The Coming Class Wars

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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via PeakProsperity.com,

In the modern era, the phrase Class War is rooted in the socialist/Marxist concept that the conflict between labor (the working class) and capital (owners of capital) is not just inevitable - it’s the fulcrum of history.  In this view, this Class War is the inevitable result of the asymmetry between the elite who own/control the capital and the much larger class of people whose livelihood is earned solely by their labor.

In Marx’s analysis, the inner dynamics of capitalism inevitably lead to the concentration of capital in monopolies/cartels whose great wealth enables them to influence the government to serve the interests of capital. Subservient to capital, the laboring class must overthrow this unholy partnership of capital and the state to become politically free via ownership of the means of production, i.e. productive assets.

This Class War did not unfold as Marx anticipated. The laboring class gained sufficient political power in the early 20th century to win the fundamentals of economic security: universal public education, labor laws that prohibited outright exploitation, the right to unionize, and publicly funded pensions.

(The alternative explanation for this wave of progressive policies is that prescient leaders of the capital/state class ushered in these reforms as the only alternative to the dissolution of the status quo.  Labor reforms began in Germany and Great Britain in the late 19th century Gilded Age, and another wave of reforms were enacted in the decade-long crisis of capitalism in the Great Depression.)

Though the conventional view is that this failure of capitalism to devolve as expected proves Marx’s analysis is without merit, it can also be argued that the state-capital partnership was far more flexible than early Marxists anticipated: sharing enough of the wealth generated in the industrial revolution with the laboring class to enable a stable, productive middle class benefited the state-capital class by creating a new strata of consumers (of goods, services and credit) who greatly enriched industrial and financial capitalists and the state, which could raise unprecedented sums in payroll and income taxes.

Basking in the luxury of hindsight, it’s easy for us in the present day to forget the often-violent struggles between labor and capital that characterized the early 20th century: anarchists bombed Wall Street, and the Powers That Be sent in armed forces to suppress efforts to unionize entire swaths of industrial workers.

While the middle class of professionals, small business owners, traders and entrepreneurs can be traced back to the birth of modern capitalism in the 15th century, the emergence of a mass middle class of tens of millions of wage-earners with the purchasing and borrowing power created by stable employment was a unique feature of 20th century capitalism.

In effect, the middle class was the Grand Truce in the class war: the state’s imposition of regulations and a social safety net on unfettered capital resolved labor and capital’s primary conflict by sharing the output of capitalism’s bounty.

Many assets had to be put in place to enable this vast distribution of wealth to tens of millions of laborers: a cheap, abundant source of energy (fossil fuels—coal, oil and natural gas), an efficient, accessible transportation network, a financial system that could extend credit to millions of households, and a government with the tax revenues and resources to fund public works that were too risky or out of reach for private-sector capital.

In the latter third of the 20th century, the permanence of this version of state-capitalism was unquestioned: laborers would always be able to enter the middle class, and opportunities for advancement would always be open to those with middle class access to education and credit.

There was no compelling reason to believe this consensus was about to fray and potentially dissolve, and no reason to think that rather than being a permanent feature of advanced capitalism, the middle class was a one-off based on cheap energy, surging productivity and the boost-phase of credit expansion.

But now income and wealth inequality are rising sharply, and capital is pulling far ahead of labor, which is creating a vast and quickly-widening divide between the classes.

Class Warfare: It’s More Than Just Income

Fast-forward to today, and an unexpected series of class wars are emerging as this longstanding social contract frays: social mobility has declined, fostering a divide between the traditional working class (also known as the lower-middle class) which finds itself increasingly exposed to the corrosive winds of globalization and neoliberal policies, and the upper-middle class of highly educated professionals and technocrats who have benefited from these policies, securing protected employment in higher education, government and Corporate America.

Commentator Peggy Noonan’s influential essay described America’s nascent class war as pitting the protected class—those with secure pay and benefits —against the unprotected class of those with insecure employment and benefits.

In other words, the divisive economic issue is not simply the quantity of each class’s income and wealth, but the quality of their respective economic security. 

For example, if an unprotected household earns $80,000 in wages and $30,000 in benefits in a good year of full employment in benefits-rich jobs, and $30,000 in wages and no benefits in the following not-so-good year of zero-benefits part-time work, their average total earnings are $70,000 per year—a very respectable middle class income.

But compare the difficulties posed by losing healthcare benefits and getting by on a $50,000 decline in wages vs the secure $70,000 earned year-after-year-after-year by a protected household.

Consider the anxieties burdening the insecure household of two workers who cannot count on having benefits and full-time employment, who see their savings or retirement accounts built up in good years drained in bad years. Houses bought in good years are forced into foreclosure in bad years.

To take another example: compare the security of a tenured professor in higher education with the insecure zero-benefits earnings of an “adjunct professor” whose annual teaching contract is subject to cancelation or modification every year of his/her career.

Not only is the adjunct paid about half the salary of the tenured professor, when the adjunct nears retirement age, he/she has no pension other than Social Security, while the tenured professor has an ample retirement package of pension and healthcare coverage. Both taught the same courses, but one faces a sunset of poverty or the need to keep working far past the conventional retirement age of 65, while the other can retire comfortably and continue teaching or doing research for satisfaction rather than financial necessity.

Class Warfare: Economic and Cultural

This widening gap between the Protected and the Unprotected is not just economic; it's also cultural.

The Mobile Cosmopolitans who secure protected positions have little exposure to the challenges of the unprotected, whom they typically interact with only as an employer giving instructions to maids, nannies, dog-walkers, waiters, etc.  Sociologist Charles Murray described this widening cultural gap in his 2012 book Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010

Murray made the case that America’s cultural elite—the mobile, highly educated and largely urban upper middle class, i.e. the protected class—is a reservoir of the traditional values (marriage, attending church, setting goals, etc.) that are fading in working-class unprotected America.

Murray posited that various behaviors and associations characterize each class. The working class, for example, volunteers to serve in the U.S. military, while the elites are in civilian positions of power (for example, those who order the working-class volunteers into America’s permanent wars.) The working class attend NASCAR races, the elite class pursues cultural enrichment, and so on.

