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Saturday, December 05, 2015

In some ways Black Lives Don't Matter, as much. Say forty-one milliion, to one hundred. But then white lives among the have-nots don't matter too much, either.

Guardian, here.

All those indolent, shiftless, irresponsible souls - shameful, some may say:

The economic hoarding by those at the top has been termed “income inequality”, but that’s neither a strong nor accurate enough phrasing. I have never heard poor people complain about “income inequality”; poor people complain about being screwed out of housing , or about working more hours for less pay or about having to choose between medicine and food.

“Inequality” sounds like something that happens by accident and can be remedied by fiddling around the edges. It is not as if the rich are a little more equal and the poor a little less equal, and if we shift a bit we’ll all come out in the middle. What we’ve been calling “income inequality” might be better understood as a war waged by US political and economic policy on the poor.

A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies issued this week analyzed the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans and found that “the wealthiest 100 households now own about as much wealth as the entire African American population in the United States”. That means that 100 families – most of whom are white – have as much wealth as the 41,000,000 black folks walking around the country (and the million or so locked up) combined.

Similarly, the report also stated that “the wealthiest 186 members of the Forbes 400 own as much wealth as the entire Latino population” of the nation. Here again, the breakdown in actual humans is broke down: 186 overwhelmingly white folks have more money than that an astounding 55,000,000 Latino people.

The disparities in wealth that we term “income inequality” are no accident, and they can’t be fixed by fiddling at the edges of our current economic system. These disparities happened by design, and the system structurally disadvantages those at the bottom.

[links omitted, go to the original item for detail and for the balance of the item]

Hoarding surely is an apt term for the mischief of the arrogant elite, those that Koch brothers invite, those Romney lectured about the written-off 47 percent of Americans.

Certainly, Romney was an arrogant ass then.

Likely, he still is.

Moreover, the "war waged by US political and economic policy on the poor," does not need one single pair of military boots to be on Syrian ground.

Hooray.

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