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Friday, July 04, 2014

Speaking of Independence Day: Is America Ripe for Another Revolution?

This article says No; we're only half primed.  In order for a population to be galvanized into violent revolution, two factors must be present:  staggering economic inequality (check), and mass institutional corruption.

In terms of income equality, the United States ranks 93rd out of 155 countries measured by the World Bank. (Who'da guessed there are actually 62 countries with a wider income gap than the U.S.?)  In any case, the U.S. has a huge enough wealth gap to incite millions of angry citizens.

But (it says here) the U.S. government isn't corrupt or dysfunctional (WTF???), so a revolution is unlikely.  Silly me, I would have thought a government that's wholly owned by a few multi-trillion-dollar industries  banks, pharmaceutical companies, Big Ag, fossil fuels, defense contractors would qualify as corrupt and dysfunctional.  But, believe it or not, the U.S. is one of the world's least corrupt countries.  According to Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index, the American government is the 17th most transparent in the world.  Uh, OK...

So, a violent revolution becomes likely when both inequality and corruption combine to reach the boiling point.  According to this article, the countries most vulnerable to mass civil unrest are:  Argentina, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, and Venezuela.

Anyway, it looks like we're off the hook.  Happy Fourth.


4 Comments:

Blogger Snave said...

I wouldn't say we're even half as close to it as people like Glenn Beck seem to think we are.

We do have the income inequality, and well... when just about all the Senators, House Representatives and Governors are bought by special interests... heh!

The ingredients are there, but I think it would take a long while for "sides" to coalesce. Rich versus poor, conservatives versus progressives, believers versus non-believers, etc. Lots of disparate elements... so the "bloody revolution" openly advocated by people like Beck would accomplish nothing except creating absolute chaos, probably ending up in a military coup and martial law (just the exact opposite of what they'd want, most likely).

Bunch of dildographers!! LOL

July 5, 2014 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I thought corruption would be more of a threat to our stability than income inequality. If we're the 17th least corrupt country in the world, that global agency's definition of corruption is way different from mine. Our government is under complete corporate dominion. If that's not corruption, I don't know what is.

I think income inequality is a serious issue, but most of America's poorest people have a roof over their heads, indoor plumbing, heat, food, TV and Internet, etc. They may be struggling to pay their bills and seething with resentment, but I don't see them taking to the streets any time soon.

July 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what Today's powers never tell you about the Great Depression. The fact that the FDR administration was genuinely concerned that the conditions would start another revolution and built the New Deal to guard against it. Now since those programs are being torn down as well as all the legal controls on corruption we are due for it again.

Erik

July 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I've heard the same thing, that if FDR (or somebody similar) hadn't gotten elected, there would have been an armed revolution.

The income gap is probably wider today than it was in the 1930s, but the overall standard of living has gone way up. Millions of Americans are outraged, but I don't think too many of them are about to turn off the TV and put down the beer and chips and take to the streets.

July 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM  

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