To Have and Have Not

(My sincerest apologies to Hemingway for the title-jack.)

Paul Krugman, writing for The New York Times:

Suppose that President Obama were to say the following: “Mitt Romney believes that corporations are people, and he believes that only corporations and the wealthy should have any rights. He wants to reduce middle-class Americans to serfs, forced to accept whatever wages corporations choose to pay, no matter how low.”

This quote nor the rest of Krugman’s piece has nothing to do with the Occupy Wall Street movement, yet it really does.

I was considering writing an article about the whole OWS thing, but decided against it because the situation feels hopeless1 and it leaves me feeling disgusted and depressed. That said, I wanted to link to Krugman’s quote because it epitomizes my views on America and how its run. I feel that we’re living in a modern-day feudalistic state.

There are two reasons for this:

  1. The rich keep getting richer while the poorer get poorer. And it’s not even about being “rich”. There’s nothing inherently wrong with being wealthy. The problem is this country’s apporpriation of said wealth. There’s a big, fucking problem when such a small subset of the population controls the lion’s share of the money, meanwhile social programs get cut and us commoners struggle to survive, paycheck-to-paycheck.
  2. Related to #1, the powers-that-be on Capitol Hill are among the 1% and don’t want to see their cushy lifestyle deteriorate in any way at the expense of us normal folk. Beyond that, the mega corporations who back said politicians’ campaigns don’t want their bottom lines shrinking at our expense, either. Our loss is their gain.

In other words, dicks are getting majorly sucked in order to keep the status quo intact. Therefore, the rest of America is forced to live in this feudalistic capitalist state where the kings live off the fatta’ the land, while us serfs get whatever crumbs are left over. Of course, President Obama could just do what Warren Buffett suggested, but my Android friend would become an Apple lemming before that bill even made it to the Senate floor. It’s too bad, because I honestly believe that would alleviate a lot of our problems because it would mean redistributing the wealth in a more equitable manner.

And yet, we’re supposed to relish in capitalism and the “American way”2. Right.

(via Marco Arment)

  1. Hopeless in the sense that nothing will ever change unless somebody decides to storm the Bastille. Too many people have a vested interest in this operation to change it despite people’s cries.

  2. I highly recommend Inside Job. Awesome (yet disturbing) documentary.