Monday, February 7, 2011

The New Era of Revolutions

Here’s a new take on the revolutions popping up in the Arab world and, perhaps, soon in a neighborhood closer to you!
by Charlie Leck

I’ve been reading some new takes on what might be arousing the spirits of revolutionists in places like Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt. And, it makes some sense.

Consider Egypt
There are many, many highly educated people in Egypt who can’t get jobs commensurate with their educations. Many people with high levels of education in that land are living at the poverty level.

The gap between the economic classes is Egypt is vast. Vast! It is similarly wide in most of the Arab lands – Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Tunis and Syria. Many of these nations are nearly void of a middle class. Such an economic class level is normally considered the heart of a nation’s economic strength. It has always been so in the United States. Remember this as I go on!

Without a hard working, industrious, inventive, productive and stable middle class a nation has not a very solid foundation. Such nations, history has taught us, are ripe for revolution. Consider what really caused the old Soviet Union to crumble.

I am not writing here, in reality, about the Middle East or about Eastern Europe. I am thinking about America; for here the gap between the wealthy and the poor is growing wider, and wider and wider. The middle classes in the United States are not as strong as they were twenty or thirty years ago. The wealthy are far richer than they have ever been in our history. The middle class is weaker than it has been since the start the industrial revolution.

What does all this mean?

Our Supreme Court has recently empowered the corporate world in America to virtually act as individual citizens. Isn’t that crazy? It makes the man of meager means feel even more powerless and less significant in the process of political democracy.

What if correcting imbalances of wealth and the misdeeds of social justice through strictly political means (the vote) becomes impossible? What is a politically powerless people to do?

The striking thing about Egypt is just how powerless the people of the land are to make changes in the system.

What if the common people of our land feel politically meaningless against the power of the wealthy and the corporate titans of our nation?

I’m not saying – I’m just asking. And remember, there is no such thing as a foolish question; there are only foolish answers!


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