While many commentators view Murray’s conclusions as overly negative, the recent presidential election has heightened the cultural divide he described between Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” (who President Obama chided for their attachment to “guns and Jesus”) and the self-described (and oh so morally superior) “progressives.”

(The word is in parentheses because I have suggested that these self-anointed “betters” are at best fake-progressives, as they support exploitive neoliberal policies that are anything but progressive.)

It’s painfully obvious that the economic division between protected and unprotected overlays all too well on Murray’s cultural divisions.

The upper-middle “progressive” class has the sort of social/financial mobility and security—both higher quantities of income and wealth and higher qualities of security--that are out of reach of most of the country's much larger number of unprotected households.

All the advantages that accrue to the upper-middle class—social mobility, access to higher education minus the crushing burdens of student loan debt, family and social connections that lead to lucrative careers, parents who can afford to give their offspring cars and down payments for homes—are accretive: each reinforces the others.

The intensity of life’s challenges is considerably different for each class. With higher income and greater security (such as having stable healthcare insurance), the protected class can afford to take better care of themselves; they have multiple layers of financial cushions against life’s inevitable difficulties such as layoffs, illnesses that require sick leave/costly procedures, auto accidents, etc.

For the protected elites, the intensity of these challenges is lessened by financial and social resources. Social connections lead to new employment in the same profession, gold-plated healthcare insurance covers most of the costs of illness, and ample auto insurance replaces the wrecked vehicle with minimum disruption.

Meanwhile, to the unprotected household, each of these difficulties is potentially devastating: a secure job may never be replaced, an illness may lead to bankruptcy, and the loss of a reliable vehicle may cripple the household’s ability to get to work and earn the money needed to buy another car.

The social contract of the 20th century established state-funded safety nets for those who experience layoffs and medical emergencies. But these programs were by and large designed to provide temporary aid to those who were “getting back on their feet.”

As the foundations of middle class mobility and security erode, these programs are now morphing into permanent, lifelong welfare systems. This is creating new social stresses and divisions.

The Pitchforks Are Being Sharpened

But this protected vs. unprotected isn't the only Class War that’s brewing.

In Part 2: The Class War Playbook we show why the shrinking resource pie—of cheap energy, of cheap debt, of labors’ share of the economy, of the low-hanging fruit of globalization—will soon cleave any mass movement into competing classes.

Our complex, interdependent civil society will spawn equally complex and interdependent class conflicts as a result. In short: there won’t be one class war, there will be many, raging across social, political and economic battlefields.

Understanding how these many wars will be waged is critical to surviving them intact.

Click here to read Part 2 of this report (free executive summary, enrollment required for full access)

 

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VWAndy's picture

 If I were to be the one to pick teams Id go with producers vs paracites. Producers have been left out of all the important choices for far to long.

  The bad news is we will never get any of the useless eaters to listen until everyone is reduced to bartering. Until then its all about the monopoly of force.

A rope leash's picture

This essay is right on and "gets it", but I still have trouble visualizing revolt or civil war. We are categorized and separated in so many different ways. 

 

There is no way to recognize the enemy.

CRM114's picture

The enemy is who it always is - anyone you feel you can't trust and don't need.

Pumpkin's picture

Easier to rule over a divided people.  But there is only one group that has ever extorted by money with the threat of violence.  It was the sworn servants in government.

ajkreider's picture

There is no coming class war.  Class war doesn't result from inequality.  It results from inequality AND real desparation on the part of the lower classes. The truth of it is, even the lower classes are much too comfortable to start a class war. 

Hell, Marx himself realized this would be a headwind for revolution.  Capitalism produces enough wealth to make people content enough.

besnook's picture

revolutions are fought on an empty belly. that is why welfare programs are more accurately described as anti riot programs.

Duc888's picture

 

 

I REALLY think the breakdown will be between Urban / Rural.  I can't get these maps out of my mind.  scroll down

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/16/us/politics/the-two-ameri...

besnook's picture

the difference is only between rural and urban because the urban folks are pounded every day with bullshit that made them question the rightness and wrongness of things eventually convincing them that wrong is right and right is wrong. don't believe your own lying eyes.

rural areas still have(it is breaking down) traditional values reinforced every day so what they see in the urban culture is a complete breakdown of society.

it is the city mouse and the country mouse story but the difference is huge today.

there is common ground, everyone knows the common enemy is the system, the banksters and politicians. even the sjws know this. they just don't understand that is a lot more important than the side issues of lgbtuvwxyz, ethnic, religious, race rights, etc.(that they want to cram down everyone's throat with the help of their friend bankster soros, yes they are that stupid.). in the end it will lead back to the bankersters and politicians. unfortunately all of us have to depend upon the urban youth to get it because they are ones who will have to torch the hampton homes of the ruling class to have any effect on history.

CRM114's picture

The thing is, rural people often work on barter / exchange of labor anyway, in my experience. Switching to completely barter won't be a problem for them. City dwellers will be f#cked.

And we don't have to depend on the urban youth in terms of being beholden to them. They will burn down the oligarchy simply in order to get fed.

besnook's picture

all of that represents traditional american culture. family is the foundation of community. community is the essential network.

Stan522's picture

This is over an hour long, but G. Edward Griffin as a young man gave a lecture on this....

More Deadly Than War – A Lecture by G. Edward Griffin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOa1foc5IXI

NoWayJose's picture

WTF? Spoken like a guy who has no idea what it is like to work and raise a family on a middle class income!

undertow1141's picture

The Class war started 28 years ago. But it is now triggering an Ideological war. The free-minded vs. the socialist.

Insomnant's picture

Oh it won't be a class war, beyond that the races tend to belong to different classes. In the next war, your skin will be your uniform.

Budd aka Sidewinder's picture

CHS isn't even taking into account the fractures caused by our multi culti multi racial forced integration

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Feb 11, 2017 2:17 PM

Liberty is predicated on: Nationalism; trade protectionism; isolationism; homogeneity; limited government.

All are necessary. Neglecting any one of those things provides the means to undermine the others.

This is why the Oligarchs are pushing for: Globalism and diversity; free trade; empire and foreign wars; multiculturalism; central authority.

The utter failure of "conservatives" has been: that it lacks an ideology and fails to address the why's whatfor's and specifics of what needs to be "conserved". Which is exactly the other side of the coin from where the left operates. They change things without understanding why things are as they are/were.

