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Class Is a Five-Letter Dirty Word: The Lack of Class Consciousness in An Era of Record Inequality


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: austerity, corporate-government, oligarchy, elites, class-warfare, working-class, people power, people vs corporations, people vs government, class consciousness, social progress, economic justice, mobility )

Brian
- 626 days ago - truth-out.org
"Until Americans' awareness catches up to the realities of the increasing US class divide, shrinking life opportunities for the majority and disappearance of social mobility, we will be unable to address the problems of high unemployment and..."



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Dandelion G. (379)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:10 pm
Within the article:

As income and wealth inequality increase, Americans are forced to work longer and longer hours to make ends meet. This leaves less time to pay attention to the news and the world around us, and it means that the poor and working class are less likely to follow politics, and less inclined to participate in basic civic obligations like voting.

My comment...

And this is exactly what the Plutocrats are counting on.

In the article:
Recent statistics suggest the top one percent of Americans hold 34.5 percent of all wealth. The top 10 percent hold 74.5 percent of all wealth, and the top 20 percent (one in five Americans) hold about 85 percent.

Estimates for the rest of America are quite sobering as well: In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the bottom 40 percent of Americans are estimated to have zero percent of all wealth, while the bottom half hold a miniscule 1.1 percent.

My comment....

Staggering and terrible statistics.

The article:

The long-standing conviction that America is not divided along class lines, and that those willing to work hard will be rewarded, appears to be the relic of a bygone era. This delusion is held by Americans who cling to the promise of prosperity from a system that is increasingly leaving the masses behind.

At a time when 93 percent of all income gains are captured by the top one percent and people find themselves working longer hours for less, promises of hard work and sacrifice leading to prosperity seem na´ve at best. This conclusion might seem depressing to many, but it's a reality in an increasingly plutocratic modern economy.

Americans are naively hoping against hope that the "good old days" that existed prior to the 2008 collapse are just around the corner, if only we are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to put ourselves on a path toward future prosperity. This assessment is unrealistic and should be stricken from American minds.

We need to replace it with a more sober assessment recognizing the dire state of Main Street America. We need to move toward a more realistic understanding of the way in which our world works today. The world in which we live is characterized by rapidly shrinking life opportunities for the masses.

My comment:
Americans need to get their head out of the sand and realize they have more in common with each other in this fight than not. This back and forth fighting between Democrats and Republicans is a dog and pony show while the rest of our coins are being fleeced from our pockets.

While 7 year old children are being jailed for $5 the robbery at the top continues and too many are worried about a single parent getting a couple of dollars in food stamps to feed her child or Grandpa getting a small COLA in his Social Security check that barely covers his needs for survival at this point. I can't wait for the people to get the fog out of their eyes and see it for what it is. Sitting around waiting for the politicians of either Party that are in office to do anything for the masses is a joke, you'll wait forever and never see improvement.
 

Brian M. (197)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:07 pm
Well said, Dandelion.
 
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