One Sentence on a Friday: Class Warfare

Accusing liberals of practicing class warfare is like accusing Harriet Tubman of playing the race card. 

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Comment by Ron Powell on December 15, 2017 at 6:04pm

Kosh; Take 40% of the wealth of the top 1% and divide it by the NUMBER OF PEOPLE at the bottom 40% of the population and tell us what the per capita increase would be to the bottom 40% if we simply gave it to them to spend any way they chose to spend it...

Do the math first... Don't start arguing about whether or not it could or would be done and why....

Your graphs, charts, feet, and inches are typical Democratic abstraction... Easily waxed and clouded over by anti-intellectual conservatives...

Tell people the straight dollar amount that makes a difference between conservative and progressive approaches and policies...

What the Republicans have been able to do is tell the lie that causes whites to vote against themselves and remain addicted to their racism...

Democrats need to argue that 'Democratic' policies and programs will put real $$$ directly back into the pockets of the people at the lower end of the socio-economic scale...

That's in essence what makes Bernie Sanders so attractive...

Sanders was saying that he would take money away from the super wealthy and big business and give it directly back to the poor and struggling middle class...

Stop the waffling.Just say it with numbers that people can understand and feel good about...

Comment by koshersalaami on December 15, 2017 at 9:56pm

What does this have to do with my point about false accusations of class warfare?

Comment by Ron Powell on December 16, 2017 at 2:00am

Republican control of the narrative on the matter...

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 16, 2017 at 6:23am

I think it's a bit much to compare the the two, tho I understand your benign analytic intent.

You put me in mind of a well-meaning but quite over-the-top comparison in a now-famous (infamous?) 1967 piece by Jeffrey Farber, "The Student as Nigger". 


"The Student as Nigger is the title of an essay and subsequent book by American educator Jerry Farber.[1][2] The essay first appeared in the Los Angeles Free Press in 1967 and is often cited as one of the first underground publications to receive widespread recognition. It was reprinted over 500 times in the 1960s and was published in book form in 1969 by Contact Books and in 1970 by Pocket Books.

The essay, published during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, in which Farber was an active participant, draws an extended analogy between the status of students at California State University and the status of African Americans."


Comment by koshersalaami on December 16, 2017 at 6:44am

My point isn't to compare the severity of the two phenomena, it's to compare the validity of the accusations. That comparison is completely valid. In both cases the oppressed are being blamed for causing conflict by reacting to oppression when the cause of the conflict is the oppression. Class warfare isn't being waged by the people noticing they're being oppressed, it's being waged by the oppressors. Class warfare is practiced by the rich, not the poor. The accusation is upside down. If I attack you and you complain about it, you're not to blame for conflict. 

Comment by koshersalaami on December 16, 2017 at 6:46am

Ron, the point of the post is to short circuit Republican control of the narrative. In one simple sentence. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 16, 2017 at 8:19am

I see the intent in your comment tho not in the post.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 16, 2017 at 8:55am


Think of the post like an SAT question. is to as is to what? The question gets at what describes the relationship of to b, because the issue is that the Republican assumption about the relationship is fallacious. The post shows how. 

Accusing liberals of practicing class warfare is holding the advocate for the target responsible for the attack. The fact that liberals point out the attack does not make them (us) responsible for it. 

In order to make this point graphic, I use a simile comparing to a more widely acknowledged (advocate for a) target, apply the same logic to the target, and thereby show how absurd the Republican assumption about the relationship is in this case. 

I feel kind of weird going to these lengths to dissect a pretty straightforward sentence. It's a standard Bb (sorry, musician's expression) simile. 

Comment by Ron Powell on December 16, 2017 at 9:45am

The point of your post is made but somewhat convoluted. It requires too much thought on the part of people who can't,  don't,  or won't do any thinking...

Try this:

Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction, it has the capacity to kill or destroy everything it engulfs, including human potential.

That's my single sentence take on class warfare....

Comment by koshersalaami on December 16, 2017 at 10:10am

It doesn't say a damned thing about whose responsibility poverty is. 


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