Of course most of the leaders behind the movements understand these things. But, it is imperative for them to make sure that YOU DON'T understand these things.

Therefore, both sides of the left/right and Republican/Democrat dialectic are actually working towards the same end goal. This is why Republicans move left slowly and Democrats quickly, to provide the illusion that they are opposed to each other.

Mena Arkansas's picture

There's a war coming alright.

It's going to be between the zionists and the white people they are trying to exterminate.

#whitegenocide

 

 

lakecity55's picture

You simply cannot get past the historical facts that so many countries booted Khazars out.

What also grates me is that they call themselves "Jews," as if to link themselves to the sons of Abraham back in Biblical times. Christ predicted they would be ejected from the Holy Lands and made to wander, which did happen. We could grab a Khazar today and extract some blood for a DNA test and find very little relation to the Hebrews of Bible times. I'd bet a Palestinian's blood would closely resemble Jesus' blood if we could get a sample.

Mena Arkansas's picture

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Revelation 3:9

restelle's picture

Yeah, most Jews today are fake Jews. 

cowdiddly's picture

Yea sure thing. Call me when its over. I've done did my war in 69 thanks. I'll be watchin you guys play kisses and hugs from the front porch.

"ain't no VC..(venture capitalist) ever called me a nigger".... Mohammad Ali

SuperRay's picture

Mine was 68.  Been watching the moral and social context of Vietnam unfolding across the world ever since.  Makes sense, since the people who duped me into going there have been running the world ever since.  Don't see much difference between a VC giving a child a grenade with the pin pulled and telling them to walk over to those Americans, and what's been going on for the past 16 years in the ME.

besnook's picture

my number was 165. i'll never forget it. that is my lucky number. god bless the poor fuckers who pulled a 1 or 2. that number made me realize life is about luck more than hard work.

Walter_Sobchak's picture

(((ICANN))) just shut down armslist.com.  this is big news

lakecity55's picture

It's been so long since I read Marx I cannot remember if he ever used the term "oligarchs." I need to look at his theory again.

Since Oligarchs describes his Khazar brethren, maybe that's why I don't remember it!  Of course, many of our early RR and other Barons of Industry (oligarchs) were not Khazars, but their bankers mostly were.

Remember, too,  the fact that when JP Morgan died, to everyone's amazement, he was only worth a few millions in relation to the millions he managed for the Rothschild's firm. And, of course, his father had been a Factor for Rothschild in England when JP was growing up.

But, what Marx calls the Capitalist/Owner class I think are more accurately called Oligarchs. To me, the mistake of Marx was the idiot should have used a term like Oligarchs for the heads of SPECTRE. He dared not expose his "Jewish" confederates. Two or three guys can put money (capital) together and make a small business or factory. That does not make them the type of Capitalist Marx was describing. That makes those entrepreneurs small business or middle class.

I am convinced Marx was backed by Khazars who wanted a System they could use to divide and conqueror with, to wit, the later USSR.

 

DaveClark5's picture

Controled opposition.  You have to hand it to them.  They are very bright. 

Mustafa Kemal's picture

The upside of this argument is that, given the extreme and getting more extremer inquality in our society, it is possible that the elites may decide to prop up a middle class to prevent the pitchforks from coming out.

On the other hand, if  their blindness persists, such as in what we saw in Davos lately, and their greed persists, then the pitchforks may indeed come out. THAT is when martial law begins and the complete clampdown on any freedoms begins, regardless of what color you are.

SuperRay's picture

As a member of the middle class, I say euthanize the upper 3% and the lower 49%.  Then buy me a nice apple orchard overlooking a river...

FreedomGuy's picture

The interesting dilemma over time is if the cultural left/cultural Marxists can divide virtually all groups and then unite enough of then to create and maintains some kind of governing majority. I think they cannot short of simply taking the reigns of government.

In the USA you can often see them fighting each other. For the imbecilic lazy Press a controversy can be ginned up with one or two angry tweets, especially if one is a celebrity. However, it actually gives power to the ever offended little cultural totalitarians.

I think there has to be some core common sense and instinct for self-preservation that will government the central majority. However, undoing what the Left has done is painful and unlikely except at the edges. If we could just free up the discussion we might have a start.

Vardaman's picture

Saw exactly that recently with the wymmyns' march against Trump.  The minority segment of the wymmyns told the whitey segment to shut up and listen.  Some were turned off, stayed away.

Vardaman's picture

Well, lessee.  If you can sell hundreds or thousands of cars, train tickets and so on, as an industrialist, are you not way better off than if you can only sell a couple dozen to a narrow monied class.  Another way to look at it is, a successful parasite never kills the host...

Atomizer's picture

I will give you a factual commentary. It concerns Nexflix. 

Nexflix built a TV series around a movie. He's a good young lad from UK. He just broke a wonderful story on pediphile websites on YouTube. Good younger adult.

Netflix has hit a new low 

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCN5xN8gIljvWYnsj06V8WbQ

64n6l4nd's picture

steven schwartzman wants war, fine by me, lets give him one

Beans's picture

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Paul Achleitner (Ashkenazic Jew) – Chairman, Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank (Donald Trump’s largest lender)

Sheldon Adelson (Ashkenazic Jew) – Endorser, Donald J. Trump for President

Elliott Broidy (Ashkenazic Jew) – Vice Chairman, Trump Victory Committee

Michael Cohen (Ashkenazic Jew) – Executive Vice President and Special Counsel, The Trump Organization

Gil Dezer (Ashkenazic Jew) – President, Trump Dezer Development

Michael Dezer (Ashkenazic Jew) – Founder, Trump Dezer Development

Lewis Eisenberg (Ashkenazic Jew) – Chairman, Trump Victory Committee

Boris Epshteyn (Ashkenazic Jew) – Senior Adviser, Donald J. Trump for President

Stephen Feinberg (Ashkenazic Jew) – Member, Trump Economic Advisory Council; Donor, Trump Victory Fund

Alan Fishman (Ashkenazic Jew) – Chairman, Ladder Capital (Donald Trump’s second largest lender)

David Friedman (Ashkenazic Jew) – Co-Chairman, Israel Advisory Committee for Donald Trump

