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Monday, July 19, 2004 | World War III is in progress, Class War in the US is not. Yet
The failure of CNN to craft a special graphic notwithstanding, World War III is well underway. Here is a partial list of nations where hostilities are taking place, and/or citizens of the nation are engaged in armed conflict, either as official military forces, unofficial military forces, commercial military forces, or "support personnel."
US, Bulgaria, Sudan, Colombia, Liberia, Haiti, Iraq, Nigeria, Chad, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, DR Congo, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, India, China, Italy, Uzbekistan, Uganda, The Philippines, Yemen, Nepal, Slovakia, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Latvia, Algeria, Kurdistan, Ukraine, New Zealand, Denmark, Albania, Mongolia, Thailand, Myanmar, Israel, Palestine, Ivory Coast, Lithuania, Poland, Syria, Lebanon, Rwanda, Serbia, Burundi, The Netherlands, Macedonia, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, Tonga, Kazakhstan, UK, Japan, South Africa, Russia, Chechnya, South Korea, Australia, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Estonia
As I said, a partial list, but as you can see, every continent is involved in World War III.
And, as Albert Einstein wisely pointed out, World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones, so perhaps preoccupation with that is responsible for the US class war not having started yet.
Oh, the conditions are all there. All the resources in an ever-shrinking handful of hands, massive masses of underclass increasingly desperate, and increasing by the day, a corrupt feudal oligarchy has taken the place of accountable government, a gap between rich and poor so wide, not only in material and financial terms, but so far apart in ideology and perception that it is rare to find anyone who is capable of comprehending the reality of those on the other side of the gaping, growing chasm.
Poor people who think that the affluent just have to walk into banks and announce that they want money, without having to worry about interest payments, that anyone with an office job that pays above minimum wage automatically receives all the medical treatment they need at no cost whatsoever, affluent people who believe that the government provides basic survival needs to those who do not earn enough to purchase them at market value, that the poor have children in order to get another handful of dollars in welfare, and on and on ad nauseam.
There is also mutual hostility, even hatred. The United States has long prided itself on being a nation where one of its core values is that poverty is caused by a deficiency in moral character, that it is the responsibility of both state and affluent populace to exert all effort, regardless of the costs involved, to ensure that the poor are stringently, soundly and edifyingly punished.
Even to those affluent not given to philosophy and contemplation, and quite without their consent, the visible presence of the poor impudently imposes upon their wealthier brothers an unwelcome stabbing pain of involuntary reflection: the menacing mirror of what might have been, what might yet be.
This is an especially cruel hardship for the precariously affluent, those who live in well-appointed homes and drive sleek powerful cars that are owned by the bank, who will not permit them to continue to enjoy these entitlements unless they can make the payments, payments which are frequently larger than the entire income of the poor, payments which they are able to make only at the grace and favor of usually one other human being, who has the power to condemn them to the same poverty from which they now avert their eyes, following a suitable and embarrassing mourning period of "living on savings."
Savings are about as real a possibility for the poor as a trip to Mars. They spend their days, if they are lucky, washing the dishes and cars and handing change to people attired in clothing that costs more than they make in a month, two months. The less lucky can only dream, "If I could work two and a half shifts, I could get an apartment." Maybe they are not the less lucky, as the dishwasher could tell them, the net income from those two and a half shifts is not enough for an apartment, much less the upfront costs of getting one.
He who dreams of all he would do with 80 or a hundred hours of minimum wage a week is blessed with an illusion of getting ahead that those who sit on dingy furniture counting it out every Friday do not have.
So it is easy to see how the affluent resent having to squeeze past and step over the homeless on their way to the showroom to choose new draperies for their guest rooms, and eagerly support politicians who promise funding for more police to lock them up.
The conditions are ripe for a class war, but it is not here yet. As one recent immigrant, valiantly trying to advocate for his new chosen land once argued, the US is better than a developing world country because "there is more food in the dumpsters."
The problem is that the American underclass tends to be an uppity and ungrateful bunch who do not appreciate the opportunity afforded them to find food for their children in the dumpsters. This is largely the fault of the public education system, which in the course of generously inculcating values of patriotism and loyalty in the children of the poor, fails to make clear that for them, "liberty and justice for all" means eating from the dumpster.
Americans do not have to look far to see what class war looks like. In Latin America, in Africa, there are many examples of class war in full swing.
It is possible to drive through affluent suburbs in the United States and see stately homes without walls, without gates, cars parked in driveways, visible and accessible.
It is difficult to drive through suburbs in the developing world and find even modest homes and rusty old heaps that are not behind walls, behind gates, and it is a rare stately home whose gate is not adorned with an armed guard, day and night, with a machine gun, a rocket launcher, or several, armed with both.
Concentrating the poor in urban areas helps a lot. And in urban areas in the US you will see a much higher incidence of "security measures" of one kind or another. Using such a simple and direct weapon as miles, the US has managed to stave off class war for much longer than anyone would have thought possible.
In order to storm your home, and take your food, the poor would have to, in most cases, walk 20 miles or so along busy expressways with no sidewalks. Good thinking to leave so much food in the dumpster.
As the desperation level increases, so do prisons. This helps to control the overflow. Without the prison boom, the poor would have spilled out of the cities and down those 20 miles of expressway long ago.
Vigilance and resolve are buying some time, as is insuring that a sufficient % of low income young people are allowed to hold low-level positions in the 3 most profitable businesses of all time: weapons, drugs, and human beings.
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill