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It's easy to pretend to get along when there is plenty for all and inequality isn't too bad.
Old racial/religious/etc lines tend to become more apparent when there's not as much to go around and a few elite are grabbing an increasing share of the shrinking pie.
The country in question has had declining energy consumption after 2007 while population and wealth inequality continued to increase:
Interestingly enough despite the energy decline there are plenty of claims on wealth (denoted by USD), just not for the majority of people:
An increasing share of this supposed wealth is tied up in paper assets though such as grossly overvalued stocks, which helps explain why there's so much apparent wealth while energy consumption has slightly decreased since 2007 (the other part of the equation is that manufacturing and other energy-intensive and well-paying jobs ex military have continued to be sent elsewhere):
Fortunately for the few wealthy it seems that as long as the anger of the poor is directed against each other they themselves will be mostly left alone. Jay Gould said it best:
So keep up the good fight, fighting each other over smaller and smaller scraps while the country stagnates and the already wealthy take increasing share of the wealth. Doesn't matter whether it's fighting over a shrinking pool of good-paying jobs or in the streets, as long as the few people at the top can quietly clean up.
Pictured: Fighting in Charlottesville. The image is actually rather flattering as most Americans aren't that fit.
I think we all know who our favourite prolific thread creator is, I personally thought my favourite Nova thread was "Rave: 2 months working", I was glad to hear how well nova was going and it was a great thread.