Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Elites Pushing Class Warfare is Just Another False Paradigm

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Why is it when the rich super class speaks about class warfare, the downtrodden applaud?  When billionaire Warren Buffett said, "There's class warfare all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning," the struggling middle class treated him like one of them, as if he's on their side.

More recently, billionaire investor George Soros warned of a coming class war in the U.S. as reported by the Daily Beast, where he proudly points out that his prediction of riots in the streets has already begun.

With the Occupy movement's beginnings having ties to funding by Soros, many believe him to be stoking this so-called class warfare. Although Soros denies directly funding the movement's beginnings, his vast philanthropic contributions have far-reaching tentacles into many revolutions around the globe.

Even if we are to naively take Soros' word that he was not involved in spurring these global revolutions, despite the evidence to the contrary, he clearly promotes the idea of class warfare with the political left cheering him as a crusader for good.

Conveniently, the Occupy movement has adopted the catchy but brainless "us versus the 1%" mantra as the rallying call for everyone in the 99% to blame their problems on the so-called rich 1%.  It sounds a lot like stoking class warfare to me.

However, in order to instigate warfare there must be a crisis to cause enough pain to force people to arms, and the sides of good and evil must be defined.  Soros does just that in the Daily Beast article where he says people “have reason to be frustrated and angry” at the cost of bailing out the financial system, and that "the world faces one of the most dangerous periods of modern history—a period of evil."

Of course, those statements are hard to argue with and calling the ruling class "evil" will resonate with the masses.  But again, Soros is clearly in the ruling class 1%, so why would he, like Buffett, pretend they're outsiders while stoking hatred toward themselves?

It seems they are using the crisis and class warfare paradigm to move the masses to support what the global elite have been striving for all along: less competition and more consolidation of power. "In the crisis period, the impossible becomes possible." And by impossible he explains the Occupy movement has "put on the agenda issues that the institutional left has failed to put on the agenda for a quarter of a century."

To further explain the nature of unintended "evil" in the financial markets, Soros is quoted as saying in the same Daily Beast article "Unrestrained competition can drive people into actions that they would otherwise regret."

To many people, this echoes John D. Rockefeller's infamous quote "Competition is a sin."

Rockefeller ran the monopoly oil company Standard Oil, which still exists to this day but goes by different names:
  • Standard Oil of New Jersey became Esso, later to be renamed Exxon – which became a key part of ExxonMobil, currently the most profitable company in the world -- earning 30 billion, 460 million dollars.
  • Standard Oil of California became Chevron – currently the third most profitable company in the world at 19 billion, 24 million dollars per year.
  • Continental Oil Company became Conoco, now a part of ConocoPhillips – currently the sixteenth most profitable company in the world at 11 billion, 358 million dollars.
  • BP Amoco is a conglomerate of several Standard Oil splinter companies. Yahoo Finance currently lists BP Amoco’s gross profit at 16 billion, 28 million dollars.
  • Therefore, four out of the six “supermajors” in the oil industry are direct Rockefeller spinoffs – BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips. (Source)
Competition has been replaced by the appearance of competition.  And this includes the apparent differences between Soros and Buffett on the left versus the Koch brothers on the right.  Those stuck in the left-right paradigm love to hate them, while they all seek to eliminate genuine competition hidden behind their respective brands of ideology.

Additionally, Soros promotes a single European Treasury with the authority to impose and collect taxes from all member nations as the solution to the Eurozone crisis.  In America, he agrees with Buffett that the rich should pay more in taxes to strengthen the institution of government, as if it hasn't given enough power to itself despite its failings.

Furthermore, the notion that taxing the "rich" will solve any of America's or Europe's financial problems may be the biggest false paradigm of all.  America officially has a national debt of around $15 Trillion with another $26 Trillion in financial bailout costs and double that amount in upcoming liabilities.  There is literally not enough wealth in the world to fix that problem.

What's more,  the real elite will never have to pay taxes as they move their money globally and play on loopholes within the borders. Anyone remember General Electric paying no taxes on $14.2 billion in profits; in fact they got a $3.2 billion tax credit from Americans?  Need I say more about the silliness of this ever working in the current political environment?

