The political and cultural upheaval of the last four years has divided the country on an ever-hardening partisan and generational lines. One feeling that unites Americans as much as it did before the 2016 election is economic dissatisfaction. They’re still angry and still unsettled about the future.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that despite Americans’ overall dissatisfaction of there own personal situation only being 22% (very dissatisfied), the state of the U.S. economy dissatisfaction is 70% (very dissatisfied). How can this be? There is only one word for this – envy! Nevertheless, it is what it is and we now must ask the question, what does this mean for the future of America.
There’s a common thread tying together the most disruptive revolutions of human history, and it has some scientists worried about America. In those revolutions, conflict largely boiled down to pervasive economic inequality. The Gini coefficient, which measures wealth inequality, has shown that civilization tends to move toward inequality as some people gain the means to make others relatively poor – and employ it. If Ginis get too high, we could be inviting revolution and/or state collapse. Currently, the U.S. Gini score is around .81, one of the highest in the world, according to the 2016 Allianz Global Wealth Report.
Looking at Gini coefficients is one way to see the results of envy, but we present another. Now we don’t want to get all religious on you and preach god, but nevertheless, the author (some believe to be Moses) of the ten commandments may give us an insight into this – even if from a metaphoric literary philosophic point of view. We list them here in case you forgot:
- You shall have no other Gods but me.
- You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it.
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
- You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.
- Respect your father and mother.
- You must not commit murder.
- You must not commit adultery.
- You must not steal.
- You must not give false evidence against your neighbor.
- You must not be envious of your neighbor’s goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.
The 10 commands seem to be written in a hierarchical form. Starting with a relationship of a god, family, and then moving down the pyramid to the base of the motivation of what is believed to be “sin.” If we wanted to start at the base of the pyramid and move up, we could read them in reverse order – starting with the 10th commandment – envy.
So in this model, “sin” starts with envy. Once you have this envious desire and want to do something about it – you start to lie (9th commandment) to get what you want, and then even start to steal (8th commandment). Then adultery (7th commandment), and not just in a sexual sense, but also committing adultery to one values of right and wrong. When all else fails – murder (6th commandment), perhaps even war.
It is a progression of the seriousness of outward acts and outcomes – starting with envy. The rest of the commandments deal with organizational structure – a subject for another time. Using this model for how human nature works, if Americans are extremely envious today – we can see well where this eventually leads. Some parts of this model other than envy are already being done in our society today.
But hang on a minute, aren’t the “1%” taking advantage of the rest – is this fair? Most likeless yes. News Forecasters believes the fraud in the economy is extensive. Perhaps even as high as 50 to 70% of the wealth of the “1%” is unjustified and fraud – a subject for another time. BUT, the elimination of fraud and envy are two different things. To tax the rich just because they are rich is envy politics. It also destroys a merit-based society. Rather the focus should be on elimination of fraud – this is not what Americans are doing.
Politicians are just a mirror of society. If Americans are envious, politicians will present policies choices that satisfy this need – class warfare. To fight back against this, the “1%” get the rest to fight amongst themselves under the banner of racial, gender, national and other “religious” ideologies. We see evidence of this in the way media, academia, Hollywood and business elites “get woke” – at least publically.
The odds that Americans will turn away from envy is not good – the elites will see to this. So the battle lines are drawn and the actors will now act out this play. Without some intervention of some type, the future is clear – we have outlined here one scenario. Oh dear …
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