If we as Americans accept the idea that the only hope for our future rests with the rich and the multinationals, and that we must abandon the fundamental principle of equality of opportunity, then perhaps we need to take another look at the American Dream.
As we observe Labor Day 2011, it's clear that working men and women in the U.S. and Canada are hurting. As more and more money continues to be siphoned off by the wealthiest, the middle class is being decimated.
We are facing generations of underemployment, financial insecurity and enormous levels of inherited debt. Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, racial economic inequality is on the rise rather than declining.
The problems that people face in a country like ours, in which there is such a wide disparity of wealth, cannot be addressed comprehensively by charities, no matter how many people of good will donate or volunteer.
This week, like the Roman senators who lined up one by one to stab Julius Cesar 2000 years ago, the Democrats in Congress, the protectors of the middle class if you will, have lined up to do the same to us.
You'd think there'd be some kind of general uprising against the way large corporations are still not raising salaries or even hiring until they get more tax breaks. Good thing there's social media, or they'd be quaking in their boots...
Governments in the poorer countries are under enormous pressure to meet the booming demands of the new middle class while those of the richer nations are struggling to contain the fall in living standards of the existing bourgeoisie.