So what does Soros say will be the next immediate battle of this rising class war?
"As anger rises, riots on the streets of American cities are inevitable. 'Yes, yes, yes,' he (Soros) says, almost gleefully. The response to the unrest could be more damaging than the violence itself. 
It will be an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which, carried to an extreme, could bring about a repressive political system, a society where individual liberty is much more constrained, which would be a break with the tradition of the United States."
As he says "gleefully."  Still want class warfare?

How about supporting the opposite: decentralization, competition, supporting local commerce, local governance, and local self-sufficiency?


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Anonymous said...

John D. Rockefeller : "Competition is a sin."
How about cooperation?

P.S.:Can one "marry" sustenability and very large scale exports/imports of manufactured goods?

KenBrodeur said...

END THE FED!! Soros wants to consolidate financial power even more than it is now. That's the game. Central control is loosing control, and that will be good, just do not fight, no violence they lose. Bring the Enterprise home, end the IRS, end corporate status as a legal business definition, bring responsibility back to big business which should not be subsidized in any way. Our founding fathers did not like corporations which are an invention of the Bank of England. End fractional reserve banking, let the Federal Government be free by printing it's own money interest free and spent into the economy for public works like Kennedy and Lincoln were trying to do. Allow intellectual property to be free, as long as you recognize the creator. Open source for everyone with the greatest university known to the world, the internet. The internet certainly does not have all the answers but it sure is a good start.
How about personal power plants for the home. Sustainable, green and non toxic. It is an idea who's time has come.

Anonymous said...

These are all good goals: "decentralization, competition, supporting local commerce, local governance, and local self-sufficiency" but are not the "opposite" of class warfare. They are tools to not play, but ignoring the corruption of our political reality will not make it go away.

The left isn't the only side being mislead. The left is falsely portrayed as being all about unions and big government. The right is falsely shown as supporting the existing tyranny of corporate rights over citizen rights. And the finger pointing goes on, while the real issues of class warfare are ignored.

Case in point: Wisconsin "left" supporting public employee unions versus the Koch brothers, alleged to represent the "right." Not once did I hear anyone say, "What about the taxpayers?" If television had talked about that issue from the viewpoint of the people who PAY for the service, it would have been a bit more complicated than Right v. Left or The Rich v. The Poor.

Taxpayers have children in school, but are also squeezed by cost rising while their incomes shrink. Good people are on both sides, and for the best of reasons. Most don't mind paying "their fair share" for public goods such as education, but the system is disjointed with ability to pay being dislocated from rising cost.

This is where the real class warfare is: in the disparate worlds of those who can afford to buy presidents who ignore their corporate crimes such as the big banks just did, as opposed to those who worked all their lives and will have everything including their savings accounts wiped out to pay for it. That is class warfare, and it is real whether the "right" can be persuaded it is or not.

Like most billionaires, Soros's fortune was transferred to him, apparently voluntarily and legally. His was made by shaking down the Bank of England in a currency squeeze. Stay with me here, you tally America's expenses: "national debt of around $15 Trillion with another $26 Trillion in financial bailout costs and double that amount in upcoming liabilities." And then say, "There is literally not enough wealth in the world to fix that problem." That is not true, as every dollar of debt, every dollar of bailout WENT TO SOMEONE. It was paid out, hence the debt. Therefore (most of) the money exists, it just no longer circulates outside a certain class, to which we may not refer, lest we be foment'n the class thing.

Anarcho-Capitalist said...

Great article Eric Blair. Great comment KenBrodeur! The state is the problem ... it is inherently evil.

Anonymous said...

Well written and thought out article. My suspicion was that civil unrest is encouraged by Soros and certain politicians in order to impose their NWO where citizen rights cease to exist. The elite impose their concept of "fairness" where workers are fed but freedom, like the constitution, is obsolete.

stevor said...

Take us back to the Roman Colosseum where the Elite watch the peasants fight it out for their entertainment.

Anonymous said...

The first person i ever heard say the words "New world order" was Daddy Bush. He gave the game away. Or maybe he was just telegraphing to those of his wealthy buds who hadn't already gotten the message that NWO was a done deal.
12:13 pm is right on, the money is out there someplace. Maybe some is in the pockets of John Hammergren of McKesson, who, I understand, took home 145 million bucks last year. While many Americans are homeless and hungry. McKesson delivers drugs to nursing homes and drugstore chains.(Just who did you think was pocketing the big bucks it costs to keep you and granny medicated?)
Anyone who thinks we have not lost our rights and are not well on the way to collapse is just not paying attention. Soros doesn't have to do anything but watch from the sidelines. Our own billionaires-- and the people who think that its okay for them to feast while some of our people go dumpster diving for dinner-- they will finish us off all on their own. The French and Bolshevik Revolutions ought to have taught us all a lesson. But those who don't study history, are, indeed, doomed to repeat it.

