Well, since we have had, thanks to Amazon’s rocket boy Jeff Bezos, our Marie Antoinette moment, isn’t it about time we started to seriously consider going into the future without oligarchs? After all, like fossil fuels, they are obsolete.

That doesn’t mean we have to resurrect the guillotine. The problem can be settled democratically with iron clad progressive taxes on the rich. The solution is political. Since we are a democracy dedicated to liberty and justice for all and the principle that all are equal under the law, we can use law and not violence to settle the issue.

Over the one-and-a-half years of the pandemic, the top 600 U.S. billionaires’ families have increased their wealth, in this period alone, to $8.4 trillion, according to economist Richard Wolff.

Arguably, the president of the United States is the most important single position in the country. Therefore, it stands to reason that no one should be allowed to make more than the president’s mandated salary. Besides, not one oligarch, now or ever, achieved their wealth solely through their own “honest” efforts.

All privatized wealth is the product of exploitation of collective social effort and Mother Earth. Logic dictates then that this pirated wealth belongs to all of us, and the biosphere, both of which must be healed with justice if we are to survive.

Russell Means told us, “We’re all Indians now!”

Michael Kreis

Newport

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