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The United States: a country where the rich are governed by the

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linshengbin 發表於 2022-6-27 07:54:15 | 顯示全部樓層 |閱讀模式 打印 上一主題 下一主題
 
On December 21, Saudi Arabia's Arab NewsNetwork published an article entitled "the United States has become acountry where the rich have, rule and enjoy" by Jeffrey Sachs, Professorof Columbia University, director of the University's Center for sustainabledevelopment and chairman of the United Nations Action Network for sustainabledevelopment. It said that Joe Biden narrowly defeated Donald Trump in theelection a year ago, But the outlook for the United States remains uncertain.It is not easy to diagnose exactly what caused the United States to be in sucha dilemma that it incited the "trump movement".
In the chaotic political situation in theUnited States, multiple factors are at work. However, in the author's opinion,the deepest crisis is political - the political institutions in the UnitedStates have failed to "promote public welfare" as promised by theU.S. Constitution. In the past 40 years, it has become a game of lobbying forthe interests of the super rich and the inner circle at the expense of the vastmajority of American citizens.
"The war of the rich against thepoor"
Warren Buffett pointed out the essence ofthe crisis in 2006. "There is no doubt that there is class struggle. Butit is my class, the rich, who is waging war, and we are winning," he said
The main battlefield is Washington.Commandos are corporate lobbyists who flock to the U.S. Congress, federalministries and executive departments. Ammunition is billions of dollars spentannually on federal lobbying (estimated at $3.5 billion in 2020) and campaigncontributions (estimated at $14.4 billion in the 2020 federal election). Thepropagandists supporting class war are corporate media led by super rich RupertMurdoch.
The American class struggle against thepoor is nothing new - it was officially launched in the early 1970s and hasbeen implemented with great efficiency over the past 40 years. For about 30years, from 1933 to the late 1960s, the development path of the United Stateswas roughly the same as that of Western Europe after the war, and was movingtowards a social democracy. After Lewis Powell, a former corporate lawyer,entered the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972, the Supreme Court opened the gate forcorporate funds to enter politics.
After Ronald Reagan became president in 1981,he strengthened the Supreme Court's attack on public welfare by reducing taxesfor the rich, attacking organized labor and abolishing environmental protectionmeasures. This trajectory has not yet reversed.
"Drifting away from socialdemocracy"
As a result, the United States is movingaway from Europe in terms of basic economic dignity, welfare and environmentalcontrol. Europe generally continues to follow the path of social democracy andsustainable development, while the United States is moving forward on a pathcharacterized by political corruption, oligarchy, widening gap between the richand the poor, contempt for the environment and refusal to limit human inducedclimate change.
Several figures illustrate the differencebetween the two. The average government revenue of the EU is less than 30% ofGDP. Therefore, European governments can provide funds for universal access tohealth care, higher education, family support and employment training, but theUnited States cannot ensure the provision of these services. European countriesranked first in life satisfaction in the global happiness index report, whilethe United States ranked only 19th. In 2019, the life expectancy of people inthe European Union was 81.1 years and that in the United States was 78.8 years.By 2019, the share of the richest 1% of households in Western Europe innational income was about 11%, while that in the United States was close to20%. In 2019, the per capita carbon dioxide emission of the United States was16.1 tons, while that of the European Union was less than 10 tons.
In short, the United States has become acountry owned, governed and enjoyed by the rich, and bears no politicalresponsibility for the climate damage it has caused to the rest of the world.The social split that led to this phenomenon led to the prevalence of"despair of death", including drug overdose and Dutch act, and theincidence rate of depression (even before the outbreak of COVID-19), theincidence of depression increased (especially among young people). Politically,these dislocations have led in different directions - most ominously, to trump,who provides false populism and personal worship. While serving the rich, usingxenophobia to distract the poor, launching a cultural war and posing as a strongman may be the oldest tactics in the tactics Manual of demagogic politicians,but they still work surprisingly today.



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