Current Tragedy of the Commons
By Servando Gonzalez
Marx and Engels began their Communist Manifesto with
a warning and a threat: “A specter is haunting Europe —
the specter of Communism.” According to French economist
Thomas Picketty, a new threatening specter is haunting the world:
the specter of economic inequality.
According a reviewer, Picketty’s new book, Capital in
the Twenty First Century, has almost overnight captivated
“Main Street, Wall Street and the cream of Washington’s
trend-minded policymakers and think tankers.” What is
Picketty’s book main thesis? That the gap between the poor
and the rich has reached dangerous levels. Picketty warns that
the U.S. may be on the same trajectory as France before the Revolution,
where the very rich ended with their heads chopped-off.
After analyzing data from the U.K., France, Germany, Japan and
the U.S., Picketty proved with hard data what many people already
have been talking about for many years: the rich really are getting
richer, and their wealth is not trickling down. Actually, it is
In his study, Picketty shows how the wealthy, who make their money
mostly out of stock portfolios, pay less or no taxes at all and
get richer, while the working middle class, who make their money
out of heavily taxed paychecks, get poorer. But then, he jumps
to the farfetched conclusion that the sure and only way to change
this economic inequality is by modifying the current tax system.
According to him, the current form of wealth tax is not adapted
to the 21st century structure of wealth. The solution, according
to Picketty, is adopting a more just, equitable global wealth
A key to discovering the source of Picketty’s ideas is that
the institution that funded his study is the Institute for New
Economic Thinking, a George Soros-backed nonprofit organization.
Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Picketty’s
solution to the problem is exactly the one the hyper rich globalist
conspirators have been pushing for many years, of lately disguised
as a “carbon tax.”
But, though Picketty’s “discovery” that the
one percent is getting richer and the rest of us are getting poorer
is absolutely right, the solution he offers is not only simplistic
but also outright naïve. Apparently Picketty believes that
the hyper rich are not aware of the problem, and that, just by
telling them that what they are doing is wrong (and immoral, unscrupulous,
unethical, dishonest, criminal, wicked) they will change their
Unfortunately, that will not be the case. Nevertheless, whether
they like it or not, the monster they have created will turn against
them, because eventually a Ponzi scheme of this magnitude will
end in disaster for the schemers themselves.
True Capitalism VS Monopoly Capitalism
Unknowingly, when Henry Ford decided to pay his workers twice
the amount other companies were paying their workers for similar
type of work, he jumpstarted the American middle class. As a result,
well-paid workers were able to buy houses, cars, fridges, radio,
TV sets, and many other household items that otherwise would have
been available only to the rich. This unexpected economic phenomenon
contributed to an expanding economic growth never seen before
in the history of mankind.
This economic growth propelled the entrepreneurial spirit of many
Americans to create their own private companies to provide the
newly-created consumers with the products they wanted to buy.
This started an upwardly expanding spiral of economic progress
that extended for half a century.
Initially, these companies were individually or family-owned.
Of course, the possibility of monetary gain was key in their efforts,
but because they felt proud of the product they were creating,
many of them gave their names to their companies.
Unfortunately, however, the bankers who illegally created the
Federal Reserve Bank in 1913 needed a way to fill their arks,
and the easiest way to do it was by stealing other people’s
money. So, to steal it “legally,” they also imposed
a federal tax and created the infamous Internal Revenue Service
to enforce its collection.
In theory, all citizens were supposed to pay the federal tax.
But, given the fact that the idea of a national tax was one of
the planks of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto,
they created a progressive or graduated income tax as Marx advised.
According to this plank, the more money you made the higher percent
of taxes you were supposed to pay. Most people were happy, because
this tax was supposed to hurt only the very rich.
But you have to be very naïve to believe that the very ones
who created the tax were really going to pay it. Actually, they
created a tax code full of loopholes to avoid paying taxes. Currently,
if one is to believe Rush Limbaugh and other disinformers, the
U.S. has the highest corporate rate of the industrialized countries.
What he never mentions, though, is that the U.S. Tax Code also
has the highest number of loopholes.
Another method the robber barons invented to avoid paying taxes
was by changing their private companies into corporations, but
this opened a Pandora’s box. Contrary to privately owned
companies, which have an emotional connection to the products
they made, corporations are impersonal entities. Despite that
the Supreme Court has asserted the legal standing that corporations
are people, pride is an emotion corporations lack. Despite
their pervasive propaganda, the corporations’ goal is not
to serve society with the products they create. Their main
goal is to maximize the earnings of their executives and stockholders,
and they reach these goals mostly by exploiting their workers
and eliminating the competition.
Most people would agree that competition is probably one of the
best characteristics of true capitalism. Competition benefits
customers and fuels innovation. No wonder monopoly capitalists
hate it so much. John D. Rockefeller, the inventor of the trust
(a monopoly of monopolies) once said, “Competition is a
This goal —maximize earnings by exploiting their workers
and destroying the competition — have been exacerbated with
globalization. With the implementation of the so-called “free
trade,” transnational corporations have totally lost their
link to the countries where they originally were created. Proof
of it this their callousness when they decided to move their production
lines to Third World countries in order to increase their profit
One of the main costs of any business is paying the workers who
create the product. So, to minimize this cost, they moved their
factories abroad to countries where they hired quasi-slave workers
who are paid miserly salaries. They never gave a thought to whatever
would happen to the lives of the American workers and their families
they were sending into unemployment and poverty.
The corporations who pioneered the outsourcing move got an immediate
economic edge over the rest. They were producing cheaper products
and selling them to the still employed American consumers at the
same price as before, when they were produced here in the U.S.
But, as most big corporations joined the outsourcing trend, the
growing mass of workers who had lost their jobs now was not able
to buy the products these corporations were now producing abroad
and importing to the U.S. without paying any tariffs because of
the “free trade” policies."
