Halting the Parade

June 24, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Category: Society

At some point, our society is going to understand that a system that enhances the creation and maintenance of a wealthy elite is not good for the social system or the planet.  It’s looking like this revelation will be coming to America.  I’m suspecting this will not be until a massive number of formerly middle-class people sit staring at others with protected wealth.

This revelation carries potential for harm.  The realization that congregating wealth in the hands of the few necessarily creates inequalities will likely result not in a step-by-step, goal-oriented plan to destratify society but instead a blame-infused toppling of structure, potentially denying many access to resources.

Our corporate-controlled media are realizing that blaming rich people sells.  There is hesitancy to blame the system.  Perhaps this reflects an intuition built from observing the collapse of aristocracies when the system, not individuals, was blamed.  Instead, elements of the media are choosing to assign blame to individuals–the bad apple paradigm–so as to maintain the cadence of the consumer/producer parade.

The musicians will stop playing the march music.  The media pundits and anchors will change their tune.  I’d like them to play dance music.  The parade will come to a halt.  Blame will be recognized as unproductive.  Society will continue, except without a single-minded focus on accumulation.  Dancing may not as efficiently get a person from one location to another as a march.  But, you get to be where you are.

It’s not about the acts of individuals.  Humans everywhere would have behaved as the American wealthy have behaved if they had inherited those wealthy person’s birth positions.  This is a systemic issue encouraged by media working for those profiting from the system.  It’s not about individuals behaving badly.

Regulation, transparency and accountability are necessary to change this march into a dance.  Blame is not useful.  Turn off the TV.  Make some music.


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