Class Warfare Needed to Get Rid of Bad Blood

destroying unionsIn all manner of Talibanic extremism, the unhinged, lunatic rightward fringe is using this opportunity to push all of the foolishness they could imagine when they lived in the political wilderness and were jonesing for power. The lunatics are running the asylum, literally. It is a nasty little sideshow, and there would be some entertainment value in it all if actual lives were not at stake. Congress voted to defund Planned Parenthood. In South Dakota, a bill would sanction the murder of abortion providers as justifiable homicide. A Missouri lawmaker wants to do away with those “over the top” labor laws that prohibit child labor. And Texas could allow college students to wear concealed weapons on campus. After all, what better way to deal with campus gun violence than to recreate the Wild West on campus, in Texas of all places? Meanwhile, the NRA, further revealing its kinship with rightwing extremist groups, advocates the formation of armed militias— private police forces unanswerable to government authority.

In the midst of all of this, ordinary citizens are waking up, and thousands are taking to the streets in nonviolent protest. Although Glenn Beck would paint the workers marching in Wisconsin as anarchists, socialists and communists, not to mention allies of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, there is a thread which binds the protesters in the Middle East and the U.S. They all know authoritarianism when they see it, and they realize the government, reeking with oligarchy and plutocracy, is working to undermine their interests. As F.D.R. once said, in the words etched in his memorial, “They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers… call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.”

David A. LoveClass warfare is ugly, but sometimes it is necessary. It can be a liberating thing, and it is the best thing that can happen to a progressive movement that needs a president to “make me do it,” as F.D.R. urged A. Philip Randolph. And as they said in The Godfather, “These things have to happen every five, ten years. Gets rid of the bad blood.” Getting rid of the bad blood could also mean getting rid of an overreaching GOP living on borrowed time.

Playing both sides of the fence in the class wars, Democrats must choose a side, lest they get swept away, too.

David Love
Black Commentator


  1. John says

    Attacking public sector unions is not idiotic. It’s not about who is paying for them, but the fact that they are proof that unions can work, and often with prestigious parts of our bureaucracy (e.g. police, firemen).

    For those with an anti-union agenda they want to make sure there are no “cities upon a hill” that can be cited by pro-union agitators or used by think tanks to prove a pro-union case.

  2. pigdog67 says

    I can see there is class warfare going on. However for the Capitalists to go after the public sector unions is idiotic. Why? Because they do not pay the bill for them. Homeowners do. Ordinary people do.
    Capitalists need feedstock. Feedstock is raw materials, labor (educated is generally better), and capital. Our government hands out essentially free capital to the capitalists through the Federal Reserves money printing machine. The homeowners pay for the education system.
    The capitalists need educated workers. They have been getting a great deal as they have not had to pay for it. As it is people who do not even have children pay for the education of other peoples children. All to benefit the capitalists. Most people who have children cannot afford to pay to send them to private schools. Imagine the feedstock our capitalists will get if the public education system is gone. The should not meddle in something that they get for free.
    The public education system was set up by the capitalists and nation builders to do two things. Provide feedstock to the military and provide feedstock to the capitalists. If they have issue with it then it is with what is being taught. That is a different issue than public sector unionization.

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