trend must be reversed. But how?The challenge is to get our leaders, most of whom are part of the privilegedclasses, to talkhonestly about our problems without being drowned out by thechattering classes and a well-financed opposition. Corporate influence inWashington and its ownership of the media ensures that the ideology that favorswealth is in ascendance.This
change. We need to achieve a balance.
For a brief historical perspective, seeNYTimes: Every Revolution Is Revolution in Its Own Way
See NYTimes:Educated, Unemployed and Frustrated