Class Warfare Blog

December 17, 2013

Ratcheting Up the Class War

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?



  1. I was particularly shocked the other day with that kid getting off on murder by pleading “afluentia.” If that is what it’s come to then the ice is thinner than perhaps we all expected.

    Here’s how a young student (in England, I think) see’s it all


    Comment by john zande — December 17, 2013 @ 8:46 am | Reply

    • Yeah, I was shocked by that, too. One would think that there would be a judicial test that must past muster. Something like, “would the judgement be the same were the defenfdant poor/ugly/illiterate?”


      Comment by stephenpruis — December 17, 2013 @ 8:55 am | Reply

      • I heard the same judge sentenced a black kid a year earlier to 10 years: he was drunk and hit a man in his car. the man hit his head, died of complications a few days later. This little fk mowed down 4 people and get’s off with a stay in a Californian spa. This is the type of thing that’s called the “the hair that…”


        Comment by john zande — December 17, 2013 @ 8:58 am | Reply

        • I wonder how far people can be pushed before they strike back? The greater level of distrations now as compared to when I was a child makes it harder to get peoples attention, but when you don’t have a job, you’d think you’d have time to think.



          Comment by stephenpruis — December 17, 2013 @ 9:32 am | Reply

    • I think she speaks for the yound and aspirational here, too.


      Comment by stephenpruis — December 17, 2013 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  2. And in case you haven’t seen it, this is F’ing awesome


    Comment by john zande — December 17, 2013 @ 8:47 am | Reply

    • Can’t get the whole thing to play, Bill gate’s Windows 7 has effed up my computer to the point that I can’t stream media now. Then he is taking my money to eff up public education. Sheesh!

      Wasn’t Damon quoting from a Howard Zinn speech that was like 40 years old?


      Comment by stephenpruis — December 17, 2013 @ 9:07 am | Reply

      • Was he?

        Look it up direct on Youtubby: “Matt Damon, Revolution” should get it up.


        Comment by john zande — December 17, 2013 @ 9:12 am | Reply

        • I still can’t see the whole thing due to an operating system glitch that apparently a lot of people are experiencing also. I will try on a mac.



          Comment by stephenpruis — December 17, 2013 @ 9:30 am | Reply

  3. They turn things around and call the other 99% — the rest of us — parasites. Wacky but so far successful.


    Comment by gfbrandenburg — December 17, 2013 @ 11:21 am | Reply

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