The one thing upon which the world’s major religions and most schools of philosophy are agreed is the perils and evil of human greed, driven by ego, lust and envy.
Unfortunately, there are some people who didn’t get the memo on greed. Take the Waltons, for example, the family behind the Walmart retail empire.
According to the financial and money website, Bloomberg, they get richer by $4 million every hour while at the same time paying their ‘associates’ (workers/slaves) a paltry $11 an hour.
There is no human being on this Earth who can justify getting $4 million an hour, and there is no justification for paying any worker a wage as low as $11 an hour?
Only the most psychologically dysfunctional or morally empty could conceivably consider such a scenario and wealth gap compatible with progress.
And yes, we’ve heard it all before about human enterprise and dynamism and hard work and entrepreneurship. But these are merely words used to legitimize greed and avarice.
Words thrown into the faces of the masses like so much dust to blind them as to the reality of the world and their true place in it.
That place is as human drones, consigned to a life spent working their fingers to the bone for a pittance while being programmed to believe that they’re actually free.
If they are free it’s free to be poor, to be homeless, to go hungry, and to suffer.
The Walton family, whose fortune now sits at an outrageous $191 billion, aren’t the only reprobates at the apex of this world grown sick with greed.
Hark the Mars family, the confectionery giants, with a fortune of $127 billion. That’s a lot of Mars Bars.
Or how about the Kochs, notorious for bankrolling numerous politicians in Washington? They’re currently sitting on a mountain of assets to the tune of $125 billion.
One cannot exist without the other.
It takes neither a PhD in economics nor any grounding in Marxist theory to grasp the fact that a world that allows for such obscene amounts of wealth to be so concentrated in the coffers of so few, is also a world that allows for obscene levels of poverty to be endured by so many.
In America today, the number of victims of poverty is legion. Some 40 million to be precise. And victims they are, to be sure. Because let us have none of this silly talk about poverty being self-inflicted.
This is just the propaganda endlessly churned out by the super rich and their flunks in positions of influence in the media and politics.
There’s an argument to be made that early Christianity was the communism of its time and that communism is the early Christianity of ours.
Because in its earliest incarnation, Christianity like communism was a revolutionary creed, emerging in response to the crippling oppression and poverty being suffered by the many in the name of a Roman Empire that was less a monument to human progress and more its impediment.
Today, it’s the plundering and corrupted American empire that is an impediment to progress; sick with greed for money, for power and for hegemony.
But who can argue that the cultural values that predominate in that world are American cultural values – and that those values are specifically the values of the super rich?
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
The next time you find yourself in Walmart, spare a thought for the Waltons. Four million bucks an hour doesn’t go as far as it used to.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.