My son and I recently attended a talk regarding Income Inequality at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Vancouver. I went because the speaker has had hundreds of his articles published in progressive websites like OpEdNews, and I always had thought of him as one of the good guys.
Now I donâ€™t.
Iâ€™ve tried a number of different approaches to writing about the event and I thought it was best to keep the speaker anonymous for now and just let his statements speak for themselves.
Whatâ€™s happening in the United States, the divisiveness, the polarization, again, is related to this fundamental economic problem. Because when so many people feel that theyâ€™re working so hard, theyâ€™re working harder than ever, but theyâ€™re not getting anywhere. Theyâ€™re actually falling behind. They feel economically insecure.
When all of those people feel that the game is rigged against them, they get angry. They get frustrated. Theyâ€™re very prone to demagogues on the left or the right - it doesnâ€™t matter who want to point the finger of blame at immigrants or at the poor or at the rich, at corporations or at government or at the trade unions. Thereâ€™s a lot of blame to go around.â€ť
This was the first WTF moment.