The Rich Will Make Gazans of Us All

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    Chris Hedges on how Empires die:

    "Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia.

    "The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence. Many impoverished regions of the world, which have fallen off the economic cliff, are beginning to resemble Gaza, where 1.6 million Palestinians live in the planet’s largest internment camp..."

    "The impending collapse of the international economy, the... precipitous decline in crop yields and rising food prices are creating a universe where power is divided between the narrow elites, who hold in their hands sophisticated instruments of death, and the enraged masses.

    "The crises are fostering a class war that will dwarf anything imagined by Karl Marx..."

    "Market forces and the military mechanisms that protect these forces are the sole ideology that governs industrial states and humans’ relationship to the natural world.

    "It is an ideology that results in millions of dead and millions more displaced from their homes in the developing world.

    "And the awful algebra of this ideology means that these forces will eventually be unleashed on us, too. Those who cannot be of use to market forces are considered expendable.

    "They have no rights and legitimacy. Their existence, whether in Gaza or blighted postindustrial cities such as Camden, N.J., is considered a drain on efficiency and progress..."

    "The concept of the common good is no longer part of the lexicon of power..." "It is Rome under Diocletian. It is us. Empires, in the end, decay into despotic, murderous and corrupt regimes that finally consume themselves.

    "And we, like Israel, are now coughing up blood.

    Chris Hedges: Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig
     
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    The rich have no desire to make people poor. Poor people do not buy goods and services. The wealthy want to grow the pie, create more wealth and turn the poor into clients.
    Liberals work under the false assumption that total wealth is finite. It can't be. consider a fixed amount of "money". The producers would eventually end up with all of it from people buying their product. Once the wealthy had accumulated all the money, they could no longer sell product, manufacture more of it or maintain what they had. The value would fall and everyone would be poor.
    It is only by growing the pie by producing tangible assets that the economy produces wealth.
     
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    Democrats are the "miserable masses of humanity"
     
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    The investor class in the US once needed a middle class to do exactly what you point out; however, since they now have a vastly larger middle class rising in China, India, and Brazil, they no longer need a vibrant US middle class to provide goods and services and drive 70% of US GDP with their purchasing power.

    The pie is now much larger because it's global.
     
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    Democrats will do and say anything to open up their class warfare into open conflict.
     
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    Suppress all their votes next time.
     
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    Elected Democrats depend on the same 1% of the US population to fund their campaigns as Republicans. Neither party is going to criticize the Fed for giving away trillion$ of interest-free money to US financial corporations or point out the nearly one hundred UNSC Resolutions condemning Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine.
     
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    Your a self-proclaimed loser in his 60s who never made more than minimum wage! You were a failure in life, why should anyone listen to you?
     
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    That's not what Marxists believe
     
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    Fuck "Palestine"

    Israel gave up Gaza in 2005 for peace, how's that working out
     

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