It’s ironic that some of the issues that affect us the most directly in our everyday lives are ones we find the least engaging to think about. We delegate our understanding to politicians or others who have a direct interest in promulgating misleading versions. Those versions have been lifted to the status of accepted truths on no basis whatsoever.
Bill Moyers consistently provides the highest quality content. Watch the interview 'Plutocracy rising: Journalists Matt Taibbi and Chrystia Freeland discuss how far America’s super-rich will go to keep the One Percent in charge'.
If the first step toward a solution is always admitting the problem then let's acknowledge that with few exceptions our politicians are bought and paid for. As far as solutions go, these politicians and the system they work within are irrelevant.
There is currently an interesting kerfluffle in the progressive blogosphere. Naturally, it's the lesser of two evils debate. In case you missed it, the recent uproar began with this article by Matt Stoller in Salon. Reactions to his article in the comments section were nasty and brutish.
But, to put this in perspective think about this: in the 1970s, when "Eat the Rich" t-shirts were popular, CEO to avg worker pay ratio was 40:1. It is nearly 10 times that now. And we're not even talking about the ratio of American Apple CEO pay to average Chinese factory worker.