Conservatives keep pushing for austerity measures, despite the fact that all economic evidence makes clear that austerity is destructive to the economy. Here's the problem: The economy is nothing more than a game to the rich. Why should it be anything else? They're insulated from any of the harsh realities everyone else faces. Money exists purely as an abstract thing to them, digits on a bank statement. Most damning of all is the fact that not only have few of them done anything the rest of us would regard as actual work, but the vast majority of their wealth at this point is accrued through investment schemes driven by such things as automated stock-trading programs that buy and sell within literal microseconds to maximize returns. Investing is bad enough, because you're getting rich off someone else's work but this is even worse because it requires absolutely nothing but start-up capital. It's even less respectable than being a professional gambler, because at least gamblers have to sit at the table and play for themselves.
No, at this point our entire economy has become one big game of Monopoly. We've reached that point near the end where the obvious winner hasn't gotten the last few pieces, and the rest of us have to keep playing even though we were realistically eliminated hours ago. Austerity isn't about the economy. It's about the coup de grace for the rich. They can't kill the rest of us, so the next best thing is to kill all participation in our existence.
|First to a MILLION wins! The rest of us have to sit on and watch.|
I don't know what to do. In the game, you can just agree that it's pointless to play it out because it's so painfully obvious what will happen and the victor-to-be has the chance to either graciously accept the request and begin gloating, or to whine about wanting to see it through - because, after all, as the presumptive victor, he or she is entitled to make everyone bear witness to their triumph.
We get it. You're rich. You have almost everything. Can we concede that and get on to something else? I hate Monopoly. Let's play Frozen Kissers, because I need some kissin'.