There is a video going around the social media universe that purports to lay bare the naked truth about wage and income disparity in the US. They point to statistics that show that the top 1% of the US population (by income) have more money that all the rest and that these people are hell bent on keeping their foot on your neck with your face in the dirt.
The people who produced the video are waging a class war with the ultimate point being (I am assuming) that they will be in power when the dust settles. There can be no other reason, at least not any that I can see.
Let me ask you this…do you care how many dinner plates I own? If I have more than you, does that mean you are less than I am? Would your dinner plate disparity affect your wellbeing or even your ability to go and get yourself another dinner plate…or eight…or twelve? If I decided that I want more dinner plates and went and got them, does that mean there are that many dinner plates not available to you? Is it simply unfair that I have more dinner plates than you do?
That’s what this video is saying. It is saying that there is a finite amount of money in the world and some people are talking an unfair share of it and leaving very little for the rest of us. That it is singularly their fault—their goal actually—that we don’t have more money than we do.
That is complete and utter bullshit…and they are trying to convince you that it is not. They are trying to make you believe that other people are controlling your life and only “allowing” you to make X amount of dollars because they unfairly want the rest…all of the rest. Do you really believe that? Do you really believe that there is a bunch of billionaires and multi-millionaires plotting together to limit the amount of money you’re allowed to earn? Really?
We live in a system where the government has taken over much of the thinking process (i.e. basic living) and is breeding dependence on their largesse. Our government, from local towns to the fed, have convinced us that they need to do most of the things we used to do for ourselves. Retirement? That’s the governments job with social security. Education? That’s the government’s job with taxpayer funded K-12 and increasingly government backed student loans. Safety? Holy shit, there are so many agencies, departments and bureaus dedicated to making decisions for us (because we’re waaaaay too stupid to make them ourselves) that I do not have the space to list them.
If you are looking for a boogie man, someone who is intent on determining how much money you make then you don’t need fucking idiots like the people who made this video to make one up for you.
Just look at your paystub.