Check out the caption, Morty. This cartoon isn’t about income inequality. This cartoon is about posterity. Right now, especially in Europe and here in the United States, wealthy elites and their pet politicians are telling ordinary people that they have to cut back while the lifestyles of the rich continue unaffected. That’s what this is about.
Since you did bring up income inequality, however, the main cause of income inequality is the absence of communism. As long as you have a capitalist system in which it is considered perfectly acceptable to say that one person’s labor is worth more than someone else’s, you will have income inequality. Moreover, as long as you have that system, inequality will continue to get worse. Until revolution inevitably occurs. That’s the nature of capitalism.
I have to laugh when you talk about not buying overpriced stuff or imported stuff. Voting with your dollars doesn’t work. Only in small communities. When you say not to have accepted wage cuts and to go on strike and to unionize, I’m right there with you, but you’re kind of conveniently forgetting the fact that the government has been passing all sorts of laws to make it more difficult to do all of those things. The balance between labor and management has tilted decidedly toward management to the point that labor can’t possibly get back to an even playing field. You can’t possibly vote in anyone who would restore a progressive taxation system because there is no one like that running, and no one like that will be allowed to run under this particular political system. Actually, under the present system, there really isn’t anything anyone can do other than whine. The answer is to get rid of the current system.
But, although that is an interesting subject, and one that I’ve written extensively about and will continue to do so in the future, this cartoon really is about the drive toward austerity.