The New Order
Yeah, it sounds like conspiracy ranting.
Stephen Marche lays it out without flinching:
There are some truths so hard to face, so ugly and so at odds with how we imagine the world should be, that nobody can accept them. Here’s one: It is obvious that a class system has arrived in America — a recent study of the thirty-four countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that only Italy and Great Britain have less social mobility. But nobody wants to admit: If your daddy was rich, you’re gonna stay rich, and if your daddy was poor, you’re gonna stay poor. Every instinct in the American gut, every institution, every national symbol, runs on the idea that anybody can make it; the only limits are your own limits. Which is an amazing idea, a gift to the world — just no longer true. Culturally, and in their daily lives, Americans continue to glide through a ghostly land of opportunity they can’t bear to tell themselves isn’t real. It’s the most dangerous lie the country tells itself.
Income inequality is alarmingly real, and the eradication of any opportunity in this country is something to scream about:
The Occupiers blame the financial industry. Both are really mourning the arrival of a new social order, one not defined by opportunity but by preexisting structures of wealth. At least the ranters are mourning. Those who are not screaming or in drum circles mostly pretend that the change isn’t happening.
For my part, I blame the collusion between corporations and government.
However, the effect of a stagnant class system is clear. There can be no effective democracy.
Read Marche’s piece, it’s a furious call to recognize reality.
Marche ends with a bleak assessment:
…it is hard to imagine even any temporary regression back to the days of the swelling American middle class. The forces of inequality are simply too powerful and the forces against inequality too weak. But at least we can end the hypocrisy. In ten years, the next generation will no longer have the faintest illusion that the United States is a country with equality of opportunity. The least they’re entitled to is some honesty about why.
I hope he’s wrong, but I fear he isn’t.
- Something Cool We Saw Online: “Our” New Shirt (esquire.com)
- David Brin’s Take on Income Inequality (wcward57.wordpress.com)
- Santorum: ‘I’m For Income Inequality’ (thinkprogress.org)
- OECD Countries With The Widest Gap Between Rich And Poor (huffingtonpost.com)
- Another Solution To Income Inequality? The Progressive Consumption Tax (huffingtonpost.com)
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