Samuel Fox (Ashkenazic Jew) – Vice Chairman, Trump Victory Committee

Alan Garten (Ashkenazic Jew) – Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Trump Organization

Bruce Gelb (Ashkenazic Jew) – Endorser, Donald J. Trump for President

Michael Glassner (Ashkenazic Jew) – Deputy Campaign Manager and Former National Political Director, Donald J. Trump for President

Lawrence Glick (Ashkenazic Jew) – Executive Vice President of Strategic Development, The Trump Organization

Jason Greenblatt (Ashkenazic Jew) – Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, The Trump Organization; Co-Chairman, Israel Advisory Committee for Donald Trump

Vincent Harris (Ashkenazic Jew) – Former Digital Strategy Manager, Donald J. Trump for President

Carl Icahn (Ashkenazic Jew) – Endorser, Donald J. Trump for President

Peter Kalikow (Ashkenazic Jew) – Donor, Trump Victory Fund

Daniel Kowalski (Ashkenazic Jew) – Deputy Policy Director, Donald J. Trump for President

Charles Kushner (Ashkenazic Jew) – Endorser, Donald J. Trump for President

Jared Kushner (Ashkenazic Jew) – Endorser, Donald J. Trump for President

Yael Kushner [née Ivanka Trump] (Orthodox Jewish convert) – Executive Vice President, The Trump Organization

Bennett LeBow (Ashkenazic Jew) – Donor, Trump Victory Fund

Richard LeFrak (Ashkenazic Jew) – Donor, Trump Victory Fund

Corey Lewandowski (Ashkenazic Jew/East European) – Former Campaign Manager, Donald J. Trump for President

Ronald Lieberman (Ashkenazic Jew) – Executive Vice President of Management & Development, The Trump Organization

Howard Lorber (Ashkenazic Jew) – Member, Trump Economic Advisory Council; Donor, Trump Victory Fund

David Malpass (Ashkenazic Jew) – Member, Trump Economic Advisory Council

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Robert Mercer (Ashkenazic Jew) – Donor, Make America Number One PAC

Amanda Miller (Ashkenazic Jew) – Vice President of Marketing, The Trump Organization

Eli Miller (Ashkenazic Jew) – Chief Operating Officer, Donald J. Trump for President

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David Orowitz (Ashkenazic Jew) – Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development, The Trump Organization

Geoffrey Palmer [né Weissinger] (Ashkenazic Jew) – Donor, Rebuilding America Now PAC

John Paulson (Ashkenazic Jew) – Member, Trump Economic Advisory Council

Stewart Rahr (Ashkenazic Jew) – Endorser, Donald J. Trump for President

Richard Roberts (Ashkenazic Jew) – Vice Chairman, Israel Advisory Committee for Donald Trump

George Ross (Ashkenazic Jew) – Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel, The Trump Organization

Wilbur Ross (Ashkenazic Jew) – Endorser, Donald J. Trump for President

Steven Roth (Ashkenazic Jew) – Member, Trump Economic Advisory Council; Donor, Trump Victory Fund

Felix Sater (Ashkenazic Jew) – Former Senior Adviser, The Trump Organization

Keith Schiller (Ashkenazic Jew) – Director of Security, The Trump Organization

Melvin Sembler (Ashkenazic Jew) – Vice Chairman, Trump Victory Committee

Lara Trump [née Yunaska] (Ashkenazic Jew) – Endorser, Donald J. Trump for President

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Ronald Weiser (Ashkenazic Jew) – Vice Chairman, Trump Victory Committee

Andrew Weiss (Ashkenazic Jew) – Executive Vice President, The Trump Organization

Allen Weisselberg (Ashkenazic Jew) – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Trump Organization

Lawrence Weitzner (Ashkenazic Jew) – Adviser, Donald J. Trump for President

Steven Witkoff (Ashkenazic Jew) – Donor, Trump Victory Fund

Stephen Wynn [né Weinberg] (Ashkenazic Jew) – Endorser, Donald J. Trump for President

Dick Cheney — former PNAC member; former chairman of CFR; guilty of war profiteering, treason; was in bunker on 9-11 directing several “war games”; lied to 9-11 Omission Commission about timing of 9-11 activities

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Paul Wolfowitz — Deputy Secretary of War on 9-11; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Zionist; investigated for spying for Israel; former PNAC member; chief architect of Iraq war; forced to resign in World Bank scandal

Richard Perle — former assistant Secretary of War, chairman War Policy Board, and PNAC member; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Zionist; allegedly gave $100,000 to head of Pakistan’s ISI, Mahmoud Ahmad; nicknamed “Prince of Darkness”

Douglas Feith — effectively in command, with Wolfowitz, of War Department on 9-11; Undersecretary of War for Policy; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Zionist; investigated for spying for Israel; former PNAC member

Dov Zakheim — Pentagon comptroller when trillion dollars reported missing on 9-10-01; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Zionist; Shul Rabbi; former CFR member; former CEO of fly-by-remote manufacturer; reputed 9-11 mastermind

George Tenet — director of the CIA on 9-11; was awarded the “Medal of Freedom” by Bush for his fine work on 9-11; reported to be “dual citizen” of US and Israel

Robert Mueller — FBI director on 9-11; under his “leadership” FBI field agents’ warnings of an imminent attack were stifled

Thomas Pickard — took over the job of FBI director from Louis Freeh in August 2001; held this position only for a few weeks before Robert Mueller became director; former Terror Task Force chief John O’Neill complained about sabotage by Pickard

Dale Watson — former Deputy Chief of the CIA at the Counter-Terrorist Center; appointed Inspector Deputy Assistant Director of the National Security Division (NSD), FBI Headquarters, Washington, DC in July 1998; appointed FBI Headquarters Assistant on December 6, 1999 by the Attorney General; ignored at least four different FBI agents’ warnings including an “urgent cable” from the CIA on August 23rd about Almihdhar and Alhazmi

Dave Frasca — FBI Radical Fundamentalists Unit Chief; personally scuttled the work of Kenneth Williams in July 2001 and Coleen Rowley in August 2001, the Arizona and Minnesota FBI agents who were actively investigating “terrorist” patsies in CIA-operated flight schools

