When it comes to economic gaps between whites and communities of color in the United States, income inequality tells part of the story. But let’s not forget about wealth. Wealth isn’t just money in the bank; its insurance against tough times, tuition to get a better education and a better job, savings to retire on and a springboard into the middle class. In short, wealth translates into opportunity…
‘Conservatives want government to protect them, and otherwise leave them alone…’
In the…everyman-for-himself nation a few will rise and the rest are on their own. The rest, of course, includes the elderly, children, and the disabled. Since this philosophy has no room for a social contract, private charity (“a thousand points of light”) picks up the pieces. As is often pointed out, this philosophy leaves no room for food inspection, health and safety protections, clean water laws, bank deposit insurance, and a host of other public services the vast majority favor. When asked about the impact of her severe reductions in government service on society, Margaret Thatcher said: “There is no such thing as society.” She bypassed Orwell altogether and cut to the quick. If there is no society, there is no need for government…nature is red in tooth and claw; life is war of all against all; man is wolf to man; and devil take the hindmost. There is little room for progress in the predator nation.