First, the angry birds:
It’s been rain, rain, rain around here thanks to TS Andrea, and my birds are madder than, well, a wet hen.
Now for the angry people: I was thinking about that Facebook asshole’s $10 million wedding-environmental destruction event that Anne Laurie called to our attention yesterday. In that thread, Jim, Foolish Literalist, said, “Dear Hardworking White Americans of The Heartland: These are the people whose personal wealth you devote your votes to protecting.”
The Facebook asshole’s Gilded Age consumption aside, there’s this: The six human beings who are heir to the Walmart fortune have as much wealth as the bottom 40% of all Americans combined. That’s six people on one side of the scale and approximately 125,600,000 on the other.
And throw in the fact that the corporation that generates that obscene pile of money for six people is notorious for destroying small town economies, treating its workers like shit and expecting the rest of us to augment their paltry paychecks with food stamps and Medicaid. People should be angry about this, but largely, they’re not.
Why? Well, one explanation is that Plutocracy, Inc. has successfully convinced enough people that they too will someday have Walmart-level megabucks to protect from redistribution to freeloaders because FREEDOM. I’m not so sure that’s true. I think if more people knew about this shit, more people would be pissed off.
What do you think?