Kurt Vonnegut in excerpt, The from his acclaimedbook, God Bless You reveals an interesting point on money,politics, economy, and technology. In the excerpt, Vonnegut (1982)divulges aspects on the relationship between power and wealth andclaims that merit and handiwork sometimes do not count as determiningfactors to wealth. Today, America remains a highly productive andwealthy country but does not mean that there is parity in thedistribution of wealth. Although Vonnegut (1982) discourses that oneshould integrate with the wealthy and learn their ways, it sometimesbecomes an issue for the low-income earners. For example, one canopine that America has seen an increased growth in the portion ofincome among the wealthy Americans and a declining tax rate but jobshave not gone up as thought. America is a capitalist economy thus,the middle class will always drive the economy or create jobs. Inthis regards, taking the rich to make investments would grow themiddle class hence, job creations for the low and middle-incomeearners.
In addition, thecurrent society needs to involve the entire population and not just asmall share of people in nation building. In fact, an outlook tosocial and economic issues should shift or balance between the publicand private sector. In this regards, the society should draw upon thevalues of neoliberalism to ensure parity in the society. As such, thegovernment should support people in their endeavors and let them makechoices. In Vonnegut (1982) assertions, the current system profitsonly those people who know about the system and discredit a majorityof people who have no information on how the system works. AsVonnegut (1982) points out in the novel, the capitalist system hasreplaced the democratic system and subverted the liberties of thepeople for the sake of a few people.
On the otherhand, the aspect of technocratic embodies a system that rejects thehandiwork of the majority and places the handiwork with the expertiseof a few individuals (Allen & Thomas, 2000). The ruling elites,in this regards, the wealthy and the politically powerful individualhave used technocracy to deprive the poor. However, apart fromdealing with technocracy and capitalism, Vonnegut (1982) reveals aninteresting bond or relationship and the personalities that somewealthy people cultivate to share their wealth with the poor. Elliot,in the analogy debates with his father about how he decides toutilize the wealth he has bequeathed, by sharing it instead ofinvesting it as his father wants. Here, the wealth should share whatthey have with the poor, but the current society has constructedsocial stratification processes for identifying people. For instance,most rich people live in excluded neighborhoods with the publicutilities such as roads as the only thing they have in common withthe poor.
In spite ofworking hard to provide for their families, the society hascultivated systems that still deprive the poor. For example, today,salaries in both the private and public sectors differ greatly amongdifferent people and in some cases, people do not earn salaries basedin merit but on who they know. This has created or enhanced theexisting gap between the poor and the rich. Current taxes andprograms do not help the poor, but continue to enrich the wealthy atthe expense of the poor. For example, the rich 20% controls more than80% of all resources, which means that the poor will have to dependon the rich even when they afford to receive a good education (Allen& Thomas, 2000). As such, politics and the economy have playedpredominant roles in the social development of people.
Allen, T., & Thomas, A. (2000). Poverty and development intothe 21st Century. Oxford University Press.
Vonnegut, K. (1982). The . God bless you, Mr. Rosewateror pearls before wine. New York, NY, USA: RosettaBooks.