3. Postmodernism has promoted greed. Economic imperatives now drive nearly everything in our world. Money is the only good – the only god. Other values are felt to be lacking in substance. In the absence of any more compelling story, life is now about acquisition of wealth. Those who are successful in the game find the temptation to squeeze the poor, irresistible. In short, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Really. Over fifty years the gap has yawned alarmingly. The poor have children who are poorly educated and remain poor.
A core postmodern value has been tolerance – leaving people alone to think and live the way they want to. But from the vantage point of the 21st century we can now see that tolerance is largely something the rich want. It is a stabilising concept, reinforcing the status-quo so that the wealthy can go on enriching themselves without threat. Tolerance has too often turned out to mean you behaving yourself in the public, political sphere, while in the economic sphere we keep on exploiting you. The rich have been very happy to tolerate the poor – as long as they don’t have to do anything for them.