01.2 Exploitation

Change is inevitable.  Change and challenge often present opportunities to those who are well positioned to benefit from them.  Those who are well positioned are almost always the wealthy and well-connected.  Unfortunately, on the other hand, the poor and middle class usually pay the price.

Take “Climate Change” as an example.  Assuming that global temperatures cannot be significantly affected by man, then who benefits from this costly environmental agenda and who gets hurt?   

Obviously the massive tax-payer-funded subsidies for so-called “green” energy projects benefit the wealthy and well-connected.  Huge fortunes have been made by corporate insiders and investors in electric cars, wind turbines and solar arrays, but the poor have no way to benefit because they have no money to invest.  Nor can the middle class benefit because government regulations only allow wealthy “accredited investors” to invest.

Meanwhile the poor and middle class get hammered by skyrocketing energy costs.  They pay much higher utility and gas bills because green energy costs many times more than existing fossil fuel, hydro or nuclear sources.  Everyone ends up paying more for everything including higher taxes.  These costs take a much bigger bite out of the disposable income of the poor.  People with higher income feel less pain.

Politicians use fear to get elected, saying that “the world will end if you don’t give us the power to fix the problem.”  They win while many hard working people lose their jobs.   Factories close because they can no longer compete with foreign countries where energy and living costs are much lower.

Let’s be clear.  The problem is not power or wealth.  The problem is misleading the masses to gain power and wealth at the expense of the poor and weak.

There are legitimate ways to gain power and wealth.  Many companies and industries have created innovations that bless society.  But creating good products that benefit everyone without hurting anyone is very difficult to do.  It is only possible when many companies compete in free and open markets.  Unfortunately, government doesn’t work that way.  There is no competition, only the tendency toward corruption.  The bigger the government, the more money involved, the greater the corruption and exploitation.  Unless we-the-people are engaged, skeptical, and keeping the government in check, the exploitation of the less fortunate will continue.  

If you care about fairness and helping the poor, then dedicate yourself to seeking and supporting Truth.  Anvóy is a movement to protect the vulnerable and resist the systemic tendency of society to exploit them.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28


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Summary Statements

  1. Lies harm people and make them weak, which makes them vulnerable to exploitation
  2. When lies prevail over the Truth, the poor and weak suffer most, while the wealthy and powerful often benefit
  3. Power and wealth are not bad, but misleading the public to gain power and wealth at the expense of the poor and weak is very bad
  4. The best way to make the world more fair and help those less fortunate is to seek and defend Truth


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