The System Is Rigged against the Common Man

Week 13 of quarantine

I tried to stand up and fly straight, but it wasn’t easy with that sumbitch Reagan in the White House. I dunno. They say he’s a decent man, so maybe his advisors are confused.’

Quote from a loser in Raising Arizona

In the last 90 days, we’ve seen that the top 10% of Americans — who own nearly 90% of all stocks — have gained about $8 trillion in stock market wealth. (Yesterday, we used the figure $21 trillion…but that was a worldwide figure, not just for the US.)

A little simple math. 10% of the American population is about 33 million people. That’s about a quarter of a million dollars each.

The government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) package, meanwhile, handed out some $2.2 trillion. Much of this money, too, was earmarked for the top 10% — in business loans that need not be repaid.

But just to keep the math easy, let’s assume it all went to the 90% of the population who are not wealthy.

That would mean that each person got about $7,400 — or only 1/33rd of what the rich got.

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Important objection

As we’ve seen, the ‘two-system’ system ruins the economy, undermines social stability, and corrupts the government. It is unfair and unproductive. And even if the masses never figure out exactly how they are getting ripped off, they are still likely to nurture some hard feelings. Or worse.

But dear readers have raised an important objection. They say that what people in the US get is not a result of public policy…it’s what they deserve.

Maybe the Federal Reserve is juicing up the stock market…but if people are poor, it’s their own fault.

One dear reader, Joe E, led off the discussion with this comment:

There is no excuse in America to be uneducated or poor…

Others joined in, the gist of their remarks being that hard work, grit, and clean living can still lift people out of poverty…and that most of the poor are poor because of their own bad choices, not because of federal policy.

Another reader, HO N, joins in the discussion:

Totally agree with Joe E. My parents survived the bombs during World War II. After the Soviet Communists took over their country, they came to the U.S. Their families had lost everything. My dad’s parents disappeared during the war, never to be found. Everything my parents had was in a small suitcase. A few dollars in their pockets and the clothes on their backs. Though they were fluent in a couple of European languages, they had to learn English. By golly, they did.

My dad was an industrious, ambitious person, and within five years after arriving here, he started his own business. There was no welfare back then. They wouldn’t have considered it, even if it had existed.

And here’s Edward S:

Joe is right! The system probably is corrupt. But it could be overcome, as Joe so clearly stated.

Beat the system

We completely agree. An individual — with luck, brains, and determination — can beat the system.

And even if it is not true, he should still believe it. He is the only one who can really improve his life. And if he ever loses faith, he’s finished.

He can march in all the demonstrations he wants. He can vote and write letters to the editor…and ask his congressman to take the knee. But he, and only he, is likely to genuinely improve the circumstances of his life.

No one will polish his shoes for him. No one will get to work early and pretend to be him…or prove to his boss that he should be given a raise. No one will save money for him…learn new skills for him…or brush his teeth or comb his hair.

And if he’s counting on the feds to make his life better, well…good luck to him.

Good and hard

But if the common man ever starts to believe that the elite has betrayed him…has used him as cannon fodder in a pointless war…or stolen from him in a scammy financial system…there’s going to be trouble.

Here at the Diary, we only try to understand what is going on.

And what we see is that the elite have ceased being useful stewards of the nation’s institutions. Now, they have become predatory…exploiting the ‘two-system’ system and hogging wealth for themselves…

The average working stiff, labouring in the vineyard of the Main Street system, has not had a real raise in four and a half decades — even in the midst of the biggest rush of technological and scientific progress in history.

And now, saddled with student debt, personal debt, car loan debt, housing debt, and the biggest pile of government debt in history…gagged by face masks…and idled by house arrest…young people are set to do even worse.

Will the masses ever figure out what is going on? Probably not.

Instead, they will howl about ‘greed’ or ‘racism’…they will rant against ‘capitalism’ and Wall Street…and vote for a scalawag who promises a Universal Basic Income, more stimulus, and more money printing.

And they’ll get what they ask for…

…Good and hard.

Regards,

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Bill Bonner,
For The Rum Rebellion

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Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Bill has been a weekly contributor to The Rum Rebellion.


One response to “The System Is Rigged against the Common Man

  1. As Joe E pointed out about his parents, coming as immigrants with a small suitcase, minus the language of the country, was not dissimilar to the millions of the rest of us immigrants.
    We came ‘today’ end went to work the next day. We did not ask the boss stuff like: how long is the day, is it hard work, is it dirty, de we work in rain or high heat or many other questions. We did not even ask, how much we’d get paid. We were happy to have had the job.
    In Australia, we have a similar problem as there is in USA. Our Natives/Aboriginals are very much more likely to be in need of social benefits, than any other Ethnicity. Even the refugees seem to be doing better. Question is; why.
    Yes, there are many reasons. Education is the corner stone for anyone destined to live in the modern society. We are most probably guilty, for not enforcing education of all Australians and Americans, to graduate the High school. Only when a generation succeeds in this critical first step, will the inequality start to gradually assume a level playing field. Australian government has been spending, more per capita on Aboriginal problems than on the rest of population. But Aboriginal leaders are always calling for “more funding”. Also, apart from only a few of these leaders, never acknowledge the shortcomings on their side.
    The latest cry is the “racism”, on both sides of Pacific, but that is nothing more than the Curtain behind the true problem is being hidden.
    JL

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