I used to believe in social work. But now it seems that all we do in America is feed the poor and hungry enough to keep them from rioting. I essentially worked for the man. So why make life easier for the poor if it is only covering the festering wound and not healing the wound. So the sweet by and by is what you offer for a better world? With the new tax policies they are seeing how much they have to give to the rest of us so that they can enrich the wealthy.
This is why the corporate tax benefits become permanent and the poor tax rates last three years. This was the buy off and many people will accept the Faustian bargain. The wealthy know it does not take much to quell the poor. They have so little and life is such a struggle that they do not have the energy to resist. Resistance costs jobs, income, health, peace of mind and so on. So it is easy to take the path of least resistance.
Yet systematic change does not come in America without resistance. Power is never given up willingly. The growing income disparity will not be fixed without resistance. What would be the motive for the rich? The rich are motivated to keep the streets free of riots and other forms of resistance. So thus we can always expect a little thrown at us.
The second thing they do is propagandize us with talks of how giving the rich more somehow will benefit us. The economic ‘theory’ is pushed through media and they have tons of money to do such. They also own most of the media which makes the propagandizing even easier, although the economic theories do not make much sense. Companies make more stuff not because the owner has more money but because there is more demand for the product. The demand for the product comes from me and you having more money to spend on more things. So for more jobs to be created we need more money in the masses’ hands. Even Henry Ford realized this when he explained the reason he was paying his employees more was not out of the kindness of his heart but because he needed to create demand for his product. It worked.
Yet constant propaganda clouds the issue. It creates enough doubt in us that we are not sure we know the answer. This helps create inertia because we are left with doubt of what would be the best action. The resistance is delayed. And when it goes very well we vote against our own interest.
One of the reasons we vote against our interest is we are inflamed with other issues that make us willing to compromise on the issues of wealth and poverty. Abortion is such an issue. We are talking about the murder of children, what could be more important than that. Maybe ensuring that children outside the womb have a chance at good quality of life. In fact when the poor are ensured better quality of life for them and their children every study shows there are less abortions. But we continue to insist on the ‘we will regulate morality approach’ instead of let us deal with the income inequality issue.
Finally, if you choose to resist you will pay a price. Ask Rosa Parks. When she chose to resist she lost her job and no one else would hire her for a long time. She was constantly receiving phone call threats, and was shunned from the white community and even some in the black community who thought she was putting everyone at risk. This caused her mental and physical health to deteriorate. She became poorer, lost her peace of mind, and suffered ailments that she would have never experienced if she had only gone to the back of the bus. This is not only her story but the story of many who resisted.
Meanwhile the rich my not even be there such as Andrew Carnegie who was not even in the country during the notorious Homewood Strike. He was in Europe accepting accolades for his philanthropy and good heartedness. The rich can cushion themselves from the crises.
Do not worry homeless shelters, group homes, employment services are all good. But it is not the resistance. The Resistance is challenging at the risk of everything you have to change a system that allows people to become so broken to begin with.