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The Intolerable Proletariat
Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It's Not Off to Work We Go
Ultimately, the uber-rich will find something munching on their behinds. Things come around full circle. The economy of the US cannot survive for long without a middle-class that is able to consume (make purchases).
For now, we are being force-fed inferior, foreign-made products that are cheap in every sense of the word. However, even now, the middle-class must think two or three times before buying ANYTHING -- even goods of the lowest quality.
No purchases equals no tax harvest, and this is not sustainable for the long term. People feel as if they are splurging if they eat out or buy the latest gee-wiz gadget. And they are. The idea now seems to be: live for the moment for tomorrow may never come. But, tomorrow eventually arrives.
Eventually, the greatest consumer nation on the planet will be placed on a strict, forced diet. For many, that eventuality has already arrived.
For many, tomorrow means another day of coupon hunting.
When the majority of women have no choice but to start sewing their own dresses, we will have arrived at the eighteenth century again.
At that point the middle-class may get busy constructing guillotines and line up the elites to lop off their heads (I think something like this happened in France a while back). But, even before things get to this drastic stage, the elite will have to alter their greedy, self-interested, capitalist policies, as they will see their corporate empires imploding and the flow of money into their accounts thinning to a trickle.
And who can say for sure when the Middle Class will awaken from its complacency and begin smashing store-front windows or turn to using their millions of hand-guns (and even assault rifles) against a wavering police force?
What will be the tipping point? What will break the camel's back ...? Will it be when their cable is cut off and their giant, wide-screen TVs sit for weeks/months like overturned monoliths? Will an actual rebellion begin when gas prices double? Will the action begin when all that can be afforded are food staples, or when cosmetics become unaffordable, or when water starts to become rationed?
Perhaps it will take a synergy of these privations (or others we can only guess at) to get the ball rolling.