Marion “Spike” Bowman — FBI agent who thwarted FBI investigations into both Zacarias Moussaoui and the anthrax attacks on Congress

John Ashcroft — Attorney General on 9-11; protected “terrorist” patsy Abdussattar Shaikh from subpoena after 9-11; stopped flying commercial aircraft in 2001

Michael Chertoff — Assistant Attorney General on 9-11; freed over 100 Israeli spies in the US after 9-11; promoted to head Homeland Security; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Zionist; likely Mossad agent

Michael Mukasey — federal judge in New York; presided over 1993 WTC bombing case; active in 9-11 cases, including Larry Silverstein’s insurance claims; oversaw the detained material witnesses of 9-11, including five dancing Israeli Mossad agents apprehended by FBI; recently appointed by Bush to be the next Attorney General; radical Zionist of Russian Jewish parentage; “dual citizen” of US and Israel

Ted Olson — Solicitor General of the United States on 9-11; alleges that his wife, Barbara, phoned him from AA Flight 77 to report that it was highjacked by men with knives and box cutters; Flight 77 allegedly crashed into the Pentagon though there was no wreckage of a 757 at the site, no bodies, no luggage, and the hole in the side of the Pentagon was much too small to accommodate a 757 (Barbara is not likely alive, but she was not killed at the Pentagon event)

Colin Powell — Secretary of State on 9-11; met with General Mahmoud Ahmad two days after 9-11; former chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; helped cover up Vietnam My Lai massacre

Condi Rice — National Security Adviser on 9-11; promoted to Secretary of State; lied to 9-11 Omission Commission while under oath

Tommy Thompson — Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary; hired Jerome Hauer, former Office of Emergency Center, on 9-10-01

Jerome Hauer — managing director of Kroll and senior adviser to US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for National Security and Emergency Management on 9-11; put John O’Neill at the WTC on 9-11; lied to Dan Rather on CBS News on 9-11 about the controlled demolition of WTC buildings; director of Giuliani’s Office of Emergency Management from 1996 to 2000

Porter Goss — former House Intelligence Chair; was meeting with General Mahmoud Ahmad, head of Pakistan’s ISI and 9-11 financier, on 9-11; promoted to Director of CIA, resigned after “hookergate”

Bob Graham — former Florida Senator; was meeting with General Mahmoud Ahmad, head of Pakistan’s ISI and 9-11 financier, on 9-11; ran for President in 2004

Marc Grossman — Under Secretary for Political Affairs on 9-11; met with General Mahmoud Ahmad, head of Pakistan’s ISI and 9-11 financier, on or shortly after 9-11; “dual citizen” of US and Israel

Richard Armitage — former member of PNAC, Deputy Secretary of State; met with General Mahmoud Ahmad, head of Pakistan’s ISI and 9-11 financier, shortly after 9-11

Philip Zelikow — led the 9-11 Cover-Up Commission; personally wrote the 9-11 Omission Commission Report, a best-selling work of fiction; appointed Counselor of US Department of State; “dual citizen” of US and Israel

Ari Fleischer — White House spokesman for Bush on 9-11; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; connected to the extremist group called the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidics

Andrew Card — Bush’s Chief of Staff on 9-11; was with Bush at Booker Elementary School in Florida on 9-11; claims to have whispered to Bush, “A second plane hit the second tower, America is under attack”

Karl Rove — Bush’s top strategist, known as “Bush’s Brain”; America’s Joseph Goebbels; was behind the campaign to oust Georgia Representative Cynthia McKinney who was the first nationally-known politician to question Bush’s role in 9-11; in June 2005, said, “Conservatives saw the savagery of 9-11 in the attacks and prepared for war, liberals saw the savagery of the 9-11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers”

Richard Meyers — in charge of USA air defenses on 9-11; lied to 9-11 Omission Commission about reasons for air defense failure on 9-11; promoted to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Ralph Eberhardt — NORAD Commander on 9-11; fanatical supporter of missile defense scheme, militarization of space; enthusiastic supporter of merging law enforcement and the military

Larry Arnold — NORAD Commander Major General on 9-11; has used 9-11 to push militarization of USA

Eric Findley — Canadian Air Force Major General; acting commander of NORAD on 9-11

Montague Winfield — Major General in charge of Pentagon war room on 9-10-01, the evening of September 10th he requested a rookie to stand in for him on 9-11

Richard Mies — former Admiral; ran Global Guardian “war game” on 9-11 out of US Strategic Command (Stratcom) at Offutt Air Force Base; now CEO of Hicks & Associates, a “strategic consultant” to the USG dealing in “military transformation”

Henry Shelton — chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9-11; supported formation of Able Danger

Peter Schoomaker — US Army Chief of Staff; former SOCOM (Special Operations Command) chief; ran Able Danger

Geoffrey Lambert — Major General; SOCOM (Special Operations Command) Intel Chief; made Able Danger, the program that tracked patsy “terrorists”, off limits to FBI

John Brinkerhoff — retired US Army Colonel who was a career senior executive in the Office of Secretary of War; from 1981 to 1983, FEMA associate director for national preparedness where he developed plan for martial law; claims intentions of Posse Comitatus are “misunderstood and misapplied”, that USG has “full and absolute authority” to use troops to quell American uprising; after 9-11, joined Anser Institute for Homeland Security and wrote “talking points” supporting revised “national security initiatives” that would allow imposition of martial law

John Lehman — Reagan’s Navy Secretary from 1981 till 1987; claims US is in religious war against “violent, Islamic Fundamentalism”; member 9-11 Omission Commission; PNAC member

Tony Gentry — Army Intelligence and Security Command General Counsel; ordered 2.5 terrabytes of Able Danger data destroyed

Philip Odeen — as director of Program Analysis for the National Security Council, provided staff support to Henry Kissinger from 1971 to 1973; served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of War in Systems Analysis; named to chair the National War Panel in 1997; former president of Reynolds and Reynolds; former CEO and president of BDM International; executive vice president of Washington operations of TRW

Elliot Abrams — former member of PNAC, National Security Council; pleaded guilty in 1991 to lying to Congress about Iran-Contra affair; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Zionist

Lewis “Scooter” Libby — former PNAC member; studied political science at Yale under Paul Wolfowitz; aid to Cheney; convicted for lying about outing of Valerie Plame; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Zionist

