“Whenever the government provides opportunities in privileges for white people and rich people they call it ‘subsidized’ when they do it for Negro and poor people they call it ‘welfare.’ The fact that is the everybody in this country lives on welfare.” — Martin Luther King, The Minister to the Valley, 2/2/68
THIS JUST IN: Guys like this guy, Lloyd Blankfein, have been telling the Democrats that they need to muzzle Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren…or else the moneyed super-dupermen might vote for Don-Don the Draft-Dodging White Knight.
THIS ALSO JUST IN: crocodile tears about socialism from those Americans who disproportionately benefit from rentier capitalism is wearing thin with the masses.
(I can hear the masses’ collective “No shit, Sherlocks…” voicing itself in the air. Sorry, sometimes it makes sense to just state the obvious.)
The High-Net-Worth crowd’s hysterical paranoia wore thin with me long ago. My first book got inspired by my perception of these people changing.
Before the Great Recession, I accepted the investor class as a necessary evil in a free-enterprise-driven society. My current view is that, for the most part, they’re leeches who subsist on privilege and supremacy while pretending that they don’t. I don’t hate capitalism—I don’t love it, either—but I want to torch vulture capitalism until it is nothing but ash.
America needs to put the Investor Class and High-Net-Worth Individuals in their places. Sure, the bros and Donald Trump have been fostering white supremacy to rally the armed, red MAGA-hatted folks. But the crowd of racists who want to dial 911…excuse me…have a “civil war” is a small crowd. Not enough to be effective if the masses keep their heads clear.
Red #MAGA-hatted fellers: you all know when America was “great”? When it had a thriving Middle Class, that’s when. Back in the day, our vibrant Middle Class made America the envy of the world. Back then, people didn’t salivate over the self-proclaimed “Masters of the Universe” on Wall Street. Instead, our country showed the world that one could make a decent living for oneself if they put in hard work and applied a little stick-to-it-iveness to their efforts. This narrative made humans all around the globe question their own leaders and tell them to be more like those patriarchal white dudes in America. During the Cold War, our healthy middle class hurt those dastardly communists in the Soviet Union more than any missile build-up ever could have.
(Before going further, I do need to offer this caveat to the “great American Middle Class” story: people of color weren’t invited to take part in this goodness.)
Predatory capitalism did not build our country. Predatory capitalism kept the country from involving itself in World War Two until we had to act after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. If Pearl Harbor never happened, the Nazis would have kept on destroying Europe and Africa as the Empire of Japan conquered the Pacific Rim. With the Axis Powers inevitably deploying increasingly evil tactics, the narrow-minded American feller (the spiritual father of the feller who today proudly sports a red #MAGA ball cap made in China) would have been sitting here all safe and smug, gawking at atrocities like the Holocaust with drool forming at the corners of their mouths.
Incidentally, predatory capitalism caused World War Two. It’s almost like it’s all connected to money and selfishness.
I wish that America’s closeted communists would just come out already. They disproportionately benefit from government institutions that they demonize. The “socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor” ethos has been a thing in the USA for a while now. I don’t want this practice to continue in the future.
Check these posts out if you’re in the mood to read more about this dumb subject. I am tired of writing about it.
Check out my fiction.