Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I saw in my local newspaper, The Fresno Bee, an article from the NY Times this week, announcing that "Liberal Groups Planning Rally on National Mall" this Saturday.
Hoping to overshadow last month’s large rally led by Glenn Beck that drew many Tea Party advocates and other conservatives, a coalition of liberal groups plan to descend on Washington on Saturday to make the case that they, and not the ascendant right, speak for America’s embattled middle class.

How nice.

The article mentions several groups that are planning the march, including:
...the N.A.A.C.P., the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the National Council of La Raza and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force — are sponsoring a march on Saturday in the hope of transforming the national conversation so it focuses less on the Tea Party. The groups sponsoring the rally, which is called “One Nation Working Together,” say they hope to supplant what they say is the Tea Party’s divisiveness with a message of unity to promote jobs, justice and education.
Here are the groups it surprisingly doesn't mention in the article who are involved in the planning and who presumably "speak for America's embattled middle class":

–Chicago Democratic Socialists of America

–Code Pink

–Committee of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism

–Communist Party USA

–Democratic Socialists of America

–International Socialist Organization

As Daniel Foster sarcastically writes, "A veritable tapestry of America’s embattled middle class."

Yeah, right.

Let's talk about the concept of a 'middle class' for a moment and what it is all about so you can see how the above groups not only do not represent 'middle class' values in this country, but actually reflect the very opposite.

Democracies are not developed or sustained by the political extremes- they are the trust and legacy of a vibrant, functioning middle class. In fact, a successful middle class demands that government answer to them, and not the other way around.

Marx always expected that the middle class--which he described as composed of the small manufacturer, the shopkeeper, the artisan, the peasant etc--would own some property, but not sufficient to have all work done by employees or workers. Those in the middle class must also work in order to survive and are thus simultaneously members of Marx's proletariat as well as his bourgeoisie. He expected that the middle class would disappear as capitalism developed, since the only sustainable positions were the ones of his dialectic.

It turns out this is not the case.

Whenever the workers are given political and economic liberty and allowed to pursue their own happiness (and not the state's), the middle class has continued to expand. In fact, the values of this particular economic group have come to anchor society in the United States. Far from wanting to ignite a worker's revolution as Marx predicted, they enjoy the creature comforts of the capitalist system and feel themselves empowered by it. Worse (from the communist/socialist's perspective anyway), the typical person in the middle class believes that he or she can better themselves by using the many opportunities offered by a liberal, capitalistic democracy.

Even in Communist China, capitalistic pursuits and entrepreneurship have become the true "opiates" of the masses--in the sense that to the degree people are free to pursue their own happiness and work for their own interests--i.e., where they have economic freedom, even if they don't have political freedom-- they are relatively content, and are unlikely to fulfill the ardent communist/socialist's revolutionary fantasies.

The most unsuccessful societies on earth are those with no middle class. observe the Palestinians, or many Middle Eastern countries, for example; where there exists only an elite, plundering class who are the beneficiaries of the oil wealth the land is blessed with; and a lower class, condemned by the elites to poverty, ignorance and oppression.

By way of contrast, in the most successful societies there is a large middle class, and anyone has the potential to succeed if they have a good idea, commitment to work and plenty of drive. America, Canada, the UK, Australia and Israel are all examples of societies that while very different, are very successful.

As the barrier to entry into the middle class becomes more onerous and difficult, requiring expensive and hard to obtain permits and licenses; societies are less successful and become progressively more likely to fail.

When there are few barriers to entering and operating within a free market, then the middle class can thrive; and the more successful both the entrepreneurs and the community becomes, the greater the stake the people have in maintaining peace and prosperity.

Consider how remarkable it is that leftist groups such as those listed above, who intend to participate in Saturday's rally are completely oblivious to the fact that the Marxist proletariat they have worshipped and depended upon for their revolution have finally arisen; but sadly, not in support of their ideas.

Quite the opposite. Marx thought that capitalism would go away and the middle class would disappear. But it hasn't; and it keeps coming back stronger than ever.

Today, in fact, we are treated to the spectacle of the proletariat rising up, not in rebellion against the oppressive forces of capitalism; but agains the oppressive influences of communism and socialism and big, centralized government.

Indeed, the world still reels from the misery and hardship that is rampant where Marxist, socialist and communist theory have "triumphed". In those sad places wealth all but disappeared; initiative went in decline; and the human misery index climbed to new heights. Instead of a healthy middle class; those societies that embraced Marx's ideas developed only powerful elites and poverty-stricken masses. This is the legacy of Marx's "social justice".

Instead of creating a utopia for the proletariat, Marx and his theories only generated the conditions for societal suicide.

The clever capitalist system actually managed to co-opt the "oppressed" workers, and helped them enter the dreaded "middle class"! That is why Obama and other elites like John Kerry rail against the very people who they claim they represent. Kerry, in fact, blames "uninformed voters" for the current woes being suffered by the Democrats. Both Obama and Kerry and others of their persuasion should be thanking God for all the uninformed voters who stupidly voted for the likes of them. Because as such voters become more and more informed, these same voters will come to the realization that their 'oppressors' are the people who are trying to take their freedom away, all the while claiming to be representing them.

Obama and Kerry have forgotten (if they ever knew to begin with) that the values and ideals of this particular economic group have come to anchor society in the United States.They may be thankful for their 'guns and religion', but they also have come to appreciate all the other creature comforts the American way of life provides for them. Amazingly, most even appreciate their flawed and imperfect health care system for the most part; certainly, they never wanted it to be overhauled by some monstronsity of a bill in Congress whose "cure" may be much worse than the actual disease (which unfortunately won't be known until someone is able to read the whole thing all the way through).

But, the worse reality--at least from the postmodern progressives' perspective--i.e., those people who feel they know best what is best for you and me, and who believe you cannot be trusted to make the proper decisions in pursuing your own happiness--is that the typical person in the middle class has the notion that he or she can better themselves by using the many opportunities offered by a liberal, capitalistic democracy! How radical is that??

And the more frantically and desperately the political left clenches its fists and tries to force their big government agenda on an unwilling populace, the more people will slip through their greedy and controlling little Marxist fingers--and go drink some tea.

How ironic that the worker's in Obama's paradise have finally begun to realize who the real oppressers are....

Speaking for the middle class? I don't think so.

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