Sunday, February 20, 2011

Divide and Conquer

Robert Reich recently wrote:
"Last year, America's top thirteen hedge-fund managers earned an average of $1 billion each. One of them took home $5 billion. Much of their income is taxed as capital gains - at 15 percent - due to a tax loophole that Republican members of Congress have steadfastly guarded."

Yet, as Reich explains, the Republican leaders are citing public employees and entitlements such as Social Security as the primary economic problem preventing recovery.

Washington's Blog has a very nice analysis of how wealthy elites use a strategy of divide and conquer to deflect attention from their inordinate wealth accumulation through pillaging and dispossession.

The privatization of profits coupled with the socialization of losses will not cease until Americans come to recognize and act upon their common interests.

That is why I believe it is important to avoid polarizing language when describing party members (as opposed to party leaders). Pathologizing Republican or Democratic VOTERS serves the agendas of elites in both parties who benefit from divisiveness within populations....

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