According to the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer, available HERE (PDF), Fifty-six per cent of the surveyed global population said capitalism in its current form does more harm than good in the world, and fifty-seven percent of respondents worry about losing the respect and dignity they once enjoyed in their country. Most respondents said that hard work no longer leads to a better life.
There was a strong generational difference, with young people being far more pessimistic than old people. My guess is that it’s because the stock market benefits when wages are kept low. Someone with a nice 401k is doing fine, someone working as a cog in their machine not so much.
America has done a pretty good job of keeping dissent to a minimum. They allow the occasional protest to let off some steam, but they peter out before anything actually changes. That’s by design. They let the protesters shout a bit and maybe block traffic for a day or so, knowing that soon despair and helplessness will return and they will all go home.
So far their strategy has worked. But I feel like an explosion is coming.
People look back at the 60s through rose-colored glasses. They remember the music, the fashion, peace-and-love, psychedelia.
They’re forgetting the violence. There were mass arrests. Cities burned. People were assaulted, people suffered, people died.
I don’t want to live through it again.
But I think I’m going to.