Re: New Age Slavery

Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:56 pm, #7
by Doctor A
Seanc,

No doubt many a congressman, attorney, and staff member has spent countless hours plying their craft to enact just such structures. Although many profess to embrace the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, they are really espousing a different golden rule, "those with the gold make the rules." No wonder those who have been victimized by Economic Inequality are relegated to the bottom rung of the social dung heap. Adding insult to injury, the victim is then blamed for being lazy, stupid, insolent, or uncaring to account for their social position.

But how can this be?

From Wikipedia: Learned helplessness is behavior typical of an organism (human or animal) that has endured repeated painful or otherwise aversive stimuli which it was unable to escape or avoid. After such experience, the organism often fails to learn escape or avoidance in new situations where such behavior would be effective. In other words, the organism seems to have learned that it is helpless in aversive situations, that it has lost control, and so it gives up trying. Such an organism is said to have acquired learned helplessness.

Surely if you kick Pavlov's mongrel dog enough times it learns to stay out of your way. Like the dog, those who have been maligned learn through conditioning not to be uppity or the punishment is just around the corner.

But for those powerful elites who are shaping the rules, a sense of learned optimism comes into play. They continually get rewarded and profit from their behavior especially if there is no counter force to oppose them. Why shouldn't they be optimistic? Repeating the reward cycle just becomes habitual for them. And so the structures remain in place over and over again.

In India there is the story of a dog who is thrown an old dry bone. The dog chews and chews on the bone crushing it between its teeth until the bone shatters and cuts its mouth. As the blood rushes into it mouth the dog it thinks to himself, "my what a juicy and tasty bone."

Likewise our poor and downtrodden masses are thrown a bone in the form of philanthropy every now and then as if this will solve the hunger people have for a better life. But do not be deceived by this red herring.

The bottom line is quite clear as Bob Lord reports on January 24th, 2015 in his article, "Can Philanthropy Fix Our Inequality?" http://inequality.org/philanthropy-solution-inequality/ He states, Does the Bill Gates argument that philanthropy can save us from inequality have any merit?

In a word: no. A recent Family Wealth Transfers Report from researchers at Wealth-X, a Singapore-based consultancy, and the NFP financial services company suggests just how misplaced Gates’ faith in the generosity of his peers happens to be.

The world’s ultra-wealthy — those with fortunes of $30 million or more — will pass $16 trillion in wealth at death over the next three decades, this new report projects. Only $300 billion of the total, less than 2 percent, will flow to charities. And a sizeable portion of those relatively stingy charitable transfers will undoubtedly flow to family foundations, from which the children of the ultra-wealthy will draw handsome salaries for deciding how to dribble out the income of those foundations to real charities.

It is not far-fetched to think the dog from India is faring better than most of us.