Monday, August 18, 2008

Closing the Class Gap with the Russians

Dear George,

Well, Big Guy, I have some good news and some bad news for you. First, the good news: If you define the middle class, quantitatively, as anyone making between .75 and 1.25 percent of the median income, then the only country with a smaller middle class than us is Russia.

Now for the bad news: We have a class gap with the goddamn Russians, and they’re winning! I ask you, how in the hell could we kick their ass in the Cold War and then let them outgun us in the elimination of the middle class?

Our oligarchy is smarter than their oligarchy. Oh sure, theirs is more brutal than ours-- though we’re slowly closing that gap--but ours practices its nastiness with a smile. The Russian oligarchy rules with an iron fist while ours is skilled­ at marketing oppression and convincing the masses that pain and want are signs of a healthy economy.

The problem is that we have too many vestige of middle class privilege left, vestiges like Social Security, Medicare, private health plans, pensions and access to higher education.

They’ve got to go, George, everyone of them. That’s the only way we’ll catch up with the Russians. Every benefit not jettisoned by the Corporatist State is lost profit and lost prestige.

How can America be a model of feral capitalism if we allow our profit margins to shrink just so we can maintain the illusion of a healthy middle class? The second our oligarchy saw how welfare was sapping our economic strength, they dumped it. It’s time they did the same with the middle class. Those people simply have to learn that in the New Age there’s no free ride.

Your admirer,
Belacqua Jones

6 comments:

thepoetryman said...

Our oligarchy is smarter than their oligarchy.

There's a song in that.

The Russian oligarchy rules with an iron fist while ours is skilled­ at marketing oppression and convincing the masses that pain and want are signs of a healthy economy.

Yes. House for sale signs and Support the Troops decals, of course. Even from emergency shelters we must put country first. Right?

thepoetryman said...

Those people simply have to learn that in the New Age there’s no free ride.

That is going to be a hard lesson to swallow. Does it come in liquid form?

Case Wagenvoord said...

No, it comes in a tube.

ibluesman said...

When the state combines with capitol&the corporation the result is national socialism/fascism.Everybody knows that.Right?Right?The thing I don`t get is why nobody calls these guys what they clearly are.Why are they called "conservatives"?There`s is certainly nothing conservative about looting and pillaging what used to be the richest country in the world.Maybe you can `splain me this...Maybe Belaqua might have few thoughts about this,unless he already has and I missed it.Hope not.

thepoetryman said...

No, it comes in a tube.

Forgive me, but that was fucking hilarious and I'm not really sure why...?

Case Wagenvoord said...

ibluesman,

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Language is a whore willing to sell her services to the highest bidder. Progressives are now the conservatives who are trying to save what remains of our democratic republic while "conservatives" are the destructive radicals run amok.

Go figure.