Billionaires Have Declared All-Out War on Sanders and Warren
November 8, 2019 at 3:26 PM - Views: 53 #216213
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For many decades, any politician daring to fight for economic justice was liable to be denounced for engaging in “class warfare.” It was always a grimly laughable accusation, coming from wealthy elites as well as their functionaries in corporate media and elective office. In the real world, class warfare — or whatever you want to call it — has always been an economic and political reality.
In recent decades, class war in the USA has become increasingly lopsided. The steady decline in union membership, the worsening of income inequality and the hollowing out of the public sector have been some results of ongoing assaults on social decency and countless human lives. Corporate power has run amuck.
Now, the billionaire class is worried. For the first time in memory, there’s a real chance that the next president could threaten the very existence of billionaires — or at least significantly reduce their unconscionable rate of wealth accumulation — in a country and on a planet with so much human misery due to extreme economic disparities.
In early fall, when Bernie Sanders said “I don’t think that billionaires should exist,” many billionaires heard an existential threat. It was hardly a one-off comment; the Bernie 2020 campaign followed up with national distribution of a bumper sticker saying “Billionaires should not exist.”
Bernie figured he could do more good Alive than
dead in a small plane "accident".
I think he's right.
November 8, 2019 at 3:41 PM #216268
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I sincerely doubt any billionaires are actually afraid of Warren.
November 8, 2019 at 4:02 PM #216282
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I think some are. There are certainly many examples of stupid, deluded fools who have vast amounts of money.
That said, I personally don’t trust Warren to carry out her tax plans. Like Barry, Liz will go ‘it’s just impossible!’ and go back to biz as usual.
November 8, 2019 at 3:41 PM #216269
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We are in a political class war. We have been in a class war, in one form or another, ever since the American Revolution. We will continue to be in a class war no matter who is elected President next year.
The only question is whether the class war will be waged at the ballot box and in the halls of Congress or whether it will be waged in the streets and in corporate skyscrapers with real weapons. The choice lies with the corporate elite. They can compromise and accept Bernie Sanders’ 21st Century New Deal, for that’s really all he is actually proposing, or they can attempt to live through the consequences of a real revolution and hope that someone like me will show them and their families mercy.
The latter is not a good bet on their part. Bernie Sanders is a far better option for them.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
If Democrats don’t stand for the people, why should people stand for them?--Jim Hightower
November 8, 2019 at 4:05 PM #216284
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The class war has been on since the dawn of civilization. New Deal of Green Deal truce won’t end the class war, but thin peace is better than fat war. To end the class war, I agree with Buckminster Fuller, instead of fighting the existing system we need to build better alternative that can replace class society.
Zizek keeps asking, what do we do the first day after revolution? I keep answering, the first day after revolution is today. We are the ones that we have been waiting for.
November 8, 2019 at 4:08 PM #216287
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Sanders and Warren. Warren and Sanders. The two of them are basically identical, right? :sarcasm:
Reminds me of a great line from an old Robert Reich speech (I’m paraphrasing):
I’ve now spent half of my career in politics and the other half in academia. In politics, it’s dog-eat-dog. In academia, it’s the reverse!
Every time Warren is mentioned with Sanders, it bolsters her reputation. It does little or nothing to help Bernie, whose reputation doesn’t really require bolstering. It speaks for itself.
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