I am increasingly concerned about the wealth inequality we are seeing in the U.S. and much of non-Nordic Europe. Anyone who can get two neurons firing should be able to see that the Neoliberalism economics that dominates the West, and America particularly, is producing a neo-feudalist culture that is becoming increasingly unstable.
Just as we are facing climate change and should be pulling together wealth inequality and the neo-feudalism it is producing socially is tearing us apart. If the 2020 election does not elect a Democrat and flip the Senate, I think America is finished as a world leader and headed into violent social disruption.
Personally, I think impeachment of both Trump and Pence should begin immediately and should be sustained by the Senate.
When I sat down to write this essay, Hurricane Michael had just devastated the West coast and pan handle of Florida, and for the media it was the A-block story. Within that great noise, like a drowning man’s head bobbing up and down in the water, I began to see a secondary story line, one that I had first become aware of less than a month earlier when I was reading, and viewing on cable news, accounts of how people behaved during the catastrophic flooding that accompanied Hurricane Florence. In the Guardian newspaper I came across an interview with a 57-year-old man in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina who was asked by a reporter why he had stayed in his home when he could have gotten out. His answer, “It’s too expensive to move out to a hotel, I could be out for days and I can’t afford to leave my home behind.”1
With Hurricane Michael I was looking for these stories, and sure enough a number of them appeared. That made me look for research on this subject, and I found Dr. Stacy Willett, professor in the Department of Disaster Science