Who sucks more: corporations and uber-rich tax-cheats…or the nationalistic wealth fetishists who enable them?
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Issac Asimov
When looking at the spectrum of social classes, the Petting Zoo Bourgeoisie occupies the middle ground of the continuum. They sit smack dab between the rich fellas who, these days, own increasingly more of everything and the lower-income folks that face a range of unnecessary difficulties due to spiraling inequality.
The Petting Zoo Bourgeoisie.
In the summer of 2020, the loudest members of this social class are the no-mask-wearing, Fox-News-watching simpletons who like to boast that they make more money than the poorer no-mask-wearing, Fox-News-watching simpletons. PZB drives the newer gas-guzzling SUVS while the poorer folks who share the PZB’s narrow worldviews drive older gas-guzzling SUVs…and the PZB never fails to remind the poorer folks of the difference.
Angrier members of the PZB associate with other militant chickenhawks. When they gather in groups, this crowd passive-aggressively utters a war cry attributed to a whack-job Roman Emperor. Given the moronic state of the union, the pseudo-combative kvetching just seems right. Intelligence and the PZB have never been a good match.
Before going further though, I need to state that liberal-leaning folks can possess the PZB’s special blend of willful ignorance, shallowness, spinelessness, back-stabbiness, and lunkheadedness, too. The Petting Zoo Bourgeoisie is more of a skin color thing and less of a political thing.
The Petting Zoo Bourgeoisie are America’s scabs who cross the picket lines, then offer to work for free. While it can feel correct to call the PZB “useful idiots,” the PZB are more aware of their unpaid role helping the rich folks than they let on. Many of them want to be feared and hated, but they’re just hated—increasingly so as Covid-19 makes life even more difficult for the working class. The PZB lives to enjoy shaming poorer people and they go mask-less when they mistreat the employees who have to serve them. The PZB also seems deathly afraid to criticize the 1% and corporations for seizing the lion’s share of the pandemic relief.
The Petting Zoo Bourgeoisie got promised power trips. But when these trips arrived in the mail, the trips were not nearly as powerful as the fat-cats promised. So a significant portion of the PZB became more nationalistic in their attempt to compensate for the lack of power-trippiness. The ones who didn’t adopt white supremacy just dialed up the intentional dull-wittedness and bragged even more about how they don’t talk politics.
We Americans find ourselves living in some philistine times. Dumb, stupid, unintelligent, brainless, mentally-soft, dumb times.
Decades ago, the United States of America chose to sell our educational standards down the river to the highest bidder. And it shows.
Like the 1%, the PZB receives the types of breaks that working-class folks don’t get—college degrees, comfortable existences, and the benefit of the doubt when dealing with law enforcement. In return, they shut their minds off and sell out the working class. The 1% and the PZB have a pact: as long as the PZB defends the fat-cats and gaslights, sealions, tone polices, and concern trolls the masses, the rich will protect them from any real difficulty.
Rich fellas need henchmen. The PZB unquestioningly serves.
Unquestioningly. Obediently. The Petting Zoo Bourgeoisie knows its place.
Read Part II: The Petting Zoo Bourgeoisie went to the polls.
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