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Thursday, April 13, 2006

The endless betrayal.

It would be hard to be more direct about the dire condition of the US after three decades of economic mismanagement and greed than Ian Welsh does in this post over at the Agonist:
It's class war!
The last thirty odd years has been the big screw. Regular people have not seen any wage increases, and have taken on debt, while the rich have gorged themselves till the money they bought by corrupting politicians has left them morally corpulent and without the least regard for their fellow citizens. Feeling that nothing they do matters, a near majority of US citizens don't even bother to vote — why bother when both the choices will simply vote for the interests of those who bought them years ago?

The first step to fixing all this is just to admit it. Yeah, there has been a class war and the rich won. The majority of Americans have spent the last thirty years being trickled on, and being told they should like it, beg for it, ask for more, and show gratitude for it to their betters.

The last class war was lost by ordinary Americans. The next war, the question of the next twenty years, is about whether the rich get to keep it all, and the middle class gets to pay off all the US's debts, while giving up good wages, their pensions and any chance at decent healthcare.

Which side are you going to be on? Because there are only going to be two sides, in the end.

Read the rest here.

Via Gordon.Coale.

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