A kid’s view of politics #7: Economic dictatorship (and the illusion of freedom): An essay

So, yesterday in English class, we were talking about dystopia. People were saying, oh well, we can’t be in a dystopia, because there isn’t a dictatorship in England. And at that moment, an idea struck me. A concept that I thought up by myself (Although people have talked about economic dictatorship, I didn’t know about it until I though it). And it has been talked about quite a bit already, I’d like to offer my thoughts.

We live in an economic dictatorship. Sure, economic dictatorship in America, England and Australia may not be as bad as in India or China, but regardless, there is an economic dictatorship.

First of all, what could be called an economic dictatorship? And simply, the answer is any country where there is a large variation in wages. Why? Because low income earners will naturally find it harder to get to a comfortable living standard. And just like in the classic dystopia, the people on top will find it hard to lose power and the people on the bottom will find it hard to gain power. And just in a classic dictatorship, the lower you are in pecking order, the harder life is. And you can’t stop serving those higher up, because you will plummet further and further down the chain until you die of disease or dehydration or starvation.

This is the illusion of freedom.

And, despite what people might think, there is an alternative to economic dictatorship AND communist / fascist dictatorship. And that alternative is called socialism.

A lot of people’s reaction is to say “we seem to be doing fine”. Try telling that telling that to the people living in the slums of India or the people working in sweatshops for multinational corporations in China. Try living their life and then tell me that there isn’t something inherently wrong with the corporatist system of the world.

Sure, I may only be 12 years old, but I’m not stupid enough to think that society’s perfect, great or even okay.

People say that we have a fair and just benefits system, but just look at the Grenfell Tower, which was a direct cause of London benefits system, which is meant to be one off the best benefits systems in the world.

Oh how far we have fallen.

2 thoughts on “A kid’s view of politics #7: Economic dictatorship (and the illusion of freedom): An essay

  1. Really interesting ideas. Do you think that lack of economic freedom and inequality is worse than lack of political freedom, or are they equally bad? And are the two connected? Does lack of political freedom in a country (e.g. China) make lack of economic freedom worse for those at the bottom?

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    1. I personally believe that it depends on the situation, but they tend to be just as bad as each other. I also think there is a direct correlation between Political and economic dictatorship. If you have a political dictatorship, you will almost always have an economic dictatorship, but you can have an economic dictatorship without having a political dictatorship.


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