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God I Love It When Politicians Are Honest

By Petr Knava | Social Media | May 26, 2020 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | May 26, 2020 |


There was a brief, all-too fleeting period in the mid-20th centrury where the ruling capitalist classes paid some lip service to progress, to equality, to basic human decency. Frightened to death by a wave of revolution and class consciousness sweeping the Earth, as well as the lethal delusion of equality that Communism might instill in the masses, they gave some concessions to the working class so as to avoid the tide of bloody revolt rising up to their doorsteps. The welfare state of the post-WWII West was not some gracious gift from the Haves to the Have Nots, it was a few crumbs from the table designed to sate a starving beast that might otherwise turn to revolution. Then, gradually, as the threat faded away and the threat of an ideological alternative collapsed, the ruling classes withdrew the crumbs bit by bit, safe in the knowledge that the brainwashed and browbeaten masses would never do anything to threaten their position. Now, several decades after the beginning of the neoliberal counter-revolution from the top and over ten years since the seismic global shock that should’ve seen the total reformation of a corrupt economic order but instead led to more of the same—and fresh from the victorious quashing of two threats to their rule—the ruling elites no longer feel the need to consistently mask their contempt for the downtrodden of the Earth who create all value whilst enjoying almost none of its spoils. Exhibit A: Trump Economic Adviser Kevin Hassett, over the long weekend referring to the working class of America that will soon be forced to go back to work during a deadly pandemic as ‘human capital stock’:

Naturally, Twitter had some thoughts on the brazenly honest moment.

Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.

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