The rich get richer and the poor get poorer
It is common knowledge that “the rich get richer, while the poor get poorer”. But what people don’t realise, is that money has no meaning in absolute terms. Its value is always relative.
The person richer than you is always getting richer at a higher rate than you, while the person poorer than you is always getting poorer at a higher rate than you.
In other words, you are always getting richer at a higher rate than the person poorer than you, but you are always getting poorer at a higher rate than the person richer than you. RICH / POOR IS A RELATIVE CONCEPT.
Seeing it in absolute terms is precisely what the intelligent elite want the dumb-shit plebeians to believe. Oh hey, it doesn’t matter that income inequality is rising, as long as your real income is rising, and so the system is fair, and will always be fair.
Wealth equilibrium is unstable. The greater the wealth gap, the faster the equilibrium collapses.
Power equilibrium is also unstable. The greater the power gap, the faster society collapses.
This reality is summed up in one simple concept: BARGAINING POWER.
Whenever someone has more bargaining power, he will always be able to take from you more than what he has given you in exchange.
When the political and economic systems are set up so that WEALTH = BARGAINING POWER, wealth / income inequality will continue to worsen. This is not mere statistical data. It is a necessary logical consequence of the way the present political-economic systems work.
How to prevent technological unemployment from turning into structural unemployment: broaden the service sector so that low-skilled workers can work as our slaves, *ahem*, I meant “servants”.
More jobs are about to be replaced by machines. When that happens, we will legalise Euthanasia to solve the problem of unemployed low-skilled workers.
It’s pointless trying to get them to upgrade their skills, if (1) they are not able to do so, or if (2) even the higher-skilled workers are facing unemployment.
Let’s say that a (large) proportion of the world population cannot meaningfully contribute to society because there are simply no jobs available for them. Does that mean that they should not be entitled to a share of the Earth’s natural resources? Who owns the Earth anyway?
Meritocracy cannot be used as an excuse for the strong to oppress the weak.
Oh hey, look at all these low-skilled jobless workers. Let’s create some jobs for them. Let’s see, maybe we, the elite high-income earners, can hire more of them as our servants. Two servants are better than one, so by mathematical induction, the more the merrier! And they will all be competing against each other for jobs, so they will drive down their own salaries without making us look bad! The system is perfect!
That’s what the service sector is for, right? Low-skilled workers labouring for the pleasure of high-skilled high-income earners, while getting paid minimum wages. Since we own all the wealth, we get to treat low-skilled workers like slaves.
Oh, no, you can’t say that, because slavery is illegal.
But we all know that’s how the world has always worked. The strong will always oppress the weak, one way or another. The Judeo-Christian God has always taught us to do otherwise, but clearly, we don’t agree with his teachings.
Here’s another idea. Why don’t we just copy China, and legalise mandatory birth control? If there are less people around, there will be less people to compete against each other for the limited natural resources. If we run out of jobs for them, we might as well let them die out, instead of letting them reproduce incessantly and become a bigger eyesore than they already are.
Why should we support the lives of jobless people, if they cannot give us anything in return, right?
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Do Not Worry
22 He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?[a] 26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;[b] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, strive for his[c] kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I can see how a high-income earner can easily read the above passage and feel good about himself. But how about a jobless person? Are they poor because they have little faith, or because the rich are oppressing the poor?
Who are really the ones with little faith? Is it the poor who are being oppressed by the rich, or is it the rich who are oppressing the poor?