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November 19th, 2011
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Class and Politics in America
The Republicans are the party of the middle to ordinary upper classes, while the Democrats are the party of the highest upper class using the lower to lower-middle class as cannon fodder. Has been that way since the formation of the Republicans in the mid-19th century.

This is a common class-political constellation. The highest level of an upper class wants to rule, and the primary obstacles to its rule are those with the connections, leisure and educated competence to effectively resist such rule. This means not the lower classes, but the middle classes, and even the more recent entrants into the upper classes. The obvious strategy is to offer to loot the middle and middling-upper classes and give the plunder to the lower classes, in return for lower-class votes. This is why the Classical Greek philosophers concluded that democracy inevitably leads to tyranny.

The big change in the American class-political system over the last century has been that American blacks, who used to support the party that had freed them over the party that still wanted to keep them enslaved, inexplicably switched allegiance in the mid to late 20th century and decided that only the Democrats truly valued them. And the Democrats did truly value them. Why, slaves went for hundreds of dollars, even thousands, a head back before the Civil War!

American blacks are now so solidly Democrat that they really treat any non-Democratic black as some sort of "race traitor" -- non-ironically, without bothering to consider the absurdity of the whole assumption that a "race" is a political entity toward which one should be "loyal" as one would be to a nation-state. That political assumption comes straight out of 19th-century racialism, the very philosophy which was used to maintain first slavery and then the Black Codes against them.

This sort of class-based looting is, of course, absolutely inimical to the project of maintaining a classical-liberal political economy, in which the role of the State is to act as impartial referee preventing the use of force and fraud within a civilized economy. But it is consistent behavior on the part of the Democrats: back before the 1960's, they used force to loot the labor of the blacks for the benefit of rich whites; now they use force to loot the labor of the middle classes (of all races) for the benefit of rich whites.

Nothing has changed in that regard. What has changed is that the looting by the State has reached a level unsustainable in the long run: the looters are running out of wealth to plunder. This means that either the looters must lessen their depredations, or convert their political position to that of naked tyranny (and thus no longer need to loot as much to pay off masses who will be then more cowed by the threat of force than bought by the promise of plunder).

In other words, we must either restore the Republic, or commence the Empire.

Which shall it be?

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From:gothelittle
Date:November 19th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
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American blacks are no longer to be taken for granted. While the majority do still vote Democrat, there is definitely a rising minority not to be trifled with. On top of that, blacks will still vote strongly conservative on many social issues, especially same-sex marriage.

More and more blacks are also beginning to realize that they are worse off under Democrat governance than Republican. Obama's various payoffs and attempts at reform have hit blacks harder than any other demographic.
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From:marycatelli
Date:November 20th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
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They're still voting like the denizens of Communist countries. It needs to progress faster if Empire is to be averted.

Affirmative Action in this country as others where it's been implemented has caused the economic progress of blacks to slow down. If you disaggregate it, you find the already middle-class blacks are progressing, and poor blacks are, if anything, regressing.
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From:ford_prefect42
Date:November 19th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Merely voting republican will not reverse this course. For evidence, I give you the Bush years, which saw a rather dramatic expansion of every aspect of government, including many of the tools of tyranny. In order to reverse the course, we're going to need to completely re-educate the populace about subjects like economics, the role of government, and whole other swathes of topics. I doubt that such dramatic re-educations are possible, let alone probable, ergo, I suspect that our course toward tyranny is irretrievable.

But then, I am not famous for optimism.
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From:kalance
Date:November 19th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Now that's not entirely fair. Not even a year into his first term and the US got hit by the largest attack on its people in 60 years! People were terrified immediately after 9/11. The Patriot Act was as much about convincing the people that something was being done as it was about trying to protect people from a threat that, by its very nature, is impossible to protect against.

Can you imagine what would have been said about Bush if the White House had just gone on with business as usual on the domestic front? Heck, what he did was absolutely nothing compared to what was done under FDR during WWII. Arabs weren't rounded up by the train load and relocated. Food wasn't rationed. Soldiers weren't drafted. Heck, the only truly obvious change since 2000 is that it is now truly a hassle to fly anywhere. Oh, and we relabeled POWs to "detainees".

All of those measures will blow over about a decade after this mess in the Middle East finally comes to an end(though with Iran on the horizon that may be a lot longer than either Dems or Reps may have thought...)
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:November 19th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
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A most astute post on class and politics in America, Jordan. Thank you.

I also wish to make an observation about how the concept of "privilege" is used to control lower- and middle-class whites. If you are white and have a college degree, you are automatically considered "privileged, no matter how poor you are. If that isn't enough to keep you silent, the slightly more sophisticated concept of "complicity" is introduced.

