As the sociological service "Pugh Research" informs us, the middle class in the United States of America has declined dramatically and is very impoverished.
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Stuck all that's what. The USA is the foremost country of that world, which is still traditionally considered to be the “first” and retransmits its ideology to the rest of the planet. On us too. Patriotic or liberal, but the domestic elite somehow focuses on North America as a model. Nothing can be done about it, they were taught this way, their youth fell on such Americanophilous hysteria that they would hardly ever be able to get rid of its traces in the mind.
Those who wish can remember how many times they have read and heard mantras about the need to have “their own middle class” in Russia. Because here "in America there is a middle class, and this is the basis of America."
So. The basis of America (even if the phenomenon itself was in question, because it was not determined by wealth, but by consumption) becomes poorer and melts. From above, a rich minority comes off of it - the rich class is also growing, sucking in a part of the former average, - and from below it is swallowed up by the new American poor. Which earlier was twice less, and now it became twice more.
Why is it important? Because we have the same trends. Today, according to the “decile coefficient of funds” (do not ask what it is - UN researchers use this term) 10% of the richest citizens is 16,8 times richer than 10% of the poor. The trend is observed all last decade. The abyss grew during the oil bliss and grew during the 2008-2010 crisis. It grew in the “monetary thaw” of 2011-2013 and continues to grow now, at the time of the recession.
And the same thing happens all over the world.
Why - it is clear. In a world ruled by the “golden percentage,” he naturally appropriates most of the wealth. He has more opportunities, he writes the laws, he sponsors the party and wins in the courts. He has a financial, power, legal and organizational advantage over any poor and middle peasants. And their iron will to profit sooner or later leads to the situation described in the American 1940 song about the miners:
“Sixteen tons raised - and what on hand?
You have become a day older and deeper in debt. "
As long as the widening of the abyss between the rich and the rest is hiding behind the growing prosperity of the “others” - they can afford to overlook it. When the world crisis and the “others” get poorer in the yard, the abyss becomes painfully noticeable.
What is important here: there is not much difference whether the rich class of the country is private or bureaucratic. At the special Olympiad between “liberals” and “loyalists,” the question of who owns the glamor is sharp and tough. For the majority, it is quite different: how to live and what to strive for in the new world, where you, the representative of the “others”, have little light.
It is not known how long - but we have to live in a world where there will be anew and quite clearly separated castes. Where there will be some kind of gold interest, owning almost everything - and there will be an increasingly lagging majority of them, not really owning anything. Where large networks - no matter what - will continue to push small individuals. Where yesterday's shopkeepers will stand at the cash desks of supermarkets of the "new" (or not very new) aristocracy. And yesterday's owners of online stores will advise on the Euroset (there will be no “thousands of teams" - the network era. Network age teams are small, just thousands of mini-groups have one owner). Where bright businessmen will fight to the death with bright officials Vasiliev for glamor, and the rest can not worry.
Where the existence of social elevators will at best be simulated by the bosses to support "corporate spirituality".
And where it will go - in some places sluggish, and in some places hot - world war, the constant companion of world crises.
It will be a world, partly reminiscent of feudalism - the size and insuperability of the gap between the golden percentage and the rest of 99.
But it will differ from feudalism in that the “mean classes” will not have ownership of the means of production, and the noble ones will not have ownership of the producers.
It will be a world, partly reminiscent of imperialism of the beginning of the last century — that the privileged castes will own the means of production and profit.
But it will differ from the imperialism of 1900 in that the majority of citizens will not have in the hands of the “mass rifle” from which the democracies and totalitarianism of the XX century have grown. Armies are shrinking, turning from "millions with guns" into "hundreds riding on robots."
These hundreds on robots will fight. Other hundreds will make parts of combat robots, and others will develop them. And millions? - Millions will continue to advise on Eurosets scattered throughout the world.
At the same time, the coming new world is much less inclined to riots and revolutions than the past. Just because the average age of an earthling from a developed country today is no longer 16-20 years ago, but a good thirty years ago. “Societies of forty-year-olds” - with an ever-increasing proportion of older people - to put it mildly, are not very eager for rebellion and the desire to change everything.
Why am I all this, actually.
I have a version, dear readers. The most unexpected effect of social stagnation in a period of deep global crisis will be (suddenly) a crisis of individualism.
The one that was created the whole century.
After all, in fact, the cause of the degeneration of communities and the disintegration of even the traditional family matrix - purely at the household level - was one simple thing: the person became better and “more promising” to live alone. Survive, being tied not to the extensive relatives (religious community, village), but to their own qualifications.
The new caste device this prospect and convenience of loneliness - destroys.
Individualism became a direct consequence of the industrial age - and it can exist only as long as the "industrial effect" works. In the post-industrial era, when the number of people employed in mass production is constantly decreasing, and new technological leaps that would create new sectors of the economy and new mega-production with hundreds of thousands of hard workers each are not foreseen - in such an era, the value and bonuses of individualism plummet.
This is already reflected in those very advanced societies. In the US today - which has not been around for many decades - half of 25’s young people continue to live with their parents. This is theirs.
This is very important, because it speaks of the forced return of Free Self-sufficient Persons to the suffocating embrace of others.
And now - the most important thing. The logical continuation of this rollback to “pre-individualism” is the creation of new communities at the bottom of the social pyramid. Including in the form of clans, mafias and triads. For all these well-known organizations were born in their time as the brotherhood of mutual aid in times of crisis.
And mutual assistance in the new, poor, middle-aged, caste and warring world is very much in demand. It in all its forms - from the most touching to the most terrible - always arises where the ruling minorities view the majority as “born to be a victim”.
In some places these “new” collectivists, and in the most terrible variant, already claim their rights to power and wealth. There is one curious nuance confirming that we are dealing with a global phenomenon. Most of the "foreign militants" TOZR IG - are from the so-called. civilized countries. Of the 20 thousands of imported Igilians, the majority are not citizens of the poor in Yemen, Somalia or Afghanistan. These are semi-Europeans from Tunisia, half-Europeans from Turkey, and no less than 5 thousands - in general Europeans.
It has not happened yet that the citizens of the “first world” fought for anti-civilizing ideas from such a “third” with such passion. And there is every reason to believe that this is only the beginning.