This has created a downward economic spiral. While the corporations’
stockholders and top executives are getting richer, the American
middle class of well-paid workers is in serious trouble. Currently,
90 million Americans are unemployed. The economic crisis we are
now experiencing is the direct result of a economic phenomenon
known as “the tragedy of the commons.”
The Current Tragedy of the Commons
The Tragedy of the Commons is an economics theory developed in
1833 by William Foster Lloyd, according to which individuals,
acting independently and rationally according to each one’s
self-interest, behave contrary to the whole group’s long-term
best interests by depleting some common resource.
To demonstrate his theory, Lloyd used as an example a group of
herders sharing a common parcel of land on which they are each
entitled to let their cows graze. In many English and European
villages, shepherds sometimes grazed their sheep in common areas,
and sheep ate the grass closer to the ground than cows. Overgrazing
could result when, out of greediness, each shepherd adds additional
sheep, and he could receive benefits, but just for a while, because
if in the long run all herders made this individually rational
economic decision, the common could be depleted or even destroyed,
to the detriment of all.
In the present case, the common resource the greedy corporations
are destroying is the American middle class of well-paid workers,
and this is a real tragedy for everybody in America. As Lloyd
predicted, eventually it will be a tragedy even for the very greedy
transnational corporations that created the problem.
Unfortunately, some naïve or ill-intentioned politicians
are trying to convince us that just by raising the minimum wage
America’s economic problems will be solved overnight. But
no. Far from solving it, rising the minimum wage would only serve
to somewhat hide the true source of the problem for some time
until it becomes intolerable. Actually, the minimum wage will
very soon become the maximum wage for most American workers.
So, is there a right solution to this problem? Well, there is,
but none of the politicians we elected allegedly to protect our
interests will tackle it. The true problem is corporations, particularly
the big transnational corporations, but our elected politicians
will never bite the hand that feeds them.
For more than half a century, under the pretext of protecting
the national security, We the People of the United States have
been paying, with our blood and taxes, for a military whose only
job has been to defend the spurious interests abroad of U.S.-based
transnational corporations. Adding insult to outrage, most of
these corporations pay no taxes at all. If they need and army
to defend their billionaire enterprises abroad, the least they
can do is to pay for it by hiring mercenaries to do the job.
No anti-American terrorist organization could
have accomplished what U.S.-based transnational corporations are
doing: destroying the middle class, America’s economic and
social backbone. U.S.-based transnational corporations are the
greatest threat to the national security of the United States.
They are conspiring in the shadows to eliminate the sovereignty
of all nations and impose a global government under their full
control — a totalitarian communo-fascist government they
call the New World Order.
U.S.-based transnational corporations are the true enemy of America.
The choice cannot be clearer: either we get rid of them as soon
as possible, or eventually they will completely destroy us.
1. Rana Foroohar, “Marx 2.0: How Thomas Picketty’s
Unlikely Blockbuster, Capital, Set the World’s Economists
and Leaders Spinning,” Time, May 29, 2014, p.46.
2. Most big transnational corporations exhibit the characteristics
associated with sociopathic behavior. They are manipulative and
conning, have a grandiose sense of self, are pathological liars,
lack remorse, shame or guilt, are callous and lack empathy, frequently
engage in criminal behavior. This is a direct result of the fact
that they are controlled by psychopaths. See, Andy McNab and Kevin
Dutton, The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success.
See also, Theo Merz, “Why psychopaths are more successful."
Andy McNab and Oxford psychology professor Kevin Dutton reveal
how acting like psychopaths could help us in work, life and love,”
Telegraph UK, May 7, 2014.
3. See, Thom Hartmann, Unequal Protection: How Corporations
4. Big corporations spend a large amount of money in advertising
campaigns whose only purpose is to convince you about how much
they care for you, your family, the community and their own employees.
The truth, however, is quite different. See, i.e., WalMart:
The High Cost of Low Price, a documentary film by Robert
5. A March 23, 2013, article by Jerry Z. Muller in Foreign
Affairs, “Capitalism and Inequality: What the Right
and the Left Get Wrong,” expressed the idea that it is true
that “inequality is indeed increasing almost everywhere
in the postindustrial capitalist world. But Inequality is an inevitable
product of capitalist activity, and expanding equality of opportunity
only increases it — because some individuals and communities
are simply better able than others to exploit the opportunities
for development and advancement that capitalism affords.”
What the author does not say, however, is that this inequality
is not the result of expansion of true capitalism, but of monopoly
capitalism. And monopoly capitalism, both in its communist and
fascist varieties, is not capitalism but socialism.
6. See, Thom Hartman, Screwed: The Undeclared War Against
the Middle Class.
Servando Gonzalez, is a Cuban-born American writer,
historian, semiologist and intelligence analyst. He has written
books, essays and articles on Latin American history, intelligence,
espionage, and semiotics. Servando is the author of Historia
herética de la revolución fidelista, Observando,
Secret Fidel Castro: Deconstructing the Symbol, The
Nuclear Deception: Nikita Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile Crisis
madre de todas las conspiraciones: Una novela de ideas subversivas,
all available at Amazon.com.
He also hosted the documentaries Treason in America: The Council
on Foreign Relations and Partners in Treason: The CFR-CIA-Castro
Connection, produced by Xzault Media Group of San Leandro,
California, both available at the author's site at http://www.servandogonzalez.org.
His book, Psychological Warfare and the New
World Order: The Secret War Against the American People is
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Servando's book (in Spanish) La CIA, Fidel Castro, el Bogotazo
y el Nuevo Orden Mundial, appeared last year, and is available
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His most recent book, I
Dare Call It treason: The Council on Foreign Relations and the
Betrayal of the America, juste appeared and is available
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