Monday, June 06, 2005

Class Warfare for Capitalists

Although I don't have much time to post lately, here is a beautiful piece by New York Times columnist Bob Hebert. So many people are so afraid to call it what it is, but, as I've maintained for a long time, we in America are already in a class war and the middle class is losing. That's because the very rich have always known it's war. And the rest of us have been cowed into thinking that it makes us Marxists to point it out.

Not so. I am a capitalist. But not a crony capitalist. For an excellent critique of the greed of the priveleged classes and how it's endangering real capitalism and meritocracy, an excellent author to read is Kevin Phillips who used to be a Republican White House strategist.

As a one-time traditional conservative Republican - now reviled as a "country club Republican - by the new breed of Evangelicals, Phillips is not shy about taking George Bush and his greedy buddies to task for killing the American Dream for millions of ordinary people. And Phillips freely admits that he was one of the inventors of Nixon's Southern Strategy back in the 70s.

So, read Hebert's insightful article, linked to above. And if you can, try to find any of Phillips's books, especially American Dynasty, The Politics of Rich and Poor, and Wealth and Democracy. They're well worth perusing.


'Thought & Humor' said...

We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose. A
time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

'Thought & Humor' by Howdy
Cyber-Humor, Cyber-Thought
Cyber-Riddles for your divertissement!!!

Gert said...

For an excellent essay on Greed, follow the link near the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

AnonymousIsAWoman said...

Thanks to both of you.

Gert, that is a great essay on greed. I suggest that others follow the link to Gert's website. (see above post).

And same to Ilovehowdy. Thanks for posting. The humor's great and I love that part of Ecclesiastes that you quoted too.

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