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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

46 Trillion Reasons

46 Trillion Reasons

By David DeGraw
Information Clearing House
December 12, 2012

Due to technological advancements, over the past 35 years there has
been an explosion in production, distribution, profits and wealth
creation.

Most of that wealth increase has gone to only one-hundredth of
one percent of the population, to the modern day aristocracy.

In the United States, the 400 richest people now have as much wealth
as 185 million people combined, nearly 60% of the entire population.

US millionaire households have at least $46 trillion in wealth,
yet only one-tenth of one percent of the population makes one
million dollars a year.

$46 trillion.

Can you comprehend how much money that is and what could be
done with that stunning amount of wealth, the implications, the
possibilities?

Especially given the capabilities of modern technology.

Think about how we could evolve society with that astonishing
amount of wealth, and how much better off we would ALL be if
we did.

It’s hard to comprehend how much wealth $46 trillion represents.
One trillion is equal to 1000 billion, or $1,000,000,000,000.

People cannot comprehend that much wealth because there is no
frame of reference, no comparison of scale or historical precedent.

An entire generation of stratospheric wealth has been systemically
denied to the people and hoarded into the hands of a few.

It’s the greatest theft of wealth in history, a crime against humanity.

Once you wrap your mind around how much wealth $46 trillion is,
and realize how profoundly society can be transformed by it, you
begin to grasp the fact that we’ve been living under neo-feudal
rule.

If Americans had a real understanding of how much wealth is being
kept from them, we would have a full-blown societal evolution right
now.

There’s no doubt about it; the denial of wealth is what keeps us
in check, in debt.

As a wise man once said, “There are two ways to conquer and
enslave a nation. One by sword, the other by debt.”

The harsh, unavoidable truth is that we live in a system of debt
slavery.

The indentured servant is now the indebted consumer, indebted to
a modern day aristocracy that thinks we are merely wage slaves
and glorified peasants.

Instead of using the advancement of technology and exponential
increase in production, distribution and wealth creation to empower
humanity, these modern neo-feudal lords are pathological in their
shortsighted greed.

When you understand the wealth at hand, you begin to recognize
the crime against humanity that is afoot.

We live in the richest, most technologically advanced society in
human history.

Yet here we are, in the 21st century, with the highest number of
people living in poverty in American history.

People can’t afford to pay their medical bills.

Millions upon millions of American families foreclosed on.

An all-time record number of children going hungry, as record-
breaking profits and record-breaking bonuses are handed out
to the bailed out aristocracy.

It’s a massive crime against humanity.

We have people walking this earth who crashed the global economy,
then profited from it.

They are responsible for the impoverishment of tens of millions
of people, and for their recklessness, they get bailed out and
then have the audacity to not only keep their jobs, but to give
themselves all-time record-breaking bonuses, bonuses on the
backs of hardworking American taxpayers.

Their scandalous and shameful behavior makes the Robber Barons
look like Boy Scouts.

It’s so shortsighted, unstable and unsustainable. Pathological
shortsighted greed is humanity’s most severe disease.

To paraphrase Guy DeBord, ‘The economy has declared war on
humanity, attacking not only our possibilities for living, but our
chances of survival. When an all-powerful economy lost its reason
that’s what defines these times.’

We anticipate reactionary, propagandized minds impulsively
attempting to dismiss this perspective as a demonization of
wealthy people.

To be clear, we’re not against wealthy people; just because
you have wealth doesn’t make you a tyrant.

It’s the people who crashed the economy and use their money to
rig the political system, to rig the legal system, to rig the market,
to rig the rules against hardworking Americans.

It’s all the corrupt crony-capitalists we are calling out.

In fact, we don’t blame any single person. It is a systemic problem.

It’s our archaic and incredibly outdated system, a system that’s
increasingly vulnerable to, and easily rigged by, the forces of
shortsighted greed.

We know many people within the economic top one percentile
who are using their wealth and resources to improve the human
condition in many different ways.

We wish more wealthy people would put their money where their
mouth is.

We’re sure they will soon enough, in the interests of preservation,
but just having wealth in no way makes you a tyrant.

Again, when you break it down, it is really only one-hundredth
of one percent of the population that is doing the damage.

And ultimately, it is the political system and mainstream media
that allows them to get away with it, that deceives, dumbs down
and mentally conditions the population to the point where the
overwhelming majority remains unaware of their own power and
potential in an incredibly wealthy and technologically advanced
society.

Even more shocking than the $46 trillion and the 400 Americans
who have as much wealth as 185 million Americans combined, is
the fact that a mere 147 tightly knit companies control 40 percent
of the global economy.

This is obviously a highly unstable, unsustainable and unhealthy
situation.

To paraphrase from several quotes by philosopher and social
psychologist John Dewey:

‘There is no such thing as the liberty or effective power of an
individual, group or class, except in relation to the liberties and
effective powers of other individuals, groups or classes.

Liberty signifies release from the impact of particular oppressive
forces, emancipation from something once taken as a normal part
of human life, but now experienced as bondage.

Today, it signifies liberation from the coercions and repressions
that prevent people from participation in the vast wealth that is
presently at hand.

In relations between people, between capital and labor, in
our attitudes toward other members of society, we have now
developed a social conscience and awareness, and situations
that would have been accepted a generation ago are now
understood as an intolerable scandal.

Our current crisis continues only because people refuse to look facts
in the face and prefer to feed on illusions produced and circulated by
those in power with an excess that contrasts with their withholding
the necessities of life.

The day that a critical mass of people awake to the realities
of the situation, the restoration of freedom will commence.’

Fortunately, that day is now upon us.

A critical mass of humanity is now awake and aware of the
obsolete systems that limit our potential.

If the 400 wealthiest people and the CEOs from the 147 most
powerful corporations were not so blinded by shortsighted greed,
they would urgently call for a summit to strategize the most
efficient and effective way to evolve their destructive behavior
and use the immense resources that they are presently in control
of to enhance the renaissance that is just beginning.

We are on the right side of history.

We are offering an olive branch. We come in peace, respect
and love.

We’re here to amplify the mass transition into a new age of
enlightenment.

The Occupy movement was the first awakening wave from a
tsunami of transformation that is just beginning to wash over
the planet.

Each successive wave will be more effective in eradicating
humanity’s most severe disease, pathological shortsighted
greed.

Ye are few… hoarding $46 trillion.

You shall reap what you sow. Karma.

As a very wise man once said, “Enlighten the people generally,
and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like
evil spirits at the dawn of day.”

Just over the horizon shines the first ray of the new rising sun.

Welcome to Renaissance 2.0.

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