by Jack Reeves
"The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles." -- Karl Marx
"It's the economy, stupid!" -- James Carville
Marx and Carville agree that wealth (the subject of economics) and what it creates (class, power) determines human society. When the accumulation of wealth and power resides in the hands of a few, causing intolerable social disparity revolution results. Economics is the core.
Ten examples: English, American ("Taxation without representation."), French ("Let them eat cake."), Russian ("Workers of the world unite."), Spanish, German ("Heil Hitler.") Indian, Chinese, Cuban, South African revolutions.
The American Civil War was economically caused. The South's economy was slave based. The Confederacy tried to preserve it by seceding from the Union.
Which brings us to America 2011. Economic disparity is greater than ever. A study released this week found that only 36% of Americans sampled could tap $1000 if needed for an emergency.
Congress has become the advocate and agent of the wealthy and corporations.
Government is dysfunctional, shameful and manifestly unredeemable.
Victimized Americans are helpless and "mad as hell."
Karl Marx, the Father of Sociology, was right: economics determine societies. It's a law of human behavior supported by historical examples.
The American Revolution was 13 Colonies vs. England. The seeds of our next revolution are more than sown. They have germinated and are being daily nurtured. There's a growing, pervasive national resolution that "[we're] not going to take this anymore!"