Class Warfare Blog

April 21, 2013

A Rich Elite and Democracy: Are They Incompatible?

Our government is broken. It exists to serve the owners of the country and that ain’t us, it is the people with so much money left over they can afford to buy a government. And they did it without a plan, being only a matter of converging interests.

We have left only an illusion of democracy, where our representatives are for something one day, to get your vote, then are against it the next. The choices we have politically are predetermined as the candidates that have any chance of winning are already bought and paid for. (I don’t include Bernie Saunders in this, but almost all of the rest of them.) The only real choices we have are “paper or plastic?” and “Do you want fries with that?”

There is a fundamental conflict between democracy and the rich elites. Once the rich pile up enough money, then they have something to lose and they don’t want to lose it to the political power of the unwashed, lazy, unintelligent American voter. Since in this country money is power (not free speech, which is idiocy), their wealth gave them power and that power was directed to control the democratic process to the point that nothing can happen that they don’t want to happen.

Want a war? War profits are great, sure! Have your politicians drum one up.

Over 90% of the people want everyone buying a gun to have a background check to weed out criminals and the mentally defective. Ah, but we think that would hurt profits! Have your politicians kill the bill.

Those pesky Occupy Wall Street people are making us look bad. Crank up the propaganda machine and create false crises to make sure they get pushed off of the news broadcasts. Done!

We dither and are fascinated by bright shiny objects held up for our gaze while the rich elite plunder the poor and middle class.

It is no surprise that the only time a robust middle class formed in this country is when the threat of power being vested in other political parties and labor unions (Socialists and Communists and Wobblies, Oh, My!) got the rich elites to accept high personal income taxes. The differences between rich and poor shrank dramatically. The middle class exploded. Hunger in the U.S. was almost eradicated. But the rich didn’t like it one bit and hence, over the last 50 years, they are back in the driver’s seat with more wealth proportionately than they have ever had before. And wealth is power.

It is time to make war on billionaires: they are few and we are many.

History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill-suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy… These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.”  Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations

Lets Make War on Billionaires



  1. Great post Stephen and you got the jump on something similar to what I have planned for this week. But it can’t be said often enough that we are indeed losing any semblance of a republic as the plutocracy in this country achieves more and more control of the political power we inherited two centuries ago.


    Comment by lbwoodgate — April 21, 2013 @ 9:37 am | Reply

    • Do go forward with your post, the message can’t be said enough or in enough ways. We need to get through to people.



      Comment by stephenpruis — April 21, 2013 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

      • Nothing to lose but our chains, right?


        Comment by History of Capitalism — April 21, 2013 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

        • True. I find it appalling because most of the “ordinary” people I have met and worked with were quite decent, hard-working people and deserve better than to be cheated out of the fruits of their labor. Corporations for twenty or more years have been chiseling away at employee wages to give CEO’s and shareholders more money. Rob from the middling and give to the rich.


          Comment by stephenpruis — April 21, 2013 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

          • Not just the middling.


            Comment by History of Capitalism — April 21, 2013 @ 8:26 pm | Reply

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