Your Class Warfare Song of the Day

Alex Knapp

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5 Responses

  1. Jaybird says:

    I also don’t mind a bit of class warfare here, considering how many of the wealthy in this country get that way through rent-seeking and speculation.

    This is an excellent point… though I find “rent-seeking” and “speculation” to be on two different tiers. Rent-seeking is morally troublesome, at the very least. Speculation, as I understand the term, is neutral (unless, of course, the losses are socialized at which point it’s troublesome).Report

  2. Tom Van Dyke says:

    “But don’t forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich, than face the reality of being poor.”

    Sounds healthier than “accepting the reality” of being poor.Report

  3. Kevin Carson says:

    Lenin, in a marginal note in his copy of “On War,” enthusiastically endorsed Clausewitz’s argument that wars were not started by aggressors who moved their armies across other countries’ borders — but by the governments of the invaded countries who decided to resist. The invading country would like nothing more than to occupy the other country without firing a shot. The war doesn’t start until the invaded country starts fighting back.

    In that sense, I guess the working class and the Left can be legitimately said to be waging class warfare. The corporate plutocracy has been waging a full-scale class invasion for the past thirty or forty years, with the ratio of CEO-to-line-worker pay rising from 50 to 500 and almost all real dollar increases in GDP going to rentiers and senior management. So when workers propose fighting back, maybe they’re “starting the war” in Clauzewitz’s and Lenin’s sense.

    I never thought Lenin and John Boehner would be on the same page.Report

  4. Will H. says:

    What’s really cool about this is that the same day you wrote this, and just right around the same time, I was over here admiring the honeysuckle and crepe myrtle.
    And a few plaques on the wall.Report