by das monde
Tue Nov 29th, 2005 at 10:03:27 PM EST
Obviously, I have been away for some time from this blog. I still have other priorities how to consume the time, but I may share a spontaneous thought for the current economics dicussions here. Noticeably, hot economic questions are being discussed: Why did the working middle class gain no substantial wealth improvement in the last 30 years, despite productivity increase? Why only the rich class is doing better and better? Is wealth distribution largely independent of economic policies?
A big difference between haves and have-nots is this. The have-nots have a fierce competition for jobs, the haves have much milder competitions. Most importantly, the haves co-operate, they make many deals. The rich are providing financial, legal, leisure and other services to each other like "rabbits taking sex". Oh yeah, if we identify a cooperation act with sex, the rich are having a constant orgy, while the poor are fighting each other just to catch an eye contact with an employer. They don't even know how sexually frustrated they are.
Take for example the current US oligarchy of Republican politicians, corporate managers and fundamentalist Christian "moralists". You may notice the strongest implementation of the communist principle "from everyone according to the ability, to everyone according to the need" ever seen.
For another example, why African communities are so poor? Without Western intervention or globalization, they probably would live centuries before, not too idealistically, but working for each other and enjoying life. But now all they can do is to fight for the right to suck a multinational dick. [Sorry for explicit language.]
The poor have the problem that they cannot find ways to be useful to others. But the haves are merciless with giving them few chances to cooperate creatively, brainwashing only with competition ideologies, and restricting them to WalMartish harems.
You may tell that something is wrong with the world when poverty is leaping in a country like the Netherlands. Globalization may provide a richer landscape of opportunities and effectiveness, but the tightly united world economy will greedily roll to the nearest hollow point, with other nice valleys never visited.