Why don’t we as Americans ask for more when we buy a car, a house, negotiate for a salary, or even pay for college? What about our fair share of the pie when it comes from the commons, public lands, natural resources, or technology? We’ve invested in these assets through our taxes and only a very few reap the profits.
The one area right now that I want to address in this regard is oil and natural gas. Americans don’t share in the spoils even though this year we became the world’s top crude oil producer. We as Americans have fought wars over its access and for the benefit of so very few!
I understand the true cost of gas is 10 dollars per gallon if you include all the financial subsidiaries we give the oil companies. Of course if you include the Iraq Wars, global warming, and the cost of our relationship to Saudi Arabia that number would be incalculable in measure.
So I ask you again why aren’t we demanding more from our extorted investment?
Oil-rich Norwegians get a cut. Their country has set aside a purse for every single person in Norway valued at $195,000 as of May of 2018. They have taken the profits from the oil in their country, invested it in the global market and their fellow citizens share in the profits even after the oil dries up.
Americans are so in love with capitalism that the average person is being screwed. We think only the Robber Barons in this kleptocracy should share in our vast oil and natural gas wealth because we’ve been brainwashed. Sure they started businesses, borrowed money, and sold shares but at some point something as valuable as oil should be considered as part of the commons that we all as Americans should own title to. Instead, the way it’s going, the privatization of everything is continuing. It will continue until our country becomes one huge warmongering monopoly, with the thieves and cowards at the top reaping all the rewards.