The basic lesson of history

The basic lesson of history NOT TAUGHT in schools today is events come in cycles.  Times of economic stress – like today – come with widespread protest that the lower and middle classes are not making enough money while the ‘rich’ and ‘large companies’ are draining the economy of its wealth. The only way to ‘level the playing field’ is for the rich to pay higher taxes so lower and middle class wages will come up. This is the cover of a radical labor paper in 1916. If this political cartoon appeared today – without the logo advocating violence – it would be as relevant today as a century ago. America does not have racial problems or social problems; it has economic problems. The faster we teach this reality in our classes, the less ‘social stress’ we will have.

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