Wealth is about power and control. Those extremely rich in this country have the power to take advantage of the poor while controlling the main public discourse. If this were a real democracy, capitalism would be just fine. The people would be able to check the government and would actually have a say in what goes on. But the system of government we have right now is essentially a puppet show when it comes to unequal distribution of wealth. The wealthy is able to do whatever they want while everyone is distracted by other things. When the people start asking too many questions, the government distracts them with laws that do nothing to lower inequality. The entire nation will debate about a poor persons right to get free healthcare, but no one notices how much money we pour into military spending, the “war on drugs” and the incarceration of a large chunk of the nations black men. All the Wall Street “reform” act did was give big corporations a new set of rules that their lawyers will find loop holes around. The regulations we do pass are just designed to pacify the American public as the rich elite continues to maximize profits and take advantage of the working poor. But Americans don’t know that… and they never will because the government was able to pretend like it was doing its job.
Elon James White