Jack Abramoff — entertained USG “terrorist” patsy Mohammed Atta on his yacht just before 9-11; convicted criminal lobbyist; ardent Zionist

Jeb Bush — Florida governor on 9-11; declared martial law in Florida four days before 9-11; brother of George Bush; PNAC member; guilty of election fraud in 2000

Rudolph Giuliani — mayor of New York on 9-11; hailed as “hero” for his “gutsy” leadership on 9-11; allegedly involved with FEMA and former NYC Police Chief Kerik in Operation Code Angel

Bernard Kerik — NYC Police Chief on 9-11; “sidekick” of Giuliani; allegedly involved with FEMA in WTC demolition “war games” called Operation Code Angel

Lewis Eisenberg — chairman Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on 9-11; authorized transfer of WTC leases to Silverstein and Lowy just weeks before 9-11; later appointed chairman of Republican National Committee; Zionist

Eliot Spitzer — New York Attorney General on 9-11; barred his top aide, Deputy Attorney General Dietrich Snell, from testifying to Congress on Able Danger; threw out Karl Schwarz’s 9-11 synopsis

Richard Holbrooke — former US ambassador to UN; CFR member; co-chaired “Independent Task Force on America’s Response to Terrorism” in which the Official Conspiracy Theory (OCT) was promoted

John Deutch — former Undersecretary of War, director of CIA; co-authored paper, “Catastrophic Terrorism: A National Policy” with Zelikow, Ashton Carter; senior partner at Global Technology Partners, an affiliate of Rothschild North America; MIT professor; grandson of Yonah Fischer, Antwerp diamond merchant who ran Zionist Federation of Belgium

Ashton Carter — co-authored paper, “Catastrophic Terrorism: A National Policy” with Zelikow and Deutch; senior partner at Global Technology Partners, an affiliate of Rothschild North America

Michael Ledeen — became “anti-terrorism” advisor to Secretary of State, Al Haig in 1981; contacts with mullahs in Iran-Contra affair; alleged ties to Italian fascist P2 Masonic Lodge; contacts with Libby, Cheney’s Chief of Staff; top NeoCon(vict) advisor to Bush and Karl Rove; member AEI (American Enterprise Institute); wrote book extolling fascism

Abdussattar Shaikh — FBI informant to the San Diego office; helped bring “terrorist” patsies to USA; protected by Attorney General Ashcroft

Abdullah Noman — worked for the US Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; filed 10-15 visas for the patsy 9-11 “hijackers” in the Visa Express Program

Daniel Lewin — officer in elite, secret unit of Israeli military called “Sayeret Matkal”; orchestrated activities of Mossad agents in USA before 9-11; was allegedly stabbed or “shot” by highjacker Satam al-Suqami before AA flight 11 crashed into the WTC

Dominic Suter — Mossad agent; his front company, Urban Moving Systems, employed the five Mossad agents caught celebrating in New York on 9-11

Sivan Kurzberg — driver of van belonging to the celebrating Israelis; when stopped by police on 9-11, he said “We are Israelis. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are your problem”

John Gross — one of the lead engineers for the flawed NIST report on why the WTC buildings collapsed; denies existence of molten steel at the WTC

Theresa McAllister — edited the flawed NIST report on why the WTC buildings collapsed

Ronald Hamburger — structural engineer and Senior Principal at Simpson Gumpertz and Heger consulting engineers in San Francisco; was a principal author of FEMA’s initial report on the collapse of the twin towers; later a key participant in the flawed NIST report on why the WTC buildings collapsed

William Baker — member of FEMA Probe Team; partner with Skidmore, Owings, Merrill; contributed to the flawed NIST report on why the WTC buildings collapsed

Harold Nelson — contributed to the flawed NIST report on why the WTC buildings collapsed

Ramon Gilsanz — contributed to the flawed NIST report on why the WTC buildings collapsed

Shankar Nair — contributed to the flawed NIST report on why the WTC buildings collapsed; quoted in Chicago Tribune, September 19, 2001 that “Already there is near-consensus as to the sequence of events that led to the collapse of the World Trade Center”

Gene Corley — led FEMA/ASCE WTC collapse “investigation”; was the principal investigator for ASCE and FEMA of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City

Paul Mlakar — part of ASCE team that investigated both WTC and Murrah Federal building attacks

Mete Sozen — part of ASCE team that investigated both WTC and Murrah Federal building attacks

Charles Thornton — partner of Richard Tomasetti; told Karl Koch, whose company erected the WTC steel, “Karl, we all know what caused the collapse”; part of ASCE team that investigated both WTC and Murrah Federal building attacks

Richard Tomasetti — partner of Charles Thornton; reportedly behind the unprecedented and widely criticized decision to destroy most of the WTC steel evidence

Victor Ganzi — president and CEO of Hearst Corporation since June 1, 2002; the Hearst publication, Popular Mechanics, has repeatedly tried to debunk the truth of 9-11

Benjamin Chertoff — 25-year-old cousin of Michael Chertoff; senior “researcher” for Popular Mechanics’ hit piece on 9-11 Truth Movement

Kevin Delaney — FAA manager at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center who destroyed controllers’ tapes of 9-11

Marvin Bush — brother of George Bush; on board of Securacom, US-Kuwaiti company paid $9.2 million to manage WTC security October 1996 to 1998; on board of HCC Insurance, big WTC insurer

Wirt Walker — cousin of George Bush; principal at Securacom, US-Kuwaiti joint-venture that managed security for WTC, United Airlines, and Dulles Airport, all of which figured into 9-11

Larry Silverstein — he and partner Frank Lowy obtained 99-year lease on WTC shortly before 9-11; made several billion dollars on 9-11 insurance fraud; admitted to “pulling” WTC 7; Zionist

Frank Lowy — he and partner Larry Silverstein obtained 99-year lease on WTC shortly before 9-11; came to Palestine in 1945 from Hungarian to fight as Golani commando in Israeli “War of Independence”; Australia’s second richest person; in May 2007, investigated by Israeli police for corruption scandal involving Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert; Zionist

