[Debate] Why aren't there more protests over financial inequality?

Why isin't there more protests over the wealth inequality?

Why isin't there more protests over the wealth inequality? We're looking at a quarter of the population out of work and shelter soon, but we witness little to no overlap with racial wealth inequality, with a lot of people not able to eat, let alone afford a place to live. It sucks

Because in America there's an embedded belief that the rich folks earned it while the poor folks are lazy or stupid.

garion333 wrote:

Because in America there's an embedded belief that the rich folks earned it while the poor folks are lazy or stupid.

Also the embedded belief that you may be poor now, but you will earn being rich in the future, because you don't deserve to be poor.

A good chunk of the poor don't want to hobble the rich because of a false belief that they will be rich someday. They think Bezos "earned" 600+ BILLION dollars and they will too.

Arguably we have had a lot--there were some massive protests in 2011 that have had ongoing effects.

As to why there aren't more, one reason--in America at least--is that a lot of people were at a precarious spot where they were barely hanging on, so couldn't afford to protest. Of course, a lot of those people are unemployed now...

Also, in the US the cops kill people for protesting peacefully, which tends to discourage protest.

Yeah, that's a good point. A lot of people who would protest can't because of finances. One of the reasons Republicans don't want a strong safety net is it would make it easier for people to protest their abhorrent policies.

It’s been a fortuitous time to be able to sustain protests demanding racial justice and against our CiC - the pandemic and its 2.5 month closure meant people who may not normally have had the luxury of sustaining protest to do so.

We live in a society that has, knowingly and willingly allowed unchecked capitalism to stifle our other rights. Sure you can protest but you can’t take more than 3 days in a row off; and you aren’t paid r the days you exercise your right.

A recent shower thought found me chuckling at this about the 2A folks; sure you can have your “militia” but good luck taking off work for any period of time. You wouldn’t have money for ammo.

One of my black friends shared his perspective with me on, well we talk about lots of things, but relevant to this topic particular is that “THEY have and continue to train us to view our struggles as black and white, when it’s moreso about wealth and the implicit power that comes with it. Once folks wisen up to that, that’s when the wealthy’s walls come tumbling down.”

If folks wisen up to it, and that is a BIG 'if' in this environment.

Thank you all You have answered my questions. Much love.

Drazzil wrote:

Why isin't there more protests over the wealth inequality? We're looking at a quarter of the population out of work and shelter soon, but we witness little to no overlap with racial wealth inequality, with a lot of people not able to eat, let alone afford a place to live. It sucks

There's a lot of people who live in America who don't expect others to take care of them, and don't envy the rich - they are content to earn a living, take care of their families, and live their lives. They protested the lockdown without burning a single building, and they still got arrested and harassed for their troubles.

Those people sound like they’ve bought into the ideals that are largely the driving force behind why things have gotten so bad.

Aetius wrote:
Drazzil wrote:

Why isin't there more protests over the wealth inequality? We're looking at a quarter of the population out of work and shelter soon, but we witness little to no overlap with racial wealth inequality, with a lot of people not able to eat, let alone afford a place to live. It sucks

There's a lot of people who live in America who don't expect others to take care of them, and don't envy the rich - they are content to earn a living, take care of their families, and live their lives. They protested the lockdown without burning a single building, and they still got arrested and harassed for their troubles.

What a smug load of bullsh*t, perfectly encapsulating the hypocrisy of Libertarians. Protesting to force others back to work, so they can be cared for, showing up at rallies armed to the teeth, storming at least one legislature, and then complaining about the sort of police treatment that the rest of the country is fighting for. But never damaging a piece of property!! That would be unimaginable!
And most of us don't envy billionaires we want to destroy them as a class and never have them come back.

You know, there were a lot of people who lived in the Confederacy who didn't expect to own slaves, and didn't envy the slaveowners - they were content to earn a living, take care of their families, and live their lives. They opposed the Union Aggressionists without firing a single bullet, and they still got their farms torched into the ground and pillaged for their troubles.

Oh, yes, those protesting the “lockdowns” that never were really lockdowns in the US buy wholesale into the “work to live” mentality. They are content to be minuscule pieces of the corporate socialism machine the US has built to be so large.

People protesting the fact that we do not have social structures in place to allow us to stop for a friggin medical crisis... should they be arrested? No; informed that plenty of us think they are full of crap? Absolutely. This idea that one’s “freedom” supersedes the health of their community and that the “economy” is more important than the middle and lower-class citizenry that fuel it is such a huge sign of how brainwashed we’ve been.

Family member thinks everyone should just pay the same tax percentage. Say, 12%; that’ll be fair! Make more, pay more, make less, pay less!

Let’s just look at middle-class in a high Cost of Living area.

$90,000 - 10,800 = $79,200 left for everything else. Now, dive into our fabulous private health insurance system, gas needed to drive to our 9-5’s because heaven forbid we institute wide-scale permanent work from home, social security, Medicare, all that Jazz....

Now, let’s just play with the dude that earns $1,000,000 in a year. Clears $880,000

Hmm. Hmm. Sure, they’ll still have the other expenses mentioned.

Now, I’m not going to fabricate data to say the lesser earner often works harder than the other.

Anecdotally, working in the community I do (low-income) - single and two-parent households working 2-3 jobs to provide a basic standard of living, lack of flexibility in schedules, so unable to support their children’s extra curricular activities/schooling.

That 880,000 pays for the things that come out of a paycheck, and then oh hey - enough for help with housecleaning, child care, vacations, personal shoppers, so on and so forth and still leaves them with loads.

It’s a very flawed system. Very very flawed. I didn’t call this person out on this when we spoke years ago, and wish I had the confidence I have now in my beliefs to do so then.

Yeah, the simple answers to the originally posed question are brainwashing, inconvenience, lack of PTO, and ignorance.

Zoso1701 wrote:

One of my black friends shared his perspective with me on, well we talk about lots of things, but relevant to this topic particular is that “THEY have and continue to train us to view our struggles as black and white, when it’s moreso about wealth and the implicit power that comes with it. Once folks wisen up to that, that’s when the wealthy’s walls come tumbling down.”

Wasn't that what Bernie was campaigning on?