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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:39 AM
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"The delusion of a classless America is the most effective deception. It's a myth." Robert Scheer


The Peasants Need Pitchforks
by Robert Scheer
April 6, 2011

The delusion of a classless America in which opportunity is equally distributed is the most effective deception perpetrated by the moneyed elite that controls all the key levers of power in what passes for our democracy. It is a myth blown away by Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz in the current issue of Vanity Fair. In an article titled Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% Stiglitz states that the top thin layer of the superwealthy controls 40 percent of all wealth in what is now the most sharply class-divided of all developed nations: Americans have been watching protests against repressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet, in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nations incomean inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.

That is the harsh reality obscured by the medias focus on celebrity gossip, sports rivalries and lotteries, situations in which the average person can pretend that he or she is plugged into the winning side. The illusion of personal power substitutes consumer sovereigntywhich smartphone to purchasefor real power over the decisions that affect our lives. Even though most Americans accept that the political game is rigged, we have long assumed that the choices we make in the economic sphere as to career and home are matters that respond to our wisdom and will. But the banking tsunami that wiped out so many jobs and so much homeownership has demonstrated that most Americans have no real control over any of that, and while they suffer, the corporate rich reward themselves in direct proportion to the amount of suffering they have caused.

It is a reality further obscured by the academic elite, led by economists who receive enormous payoffs from Wall Street in speaking and consulting fees, and their less privileged university colleagues who are so often dependent upon wealthy sponsors for their research funding. Then there are the media, which are indistinguishable parts of the corporate-owned culture and which with rare exception pretend that we are all in the same lifeboat while they fawn in their coverage of those who bilk us and also dispense fat fees to top pundits. Complementing all that is the dark distraction of the faux populists, led by tea party demagogues, who blame unions and immigrants for the crimes of Wall Street hustlers.

The lobbyists are deliberately bipartisan in their bribery, and the authors of our demise are equally marked as Democrats and Republicans. Ronald Reagan first effectively sang the siren song of ending governments role in corporate crime prevention, but it was Democrat Bill Clinton who accomplished much of that goal. It is the enduring conceit of the top Democratic leaders that they are valiantly holding back the forces of evil when they actually have continuously been complicit.

Read the full article at:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_peasants_need_p...
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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:42 AM
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1. Both parties have been acquired by corporate interests
And, for a relatively paltry sum.
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:52 AM
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2. What the peasants really need is organization...

purely working class, divorced of the political class, pointedly working class in it's goals.
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:48 PM
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5. +1 nt
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:26 PM
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3. kickety
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drokhole Donating Member (759 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:44 PM
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4. "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." - Baudelaire
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ChoppinBroccoli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:50 PM
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6. Classless America Is Not A Myth
After having watched some Faux News and listened to some right-wing hate radio and seen some Teabagger rallies and talking to people who swallow the right-wing ideology whole without so much as a FIRST thought and seeing people like Rick Scott and Scott Walker and John Kasich get elected to Governorships, I can tell you with 100% certainty that it's not a myth. America is getting more and more classless by the day.
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bullwinkle428 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 01:12 PM
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7. K&R.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 01:51 PM
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8. recommend
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crickets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:49 PM
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