The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The term is bantered about in everyday conversation. The preoccupation with wealth comes from the masses not having any security, with many working multiple jobs just to meet the increasing costs of living. Meanwhile, a small percentage of the world sits back, literally with bucket loads of cash and not wanting for anything – for several lifetimes over.
But have you contemplated why this is? Why is the problem growing, and what started it? How can the situation change? Should it change?
The Rules is a “global network of activists” seeking change for the better. They acknowledge the need for reform in the areas of Money, Power, Secrecy, Ideas and The Commons. These areas focus on the empty promises and conjured lies perpetuated by governments and corporate greed. It’s a social movement that welcomes a change in worldviews, and to change the rules to something more equitable.
“The Rules” provide two pertinent clips, first released in 2013 and 2014. They give detailed yet easy to understand explanations as to why most of us live hand-to-mouth every week.
In one clip, Global Wealth Inequality is explained. In Our Land, Our Business, the world’s bankers and corporations ‘special rights’ that arrested the global economy and which have inflated their own wealth to create the inequality we face today, is documented.
None of this is by coincidence.
An organization called the World Bank paved the way for the corporations wealth; providing a route for them to take control of vital resources such as our land, food and water. From this system a ‘Doing Business Rankings’ was born, ranking each country on a list of corporations’ ease to do business there.
The clip explains that to rank well in the Doing Business Ranking, countries have to privatise their essential land and resources for these corporations to purchase. The easiest way to do this is by clearing away the local farmers, and ensuring international businesses pay very little tax. If the country has a low ranking, the World Bank lends less money at higher rates, and intentionally detracts the country from investors.
Today the 1 percent is smaller than it was decades ago. In fact, a quiet dinner party in a single room would comfortably host those with the majority of the world’s wealth in their hands. The fact is, there aren’t a lot of people out there with these levels of wealth.
Global Wealth Inequality explains the repercussions of the great wealth divide. Moving attention away from the US as a central figure, the organization focuses on the international scales of injustice, noting the divide is at critical levels globally, and not just in America.
But what can we do about it?
Sooner or later we all need to find our voice. This isn’t about the self-made millionaire, by the way – hats off to them for their accomplishment.
This is about the greedy corporations exacerbated by governmental policy and the World Bank’s domination. It’s about western nations claiming to pour billions of aid dollars into the very nations they continue to pillage for trillions.
This is a world problem. And one urgently requiring a solution. Unfortunately, changing the rules so the game is played fairly won’t happen overnight.