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ONE PERCENT SOLUTION . . . (one page per day) Page 79 of 252


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A satire of dysfunctional politics and economic disparity.  

Chapter VIII: Day/Page 79 CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY. . . . As DDT distilled more of the planet’s wealth into an ever-smaller group of elites, those Alpha-dogs, who were accustomed to having everything their way, began to chafe at the irritating controls and limitations that government sometimes put on them. Government was, after all, at least until then, supposedly by and for all the people, and was therefore the last vestige of power to curb the excesses of the wealthy elites, which vexed and annoyed them greatly. From their point of view it was clear that a one-person, one-vote system was no longer a legitimate form of representative government, since it did not truly ‘represent’ the power and influence the elites actually had.

Why should the masses of people have the same voice in government as billionaires, the idle rich, or CEOs of corporations, the billionaires, idle rich, and CEOs would ask, when clearly the masses did not contribute as much to society and had far less at stake in the system?

It was pretty much a rhetorical question, as the answer was obvious:  The masses should not!

Therefore, members of the elite One Percent set out to right this perceived wrong and change the electoral process to give themselves a greater, more representative share of the vote, which was proportionally better aligned to the wealth and power they wielded. First, peevish campaign-funding limitations and bothersome electoral paper-work, that tracked where money came from and went, were summarily eliminated; thus granting any wealthy individual the freedom to give politicians as much money as they wished, in complete secrecy, without limitation, however they chose, for any purpose desired. This allowed a veritable torrent of cash to flow unimpeded through the political system, greasing the cogs of government to buy any coveted policy one wished and could afford, based on the criterion of economic clout, rather than such antiquated notions as a one-person, one-vote system.

Next, the top dogs of the planet employed another innovative electoral-process adjustment whereby the number of voting booths and polling stations were allocated geographically, rather than by population density, which was cumbersome to manage as populations grew or shrunk. Additionally, not only was population density an ever-changing target, it also had the deleterious effect of tipping the electoral scale toward the masses, since there were clearly more of them; while geography, on the other hand, favored the Alpha-rich, since they owned much more land per head, and were more geographically distributed.

Their goal was to have an equal distribution of voting booths everywhere, so that remote empty areas in the middle of nowhere would have the same number of booths per square mile as would dense, sprawling urban cities—what could be fairer than that? Equal was equal, and same was same, they said. So, abetted by a deluge of  . . .

TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW

Available on Amazon , Barnes & NobleKobo, and Smashwords in Digital and Paperback versions. 

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organizations, places, events, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2013 by Gregory James      All rights reserved

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About Gregory James

After 20 years working and living overseas, I returned to the US and was disgusted by how partisan and polarized the country had become. Civility and compromise are now quaint things of the past, replaced by intolerance and the rule of extremes. So I gave up a lucrative career for staring at blank pages and searching for words, in the hope that words might help enact change. Stupid. . . . I know! But after 9 months of labor I birthed forth a book, entitled ONE PERCENT SOLUTION. Reminiscent of Vonnegut, with a dash of Saramago and Fforde, this humorous, satirical, often irreverent romp mocks the absurd we accept to be normal, ridicules the ridiculously low bar we set, and challenges all of us to demand more of ourselves by making light of what is sacred that shackles us.

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