Endgame Premises Archives: 12: There are no rich or poor people

There are no rich people in the world, and there are no
poor people. There are just people. The rich may have lots of pieces of green paper
that many pretend are worth something—or their presumed riches may be even
more abstract: numbers on hard drives at banks—and the poor may not. These
“rich” claim they own land, and the “poor” are often denied the right to make
that same claim. A primary purpose of the police is to enforce the delusions of
those with lots of pieces of green paper. Those without the green papers gener-
ally buy into these delusions almost as quickly and completely as those with.
These delusions carry with them extreme consequences in the real world.

Will the Poor Always Be With Us?

It’s a familiar story. On his final journey toward Jerusalem, Jesus stops in Bethany to eat at the home of Simon, a leper. A woman enters with an alabaster jar of expensive ointment; she breaks the jar and pours the ointment on his head. Her gesture invokes the fury of some of those present. The ointment was worth a year’s wage, they grumble. It could have been sold, and the money given to the poor. ... Continue reading →

DIY Resistance: Post-Modern Robin Hoods

Many thanks to San Diego Free Press, who first published this article By Will Falk, Deep Green Resistance For the last year, it goes like this: My phone rings precisely at 6:30 AM. I groan in bed and reach towards the shelf holding my phone. By the time I locate my phone, I’ve missed the … Continue reading DIY Resistance: Post-Modern Robin Hoods

Surprise! Inequality began with civilization.

From Science Magazine, one of the most prestigious academic journals in the world: Seek the richest family in a traditional camp of the Ju/’hoansi/!Kung people of the Kalahari Desert in Africa, and you will almost surely fail. There is no such thing. These hunter-gatherers traditionally moved periodically and had few possessions. What they had, they … Continue reading Surprise! Inequality began with civilization.

Proud Not Primitive

A new short film showing the richness of tribal peoples’ lives has been released as part of the Proud Not Primitive campaign in India. The 30-second short aims to challenge prevailing preconceptions that tribal peoples are poor, ‘backwards’ or ‘primitive’, which are deeply engrained amongst representatives of the government, industry and the media. The film’s … Continue reading Proud Not Primitive

Oppression

It is likely that oppression has existed since the start of civilisation about 10,000 years ago when agriculture took hold. Once humans were settled in one place tending crops instead of hunter gathering, they would store any excess for low harvest years. As groups got larger these stores would need to be guarded resulting in … Continue reading Oppression