David Rockefeller — vice director of the Council on Foreign Relations (1949-1985), vice president (1950-1970), and chairman (1970-1985); as chairman of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association (1958 to 1975) was primary builder of WTC complex; founder and honorary chairman of the Trilateral Commission; president or CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, 1961 to 1981; 9-11 was the anniversary of 1973 CIA-sponsored coup plotted by David Rockefeller’s cabal and overseen by Nelson’s protégé Henry Kissinger that toppled Chile’s President Salvadore Allende

Nicholas Rockefeller — told film-maker Aaron Russo of coming catastrophic event eleven months before 9-11

Warren Buffett — was hosting golf charity event at the US Strategic Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha on 9-11 (Bush flew to Offutt afternoon of 9-11); world’s second richest person

Rupert Murdoch — key player in Zionist-controlled corporate media which began the 9-11 cover-up on day one; connected to individuals who privatized and leased WTC just weeks before 9-11; vocal supporter of Zionist extremists Benjamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon; honored by leading Zionist organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), in which Silverstein, Lowy, and Eisenberg all hold senior positions; Zionist who tries to hide his Jewish heritage

Maurice Greenberg — CEO of American International Group (AIG) on 9-11 which became co-owner of the “private spy agency”, Kroll Associates, in 1993 and was a major share-holder in Marsh & McClennan whose CEO on 9-11 was Maurice’s son Jeffrey; director of the New York Federal Reserve bank (1988-1995); deputy chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in 1996; major investor in the Blackstone Group

Jules Kroll — founder of Kroll Corporation, a “security services” company which was in charge of “security” at WTC on 9-11; has close links to CIA and is active private military contractor in Iraq; Zionist

Paul Bremer — Marsh & McClennan executive on 9-11; Chairman of the Congressional National Commission on Terrorism, 1999 to 2000; US Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism, 1986 to 1989; Presidential Envoy to Irag and Adminstrator of the Coaltion Provisional Authority, May 2003 to December 2004

Wallace Hilliard — with Saudi investors including Shiek Kamal Adham, Adnan Khashoggi, and Prince Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz. bought Venice, Florida Huffman Aviation in 1999 where Mohammed Atta and other alleged 9-11 highjackers allegedly learned to fly; flight school linked to CIA firm

Peter Peterson — CEO of the Blackstone Group, parent corporation of one of three lease-holders for WTC 7 on 9-11; also chairman of the CFR and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on 9-11; CEO of the Institute for International Economics in October 2000

A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard — now number three Executive Director at the CIA; until 1998, managed firm used to place “put options” on United Airlines which has left $2.5 million in “profits” unclaimed

Mark Loizeaux — as CEO of CDI was instrumental in “recycling” steel from WTC crime scene; CDI also buried the rubble from the crime scene of the Murrah Federal Building

Loring Knoblauch — CEO of Underwriters Labs; said that jet fuel fires were not “reasonably foreseeable”; resigned suddenly in August 2004 after UL performed tests of WTC floor models where floors did not collapse and were barely affected

Michael Cherkasky — CEO of Kroll on 9-11; former investigator in the Manhattan DA’s Office from 1978 to 1994; now CEO of insurance-firm Marsh & McClennan

Frank Carlucci — former Secretary of War; affiliated with PNAC; served as chairman of the Carlyle Group (1992-2003); on BoD of BDM International

William Kristol — PNAC co-founder; adherent of Leo Strauss; editor of The Weekly Standard; strong advocate of the Iraq war; “dual citizen” of US and Israel; Zionist

William Perry — former Secretary of War; associated with the Rothschild's banking empire through Global Technology, a Rothschild affiliate

James Woolsey — former CIA director; PNAC member; claims “incompetence” was reason for 9-11

Newt Gingrich — former Speaker of the House; PNAC member; reputed to be a member of the CFR; served on the Pentagon’s War Policy Board

Henry Kissinger — long criminal history; wanted for war crimes in several countries; sat on War Policy Board under Perle; chosen to lead 9-11 Cover-Up Omission Commission; “dual citizen” of US and Israel

George H.W. Bush — Bush crime family Don; Skull and Bones; CIA operative involved in JFK assassination; former head of CIA; son of friend shot Reagan when he was VP; war profiteer

Tony Blair — British Prime Minister on 9-11; ally and partner in crime of George Bush; London 7-7 bombings were also “false flag” operation

Pauline Neville-Jones — International Governor of BBC on 9-11; Chairman of UK Joint Intelligence Committee (1991-1994); Chairman of QinetiQ Group, a war technology company with government customers in UK and USA; Chairman of Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC)

Mahmoud Ahmad — head of Pakistan’s ISI; had Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh wire $100,000 to lead 9-11 “terrorist” patsy Mohammad Atta

Benjamin Netanyahu — former Israeli Prime Minister; said 9-11 was “good” for US-Israeli relationship; in NYC on 9-11 and in London on 7-7 bombings

Ariel Sharon — Israeli Prime Minister on 9-11; heavy Mossad involvement in 9-11 (200 Israeli intelligence agents rounded up after 9-11, five Mossad agents arrested filming and celebrating WTC collapses, employees of Mossad-operated company at WTC notified hours before plane hit) implicates Sharon; infamous Zionist terrorist and war criminal; now said to be comatose

rockstone's picture

William Perry. Played for the 85 Bears, right?

besnook's picture

you don't get it. the reason there are so many zionazis in charge of your future is because they are smarter than you. they said so themselves.

SummerSausage's picture

Amusing that you tar all Jews with the same brush.  I don't see you condemning the inventor of polio, cholera or bubonic plague vaccine , the fellow who advanced television, the inventor of the ball point pen, pacemakers, defilibrators, lasers, recombinant DNA, stainless steel or Google.

Envious?

besnook's picture

make fucking sense. the facts are clear. your diversion does not pass the logic test.

Joe Plane's picture

"This Class War did not unfold as Marx anticipated. The laboring class gained sufficient political power in the early 20th century to win the fundamentals of economic security: universal public education, labor laws that prohibited outright exploitation, the right to unionize, and publicly funded pensions."

Actually it went just as Marx anticipated. The reason for the above worker class gains is the emergence and coming to power of the Soviet Union. It set a practical example of what the future held. The elites had to take it into account and make concessions to reduce the antagonism, so that their working class had something to lose.

