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The peasants are turning on each other

San Luis Obispo

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I have heard that in managing their concentration camps, the Germans found that if they limited available nourishment to 800 or fewer calories per day, they did not have to guard the inmates, who spent all their energy conniving and struggling among themselves to get food from each other.

Now we live in a country where 24 percent of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of one percent of the people, which is roughly 305,000 people. The gap between what these people own and what is owned or earned by ordinary working people is unbelievably vast, and many people are not even working people any more—they can’t find jobs.

For the entertainment of the haves, the have-nots are now fighting among themselves to bring down the income of people in their own class. Whether one’s household has the median county income of about $49,000, or one is earning two or three times that, all share the bottom tier of the American economy when compared to the super wealthy who control such a grossly disproportionate share of the nation’s wealth.

It is disgusting to watch as people at the bottom of the nation’s wealth distribution turn on police officers, firefighters, and school teachers, but leave the malefactors of great wealth who crashed our economy to get off free. The super rich need not worry that justice will catch up with them; most of the energy of the peasants is being spent tearing each other to pieces—very entertaining for the malefactors of great wealth at the top.

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