as turmoil spreads throughout the arabic world, there has been a tendency for all the usual suspects to trot out their pet ideologies. these attempts to validate ideology through current events are sad, but predictable. yet again, 19th century dogma is being re-animated by the blood of people fighting for their survival. once again, the words of long-dead white men are being used to describe situations unforseen two centuries ago.
the unrest sweeping across the globe have one, readily identifiable, often-mentioned cause: people cannot afford to feed their families, or themselves.
don’t listen to economic analysts belching their lists of reasons why food has become unobtainably expensive. they are lying.
don’t listen to anyone preaching about retribution from on high. characters in books have no effect on the real world except when insane people cannot distinguish one from the other.
what’s actually happening – here and now on this planet – is that fabulously wealthy people are investing vast sums of money in food commodities, then withdrawing the commodities from the market until people’s demand for food drives prices up. prices will continue to rise until the investors feel they have earned enough profit. by the time the food reaches store shelves, the added costs have raised the price beyond what many people can afford. plain and simple: people are rebelling because they are hungry, despite the usual abundance of food on market shelves and stalls.
and, what are people to do about this, here in the u.s.? common, everyday people who do not have investment portfolios? what can we do? over the past three decades, we have witnessed an unfathomable consolidation of wealth. there are only 44 countries on earth that have a greater divide between the wealthiest and poorest people than in the u.s. many of the wealthiest americans have more personal wealth than entire nations. and this does not take into consideration the wealth of corporations, which now outright own the federal government, as sanctioned by the supreme court.
those of us who still believe enough in economic systems to think their needs can be met through markets are delusional. when a can of beans gets to be over $50, and you still earn$12 per hour, then you’ll understand. of course, by that time it will be too late to do anything but beg for wage increases, or jobs for the 40 million of us currently unemployable.
jobs will not be forthcoming, and if anything, wages will continue to fall. and anyone willing to entrust their survival to government-funded assistance just hasn’t been paying attention to the shenanigans going on in the halls of power, as politicians continue to best one another in cutting social programs that assist people. after all, they have a war and military occupation to fund.
are we – those of us not among the wealthy elite – completely helpless against the entire array of forces the wealthy have to wield against us? only so long as we allow them to continue defining our lives.
as things stand now, we can only aspire to be and do what we can afford. once we realize that life has nothing to do with money, we will be free from the trap of poverty, and free from the yokes that wealthy elites wish to fasten upon us.
the class warriors have it all wrong. we cannot shake loose the control banks and rich entities have over us so long as we continue to play their game – a game in which they control every aspect; from making and enforcing the rules (rules which they can ignore), to selecting who will play which role.
we cannot and will not be free until we have stopped playing their game.
our only chance is to make a total break from economics. to do so, we must have land to utilize for our own needs. cultivable land, with clean water sources. there is precious little of that left in the world. we are going to have to take it for our own.
right now, not many people reading this can imagine hunger so persistent that it forces one into action. right now, food is costly, but obtainable. not for long, as speculators will continue to profit off of food commodities, and our currency will begin to become worthless.
by the end of this year, if not sooner, food prices will be considerably higher than they are now. as will be housing. and fuel. if we don’t collectively get our act together, we’re doomed, and we’ll be condemning our descendents to hellish lives we cannot even imagine.
or, we can stop analyzing everything through the eyes of corpses, set aside our differences, and build a future that will be unimaginably rewarding.
it won’t be easy. it will be dangerous, bloody and painful. giving birth is always this way.
can a society create such a change in one generation? it’s possible…see this video…