June 13, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus
The Law of Matthew. The gap between the rich and poor.
Statisticians and sociologists declare again and again: the current Second Great depression significantly increased stratification of society — the welfare gap between the rich and poor is growing before our eyes. The words of Yeshua Josefovich Davidov [Jesus] are confirmed on a global scale: “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.” (Matthew 13:12).
One reason is obvious and has been repeatedly named by many (including me). Those who are richer, have more opportunities to find new sources of income, living on their savings during the search. And those who are poorer, often live, as they say, “on wheels”, are forced to spend almost all they receive, almost immediately after receiving. In a crisis they are forced to agree to any terms — just to somehow survive.
But decades of propaganda against Marxism almost removed from mass consciousness a fundamental fact: the social roles of the employer and the employee qualitatively differ. The terms offered to the poor, come from the rich. In periods of decline of the economy, the demand for almost all products drops — thus producers need fewer workers (which in turn again reduces the demand and the economy shrinks to the limit defined by the minimum needs of survival, and sometimes slips even lower). Citing that reduction, the rich employers demand additional concessions from the hired poor. They say: “Yes, now everything is bad, we can’t pay you today as much as we paid yesterday: you have to agree to these terms; if you do not want to, it’s your problem.” Obviously, those who are forced to compete for the few remaining jobs, do not have the ability to bargain and demand better terms.
Thus, a crisis creates additional opportunities for the rich to pressure the poor primarily because of the qualitative difference between the employer and employed. This was observed in all the crises which the world has endured. The experience on this part, unfortunately, is very extensive. When the economy is in decline, the poor invariably suffer much more than the rich because employers, on average, are richer than the hired. Marxism can be declared a false doctrine — but life invariably proves the validity of its key provisions.