Richard Wolff compresses it into nine minutes (and I into a short written paragraph following the video):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff: Why Efforts To End Inequality Will Fail”)
It’s really quite simple: when we forgo the sharing of work and the products of our work – a system which our ancestors once had before classical slave-holding states like ancient Rome arose – and we replace this just and caring community life with master-slave relationships (or their more modern form: employer-employee relationships) where our workplace funnels much of what we all produce into the hands of one guy (or a small group of shareholders), we then have a system which produces billionaires on one side and starving poor people on the other. Since politicians can be bribed by rich people and political campaigns can be made too expensive for anybody who is not funded by the billionaires, the take-over of our politics by those billionaires we created, is only a matter of time. Naturally, this goes hand-in-hand with propaganda (also paid for by the billionaires) warping the minds of many, so that their perception of reality is upside down and they will impatiently interrupt an eye-opening presentation instead of waiting for the discussion phase which always follows an academic presentation.
I myself constantly find myself facing such propaganda-warped minds for whom up is down and down is up — people who tell me with a straight face that, in our country, the majority rules and this majority is to blame for the mess we are in. Do they actually have to be present when the bribe money changes hands in order to wake up? I wonder.
I hope there is a more doable way than spying on our politicians’ backroom deals, namely unpaid guys like me speaking truth to power as much as we can make time outside of our bread-and-butter jobs — maybe enough so that the truth will begin to circulate and reach more people. Of course, we could do more if we didn’t have to waste our time in those dumb day-jobs that were designed to keep us too busy to fight back at the establishment. That’s why I have joined the crowd of activist journalists and writers who create a crowd-funding account. You can go and take a look at it, maybe even donate; although I don’t hold my breath. Too few people see my work for donations to come in. I think there is something like a 100:1 conversion of Patreon account visitors to donors, and who knows how few readers of my blog bother to visit the account in the first place? So there never will be the money to make me independent from a grunt job. Hence I will probably burn myself out sooner or later writing for economic and political justice. Then there will be one less of those voices we all need to make change happen. That’s part of how the establishment maintains itself. Sad, isn’t it?