America’s elites have for decades now enjoyed and exploited a mainstream political consensus:
- America is doing just fine, but just not for everybody – we have some poor unfortunate souls in our midst, and decency demands more “opportunity” for them. Instead of just paying them a good wage.
- Aspiring politicians have always loved this opportunity message. They can spout it and sound compassionate and caring to the voting public. The rich, after all, simply adore the mainstream “opportunity” gospel.
- Talking about increasing opportunity distracts attention from how rich people – and the corporations they run – behave, how what the rich do to become and stay rich keeps poor people poor and most of the rest of us struggling.
We are free to envisage alternative futures.