Our most fundamental rights, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, are under assault. But the adversary is Big Wealth, not Big Government as conservatives like to claim. Consider:
Life? The differences in life expectancy between wealthier and lower-income Americans are increasing, not decreasing.
Liberty? Digital corporations are assaulting our privacy, while banks
trap us in indebtedness that approaches indentured servitude. The
shrunken ranks of working Americans are being robbed of their essential
liberties – including the right to use the bathroom.
The pursuit of happiness? Social mobility in the United States is
dead. Career choices are increasingly limited. As for working hard and
earning more, consider this: Between 1969 and 2008 the average US income
went up by $11,684. How much of that went to the top 10? All of it.
Income for the remaining 90 percent actually went down.
These changes didn't just happen. Wealthy individuals and
corporations made it happen – and they're still at it.
Meanwhile, Corporate America's wholesale theft of your individual
liberties has been rebranded as a fight for …
the corporation's individual liberty.