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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Class War in the US:
It's About Time
By Frank Scott
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October 26, 2011
Whenever murmurs among the people indicate growing awareness that
they are paying an exorbitant price in order to enrich a tiny minority,
the terrified cry of “class war” is raised by the poor huddled masses of
billionaires, millionaires and their corporate servants in politics and
media. This contradicts the fictional notion that there are no classes in
American society, that we are all “middle class” and oh, a few
unfortunates are poor but that’s only temporary. As soon as their
investments pay off they too will arrive at the exalted status of
“middle”. That would be right after the Easter bunny delivers chocolate
covered Tooth Fairies to all the little boys and girls.
this nation has been a stratified class society since its origins under
the rule of rich Europeans who drafted a constitution ensuring their
rights of property and assuring that the majority rabble would not
threaten those sacred scriptures. It was Shay’s Rebellion, an uprising of
the common people incensed over debts and foreclosures – sound familiar? -
that brought about the first ten amendments to that document and saw to it
that human beings and not just their property owning masters had some
rights. Unfortunately, you still need lots of money to establish that
equality in court but corporate mind management has done a great job
creating illusions among a great mass of Americans that they are somehow
equal to a very small group which earns (?)millions and even
billions a year. In fact, while demonstrators at Wall Street and in other
cities representing the 99% of us who live below the top 1% strive to
create real democracy, it should be understood that only a fraction of
that 1% are rich beyond the imaginations of ancient rulers who were seen
as deities by the peasants of their times. That these modern god-like
creatures can manipulate citizens of an alleged democracy into
thinking they are just like common working people is indication of how
successful their faithful servants in media and politics have been at
warping the collective mind. But those days are nearing an end.
Even though the “class war” label still draws negative response from
subjects who have been on their knees for so long they may never be able
to stand up, a majority of citizens who refuse minority masters ruling
their world into what could be a terminal state are indeed on their feet
loudly saying, no way. That scares the hell out of rich owners of a
fiction they have been calling democracy. It’s threatening to become
just that and they and their minions are in desperation that the majority
rule they fear may soon become reality.
In defense of inequality,
hand wringing pleaders for the opulent weep about their enormous tax
bills, leaving out the massive amount of dollars they maintain after
taxes. Even with the old 90% top tax brackets of the 1950s republican
Eisenhower administration, a poor soul with a billion dollars would be
left with a measly 100 million. Oh dear! And rest assured that after their
well compensated accountants took massive deductions and did other book
juggling, nobody ever paid anything remotely close to 90%. And now we have
tax rates on the wealthy that are so low even some of them are embarrassed
When the 400 richest Americans have as much wealth as the
bottom 150 million Americans - about half the population – and use that
wealth to buy politicians and government power , only corporate mind
management and slack jawed imbeciles can call that a democratic system.
Our income disparity is greater than at any time since 1928. As evidence,
over the past twenty five years 80 percent of increased income in America
went to the top 5 percent, while the bottom 60 percent lost 7.5 percent.
The US has the most billionaires in the world (413), and among those
global deities with $5 billion or more there are 57 from the US. If you’re
not weeping in pity but in rage, you’re part of the 99%.
major crisis of capitalism, the Great Depression, ended with what was
called the New Deal. It simply replaced private investment with public
investment in order to create jobs, avoid social revolution and save the
capitalist profit system for the wealthy minority. This time the crisis is
even more serious and it calls for something greater than a New Deal. In
fact, we need a whole New Deck.
The increased problems of
warfare, environmental destruction, unemployment, poverty and a besieged
public sector cannot be solved by relying on the market lust for private
profit which created them in the first place. These universal crises call
for radical transformation of the political economics at their core. It
does seem that more people the world over are demanding change but the
forces of reaction will try to channel those demands into further
acceptance of a status quo. We need a party that stands against the
one percent capitalism that rules, and for the 99% democracy that should.
Republicans boldly stride toward soft-core fascism while Democrats mince
closer to hard core neo-liberalism. Not just America but humanity cannot
accept anything less than wholesale, radical restructuring of the system
that threatens all into one that benefits everyone.
Class war? It
may be an idea whose time has finally come.
writes political commentary and satire which appears in print in The
Independent Monitor and online at Mathaba and the blog Legalienate.