The United States’ Capitals Of Inequality

inequalityPueblo Lands on the areas of the U.S. pushing economic disparities to new extremes:

Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area. The epicenter of the tech industry. The global vortex of venture capital. One of the most brutally unequal places in America, indeed the world.

In the distribution of income and wealth, California more resembles the neocolonial territories of rapacious resource extraction than it does Western Europe. The only states that compare to California’s harsh inequalities are deep southern states structured by centuries of racist fortune building by pseudo-aristocratic ruling classes, and the East Coast capitals of the financial sector.

It’s a strange club, the super-inequitable states of the U.S. This list pairs the bluest coastal enclaves of liberal power with the reddest Southern conservative states. In terms of wages and wealth these places have a lot in common.

The economies of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama remain bound by racial inequalities founded in slavery and plantation agriculture; the wealthy elite of all three states remain a handful of white families who control the largest holdings of fertile land, and own the extractive mineral and timber industries, and the regional banks.

Texas, with its sprawling cities, global banks, energy corporations, universities, and tech companies, is more like California in that its extreme economic inequalities are as new as they are old. Stolen land and racial segregation combine with unworldly new fortunes built on the Internet and logistical revolutions in manufacturing and markets to manifest a gaping divide in power and wealth between the few and the many. The Texas border, like California’s, opens up vast pools of Mexican and immigrant labor for super-exploitation by agribusiness and industry.

The same goes for New York, Connecticut, and Washington D.C. the other most unequal places in the United States. New York and Connecticut, like California, have become societies divided by an upper stratum of financial-sector workers and corporate employees whose salaries and investments simply dwarf the bottom half of the population’s earnings, and unlike the South, this extreme level of inequality is rather new in its source of valorization.

Washington D.C. is split between the federal haves, mostly fattened contractors who run the military, or who represent the interests of the billionaires in California and New York, and the have-nots, mostly Black and immigrant service sector workers who wait on these technocrats of empire.

24 Comments on "The United States’ Capitals Of Inequality"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

    Y’all are just jealous, cuz you ain’t makers, you’re just takers. 😛

  2. Ted Heistman | May 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm |

    A lot of outdoor magazines are simply catering to the rich now. Its kind of sickening. But who else can afford to climb mountains and shit but trust fund babies and Silicon Valley Geeks? Most normal people are working 60 hours a week, just to survive.

    The latest issue of “Outside” had a special article about rich yuppies, working in silicon valley, that look like Fashion models who also run ultra marathons in their spare time.

    I was like “Fuck you”

    • Anarchy Pony | May 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm |

      I heard that.

      • Ted Heistman | May 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm |

        I was thinking about this and I remembered what Noam Chomsky said. The product magazines sell is audiences to advertizes. So what is happening makes sense in light of that.

        I love the outdoors but I am not a gadget/gear freak. I am more into primitivism, but not just that, I am more into just taking off and doing stuff with limited funds. I don’t know how much money there is catering to an audience like me but I think people would like to read about it.

        I have been working on an indieGoGo campaign to crowd fund self publishing my memoir: “FREE RANGE ORGANIC HUMAN”

        • I love the outdoors as well. It always cracks me up while being outside, hiking around or whatever, you run into these yuppie dweebs that are outfitted to the hilt with all kindsa stupid crap. I mean, it’s like they need a special uniform to go out and walk around in the woods for a few hours.

          • Ted Heistman | May 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm |

            everyone once in a while while commuting to work I get passed on the Bike trail by some wannabee Lance armstrong look alike and I get annooyed and pass them back in my jeans and t-shirt and no helmet with my lunch in my backpack.

          • Anarchy Pony | May 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm |

            Yeah, I never really got why people felt they needed to get all decked out to go on a bike ride. I mean sure there are practicalities when riding, but really, do you need to dress like a fluorescent penis?

          • Ted Heistman | May 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

            HAHAHA! I think they do! It really is like fetish gear!

          • Noah_Nine | May 29, 2013 at 11:04 pm |

            I usually taunt them by shouting:”nice ass!” very sarcastically or “way to go man! yr gonna live forever!” they usually turn red with rage….

  3. Ted Heistman | May 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm |

    I guess I don’t want to hate on people just for being successful, but our economy needs a serious overhaul in order to be based on something real and a higher quality of life for all. I mean who wants to live in a mansion surrounded by slums and protected with barbed wire and private security?

  4. Simon Valentine | May 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm |

    what point do people simply stop reading or writing about ‘USA’ or
    ‘States’ or ‘government’? simply. stop. at what point? ghosts, or
    realizations? one day you’ll wake up and ‘it’, that metaphysical
    mediocrity, won’t exist in any way, not even myth or memory.

    • Ted Heistman | May 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm |

      Are you Buzzcoastin’s alchemical moon baby?

      • Simon Valentine | May 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm |

        seems a veritable play akin to Much Ado About Nothing
        if it swings south, it may touch the spot
        that is so root set into these alchemical things
        Amun’s apothecary stash
        Atrophies & Things

      • Calypso_1 | May 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm |

        Perhaps we should look further afield amongst the planetary bodies.

  5. This is nothing new, if you don’t like it don’t buy the products they make. Quit complaining and get back to work.

  6. InfvoCuernos | May 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm |

    If you read about any european colonization, whether in the New World, Africa, Asia or wherever, one of the big tricks was to get the leaders of the local indigenous population to sign a “treaty” or contract which the natives, of course, could not read as it was written in a language they did not speak or read, sort of like legaleze today. These treaties were always hauled out as pretext to war, genocide, forced labor, and every other kind of shitty thing you can do to another human. Think of that next time you sign an agreement or check the ULA. Under what possible “fair” system could it be possible to include a clause that says that only one party can change the terms of the contract at any time without the other party’s consent, or knowledge. We’ve been colonized. Sooner or later, your children will be “making rubber” for the Man. Cortez was a lawyer before he was a conqueror.

  7. Jin The Ninja | May 24, 2013 at 11:43 am |

    in other news, the greatly cited ‘bastion of equality’ Sweden, now has the fastest rising rate of inequality among OECD nations.

    there will never be a ‘fair’ system until we tackle the great beast that engenders inequality and extracts resources at an ever-growing rate.

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