“Wealth inequality” has been used by demagogues for their political agendas. True wealth is not measured by who has the most but by who needs the least.
It has been said that “all men are created equal.” Although this may be true from a philosophical perspective, it is certainly false, not only from a geographical and social perspective but, even more importantly, from a psychological, genetic, and spiritual perspective. And this is good. Actually, this is more than good, this is great!
For starters, because of the strength of diversity. Can you even imagine a world where everyone were alike? Can you imagine what it would be like if every human aspired the same thing at the lower level? Yes, of course, we all aspire to be rich and powerful but to most, it is just an illusion because they have more immediate, very specific, and individual aspirations to worry about.
One of the greatest benefits from this aspiration diversity is the balance this generates throughout societies across the world and across every level of society.
Balance is indeed paramount for it equates sustainability at a dynamic level.
For too long political leaders and demagogues have spoken of inequality of wealth. Inequality in terms of income and in terms of distribution of wealth. This is pure narrow-mindedness and demagoguery!
It is evident that most of these leaders and demagogues have not seen firsthand the true meaning of inequality of wealth and poverty. In the great majority of developing countries one can see in one corner absolute poverty and in the next wealth in abundance. Obviously, this is part of a development process. What does not seem obvious to these leaders and demagogues is that the rich can not leave the planet with all their fortune, at least not yet. Hence the importance of focusing on the real problem, namely, the inequality in the rules of the game of life.
What really matters is equality in terms of laws and regulations and opportunities for every human being across the planet.
The main duty and obligation of any government is to create and maintain a level playing field by protecting and assisting the weak, without making them dependent thus further weakening them, while also stimulating and encouraging the strong, not punishing them as communist regimes seem to enjoy doing in a demagogical charade.
The socialist agenda, as it has been executed by all, except by its creator i.e., the Son of the carpenter, is a disgusting and hypocritical manipulation of ignorant and desperate masses begging for crumbs by egomaniacal and socially resentful tyrants.
These “socialists” of the XXI century are nothing but criminals who have butchered the livelihoods and massacred the future of their “protected” and ignorant proletariat while also murdering those who vigorously oppose them.
But those on the other extreme to the right are not free of guilt either, they have also been responsible for the creation and development of the “communists” by ignoring for too long the basic needs of the poor. “The Capitalist Threat” is indeed capitalism itself, as George Soros put it already back in 1997 (The Atlantic Monthly) after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Time is an unforgiving judge of good and bad decisions.
Time has proven, over and over again, that extreme positions, in any field, are unsustainable. Most European countries have learned this already. Look at Norway has the most participative democracy in the world and enjoys the benefits of both worlds through the highest standards of living of all its citizens. Above all, they have a sense of purpose that goes beyond short-term individual self-interest. A higher purpose based on the long-term common good!
Norway has also learned that the only “things” that transcend time and space are moral and ethical values and principles.
The time has come for the Economy of Common Sense, based on moral authority, integrity, and high-value principles, to rein in extreme and demagogical positions and free the world from dangerous, unsustainable scenarios, and egomaniacal fools.
Here’s To The Health Of A Common-Sense World Economy!
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
President & Founder
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.