EnergyUnlimited wrote:Pops wrote:It isn't about the money except for the push to make money equal power expressly, constitutionally, blatantly.
You have certain points here.
Even as per my believes money *should* translate into power, the exercise should be linear in nature.
I agree that we are observing substantial amount of *phantom, dishonest money* in the game.
Just meaningless numbers increasing bargaining powers of elites but entirely useless for purchasing of goods.
There is at least an order of magnitude more money than items which money could buy.
At least 90% money translate into nothing real except of means of power grab.
I don't agree with the idea that money should translate into power, but you've nailed it on the implications of massive amounts of "phantom" Money in the hands of the elites. This situation makes a fair bit of sense given where we likely are in regard to peak oil and resource limits. A large middle class that consumes massive amounts of energy and materials is just plain not going to be allowed for by reality. This is the main rationale behind the "feudal" or "neoliberal" vision of the future from a peak oil standpoint.
In my experience as a student, almost none of my peers that are concerned about issues of income inequality have an easy time understanding the problem of a consumptive middle class on the North american scale. They tend to understand wealth as something that is measured mostly in dollars, not resource use/ownership. I think we would be in for a very rude awakening indeed if a large portion of the "wealth" controlled by the top 5%(or whatever) was put into the hands of the masses.
One last observation: Some of you are taking Agents Feudalism hypothesis way, way to literally.