Forget Inner City Riots: The Quiet Looting of America Is Happening All Around You

The growing stranglehold on the American Economy by Private Equity, Venture Capital and Elite Investors

Michael "Mick" Bisignani

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The food pantry line just wrapped around the block. Hundreds of people, waiting to fill a few bags of basic food goods. A spectacle that is probably happening on many Saturday mornings across the United States. When I see things like this, I become sad and unsettled for I know that there is something wrong. I know that there is something wrong when there are so many that need assistance for the most basic of human necessities such as food, in what is, still, the richest country in the world.

So on this Saturday morning, I am inspired to ask : WHAT IS SUSTAINING AND DRIVING AN EVER INCREASING LEVEL OF WEALTH AND INCOME INEQUALITY THAT ALLOWS SITUATIONS SUCH AS THIS TO EXIST IN AMERICA IN THE YEAR 2023 ?

Photo by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash — Ficticious Bank Robbery

Let’s forget for a second what you might perceive as a sly clickbait title and, just for a moment, pause to think, as if it were a short personal act of contrition, about the human landscape and your life, about your families, your neighbors and the overall state of the relationships between us. Then ask yourself the serious question of how much we, as dwellers of a shrinking middle-class, are aware of the slow, progressive deterioration of what was once a comfortable standard of living. What do we see when we look back? What can we remember ? We saw life moments and conditions like the following. Work life balance was in check. Hectic lifestyles were not the norm. Greater blocks of family time were part of our days and included time for a nostalgic, idealized six PM dinner gathering for a home cooked meal around the family table. We saw times when our weekly routines were NOT subject and oppressed by the tyranny of dense schedules which dictated how time was spent for us as parents and for our children alike, who, like trains on rigid tracks, are now incessantly moved, shuttled around from event to event, each valueless, from venue to venue, with little time for true spontaneous freedom. We fondly remember childhoods play out in a more natural ways, where not every moment was organized according to some strict regimen. We played, unaccompanied in green parks, among…

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Michael "Mick" Bisignani

Professional Technologist, Aspiring Food Celebrity. Catholic spreading messages of Empathy and Equality.