The Rich Are Only Rich If We Let Them Be by Dariel Garner

20110928 Class War

Image by Chris Piascik via Flickr

by Dariel Garner
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 9, 2018

100 kids with 100 toys in a big room. Shrieks of joy. Kids running everywhere. Playing, laughing, squeals of delight. Everyone has a toy, everyone is having fun.

What if those 100 kids represent all the people of the United States and those 100 toys represent all the wealth and all the income of our country?

Everybody is in the same room but everything has changed. No shouts of joy, no laughter.

There is one very rich kid in the corner hoarding a pile of 40 toys. There are nine “upper middle class” rich kids circled around him hogging a total of another 40 toys. Combined these ten rich kids have 80 of the 100 toys.

The next 50 kids share 20 toys. They are the middle class.

Finally, there are 40 working class kids that don’t have any toys at all—actually they owe a toy to the one rich kid.

Life would be very different if we all shared equally.

The 325 Million people of the United States produce nearly 20 Trillion dollars of income every year. Credit Suisse estimates that we have a combined net worth (what we own less what we owe) of 94 Trillion dollars…and none of these counts what the rich have secretly hidden away in overseas tax heavens.

Sharing equally, every family of four would have a yearly income of over $240,000 per year and a net worth of over $1,000,000.

We are all rich if we share.

The decision about how we share ultimately comes from the people. It is a political decision.

The rich are only rich if we let them be.

My thanks to— and links for further information:

To Rivera Sun, author and strategist for nonviolent movements who conceived of the 100 kids, 100 toys idea http://www.riverasun.com/

Wealth, Income, and Power, by G. William Domhoff for his analysis of US Census and Federal Reserve household income and wealth reports http://whorulesamerica.net/power/wealth.html (retrieved June 16, 2018)

Credit Suisse for their annual global wealth report https://www.credit-suisse.com/corporate/en/research/research-institute/global-wealth-report.html


Dariel Garner is the person who inspired Rivera Sun’s novel Billionaire Buddha. A story about a man that created an enormous fortune but turned his back on wealth when he realized that great wealth was destroying him and the planet.

from the archives:

Chris Hedges and Richard Wolff: The Coming Collapse of the American Economic System

Inequality, Social Dysfunction and Misery by Graham Peebles

Chris Hedges and David Harvey: Enough is Enough of This Capitalist Fraud

Socialism: Our Alternative To The Madness Of The Market

The Injustice and Crime of Extreme Inequality by Graham Peebles

Capitalism is Killing the Planet by Eric Schechter

Michael Roberts: OECD Advises Countries to Curb Extreme Inequality

Mystery: How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World by Michael Parenti

The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger + How Economic Inequality Harms Societies (must see)

Michael Roberts: The IMF Is Worried That With The Huge Increase In Inequality There Is Serious Danger Of Social And Political Unrest

Not One Penny More to the Rich!

Wealth Belongs To All Of Us – Not Just To The Rich by Dariel Garner

We Are So Poor Because They Are So Rich by Dariel Garner

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  13. Why do we need to wait for political revolution. The 90% are not willing to make the sacrifice to make the change. One big weapon is the cash in your wallet. What happens if everyone stops spending? Stop buying crap from Amazon and Walmart. Shop small and shop local. Only buy the necessities. Consumerism is as much to blame as anything else. “Starve the beast” comes to mind. Will the 10% step up to make up the spending when everyone else withholds their earnings? Unfortunately, it will never happen.

    • We can’t wait…revolutionary change is already happening around us right now. The people that read this are probably all doing some action every day, whether it is a constructive action, a blocking action or a cultural action and there are many millions more of people around the globe who are doing similar things…every day

      Beneficial change does not necessarily necessitate sacrifice. I doubt that anyone in the BDS movement or those that boycott Driscoll of buy local for economic justice issues feel as they are making a sacrifice. The easiest to implement changes are the ones that people rush to embrace.

      Individual actions are super important and as people are educated and organized the power of their actions increases many times. Boycotts are just one form of economic action but they helped to effectively win American independence well before the revolutionary war. The boycotts of British trade reached over 98% effectiveness…so effective that people would not wear black in mourning as all black cloth was an English import.

      The American revolution came at a time when the word boycott didn’t even exist and hundreds of years before the doctrines of strategic nonviolent resistance were first promulgated. The field has evolved so that there have been over 50 successful nonviolent campaigns to expel dictators or foreign invaders in the last 30 years.

      So, is there hope for fundamental change in our societal values and operations? Absolutely. But it can work both ways. Both Mao Zedong and Reagan said…now is the time seize the time….but as you can imagine they said it slightly differently. The same is true for those that advocate grassroots organizing…the NRA and the tea party were grassroots organized.

      The future is what we make it today. I am glad to see you are leading and doing your part.

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