FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

If it Really IS Class War, Then WHAT is Going On?

We are aware that the rich right wing in the U.S. is no longer obfuscating their goals. We know that they want to end or seriously adversely impact social programs. We know that they use lies to confuse the public about global warming, education, taxes, gun control and gay marriage. We know that they are in favor of continual wars.

The rich right wing has gerrymandered voting districts to make it difficult for moderates of either political party to win elections. And we know that they use their unlimited money (thanks to Citizens United) to criticize candidates of either party so that their candidates can win elections. And they constantly use Christianity to show their patriotism, while denigrating people of color and Muslims.

This is not accidental; this is their strategy; even if so much of what they say is lies (i.e.: Planned Parenthood).

The reason is that they have been raised in an authoritarian manner, which creates rigidity, avoids compassion, shows dominance & hostility to working with others. They dislike those of us who are not privileged, and see us as threatening.*

With so much money to spend, the rich right wing is able to control most media in the U.S., with the result that many people believe their lies. Noam Chomsky says that the U.S. is an introverted, passive society. When elected representatives make decisions which adversely affect us, we do not take organized action. Instead, we just complain about their wealth, and stop voting. We have become spectators instead of participants in what used to be our democracy.

We are confined; we have stopped thinking critically. We have become spectators in the U.S. oligarchy. We criticize the poor for getting welfare, while we do not question the corporations (and banks) for the welfare they get (which is more than the poor get). We are now frogs in the proverbial soup pot, as the U.S. continually declines. Privatization of public services increases the wealth of the rich while our cities and states are in crisis, unable to sustain adequate public schools. A society which takes from the many and gives to the few is unsustainable.

Our country is sliding downwards. Our economy is being outsourced by so-called Free Trade agreements; driven by multi-national corporations. Many of our cities are becoming very similar to those of the Third World. The U.S. has the highest level of inequality of any other developed country, and the gap is widening. This is no accident; this is class war. Labor unions are becoming extinct. Multi-national corporations and major banks are very class conscious. They avoid paying their fair share of taxes by moving their headquarters off shore. This is called tax inversion. And this moves jobs off shore too.

So many of our families are struggling to stay afloat. They are in serious debt. We are told that unemployment is down, but so many jobs are not stable, and few pay a living wage. Increasing numbers of schools have a vast majority of students in the free/reduced price lunch program (which now may include breakfast). How many churches run out of food and toiletries almost as soon as they get the supplies?

We have fallen for the game plan of the super rich; the new Dark Age. It has been called neo-liberalism or post modernism, but either way, this is re-colonialism: the rich predators are in charge, they are at war with the rest of us, and they are winning.

*Adorno, Frenkel-Brunswick, Levinson & Sanford: The Authoritarian Personality

More articles by:

February 19, 2019
Richard Falk – Daniel Falcone
Troublesome Possibilities: The Left and Tulsi Gabbard
Patrick Cockburn
She Didn’t Start the Fire: Why Attack the ISIS Bride?
Evaggelos Vallianatos
Literature and Theater During War: Why Euripides Still Matters
Maximilian Werner
The Night of Terror: Wyoming Game and Fish’s Latest Attempt to Close the Book on the Mark Uptain Tragedy
Conn Hallinan
Erdogan is Destined for Another Rebuke in Turkey
Nyla Ali Khan
Politics of Jammu and Kashmir: The Only Viable Way is Forward
Mark Ashwill
On the Outside Looking In: an American in Vietnam
Joyce Nelson
Sir Richard Branson’s Venezuelan-Border PR Stunt
Ron Jacobs
Day of Remembrance and the Music of Anthony Brown        
Cesar Chelala
Women’s Critical Role in Saving the Environment
February 18, 2019
Paul Street
31 Actual National Emergencies
Robert Fisk
What Happened to the Remains of Khashoggi’s Predecessor?
David Mattson
When Grizzly Bears Go Bad: Constructions of Victimhood and Blame
Julian Vigo
USMCA’s Outsourcing of Free Speech to Big Tech
George Wuerthner
How the BLM Serves the West’s Welfare Ranchers
Christopher Fons
The Crimes of Elliot Abrams
Thomas Knapp
The First Rule of AIPAC Is: You Do Not Talk about AIPAC
Mitchel Cohen
A Tale of Two Citations: Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” and Michael Harrington’s “The Other America”
Jake Johnston
Haiti and the Collapse of a Political and Economic System
Dave Lindorff
It’s Not Just Trump and the Republicans
Laura Flanders
An End to Amazon’s Two-Bit Romance. No Low-Rent Rendezvous.
Patrick Walker
Venezuelan Coup Democrats Vomit on Green New Deal
Natalie Dowzicky
The Millennial Generation Will Tear Down Trump’s Wall
Nick Licata
Of Stress and Inequality
Joseph G. Ramsey
Waking Up on President’s Day During the Reign of Donald Trump
Elliot Sperber
Greater Than Food
Weekend Edition
February 15, 2019
Friday - Sunday
Matthew Hoh
Time for Peace in Afghanistan and an End to the Lies
Chris Floyd
Pence and the Benjamins: An Eternity of Anti-Semitism
Rob Urie
The Green New Deal, Capitalism and the State
Jim Kavanagh
The Siege of Venezuela and the Travails of Empire
Paul Street
Someone Needs to Teach These As$#oles a Lesson
Andrew Levine
World Historical Donald: Unwitting and Unwilling Author of The Green New Deal
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Third Rail-Roaded
Eric Draitser
Impacts of Exploding US Oil Production on Climate and Foreign Policy
Ron Jacobs
Maduro, Guaidó and American Exceptionalism
John Laforge
Nuclear Power Can’t Survive, Much Less Slow Climate Disruption
Joyce Nelson
Venezuela & The Mighty Wurlitzer
Jonathan Cook
In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror
Ramzy Baroud
Enough Western Meddling and Interventions: Let the Venezuelan People Decide
Robert Fantina
Congress, Israel and the Politics of “Righteous Indignation”
Dave Lindorff
Using Students, Teachers, Journalists and other Professionals as Spies Puts Everyone in Jeopardy
Kathy Kelly
What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Brian Cloughley
In Libya, “We Came, We Saw, He Died.” Now, Maduro?
Nicky Reid
The Councils Before Maduro!
Gary Leupp
“It’s All About the Benjamins, Baby”
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail