London: The Result of Removing Hope
I no longer know what to say about what goes on in the world. The fact that the people of Wisconsin do not see that the rich (the Republicans) do not represent their interests, that they believe they are going to end up on the up side of the divide between the rich and everyone else that is our world... well, that just confirms the depression I've felt since the Tea Party started stealing my heritage (my 5-greats-grandfather, for whom I'm named, fought in the American Revolution).
The fact that few people in the US or in England, or in any place where there is a vibrant middle class, no longer realize that they are able to be that middle class because their cultures pay some attention to the poor... well, it seems to be forgotten.
The rich should never ignore the fact that the poor, if without hope, will eventually rise up against the rich. And will kill the rich. When I was in Russia in 1992, I saw some of the carriages that the aristocracy used before the Revolution to ride between St. Petersburg and Moscow. These were gigantic carriages, jewel incrusted, luxurious. I tried to imagine how a Russian peasant felt as they passed by. I could not, but I could understand a little bit better why the events of 1917 were bound to occur.
What's happening in England may not be on the same level, but it comes from the same hoplessness, one that arises when the possible small avenues towards a better future start to disappear. When there are no jobs, when people spend their lives with no possibility of employment, let alone a real career, despair is going to take over. And it has.
The middle classes of England and America have forgotten that help for the poor is more than charity. It is an insurance policy. Giving the poor hope keeps the poor from rising in frustration. That's been true everywhere, and for centuries... but we now seem to have forgotten it.
There's not much more to say... just read those two articles...