There's a Violent World War Going On, with Millions of Casualties -- Oligarchs vs. Everyone Else
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They knew from the beginning it was war. But a softer and more silent form of war than the world was used to. Not since the ascendency of the British East India Company in the 1700s had the world seen an economic, rather than sovereign, force so dominate the world.
And now they’re in the final stages of their war. Having taken most all the resources of the West’s Middle Classes and thrown them and their children into debt bondage, they’ve moved onto taking over entire nations.
This is what Republicans mean when they talk about “making government smaller” here in the United States, or “the austerity agenda” in Europe, Canada, and Australia. It’s all the same thing - transfer even more wealth and political power from those in debt (be they individuals, cities, states, or nations) to those who made the loans. From the middle-class Makers to the billionaire Takers.
And God forbid a politician should stand up to the Takers. From Republicans refusing to raise taxes on billionaires, to international banking institutions leading the charge, via their captive governments, on “renegade” states like Bolivia.
Longer work weeks in France. Indexing the Inheritance Tax to inflation in the United States, but not the minimum wage. Cutting Greeks off their national health-care system after a year of unemployment. Slashing government support to schools, police, and health-care in Canada. Banks committing crimes and getting slap-on-the-wrist fines. Fossil Fuel corporations, the world’s most profitable, not only getting taxpayer subsidies but never, ever paying for the cancers, pollution, and global warming they cause. The list goes on and on.
It’s war. Rob, plunder, and pillage. Take what little is left from those with a little, and give it all to those who have a lot. Turn the Makers into slaves, while the Takers get an Inheritance Tax cut so their great-grandchildren can live the lives of the landed gentry.
When Ronald Reagan came into office, America was one of the most socially- and economically- mobile nations in the developed world. Today it is among the least.
Democracy is being replaced by plutocracy. Modern oligarchs are richer than the kings of old. And, still not content, they’re amping up the war with a coming July 4th attempt to amend the US Constitution so the wealthy need never again fear tax increases. It’s being led by the Goldwater Institute with its “Compact For America.”
Look out. We’re moving from trench warfare to aerial bombardment. And when they’re done, Western Democracies will look far more like Italy in the 1930s…