I don’t intend (or presume I’m competent) to make an analysis of Marxism. However, in very simplistic terms, I think Marx’s analysis on how people interact both socially and economically is the best that has ever been written. On the other hand most of his proposed solutions were far from foolproof and some of the worst atrocities committed in modern history were done in the name of Marxism.

This does not make by any means Marx irrelevant. We have the person who managed to ask the right questions and came out with the most relevant answers. This is 2010. The situation may be different but the underlying questions (and answers) are basically the same.

A very small amount of people (less than 1% of the world population) own nearly all the means, and take all relevant decisions for the rest. Decisions that leave some 10% of the world population in sheer famine, and some other 50% in serious poverty. Thankfully, most readers of this article and myself are among the richest 40% of this world. Yet, we have to struggle to pay our water and electricity bills, plan having children mainly on the basis of our financial limitations, and are in an ever increasing risk of poverty if something goes wrong in our lives. But we are rich, aren’t we?

What baffles me most is not why the poor 60% do not rise up against the extreme exploitation and injustice they are going through. Most of them can’t, especially if they are living under a brutal military regime or a ruthless dictator. Some do try. Against all odds, human rights activists in third world countries keep working against poverty and exploitation – including the ever increasing child and slave labour. These heroes do win some battles in favour of justice, most of the time at the cost of being imprisoned, tortured and murdered.

What baffles me is why we, the upper 40% in financial power, who relatively have some means, are so apathetic. Not only most of us don’t give a damn about the poor, but it seems we have accepted our fate to keep on struggling with life while the fat cats are getting fatter and we are getting poorer (while the poorest are dying faster).

How can the greedy 1% have complete control over the rest of us? We are the absolute majority after all!

Obviously the fat cats have the means especially the media and the money to corrupt politicians. However I believe their greatest weapon is our weakest point – we are vulnerable to be divided, and to be divided means to be ruled.

The dividing lines between us are plenty. They can be on the basis of which football team you support, your race, religion, language or dialect, position in life, or on which political party you support (not realising that most exploit you equally).

Migrants, especially the black ones are taking our jobs. Single parents are sucking us dry with the social assistance they receive. And why the hell should our governments pay a toilet assistant for doing nothing all day? And let’s revive the black moments of our history. Who behaved worse, the reds or the blues? Let’s hate each other for it.

Yes fat cat, we seem to be pleading, send us another bone to fight for while you enjoy all the meat. They throw one and laugh, while we fall for it and fight between ourselves even more.

“Workers of the world unite, you’ve got nothing to lose but your chains”
has never been more relevant than now, in this globalised world that is severely harmed by some gambling gone wrong in Wall Street. Yet, we are still fighting amongst ourselves.

Could it be that we have come to believe that the chains themselves have become our unquestionable fate?