It’s Class Warfare!

Compare and contrast

One of the great myths of America is that we are not a class-based society, and that you and I matter as much as our betters. As once explained to me, we don’t have a House of Lords, we have a Senate, and of course any fool can grow up to be President. And has. But I digress.

As uncomfortable as discussing race is to Americans, discussing class is even more uncomfortable. And so as we face down the Billions for Billionaires bill, keep that thought in mind.

We are in a class war. We just don’t know it yet.

I’ve read that the reason that working class people vote for Republican tax schemes is that they think someday that they will benefit from them when they too become rich.

They look around and see themselves in a line and think others (and you KNOW who these others are, ahem) are cutting in line ahead of them, but what they do not see is who is at the head of the line.

Growing up in the age of Dynasty and Dallas, those shows gave us a cartoonish look at rich people. But we never saw Ewings and Carringtons in real life. The big house in town might be owned by a very well-off doctor, but was probably not owned by Paris Hilton.

Likewise, the truly wealthy are cosseted and do not see poor people. They have private planes to whisk them away and a whole system of VIP lines, lounges, and doors to keep them separate from we Untouchables. Remember when Grandpa Walnuts really thought middle class began at $5M Ameros? We are as exotic and strange to them as they are to us. But their bubble is what keeps us apart.

Possum Hollar watches Fox and scorns elites, but they do not see truly, obscenely wealthy people, the true elites on teevee or in real life. The vast wealth of a Bill Gates or Mark Faceberg is invisible to them. I think that if they were to see how stacked the odds are for a Gates or Faceberg, Possum Hollar might not be so quick to give up things to give to the ruling class. And to beg for crumbs.

In absolute dollars what a Gates or Faceberg pays in taxes astonishes them, but what is never (or rarely) mentioned is how much money Gates et al have after taxes, and how much money their children will inherit (and in Trust to make it tax-free; the inheritance tax is a joke).

If anything positive comes out of this tax bill, I hope that it is a realization that we are serfs.

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8 Responses to It’s Class Warfare!

  1. mcdee says:

    “…the truly wealthy…do not see poor people.” I am reminded of Will Rogers doing his imitation of Calvin Coolidge: Everyone I come in contact with is doing well. If they are not doing well, I do not come in contact with them.

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  2. Bruce388 says:

    The Goopers get their base hollering about immigrants, kneeling football players, and those people and then they take care of their donors while screwing the rest of us.

    It’s been their recipe for success since the 1960s.


    • “It’s been their recipe for success since the 19 1860s.”


    • Osirisopto says:


    • Osirisopto says:

      Karl Marx said Religion is the opium of the people. For the R’s base their religion is fear and hate. Multiple flavors of fear and hate. Tailored to a specific audience at the appropriate time with a slightly different “garnish”, but it all boils down to fear and hate.

      From Wikipedia…

      The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.

      Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

      The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.[2]

      Marx was making a structural functionalism argument about religion, and particularly about organized religion.[3][4] Marx believed that religion had certain practical functions in society that were similar to the function of opium in a sick or injured person: it reduced people’s immediate suffering and provided them with pleasant illusions, but it also reduced their energy and their willingness to confront the oppressive, heartless, and soulless reality that capitalism had forced them into.


  3. Skinny Dennis says:

    “I’ve read that the reason that working class people vote for Republican tax schemes is that they think someday that they will benefit from them when they too become rich.”

    I explained this to a man I met in an Amtrak diner car about 10 years ago, I’ll never forget the hateful burning glare I got from fellow diners at the next table. Must have struck a nerve, they looked to be rather well off, it was like I spilled the beans.

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  4. Osirisopto says:

    There is a solution. There is more than hope, dreams and wishes.

    The trail has been blazed, our forefathers and mother bled and died for it, for us, all we need do is follow it/them.

    The capitalists have worked for generations to divide us. To make it possible, and easy to conquer us all.

    One day we will rise up as one and demand our due. It’s been done before.

    Our Labor History Timeline

    Throughout our history, the labor movement has accomplished a lot. If you get weekends off or overtime pay, thank the union members who fought for those rights. None of our movement’s achievements would have happened without the effort, organization and advocacy of our brothers and sisters. But injustice still runs amok. We must look to the past not only for inspiration, but for the tools we need to continue the fight. The roots of the problems we face today can be found in our past. So can the beginnings of the solutions we need for our future.

    The labor history timeline highlights the key events and the people who helped bring about radical changes in the workplace and society.

    “Power concedes nothing without demands.”
    -Frederick Douglass

    I’ll stop now.



  5. I taught my kids to avoid the riches. I suggested that if asked to join the riches for a project or an adventure, the kids ought to expect to be disappointed.


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