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The great wealth divide – US 5th worst in developed world…

October 28, 2011

Yet another study was released today ranking the US the 5th worst country in the developed world regarding the distribution of wealth. Only Greece, Chile, Mexico, and Turkey were worse.

Take a moment to reflect on the general economic situation of these five countries.

Greece appears to be one of those countries described in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Did you know the Greek government doesn’t collect taxes in election years? Their railway system costs 4 times more to operate than it earns. Railway workers are some of the highest paid civil servants in the country.

The Chilean government isn’t expected to last the year, as protests there grow larger and more violent by the day.

Mexico is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

20% of Americans make more money than the rest of America combined. Exxon Oil made $10 billion in profit in the last quarter. Not the last year – no, they made $10 billion in profit, in just the last three months.

But the protesters must be careful not to create the levels of intolerance we criticize the rich/right-wingers for having. After the two-tour of duty Iraqi vet Scot Olsen was shot in the head by police in the Occupy Oakland march Wednesday morning, the protesters marched on City Hall last night. But when the mayor wanted to address the crowd, when she wanted to apologize for what had happened, the protesters refused to let her speak. She had to resort to making a Youtube video.

Such intolerance leeches onto dangerous ground. The intolerance of the political right is replaced by intolerance on the left, and we find ourselves right back where we started.

It is not hard for revolution to lead to totalitarianism. The sanctity of a fevered crowd can easily overwhelm to rights of the individual. John Stuart Mill, who wrote the great treatise On Liberty, warned that the tyranny of the majority is always as dangerous as that of the dictator.

Words we need to heed and understand if the Occupy movement is going to make real change…

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