Melissa Harris Perry had a most necessary explosive moment on her show after Bloomberg’s Monica Mehta intimated the misguided notion that the risk taken by the wealthy with their capital is so much more risky than what the average middle class or poor person takes comparatively. Most in the mainstream media seem to be intimidated by wealth or tend to believe that their worth is less than the worth of the wealthy and in doing so they provide the information and news through the prism of the wealthy.
Ensuring that the media is populated with both economic and ethnic diversity as well as people with intrinsically strong self-worth like Melissa Harris Perry is essential if we are to get from under the knees of our plutocracy.
While the wealthy take risks with their capital when investing in that oil rig, the middle class and poor workers risk their lives enhancing the wealthy’ s wealth. The refinery worker, the miner, the factory worker, the meat packer, the garbage collector, the police officer, the soldier, the teacher, the fisherman, and all other workers take risks, many of them with life ending possibilities.
The wealthy are not the job creators. They assist in job creation. Here is the reality. There are three components, the consumer, the manufacturer/producer/servicer, and the investor. Note that the owners of capital are just that, owners of capital. The middle class and the poor are the largest consumers and they are the producers of what is consumed. We must get away from the notion that the wealthy is intrinsically worthier. It is a community. In our form of capitalism one cannot live without the other and as such none should get special taxing or any other financial privileges.
Those who equate the risk of losing capital as some major risk relative to what the poor and middle class risks illustrate the inhumaneness of the type of capitalism the Right has made it possible to practice and be comfortable with. Yet they attempt to claim to believe in the sanctity of life and that they have some moral superiority to liberals.
Copyright 2012 Egberto Willies