According to the guardians opinion : the wealth and political power have ended Social classes, is Trump and the oligarchs against the rest.
In an era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I can’t help wondering what it means to be “left”.
- when America had a large and growing middle-class
large class: “left”
They sought stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads, and research.
growing middle class: ‘right’
They sought greater reliance on the free market.
But as wealth and power have concentrated at the top, everyone else has become dis-empowered and less secure.
The middle class is over and there is a big difference between the social classes.
As a result of this disaster
- Safety nets have unraveled
- public investments have waned
- the free market has been taken over by :
- crony capitalism
- corporate welfare cheats
Washington and state capitals are overwhelmed by money coming from the super rich, Wall Street and big corporations.
why do we hear and use the same old “right” and “left” labels?
The Americans won’t notice they’re being shafted.
- I think it’s because the emerging oligarchy feels safer if Americans are split along the old political battle lines.
- the biggest divide in America today runs between oligarchy and democracy.
The oligarchs know politicians control the money.
- they can be confident there will be no meaningful response to :
- stagnant pay
- climate change
- military bloat or the soaring costs of health insurance pharmaceuticals
So long as the oligarchy divides Americans :
- split off people of color from working-class whites
- stoke racial resentments
- describe human beings as illegal aliens
- launch wars on crime and immigrants
- stoke fears of communists and socialists
it doesn’t have to worry that a majority will stop them from looting the nation.
Divide-and-conquer allows the oligarchy free rein. It makes the rest of us puppets, fighting each other on a made-up stage.
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