“So while millions of Greeks wallow in poverty, unemployment, and squalor, a bunch of hedge fund jackasses will be suing them in the European Court of Human Rights, hoping to squeeze a little bit more blood from the stone.”—
This is the world we live in, where a murder that will never seem to come is a death too kind for Finance Capital.
The greatest hoax of the last couple of decades has been the ability of the right wing to co-opt members of the struggling lower middle class and lower class and pretend they speak for them while enacting policies that enable the super-rich. They’ve used wedge issues like gay marriage and abortion and the baby Jeebus to alienate folks from their own economic interests, feeding them a steady diet of hatred of minorites, the educated, science, and, well, reality to create a voting block of people so guided by hatred of the “other” that they would crawl over broken glass to cut their nose off to spite their face. I could go on at length about this, but you’d be better off just reading the book Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
and the excellent discussions Anne Laurie hosted here.
- John Cole, Long Division