A recent characterization is, in my mind, an escalation in the rhetoric of the class war currently going on. It may be a sign of desperation or an isolated blip on the social radar but the term “parasite” has been introduced as a description of the ultra-rich. A parasite rarely contributes anything to its host, except by accident, yet derives all of its sustenance from the host, like ticks, for example.
The über-rich use their wealth to change the rules of society to make themselves more powerful. They distort the tax laws so that they pay a smaller fraction of their income as taxes than do the middle class. They change the laws of society so that society reflects their beliefs more than they reflect the beliefs of the country as a whole or the founder’s beliefs, for that matter (see anti-abortion and anti-union efforts in conservative lead states).
The political and legal discourses of this country reflect the concerns of the rich and not the concerns of the poor or the middle class. The politicians, whose jobs are to determine the needs of society in toto, pay attention solely to the needs of the rich, which apparently are focused upon getting even richer above all else.
Are these the behaviors of parasites? Seemingly. The big question is what happens to such people when the backlash comes. Behave like a psychopath long enough and eventually people will believe you are one. Behave like a parasite . . . and you may be treated the way we treat ticks.
Many are clearly seeing that they are the losers in the class war begun over 30 years ago. The American Dream has been abandoned and life as a corporate drone has been substituted as a goal in and of itself (see The Common Core Standards being pushed into our schools by corporate funded foundations, with a boost from their political drones). People see that their children will not be better off than their parents like they were . . . and it is very clear that this didn’t happen by accident. The Class War was orchestrated and run by and for the very wealthy of this country. The fact that they were conservative meant that they saw themselves as natural leaders, certainly more so than the unwashed, unworthy masses, so the systems needed to be reshaped so that they lead and others follow (see attacks on voting rights).
Before retaliation is made against any group or social entity, first members of those groups get characterized negatively; we say “the enemy is demonized” as, say, “parasites.”
I wonder if the very rich notice . . . or care?