I’ve written before on why we should focus attention upon the powerful, rather than people who experience oppression. Pretty much Changing the World 101 as far as I’m concerned. Want to change domestic violence? Dismantle masculinity constructs which equate power and control with being a man, and encourage ideas of relationships between whole people which involve sharing decision making and healthy autonomy. Racism enraging you? Examine the ways white privilege operates – then insist it is named and challenged wherever you see it, because every time we pretend something is racially neutral, we’re probably perpetrating racism.
We spend far too much time, when it comes to economics, talking about poverty. We have all these narratives about it. People who don’t have enough are probably lazy, if not now then earlier in life. They didn’t try hard enough at school, or they take the piss at work. They’re probably drinking too much. Look at the food they buy, that’s disgusting. Besides, they’ve got Sky TV/that flash jacket/new sunglasses every week/something I don’t approve of them buying if they were really that poor……
Let’s talk about greed. In stats, because I like them:
- The richest 100 billionaires in the world are worth $240 billion. Oxfam thinks that’s enough to END world poverty four times over
- The richest 1% in the world have increased their income by 60% in the last 20 years. The financial “crisis” has just accelerated this wealth grabbing
- Here in Aoteroa, according to Stats NZ, the richest 10% get 25% of our total income, and own 50% of our total wealth
So let’s talk about those rich people. How they live, the choices they make, how they make such profits. Because if we did, I’m pretty sure there wouldn’t be quite as many people out there prepared to put up with such a corrupt and inhumane way of organising sharing our resources.