New Economic Plan: Break and Steal


The old plan was tax everything that moves, and give other people the money.

Time to Make Life Hard for the Rich:(Splinter)

Hamilton Nolan

It is time for polite, respectable, rational people to start saying what has become painfully obvious: It is time to stop respecting the rich, and start stealing from them. In earnest.

This AP photo was in the original post:

 

Inequality is eating America alive.

It has been growing for decades. To say that “the American dream is dead” is no longer a poetic exaggeration—it is an accurate description of 40 years of wage stagnation and declining economic mobility that has produced a generation that cannot expect to live better than their parents did. Not because of devastating war or plague, but because of a very specific set of rules governing a very specific economic system that encourages the accumulation of great wealth among a tiny portion of the population, to the detriment of the vast majority of people.

Our political and business leaders have chosen to embrace a system that favors capital over labor. A system in which the more you already have, the more you make, and the less you have, the harder it is to build wealth. It is a system designed to increase inequality. It is functioning exactly as designed. And now, it is about to get worse.

[I separated this into paragraphs, because I’m an elementary teacher and that’s what I do. — Dave]

I agree with the idea that our system is unfair. The rich will usually become richer, and the poor will usually lag behind. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos for example. I think they just inherited it all, amIright?

The alternatives are pretty piss-poor, though. 

My great objection is the notion that violent action is the way to go. 

If the government won’t help, we have to help ourselves. Sticking up a billionaire on the street for $100 is not going to do it. But one can imagine other ways that angry Americans might express their dissatisfaction with our current division of wealth: A large-scale online attack against the holdings of the very rich; yachts sunk in harbors; unoccupied vacation homes in the Hamptons mysteriously burned to the ground. Sotheby’s auctions swarmed by vandals, Art Basel attacked by spraypaint-wielding mobs, protests on the doorsteps of right-wing think tanks, venomous words directed at millionaires as they dine in fancy restaurants.

[Wow. Venomous words? Really?]

People have a right to life and safety, but property does not. A life spent screwing the little people so that you can acquire lots of stuff loses its allure when you know that all that stuff will be smashed to pieces by angry little people.

And, by little people, he means people who are poorer than the rich. Gosh, Hamilton. Maybe there are people poorer than you are, ready to steal and break your stuff.

I’ll be right over. Don’t bother locking the door.

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6 Responses to New Economic Plan: Break and Steal

  1. wjjhoge says:

    Depending on how he asks, some people might be willing to share some of their stuff with him.

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  2. The Shoveler says:

    The Left seems to be increasingly talking themselves into violence.

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    • Rain says:

      Indeed, it doesnt seem that it takes much for the left to start yelling for and resorting to violence when they dont get their way.

      which makes it really enjoyable when you watch those same people screaming for violence get their asses handed to them by those they attack, and even funnier when they then start screaming for the police afterward.

      apparently violence is only “justified” when they attempt it.

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  3. Rain says:

    the line “..has produced a generation that cannot expect to live better than their parents did.” is probably very true to reality but not for the reasons the author uses.
    its much more likely due to the fact that the new generation has no understanding of the concepts of doing without, saving and sacrificing now in order to afford more in the future.

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  4. Pablo says:

    Thou shalt not covet…

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