Our Broken World
July 1, 2020•307 words
Our world is broken.
It's been broken for a long time, but some people are only just noticing.
Rampant inequality, unrestrained consumption, deregulated markets, and a Laissez-faire attitude has led to a wholesale looting of the Earth, who has responded by sending us a climate crisis in response.
COVID-19 has been a wake up call for many people, especially in the United States. We're handling this pandemic by basically ignoring it, and, as a result, the deep economic and racial inequalities have been exposed in a way that can't be ignored.
The United States still ties healthcare to employment, even after record unemployment numbers kicked people off their insurance in the middle of the 21st Century's first global, ubiquitous, pandemic. This will lead to many citizens being saddled with incredible medical debts, in addition to having no way to pay for them.
And our government has demonstrated that they don't care.
A $1,200 one-time cash payment? While trillions are handed out to who knows which corporations? Transparency wasn't a requirement of dispersal.
It's insane. We care more about GDP than human lives. Our country has become a late-stage capitalistic hell-hole, where working hard is not rewarded with a decent life.
Instead, we've allowed incredible fortunes to be aggregated into the hands of a few people. Our politicians bow to corporate interests at the expense of everyday people.
This government is not a democracy. It never has been.
And now it's ceased to even be representational republic.
I don't know what the future will hold, but there will be a reckoning. Whether peaceful, by fixing our political system to actually represent the will of the people, or by force, things will change. Money fixes a lot of problems, but it doesn't get rid of a broken, overwhelmed, and angry public when they come knocking at your mansion door.