Oh boy. I can really sink my teeth into this one. One of the greatest evils humanity has ever inflicted upon itself, is the belief that money is more important than anything else.
Those with money and power have long done everything they can to retain their positions of privilege. You need only look at how many millionaires sit in the United States Congress. Across party lines, there are nearly 50 members of Congress who have wealth of at least $10 million. Is it any great surprise that people want to court such wealth? The lobbying of these powerful, rich figures is a crucial mechanism of the US political machine, and it’s not limited to the US either.
British PM Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty are said to be worth £730 million, whilst Victorian throwback Jacob Rees-Mogg is said to be worth more than £100 million. Is it any great surprise that these Tory MPs are among many other Tory MPs that are against wealth taxes? At a time when energy costs are spiralling through the roof, these out of touch toffs don’t have to worry about heating their homes, or the cost of food. They’ll almost certainly be quaffing expensive champagne, paid for by the taxpayer, whilst everyone else tightens their belts, and watches their income dwindle.
I have lamented on this topic, so many times, but as one small-time blogger, I really don’t know how much of an impact my voice can have. Society is riddled with inequalities, for various reasons, but on problems like poverty and homelessness, the means are there to solve them, yet we place profit ahead of people. Until such a time that our attitudes change, we’ll never be rid of these problems.