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Class Mind In The USA

April 22, 2014

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Bartels shows that we are also subjectively a class society: that policy views are much more differentiated by income than in other advanced countries:

Bartels offers several hypotheses about why this may be true. But the main point to understand here is that we now know what it means when people urge us to stop talking about class, or denounce class warfare: it is essentially a demand that lower-income Americans and those upper-income Americans who care about them shut up, and stop messing with the elite desire for smaller government.

I suggest an even more fascinating graph: use, as a measure for the horizontal axis, the number of people that earn that amount of money. That would produce an astounding graph, clearly illustrating that a tini tiny minority drives the opinion in favor of small government.

A democracy is, in theory at least, the government of We The People. And then there is the real government, the government of all that have all the power, all the money, and all the money to buy all the power.

The latter purchase including that of votes, is unlawful in democracies, but lawful in the USA. That’s a way to see the USA is not a democracy, but just playing one on TV.

This makes clear that those who claim to be for “small government” truly mean that they are for “small democracy”. Their own government, the plutocratic government, is so mighty, that it molds the minds, and the agenda of all, although it’s held by just a few, as the graph I suggest would blatantly illustrate.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2014 7:46 pm

    Progress IS a myth in USA!

    • April 24, 2014 1:05 am

      Hi Partha! Nice to see you here! Yes, indeed, it’s a myth, in increasingly more ways.


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