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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:58 AM

Bad news for those wanting revolution. [View all]

Here on DU it appears more of us are painfully aware of how bad things are for so many people in the current economy. Of course many can't really relate on a personal level but at least the effort is made.

And while it is fun to dream about a glorious revolution where the uber-wealthy are made to pay, the poorest among us see some justice and economic equality is less remote as a possibility...I'm here to tell you we are ever so far away from the much touted breaking point many here seem to think we are rapidly approaching.

Take a look around friends....look at the money that is spent out there every single day. How many millions of dollars do we spend each weekend at the movies? At bars & restaurants? How much is spent at sporting events? Let's think about all the cheap & useless plastic crap bought each and every day...really. Go to your local Wally World or dollar store or Target or whatever and really LOOK at what folks are buying.

I contend that a great deal of what the masses get suckered in to spending money on every single day is completely un-necessary.

We are of course conditioned from birth to be consumers on a grand scale and it is more effective than anyone could've imagined it being.

I knew a woman who was pretty poor and struggled every month to get by. She got a massive tax refund one year being a single mom with two little ones. Thousands of dollars. She could have paid her bills and had a very nice cushion moving forward. Instead she bought a huge flat-screen TV and lots of other stuff that nobody needs because she felt deprived. This was obviously effective marketing at work.

This mind-set is pretty common imo.

But let's put that demographic aside, the folks who have next to nothing and blow the rare windfall on crap. Instead I would rather focus on those who have more but are not wealthy by any means. That is who props up the consumer machine week after week.

As long as many millions of us have the ability to get by and then buy crap that isn't needed, indulge in little things like a movie or a dinner out, no health care worries because they have coverage...all of these people will never see the need for revolution.

There are way too many folks out there who have it reasonably comfortable and therefore will never go along with the idea that serious change needs to happen.

Frankly I believe the ruling class knows this and keep just enough of us fat and happy to be too content to challenge the status quo. Not to mention it might interfere with the schedule. I mean storm the Bastille or catch this week's American Idol? WEll shit isn't it the finals this week or something?

And as long as we have 47% of American voters willing to vote for the likes of Romney (not the 1% who would actually benefit from his policies) the storming of the gates ain't gonna happen anytime soon.

Julie--bearer of bad news

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