…ge American lives a life of a certain kind of strange, needless, grotesque cruelty and desperation. Society has more than enough resources — homes, money, food, medicine — to give them a decent life, and yet they struggle, a full 75% of them, for just such things…because in American thinking, nobody deserves anything, because the weak are liabilities and burdens and parasites who only deserve to be eliminated. Hence, most of the rest of the world shudders at America today, and nobody much thinks of it as civ…
At most major corporations, workers would have to labor over 300 years to earn as much as their CEO is paid in one year. At McDonald’s, a typical worker would have to work 3,101 years to earn what the CEO earns in one year.
The problem is greed. If there was not just a min. wage, but a maximum — and if the min. and max. wage were a percentage, such as the CEO may not earn more than X% of the lowest paid wage, there would not be 75% of people struggling.
Of course, the only way that would happen would be to elect people who believe we all have equal value. The world will implode before enough people could understand that concept.
We seem to like the idea of deserving, because even though most of us will never be in the top 1%, our consolation is that there’s people with less and that makes us “more deserving” than those people. *sigh*