Do y’all remember the “Occupy Wall Street” movement? I bet you haven’t heard much about it recently. Though it didn’t actually disappear, we don’t hear about the “one-percenters” much anymore. These days, they focus more on a non-issue called “income inequality.”
Why do I say it’s a non-issue? Because we shouldn’t be worried about people making a lot more money than ourselves. If we have a roof over our heads, bread on the table, medical care and clothes on our backs, then we’re better off than many of our ancestors. We should be happy about that.
“But,” cry the 99-percenters, “a lot of people DON’T have enough to eat, a roof over their heads or medical care!” That may be the case, but we shouldn’t take it for granted that “income inequality” is to blame. Perhaps they should look at high birthrates among low-IQ people, low expectations/requirements for privileged groups (blacks and women), the costs of law-enforcement, incarceration and litigation associated with the proliferation of low-IQ populations, and the costs of forced integration and associated insurance rate hikes. If Reuben (a random person) is very successful, his success doesn’t necessarily come at the expense of Simon (another random person).
I was reading the transcript of one of John Derbyshire’s radio talks, and found this:
That’s how it is in the Cold Civil War. It’s whites against whites. It’s mostly the white liberals who scream and shout and swoon. Blacks will put on some kind of show if they’re paid to: like the Black Lives Matter movement, which is funded by radical white billionaires like George Soros and oil heiress Leah Hunt-Hendrix. The real passion comes from whites, though — people like those billionaire radicals.
“Radical white billionaires” AKA the “one-percenters.” For all their rhetoric about common folk, Clinton and Sanders are (or will ultimately be) working for the interests of the one-percenters. Even if Sanders breaks up the large banks, raises corporate taxes and increases the minimum wage, the one-percenters will remain ensconced upon their thrones. They will find a way to manipulate the system in their favor, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
I think one reason the very concept of “one-percenter” fell out of grace is that it conflicts with the “evil white people”/”holy people-of-color” dichotomy at the center of liberal ideology. If the one-percenters only care about themselves, then they clearly don’t care about poor, and middle-class, white people.
Some say that the wealthy elite uses race and politics to divide the rest of us. This may well be true, but it doesn’t mean that such divisions are unimportant in their own right. One can take an important issue and capitalize upon it.
Speaking of important issues, I’ve signed up for the upcoming Amren conference. I hope to meet some of y’all there.