Once the USSR went down everything returned to the uncontrolled state of the elites. Who seem to not have learned anything from history. Slowly killing the middle class strengthens the polarization.

Atomizer's picture

Watched a movie last night about Jesse Owens.

I'll be honest, the beginning starts in Cleveland, OH in 1933. I was about aborted it due to my hatred of Cleveland. Hung in there and watched to the end. It's a great movie. Misty eyes at end. We need to smoke out the people who have been creating division. Never heard of Jesse Owens.

I liked the part when NAACP came to visit and tell him not to goto Berlin, with a envelope gift. Enjoy. What a fantastic athlete. The actual raw photos of seeing him in person at end of movie was heart wrenching. Amazing movie. Lutz was the German. No spoiler. Enjoy 

Race Full Movie - YouTube

 

 

 

besnook's picture

this is the most important video you should see about the present world economic dilemma and why it will end badly. some economic knowledge is helpful but not neccessary if you watch it twice. it is also very funny in a very dry way. i present professor blyth. yes hes is an economist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S31VLG8Qi78

blindman's picture

http://ponerology.blogspot.com/2007/04/what-does-it-mean-to-be.html
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"11 APRIL 2007
What does it mean to be "ponerized"?
When something or someone has become "Ponerized" in its strictest sense, it means that the person or group can no longer make the distinction between healthy and pathological thought processes and logic. One is no longer able to draw a line between correct thinking and deviate thinking.
...
I can't let pass a couple of comments made by the "pro" side of the debate, representative Mike Pence, who was with John McCain last week for the photo op at the Baghdad market. Remember while reading these comments that they are the arguments from the pro-Bush side of the debate.

Pence writes:

"We have a long way to go in Iraq. There is tough, difficult work ahead of us. But we are making progress, and there is reason for cautious optimism about President Bush's surge."
"Cautious optimism"??? Things are so bad that the lackeys defending the Bush "surge" can do no better than tell us there is reason for "cautious optimism"?!?! Are we soon to be told that "there is light at the end of the tunnel", the famous phrase used by the Nixon administration to justify the continued carnage during the Vietnam war?

The good representative, elected to office by the people of Indiana, who describes himself as a "Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order", offers up a couple of bits of evidence to back up his hopeful claim for "cautious optimism".

"Despite all you see and hear in the media, there is a springtime of hope beginning in Iraq."
Springtime of hope in Iraq?!?!

Springtime for Hitler and Germany
Winter for Poland and France
is more like it, as the Mel Brooks' song from The Producers puts it...

But what is really sinister is his placing of the blame on "the media". According to Pence, the "liberal" media are lying about what is happening in Iraq. There is lots of good news! They just aren't reporting it! So the lie that the media are not part and parcel of the ruling pathocracy, that somehow they are at odds with the pathocrats and are not themselves part of the pathocracy, is perpetuated.

Now, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the news that the US media isn't reporting about Iraq would be the real numbers of deaths of Iraqi civilians, now close to 1 million since the invasion and occupation started. Add to that the million killed during the years of the embargo, mostly children, under the Democrats, and you've got both US parties responsible for killing 2 million Iraqis since 1991. But, somehow, I don't think that even a scoundrel like Pence would openly admit that these deaths are the good news to which he was referring.

So what kind of good news does he have in mind?

You're not going (to) believe these...." .....

Duc888's picture

 

 

Here's a pretty interesting article regarding the "genetics" of North America.

 

Long read but a good one...

http://www.unz.com/jman/the-genetics-of-the-american-nations/

 

 

SummerSausage's picture

It's not a class war. It's who can be the bigger victim.  The left will implode as each group claws for the title.  Meanwhile, we productive Americans go to work, pay our taxes and eat our popcorn.

brushhog's picture

Exactly. It isnt "class warfare" it's the productive, working people vs those that dont work and arent productive. IN other words, the 'makers' vs the 'takers'.

Posa's picture

The biggest takers are the guys in Cardin suits who shovel trillions their way through QE, TARP, Maiden Lane etc... that's what the petit bourgeois complainers are too myopic to see... they don't even know who their enemies and oppressors are... so pathetic

withglee's picture

Don't fight it. Iterative secession's time has come.

CRM114's picture

The basis of all societies is the rule of Law.

That no longer exists in Western countries. Bankers are not in jail, rapists are not in jail, illegals are not deported, liars are not sued. This is on a wholesale scale, not just isolated cases.

The end result is inevitable, the only question is when.

brushhog's picture

"In this view, this Class War is the inevitable result of the asymmetry between the elite who own/control the capital and the much larger class of people whose livelihood is earned solely by their labor."

The big flaw in all of this is the idea that you fall within a mutually exclusive, either/or category. It doesnt work that way. Most people who own capital also labor for the majority of their income. And most people who labor also own some forms of capital. Yes there are some at the extreme ends of the spectrum, but most of us have a foot in both camps.

Yes I own a couple of rental homes, and yes I work everyday. Thats the overwhelming majority of people who rent property. Retired people who suppliment their incomes do it, regular working people, those who inherit small pieces of property and use it to suppliment ever dwindling wages. 401ks, bonds, real estate, etc are the tools of investment available to most people.

dchang0's picture

Unity in the US died for me decades ago when I saw a couple of obese black women buying lobster and steak on food stamps, then wheel their full shopping carts out to their Cadillac, while I was buying a 12-pack of instant ramen because that was all I could afford to eat, rode home on my bicycle (because I couldn't afford a car), while paying income taxes to support their gluttonous lifestyle.

At that time, I used to collect ketchup packets from fast food restaurants because I couldn't afford to buy a bottle of ketchup. Yet, I was never on any kind of welfare, had a job, barely made rent, and still lived worse than a welfare recipient.

No gov't will ever see me unified with the poor so long as they are taking money from me to provide personal welfare (SNAP, EBT, Obamaphones). Nor will I be unified with the rich so long as they are taking money from me to provide corporate welfare (tax breaks/subsidies, grants, protectionism, QE). And I won't be unified with the middle class so long as they are taking money from me to provide union or middle-class welfare (protectionism/tariffs, public schools with shitty union teachers, disabiility insurance, Obamacare, etc.).

I'll only be united with them if it's a land of equal opportunities, not equal outcomes, or if we're all dead.