If you haven’t yet seen John Oliver’s amazing rant about the perils of inequality and how the rich shame us out of talking about it by suggesting we’re trying to invoke class warfare, you can see it below.
The truth is, income inequality doesn’t just happen one day, then the classes fight each other. Class warfare is what creates the conditions for income inequality.
But as long as the 1% can keep us from talking about class issues, we can say income inequality 84,000 times each day and nothing will ever change.
The rich want to keep us poor and powerless.
But we all knew that anyway. It’s time we did something about that, don’t you think?
Because the more we continue to believe in this American Dream nonsense, the longer the 1% continues to pull our strings.
We need to demand higher taxes on the rich and corporations. We need to protect working people. And the environment. And people who aren’t old white men, so basically those without entitlements.
And if this isn’t yet clear enough for you, you may now watch John Oliver sock it to ya!
And here’s a treat for you. Horatio Alger himself got fucked over economically:
Ironically, the success and recognition won by his fictional heroes eluded the flesh-and-blood author during his lifetime, although his serials and hardbound books sold moderately well. Alger himself estimated that he earned about $100,000.00 in thirty years of hard labor. Only when the cheap reprint houses got hold of the Alger canon did sales skyrocket into the millions, years too late to benefit their unassuming creator.
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