Several stories in the news feature angry gripes and protests. Too often the superficial issues get the attention - a carbon tax, a luxury home tax or a pipeline. Councillor Christine Boyle is represented in a recent piece properly identifying 'inequality', growing inequality, as the key issue. She is right.
The BC government taxes are an attempt to re-balance taxation, but those who have homes valued in excess of $3M cry out that they are 'victims'. Entitlements, such as those we have given to homeowners and which benefit those at the upper end very handsomely, will not be given up easily. We need to shine a light on these entrenched economic advantages if we are serious about egalitarianism,
Many in the 'yellow vest' protests in Paris express their discontentment as added tax burdens are placed on ordinary people. This is the core sentiment communicated by individuals on the street. The street, in this case the Champs Élysées, is a venue for conspicuous consumption for the very wealthy, who are obviously distressed, not that the rabble are rising, but that their limo's may need to go elsewhere.
And then we have the climate conference in Poland, where again rich nations delay action. A sense of entitlement reigns. The recent IPCC report raised alarm, saying that warming is advancing faster than foreseen. The BC government issued a new Climate Change Plan, but just as with the Canadian government initiatives to date, the actions are to little and even contradictory. Vested interests, moneyed interests, such as the oil and gas industry, are not only 'entitled' but well integrated into the political apparatus that we have created.
The discontentment that is growing may have dramatic implications. Many, such as Chris Hedges, champion local community organizations as the key counter force to large scale capitalist machinations.