The Myth of American Equality
Down through the years I’ve found myself facing situations I really wish hadn’t been so dumb or shortsighted to get myself into, but surely one of the most vivid will be staggering over a watertight ledge, thumping two seabags onto the deck and viewing the berth on my ship for the first time.
Twenty-three men in a 20 x 20 steel compartment, racks stacked four high, home sweet home. It’s too long a story, but unbeknownst to me when I enlisted, my rating was heavily black, and as I tentatively looked around nineteen black faces looked back at me with a delighted anticipation I will never forget.
Dropout college white boy, we’re gonna love your skinny white ass.
It was an education, it worked out, and if anything at all it imbued me with a much greater lens of perception to how equality has actually played out in this country. Readers have noted before I’ve stated American equality is myth, pure and simple. It’s a con job for the aristocracy.
h/t Digby (great read):
“…the true goal of conservatism is to establish an aristocracy, which is a social and psychological condition of inequality. Economic inequality and regressive taxation, while certainly welcomed by the aristocracy, are best understood as a means to their actual goal, which is simply to be aristocrats.”
h/t Atrios, linking Paul Krugman in Rolling Stone:
“It's the biggest untold economic story of our time: more of the nation's bounty held in fewer and fewer hands. And Bush's tax cuts are only making the problem worse.”
May the power of truth with Paul Krugman erode the myth of American equality, if even possible. Americans are obdurately infatuated that they are they almighty warriors of liberty and equality while the reality is quite the opposite, as tax cuts, the drug war, and health care policy amply demonstrate. America has always been committed to aristocracy and inequality. Always.