Classic onboards to fill the time:
Found this on Reddit, read the entire thing:
Then I went back on Reddit to see the takes that arose from the article.
There were many great salient points raised there, but one particular take that got me is this:
Yes, ISIS and illegal immigrants and job outsourcing are problems, but ISIS isn’t taking our jobs, and illegal immigrants aren’t outsourcing our jobs. The root of all of these problems is, quite literally, the super wealthy; ISIS was created by the fallout of the Iraq War, which was a war that the wealthy establishment wanted; illegal immigrants are cheap labor and they dilute the political power of labor as a bloc, which is what the wealthy establishment wanted; outsourcing jobs allows goods to be produced for cheaper, which can then be sold at normal prices for greater profit, despite the American worker losing his job, which is what the wealthy establishment wanted. Then they use our fears of ISIS and illegal immigrants and job outsourcing to make us vote for more tax cuts for the rich, or for “tough-on-crime” politicians who just end up hurting our communities more, or for more wars just so we can feel “safe”.
At every step the wealthy hurt us, the working poor, and make us blame our problems on those even less powerful than us, like dirt-poor immigrants coming from a cartel-exploited shit-hole or illiterate religious zealots in a desert on the other side of the planet. It’s not factual or logical to pretend we are our own enemies. Our enemies are obvious, and they want us to fight each other because then we can’t fight them.
Taken together with the other major comments, I realized something: we’re distracted. We are massively, horribly distracted. We are entertained, buy stuff, and when something goes wrong, we can blame it on someone else weaker or more vulnerable. And the moment we are unable to have fun and buy shit, the moment the basics have been ruined by the greed of the few, you’ll see a world burned by dissatisfaction. We get barely enough; the few get nearly all, but the fact is that we still have something.
This isn’t really a battle of ideology or religion, but a battle between the weak and the weaker, forced by the strongest. We are action figures in a little child’s play mat.