Go to any city, anywhere in this world, start at the center of the city, walk, or bike, around in ever larger circles. You will find in the center many tall buildings, built to impress most with beautiful glass facades, emblazoned with grand titles, Bank of America, Citi Bank, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Hilton Hotel, Trump Towers, and so on. All of these buildings are monuments to Wealth, they have Central Air Conditioning, Central Heating, brilliant lighting schemes, fancy, decorated offices, especially the LAW offices, above all, nothing but the best for the well-to-do…..
Every day these monoliths fill up with the workers, fairly paid, whose job is to keep it all humming along smoothly. Somewhere around 5 or 6 p.m. they empty out, the workers head for home, but the buildings keep on humming along, usually an armed guard or two or three patrol throughout the night to protect the castles of greed from invasion by the ignorant masses. In the hot summers the air conditioning runs 24/7. In the winter, the heating system takes over, it also runs 24/7, can’t have the water pipes freezing, or the workers arriving to find a cold office awaiting them…..
Now, enlarge your circle, depart the center where the signs of great wealth begin to taper off, the buildings there are smaller, there may be some large factories, some occupied, some not, those not occupied are usually in a state of dis-repair, maybe boarded up. Here you will find homeless encampments, so-called “street people” some will have tents, some will be sleeping on newspaper and cardboard. These people will usually be hustling for their next meal, or their next bottle of cheap wine or Vodka, or perhaps a hit of Meth, or Heroin, or whatever drug is available at the moment…..
These two scenarios are the inevitable result of the accumulation of Great Wealth…..Great Wealth does not just appear out of nowhere, it does not grow on trees, it must be Produced. The only way to produce Great Wealth is through the means of exploitation. The Planet is drilled, mined, deforested, over-fished. All of this is done by the employment of “Cheap Labor”, when the workers are used up or no longer necessary, they are cast aside, like trash is taken to the dumps…..
Every year our schools brainwash the upcoming generation to calmly accept their lot in life, some few are selected out to receive a college education, so that the ranks of engineers, chemists, architects, lawyers, doctors, and of course accountants can be filled. Some lucky few to be the next Master’s of the Universe, these are more often than not the progeny of the current Master’s of the Universe. The bible of the Master’s of the Universe is not the usual King James version of the bible. The bible of the Masters is a 71 page book called: “The Prince” published by the Florentine statesman and writer Niccolo Machiavelli in the year 1513 A.D. Conceived as a treatise in the manner of Aristotle on the acquisition and maintenance of Political Power, and the nature of successful rule. Eschewing Moral Standards in favor of practical expedience.
Here are a few excerpts from the book:pg. 46, “It is necessary, indeed. to put a good color on this nature, and skillful in simulating and dissembling. But men are so simple, governed so absolutely by their present needs, that he who wishes to deceive will never fail in finding dupes. One recent example I will not omit. Pope Alexander VI had no care or thought but how to deceive, and always found material to work on. No man ever had a more effective manner of asseverating, or made promises with more solemn protestations, or observed them less, and yet because he understood this side of human nature, his frauds always succeeded.” ~~~~~”And you are to understand that a Prince, and most of all a new Prince, cannot observe all these rules of conduct in respect whereof men are accounted good, being often forced, in order to preserve his Princedom, to act in opposition to good faith, charity, humanity, and religion. He must therefore keep his mind ready to shift as the winds and tides of Fortune turn, and, as I have already said, he ought not to quit good courses if he can help it, but should know how to follow Evil courses if he must.“
So this is the Rich man’s guidebook. Do you notice, if you deign to notice anything, that when the “Ignorant Masses” suddenly wake up a bit and decide to protest for better wages or better working conditions, how quickly the forces of the LAW descend upon them? How cleaver they are at inserting an agitator into the mob, to perhaps break a window, or burn a car, so their force can be unleashed and the “Mob” dispersed…..One must remember Who makes the LAWS. Just like our so called Constitution, the laws are written by and for the protection of the “Landed Gentry.” Or the “Princes” Or as they prefer “Master’s of the Universe.”
Oh! How our President extols the great Economic Success of our “Great Nation”. Well it is good for the wealthy few, especially with those magnificent Tax Cuts, meanwhile back in the Real World, more and more people become homeless, drug addiction kills more and more people, more and more people become medically bankrupt, the climate worsens, heat waves, fires, storms pummel the land, but do not worry, Be Happy, everything is fine! Soon enough we will enter into another tidy little War, because war is great for the Economy. So, in ending, I would say we deserve the title of :The Ignorant Masses” Because we fail to take the steps necessary to create a better world for our children to inherit, one of equality for all human beings, and not just the Privileged few.