Anonymous said...

A question that has been unasked by anyone as of this writing. If the entire world financial system was imploded by derivative trading of mortgages creating losses in the $50 to $100 trillion range when using mark to market accounting and any derivative trading is a zero sum game, then who was on the other side of the trade? Whomever "they" are not they did not announce how clever they were to have bet on the other side.

Anonymous said...

Class war is a reality. Period. "We, the people" didn't start it; but we certainly have to deal with it; and anyone who says otherwise is a dullard extraordinaire.
Calling the slogan "The 1% vs. the 99%" brainless is... brainless.
Your citation of "Soros funding the OWS" movement is laughable... really stupid scholarship. That said, it's true to say that Soros and co. are trying to co-opt OWS (and popular sentiment) by speaking of "class warfare." They're trying to muddy up the waters... which isn't hard with the muddled thinking of this writer.
Let's remember one simple fact: OWS movement was CRUSHED by police force because it was DANGEROUS; and it was dangerous because it was leading to a new conversation between the so-called "left" and "right."
For the same reason, Ron Paul won't be elected. He's causing the antiwar left to have a renewed respect for grassroots conservatives, though... mis-informed, mis-construed articles like the above will not help.

Anonymous said...

All down through history it has been one class strugle after another. Man has been doninating man to his injury. Mononpoly capitalism was born out of the depths of feudalism. The U.S is an oligarchy ruled by plutocrats that form a CABAL. An oligarchy is government by a select few. A plutocracy is government by the wealthy. A CABAL is a united group of corrupt person that form a plot for some sinister purpose. Does the working class want to live under monopoly capitalism with no middle class, or do they wan't a more equitable distribution of wealth where the scales of economic justice are more evenly balanced? Change does not start from the top, it starts from the bottom with a grass roots movement. The implements of change are: 1-Strikes 2-Boycots 3-Peaceful Demonstrations. March on Washington! Not on Wall Street! 5-Underground Cash and Barter Economy. 6=Pickiting 7-Town Hall Meetings. United we stand, divided we fall. The way governkments stay in power is through the Central Bank and the military. It is a psycological warfare of fear and propaganda through the spoon fed circus news media. Remember; there is strength in numbers. It may call for acts of civil disobedience.

Morpheous said...

This loads slow, well worth it. Side by side columns; The Republic vs THE CORPORATION

Government run schools have but one objective, to dumb down critical analytical thinking, and lie about our true history. If you really want to understand what is going on, it is worse than you thought.
Who is running America?

HOW I CLOBBERED EVERY BUREAUCRATIC CASH-CONFISCATORY AGENCY KNOWN TO MAN ... a Spiritual Economics Book on $$$ and Remembering Who You Are by: Mary Elizabeth: Croft

The solution/remedy is really too simple for a complicated mind to except.
Why do you let the government define who you are, us citizen slave? Define yourself and declare it, throw off the shackles of slavery, and become a free man/woman once more.

Copy and paste this, spread this around, the truth is a powerful disinfectant for the corrupt rot and stench in gov’t.

Anonymous said...

The countersign of the elite politicians, bankers and industrialist is force and make believe. Their instruments of totalitarianism is the military and the fraudulent central bank known as the Federal Reserve. They control the masses of the working class by keeping them in debt and in ignorance.

TechZilla said...

How about cooperation? You ask?? Class-Cooperation is what the Nationalists advocated, and still advocate, but at least they claim it's best for the nation... Instead of pretending it's best for the worker themselves. It was pitched as bridging left-right disputes, but in reality it subjugated the people to the elite. Why? It was inevitable, because balance can only be maintained through constant class struggle. Wealth has all the power and without hard struggle they push right over the worker. In the nationalistic example, the worker has actually willingly submitted. So you see "class cooperation" is an oxymoronic false balance, and only through class struggle can you ever even get to a happy medium.

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