Recently a friend shared a link to this story about wealth inequality in the US. On the sidebar to the right, we see headlines like “Inequality gap between super rich and poor continues to widen,” “World ‘great’ for billionaires at Davos, rampant inequality still threat,” and “Make the money, make the laws: Congress has more millionaires than ever – report.” In the main article, it quotes part of a report that say “Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.”
Now all these things are true and I’m glad someone is reporting these. There’s just one problem. See there’s this other country which has been characterized by the staggering gap between its rich and poor since its founding in 1991. A country where, as a recent report claims, 40% of the wealth is owned by 110 individuals. It is a country where, had that wealth been better distributed, the standards of living might easily represent those of a Western European country. It is a country where the level of citizens’ participation in government decisions is even lower than in the United States, where you at least get to see some different faces in the presidential elections. If only I could remember the name of that country.
This is what makes it hard for me to get behind RT and many Russian political causes, even when we seem to be in total agreement. The problem is a difference in motives. To RT, wealth inequality is a huge problem so long as it is in the USA. Now RT fans will most likely respond with the fact that America often condemns “human rights violations” only in those countries with which is has some kind of political beef, while ignoring those of its allies or at least not threatening them over the issue. That is 100% true, but it still doesn’t change the fact that RT and the Russian government has the same double standards.
If you’re against double standards, don’t apply them, period. This is not rocket science.