Here's how it works.

"I have a bachelor's degree and have 100K in student loans to pay back, but you'll only give me a job that pays 25K!" a college grad may protest.

"Do you eat fruits and vegetables?" asks the boss.

"Yes."

"Well, then you are exploiting the migrant workers who pick your fruits and vegetables. You are complicit in the exploitation of immigrants, the poor, and the dark-skinned. Now be quiet and be thankful that we allow you the privilege of employment."

It actually took me a while to figure out that I was not "privileged" just because I have a bachelor's degree, white skin, running water, electricity, and a job!
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From:marycatelli
Date:November 20th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
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You have a white skin. That's "privilege".

Because "privilege" is a code-word meaning the speaker is an arrogant power-mongering control freak.
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From:baron_waste
Date:November 19th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Though Federal “schools” never interrupt their indoctrination to admit such things, yet you are right.

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From:johncwright
Date:November 19th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)

Progressive Racism

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From:lather2002
Date:November 19th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)

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Excellent post
From:actonrf
Date:November 19th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
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As a Black male This is my experience I went from believing the fear about conservative proclaimed to keep me in the Democratic Plantation to voting Republican in 1984. Yes, I been called a traitor, Oreo and House Nigger /Negro and exposes to the hypocrisy of racism and anti-semitism in other blacks. In the end,I decided to withdraw in disgust. It why I have a very strong ind pendant streak and live purposely far away from the black collective.

I agree with you to some point; It is more looting of the productive rich by the politician in the name of helping the poor and increasing the politician's wealth and power. What scares the hell out of me came from a discernment ministry lecture, pointing out the pre WWII fascist philosophy in many mega churches, and as I look at the invade Wall street movement I see the choice is more like restore the Republic or fascist totalitarianism
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From:kitten_goddess
Date:November 19th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Ugh! I'm sorry you got called epithets by other blacks!

Identity politics are always disgusting, no matter the issue or opinions being espoused.
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From:schmengie
Date:November 19th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I saw your comments on Russ's post. This is s very interesting post.
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From:polaris93
Date:November 19th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Where is Yellowstone's next eruption when we need it? (For a loooooong vacation from all the dirty tricks people, especially the rich and powerful, play on one another.)
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From:silentrogue47
Date:November 20th, 2011 07:42 am (UTC)
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If I can command a Star Destroyer, I welcome our new emperor.
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From:pasquin
Date:November 20th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Racialism is inimical to classical progressivism. There the aim is the break down ALL allegiances, religious, familial, tribal, et al, for the exclusive role of plebe to the state.

Few progressives are honest about this.
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From:gothelittle
Date:November 20th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Socialists employ many tools that they hope will serve them well... until the revolution... at which point they hope they can purge these troublesome elements from society.

The black Democrats who support liberalism and the Muslims who are being encouraged by liberals ought to take a lesson from the roles and outcomes of the Jews who aided in the fall of the Tzar and the corresponding setup of the Soviet Union.
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From:ilion7
Date:November 20th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)

Value for value

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"The big change in the American class-political system over the last century has been that American blacks, who used to support the party that had freed them over the party that still wanted to keep them enslaved, inexplicably switched allegiance in the mid to late 20th century and decided that only the Democrats truly valued them."

The Dems figured out the a black man was more valuable to them collectively in a voting booth than individually on a tree limb ... and, (as you say) inexplicably, the majority of blacks went along for the ride.
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From:x_eleven
Date:November 22nd, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)

Re: Value for value

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"The big change in the American class-political system over the last century has been that American blacks, who used to support the party that had freed them over the party that still wanted to keep them enslaved, inexplicably switched allegiance in the mid to late 20th century and decided that only the Democrats truly valued them."

There is nothing "inexplicable" about this. It was done deliberately, and is the Cloward-Piven Strategy ( http(COLON)//www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/03/24-4 ) There was a a huge effort to propagandize black communities that welfare was a "right" and not "charity". Up till then, most blacks believed that relying on the charity of strangers was shameful, and only the very last resort for survival.

"The Dems figured out the a black man was more valuable to them collectively in a voting booth than individually on a tree limb ... and, (as you say) inexplicably, the majority of blacks went along for the ride".

The Dems also gain the advantage that, should Obama really prove to be a failure, people will blame the "niggers" for that failure, and not all those lilly white Dems like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. They are also being set up as the fall guys to deflect attention away from the DNC. Just another example of what these Dem elites really think of the "little people" in whose name they always speak.
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