Income justice for the 99% can reverse the economic crisis

Thanks to editor and coauthor, Katrina Stone, for her valuable contributions.

Photo by John Salvino on Unsplash

America, it seems, has an oversized concern for the top 1% of income earners. In fact, Congress downright adores the 1% and their corporations with subsidies and tax breaks, and every type of favoritism. This outsized love of the wealthy has caused a systemic crisis of extreme unfairness and destruction of the American Dream for much of the other 99%. Where is the empathy for the rest of us?!

Tax rates for the past 40+ years, and especially the 2017 tax cuts and Covid-19 profits have increased the wealth…

Are guns fun, or are they murder machines?

Editor and coauthor: Katrina Stone

Gun Control Demonstrators (Photo by Heather Mount on Unsplash)

I grew up with guns. My dad returned from tramping all over Europe as a foot soldier carrying a rifle during WWII. Like so many veterans, he came home with a love of shooting. Sometimes he took us kids with him to a local hillside called Lead Hill where he would plink at cans and shoot at targets.

Soon, I had guns of my own. I had a BB air rifle at age 9, a .22 rifle at age 12, a shotgun, and later on rifles and pistols. I loved shooting. Still do, actually.


Great writing! Superb message! A living wage for all with basic benefits and dignified work free of harassment is the first step toward creating an economy that serves the majority, not the wealthy few.

Katye, this piece will go VIRAL!! I'm ready to head for the barricades!! All workers of all incomes need to stand in solidarity on this and demand living wages and benefits for all workers! If one worker suffers, we all suffer. If one worker flourishes, we all flourish!!

Awakening and self-comfort make loneliness bearable

Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash

It's a quiet Saturday morning with early morning sun lighting up my front window. I should be relishing all the things I could do on a blue-sky late spring day, but all I can do is sit and stare. That lost, alone, languishing feeling is back… again… with the usual nausea and the feeling of being near tears. In fact, the tears fill my lower eyelids but no actual tears flow. I feel choked with anguish but unable to express it outwardly.

Am I depressed? No, not really. I have mostly good days, and life has precious moments. I enjoy…

Best line of this outstanding article, Katye! That is exactly the problem with our economic system. It exists to reward only those at the very top, not to create a vibrant flourishing society in which everyone reaches their full human potential. People must be made to feel like shirkers, not workers, so they can be shamed and manipulated into slaving away at horrible jobs that only benefit those who own the enterprise.

Thank you for putting me at #3. I'm kind of astonished to tell you the truth!! :-)

Excellent piece, Jeremy! Helpful description of cognitive distortions and how capitalism and cultural biases play into them. It would have been nice to have a few simple tips about how to overcome the distortions. Could that be your next piece--a followup article? Love to hear your advice.

Chuck Petch

MBA, BA English | Prose | Poetry | Spirituality | Progressive Politics | Nature | Personal Growth | he/him

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store