Ancient Sparta was an ancient Greek State where the top 20%, the “free Spartan citizens”, owned everything and the other 80% of the population were slaves. Sparta was known as the most militarized State in ancient Greece. Some historians say Sparta had to spend vast sums on military to protect the “free Spartan citizens” from the enslaved masses.
Of course, our global economy is much different today. Right?
Just sayin’ . . .
(Source: Conley, D., 2008)
Gordon Gekko said in the movie Wall Street over 20 years ago: “The richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars. . . . We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. . . . It’s not a question of enough, pal. It’s a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses.” The trick is to convince the losers that the winners DESERVE to win.” (Source)
As we consider the elite owners of the world–is it admiration or revulsion that we feel?