Let Them Eat Cake

Our society works best when our economic policies converge wealth towards the mean. Right now, in almost every country, wealth is unbalanced and the imbalance seems to be getting worse with every political upheaval that we read about in the news.

I believe more than anything, this wealth disparity is the cause for things like Trump, Bolsonaro and Brexit: people would rather flip over the table and hope for something new rather than continue to sit with people they feel are actively working against them. The rise of these radical departures from the norm are simply pre-cursors for the pent up dissent over inequality.

History has repeatedly shown that when the gap between the rich and the poor grows too wide, there will be a revolution. At this present point in time, there is a very well documented chasm between the have’s and the have-nots which has resulted in these political mini-revolutions. Unfortunately, I believe we are now seeing the beginnings of a more violent movement:

www.theguardian.com/world/201…

I doubt most politicians view it through this lens, but I hope they eventually can change their perspective because historically, revolutions don’t end well for the ruling party.

Jonathan Hays @cheesemaker