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Old man punching protester

US social environment is showing  signs of RAGE in many people. There is a general increase sense of social and economic insecurity. The US ‘American Dream’ ethos is becoming just that a slogan but far from reality. The set of ideals (Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality) that defined the american dream in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers are not the guiding principles anymore.

 

US productivity has increased in the last 30 years but it has not been followed by just compensation for the workers. Increase productivity means that workers are putting out products more quickly and/or completing services at a more rapid rate than before causing in most businesses that more money has come in. But increased productivity has not reflected, as it used to, the opportunity for economic growth in the middle class. The american dream has being shadowed by an increasing  social income disparity.

The shrinking of the middle class, the increase impoverishment of low income families and the increase of the wealth of few has shadowed are causing the rage of many people.

Opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers have become just a dream not a reality.

We have seeing political rallies with significant acts of violence which are signs of popular rage. Rage is the feeling of intense, violent, or growing anger.

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Spitting in protester’s face

Anger is often activated in response to an external cue, such as an event that impacts negatively on the person. Rage can sometimes lead to a state of mind where the individual experiencing it believes, and often is capable of doing things that may normally not do or seem impossible.

Rational thought and reasoning would inhibit an individual from acting rapidly upon impulse. Rational thought or reasoning on solutions at this problem of social income disparity that is causing popular rage is what this election is about. It is not about blaming a minority like immigrants or muslins. We should look for solutions and set the principles of Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality to guide policies and laws that create a strong middle class (income equality) which will result in a healthy social environment.

 

 

 

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