The thing about wealth redistribution is that it’s going to happen one way or another. All this blather about the end of history is elitist nonsense. History didn’t start with Marx. There have been peasant rebellions all down through history. Nothing new about a peasant revolt. People will only take so much crap, you know.
Wealth redistribution happens because the folks with a lot less deem it just. They deem their situation, starving and with nothing, to be unjust, no matter how many scams the rich come up to get them to accept things.
The rich have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves: They tell the poor that that’s just the way it is (religion or pie in the sky when you die) or that help is just around the corner (The latest scam – neoliberalism is always just starting to work – let’s just give it some time now!), that flooding the pockets of the rich with cash is the best way to help the peons (trickle down economics), that the party of the rich is the one that benefits the peons the most (the Republican line in the US – liberalism makes you poor).
You can only lie to people so much and for so long. Even idiots are not completely stupid, though Americans seem to be trying to set a record.
Wealth will be redistributed. Why? People don’t like to starve. You can tell people in a thousand ways that their starvation is inevitable or help is on the way or just give us time or God made them starve, but after a while, you can’t fool people anymore. When people are starving, those chickens and cows in Robert Taylor’s yard will be redistributed to folks who didn’t eat yesterday. If not peacefully, then violently. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
If the rich had any sense…
If the rich had any sense, they would spread stuff around a bit just to keep the kettle on and ward off a serious revolution where their head ends up on the chopping block.
But they don’t.
That is, the rich have no sense.
They always think that they can stay in power forever, and keep all their stuff forever. There is nothing more arrogant than a rich man. Revolution will never come, he says, and if it does, we will simply defeat it and not give up a dime.
During the Salvadoran Civil War, I studied Salvadoran politics. It was amazing to see. About 2% of the population ran the whole country, and had a huge army and police force who slaughtered anyone who peeped up and said no. The wealth redistribution was off the charts. The rich had it all, and 90% of the population was poor. About 8% were middle class, and they didn’t live very well.
Yet Salvadoran executive and legislative politics was a shocking thing. It was frankly a process whereby the Salvadoran elite was continuously trying to take wealth and land from the other 98% of the population. No matter how much they had, they always wanted more. I thought there wasn’t anything left to steal, but apparently I was wrong! Then I realized something: A rich man never has enough money. The life of a rich man consists of getting up every day and figuring out how to get even richer.