|In the environment created by the elitist raping of the American economy folks are so preoccupied with just making ends meet and holding onto their current status that they simply do not understand how much money is being withheld from the masses.
There are understandable reasons for this:
Considering the first factor, it is obvious that people have become beaten down psychologically and financially. A report in the Guardian titled, "Anxiety keeps the super-rich safe from middle-class rage," suggests that people are so desperate to hold onto what they have that they are too busy looking down to look up: "As psychologists will tell you, fear of loss is more powerful than the prospect of gain. The struggling middle classes look down more anxiously than they look up, particularly in recession and sluggish recovery."
Considering the second factor, people do not understand how much wealth has been withheld from them. The average person has never personally experienced or seen the excessive wealth and luxury that the mega-rich live in. Wealth inequality has grown so extreme and the wealthy have become so far removed from average society, it is as if the rich exist in some outer stratosphere beyond the comprehension of the average person. As the Guardian report states:
"... having little daily contact with the rich and little knowledge of how they lived, they simply didn't think about inequality much, or regard the wealthy as direct competitors for resources. As the sociologist Garry Runciman observed: 'Envy is a difficult emotion to sustain across a broad social distance.'... Even now most underestimate the rewards of bankers and executives. Top pay has reached such levels that, rather like interstellar distances, what the figures mean is hard to grasp."
What is even worse is that in this generation and the ones that will follow it will be even harder for Americans to grasp just how much is being stolen from them as less Americans can remember days when wealth was distributed more evenly and hard work was actually rewarded with the American dream:
The overwhelming majority of the US population is unaware of the vast wealth at hand. An entire generation of unprecedented wealth creation has been concealed from 99 percent of the population for over 35 years. Having never personally experienced this wealth, the average American cannot comprehend what is possible if even a fraction of the money was used for the betterment of society.
The result is the real threat to American Democracy and something we have warned of here. A rolling back of the Enlightenment and a creation of a neo-feudal society here in America:
Given modern technology and wealth, American citizens should not be living in poverty. The statistics demonstrate that we now live in a neo-feudal society. In comparison to the wealthiest one-tenth of one percent of the population, who are sitting on top of tens of trillions of dollars in wealth, we are essentially propagandized peasants.
Sadly as Americans we all shoulder some of the blame for this. We as a free society can use our power to enact change but instead we decide to elect "leaders" who will continue this vicious cycle because they benefit from it as part of the elitist ruling class. We are easily whipped into a frenzy of fear and hatred and propogandized for the simple fact that we want to believe certain things no matter what there basis in fact is.
One thing is certain. The American system is not working for America anymore. Not because the system could not work but because we refuse to make it work. Unless America arms itself with knowledge and becomes intelligent and truly brave enough to fight for themselves and there families once again we will see the end of freedom in our country, probably in most of our lifetimes.
Do we really wish the legacy we leave our children and their children to be the rise of neo-feudal America??