Friday Feedback: Oligarchs Will Not Play Fair


Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Carole Lutness, writing in response to Anthony Asadullah Samad’s Economic Recovery Will Be More than Trusting President Obama’s Stimulus Plan.” Carole  writes:

The oligarchs will not play fair. They are not built that way. We must be as tough as them by insisting that the government provide massive relief to the people not the super-rich that brought us into this crisis just as they did the Great Depression.

We must reinstitute structural changes, as FDR did, of restraining corporations, reigning in unbridled capitalism, taxing the hell out of the top 1% and corporation and providing means by which we can redistribute the wealth that they have stolen since Reagan came in with the cry of wanting to “kill the beast” (government).

Even though they have brought us to this crisis, the oligarchs are going to fight us tooth and nail. The IGMs (I Got Mine)like it this way. This battle goes back to the founding of our country with Jefferson believing in We the People and Hamilton/Adams wanting only the banking/corporate class to have power.

At the beginning of his second term, FDR was turning things around until the Republican-dominated Supreme Court ruled that his efforts were unconstitutional (read- not favoring the super-rich). He got so angry that he attempted to pack the Supreme Court but their Right Wing Noise Machine prevailed and he never regained the political support to challenge the ruling class.

We progressives have this fantasy that all people want to ‘play fair.’ Guess what, the oligarchs with their dog-eat-dog, survival of the fittest mentality don’t understand the word “fair.” This is war and we can be friendly but never be fooled and think they are our friends. We’ve done it before, we can do it again! ORGANIZE!

(if you have any doubt about what has happened to us since Reagan, see this and this


  1. says

    What we need most, both in order to reduce inequality and raise the money needed to solve our country's problems, is to heavily tax the very rich. Since Congress will resist passing such a tax, we the people must do it ourselves, using ballot initiatives.. Email me at if you are interested!

    Roger Skutt

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