There is a land where hundreds of millions of citizens enter into forced contracts of all kinds every single day of the year....and the strangest thing is the people of that land actually believe they are free!
There are some few among them of course, who are truly free, who walk above the law, who make the rules to suit their purposes and doubtless chuckle a bit at the plight of those they daily plunder.
In fact there are really three classes in this land of which I speak. The Ruling Elite or Plundering class, the Middle class: comprised mostly these days of those who serve the elite directly, and finally, what I'll call the Productive class: those blessed ones who physically work with their own hands (of all things!) and produce the things we all need to eat and wear and use to get around.
"It was ever thus."
The ancient kings of Germany, (apparently there were many judging by the castles still gracing the landscape, some even still in use), used to have their henchmen do their plundering for them whilst they occupied themselves with the latest perfumes, hidden away as they were in the security of their castles. Their food brought to them by unseen servants, handed to them through holes in the wall near the throne, they whiled away their days. They were hated by the great unwashed and they knew it! Hence all the weaponry and security at their command. "It was ever thus."
Going back still further to biblical times, a young king inherited Solomon's glorious throne. He sought the advice of the elders who said he should reduce the burden he laid on the backs of the people and they would serve him throughout his reign. Instead he listened to his buddies who told him he should say to the people: " My little finger is bigger than my father's waist. My father laid on you a heavy yoke; i will make it heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions".
Following this advice did not have the intended effect on his audience and the young king shortly found himself the ruler of a greatly reduced state, having lost ten of the twelve tribes of Israel.
The disconnect between the plundering and the productive class is similar today. The benefits of the unprecedented borrowing in which the political leaders have indulged themselves are mostly not reaching the middle and certainly not helping the productive class as intended.
The ten tribes knew what to do to free themselves from their foolish leader. Its a bit more complex today but the keys on the ring of the car we must now drive are financial and spiritual.
"What share have we in Jesse's son, to your tents oh Israel! Look after your own house, oh David!".