Thursday, June 24, 2010


"The top 225 individuals now possess wealth equal to the combined incomes of the bottom 47 percent of the world's population. (Roughly, the average wealth of each one of these individuals is equal to the combined incomes of ten million people earning the average income of the bottom half of humanity)... In the US, the upper 1 percent of the population owns more wealth than the bottom 95 percent". -from David Schweickart's After Capitalism.

Now, ask yourself the following questions.
  1. How did such inequalities come about?
  2. How is such a vastly unequal state of affairs reproduced and maintained?
  3. By what means are we (95% of the population of the US) made to tolerate such an arrangement?
  4. Why is the discussion of this matter absent from mainstream political discourse?
  5. What could we (collectively, as a society) do with the (socially produced) wealth held by the top 1% if it was put to uses other than the enrichment of a small elite?
  6. When so much human potential and talent is wasted by the destructive forces of poverty, oppression and exploitation, why should we allow such vast resources to be concentrated among a tiny clique of people for whom there is no such thing as enough wealth?
This is what animates the socialist thought that "another world is possible".

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