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Debt Serfdom in One Chart

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds:

The essence of debt serfdom is debt rises to compensate for stagnant wages.

I often speak of debt serfdom; here it is, captured in a single chart. The basic dynamics are all here, if you read between the lines:

1. Financialization of the U.S. and global economies diverts income to capital and those benefitting from globalization/ “financial innovation;” income for the top 5% rises spectacularly in real terms even as wages stagnate or decline for the bottom 80%.

2. Previously middle class households (or those who perceive themselves as middle class) compensate for stagnating incomes and rising costs by borrowing money: credit cards, auto loans, student loans, etc. In effect, debt is substituted for income.

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1 comment to Debt Serfdom in One Chart

  • Anon

    Ranting Andy: “I believe the ENTIRE GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM will COLLAPSE ā€“ starting with Europe ā€“ and when it does, only those that PROTECTED themselves with PHYSICAL GOLD and SILVER, FOOD, ENERGY, and other ITEMS OF REAL VALUE will survive ā€“ and not just financially.” Nuff said.

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