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Vast US Income Inequality Can Only Lead to Ruin And Revolution

Of the 1%, By the 1%, For the 1% Reads the headline in a Vanity Fair Story by Joseph Stiglitz.

(Read the Full Story Here)

This story begins with the following remarkable facts:

The upper 1 percent of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation’s income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent. Their lot in life has improved considerably. Twenty-five years ago, the corresponding figures were 12 percent and 33 percent.

These facts are nothing short of utterly devastating for this country and portend nothing but crisis and calamity on the horizon.   How can this not be so?   Can anyone make any argument that this imbalance must be corrected IMMEDIATELY? Can anyone envision how this might start to be corrected without violent and dramatic revolution?   As the condition and experience for everyday Americans continues to get worse and for some it becomes grave and critical will they continue to suffer in quiet desperation?   Or at some point in time will Americans rise up and lash out?

Americans are fundamentally a violent people.   We just are.   On the one hand we are powerful and feared…and rightly so because we are the worlds greatest warmongers.   But that violence is reflected inwardly as well as the United States experiences vastly greater more violence and crime committed among and between our own people than any other country in the history of this planet.   Think those Rwanda is bad?   Episodic and isolated.   Think Iran or China are oppressive and violent?   They are generally a meek people with a few violent hotheads.

And the one thing that no one ever talks about or considers even for a moment. THERE IS NO COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD WHERE IT’S PEOPLE WERE SO ARMED AND PRIMED FOR BATTLE.   The weapons possessed by private citizens all across this county are absolutely mind-boggling.   I have always been a gun owner and a supporter of gun rights, but the proliferation of weapons scares the hell out of me.   People simply have no idea how many weapons are out there and the kind of weapons that are out there.   Are you shocked by the pictures of weapons seized in the Mexican drug wars?   Where do you think all those guns came from?   Go check out a gun show or a gun shop…but I warn you that it will be quite unsettling.

And has anyone stopped to think what happens with all these weapons when something goes wrong?


  • divemedic says:

    Actually, most of the guns in the Mexican drug wars are from South American black market sales. Machine guns and grenades are readily available there, and not in the US.

    Of the guns in Mexico that ARE traced to the US, a good portion of those were lost as a part of “Operation Fast and Furious,” an ATF sting that went wrong. Several of these missing weapons were implicated in the murder of border patrol agents.

  • Phred Maldanaldo says:

    Isn’t that about the situation in 1740? And how did THAT turn out?

    From time to time the Tree of Liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots …

  • says:

    Thanks for the post, and the link to Joe Stiglitz, but here is a contrarian view.

    Americans could theoretically defeat our corrupt government and economic system by doing nothing. If enough people just stop paying their bills the whole thing will come crashing down. Call it the revolution of couch potatoes. Stay home, stop spending, and stop paying.

    While it is true that America is armed, those are mostly handguns and hunting rifles. Even the so-called assault rifles at gun shows are only semiautomatic. Law enforcement and the US military has far superior firepower and I believe they would use them on our citizens. A person has no chance against an armored personnel vehicle like those owned by law enforcement agencies or the National Guard.

    The military has jet fighters with smart bombs, attack helicopters, gunship aircraft, tanks, artillery, heavy machine guns, poison gas, everyting. You can’t fight that firepower.

    The government could also cut satellite communication, shut down cell phones, the Internet, GPS, television, even land line phones. And radio signals can be jammed. Commerce will grind to a halt and the supermarkets will become empty. McDonalds will close. Gas stations will close. How will folks fill up their gas-guzzling vehicles? Then what?

    Gun show talk is fantasy. Remember how law enforcement confiscated weapons in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina? At the first sign of serious trouble it will happen again. Better to buy a water filter, some canned food, live chickens, and first aid supplies. Plant a victory garden. Get your bicycle in shape. Get yourself in shape. Gather family together. Pray.

    I lived in Philadelphia during the 1985 MOVE uprising. The group made national news after police dropped a bomb on the Osage house from a helicopter. The bombing resulted in 11 deaths, including 5 children and the group’s leader John Africa. Only 2 members survived, Ramona, an adult and Birdy, a child. In addition, 65 homes were destroyed in the resulting fires. The Philadelphia police put a heavy machine gun in front of MOVE’s little row house and fired 10,000 rounds in two hours which destroyed the place. Then the police bombed the house and burned down the whole neighborhood.

    As a student of history, one problem with any revolution, what system will replace the current? When Claus von Stauffenberg and others plotted to assassinate Adolph Hitler July 20, 1944 they planned to replace the nazi government with an emergency continuity government, a reserve army plan known as Operation Valkyrie. Watch the Tom Cruise film Valkyrie, it is quite entertaining.

    So a revolution of couch potatoes could theoretically prevail, or just sit back and let the government and politicians keep going, they are wrecking the country all by themselves. The final straw might be an implosion of the financial markets that cannot be fixed with TARP 2.0 or more Federal Reserve quantitative easing.

    Neil Gillespie
    Ocala, Florida

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