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Class Warfare Will Worsen the Pandemic
American ^ | May 23, 2020 | Rainer Zitelmann

Posted on 05/23/2020 6:08:03 AM PDT by Kaslin

Medieval depictions of the bubonic plague often illustrated a “dance of death,” portraying peasants, noblemen, and clergy all equally afflicted by the plague. The current pandemic affects people of all classes too. It made front page news when actor Tom Hanks (net worth approximately $400 million) announced he and his wife had contracted COVID-19.

Public opinion about Hanks, a beloved entertainer, is almost universally sympathetic, but attitudes toward the rich as a whole haven’t changed during the pandemic. Wealthy people remain easy targets for social prejudice and mistrust.

The headlines say it all. In GQ last month: “How Are Rich People Getting Richer During the Coronavirus Pandemic?” The month before that in the Atlantic: “It Pays to Be Rich During a Pandemic.” A recent Axios report detailed a smorgasbord of similar stories, all about wealthier individuals fleeing to private islands or using private health care to protect themselves from COVID-19. Axios quoted a progressive scholar who lambasted “an undercurrent of unequal sacrifice.”

Although news is supposed to be unbiased, classism is hard to shake. Supposedly neutral articles about bonuses and salaries often featured sweeping generalizations, along with negative and highly emotive terms such as “greed,” “gambling,” “excess,” “filling their pockets,” and “obscene.”

On the other hand, although Oxfam’s reports on wealth inequality in recent years have been criticized rightly for questionable methodology, widespread coverage of the reports often took their findings at face value. That’s likely because Oxfam’s central claims and the organization’s general thrust against “the super-rich” are closely aligned with much of the media’s editorial viewpoints. Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century received similarly favorable coverage.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: classwarfare; covid19; disease; rich

1 posted on 05/23/2020 6:08:03 AM PDT by Kaslin
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2 posted on 05/23/2020 6:10:02 AM PDT by sauropod (Quarantine is when you restrict sick people, tyranny is when you restrict healthy people.)
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I have nothing against Hanks and his wife. I’m glad they
are each okay. Not wishing anything bad on any of those

What really roils me is to have them push their faces in my
direction as if it was going to make life easier for me, or
they just needed to feel good about themselves.

These people mean nothing to me. I don’t feel better when
they send good wishes. Who do they think they are? Gods?

These publicity stunts where they are wishing high school
graduates congratulations make me want to gag.

“Oh I’m an actor. Surely you’re life will be healed if I
address your personal loss of graduate year festivities.”


“I want to donate my blood for a cure.”

One almost wonders if it’s because they realize there might
be immunity properties, or if it’s just that they think
their blood is so special on general principles.

3 posted on 05/23/2020 6:17:46 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Some of the folks around these parts have been sniffing super flu.)
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To: Kaslin; All

D.C. Divide & Control tactics from SUPER-CRIMINALS and their minions in their TOTALITARIAN POWER CENTERS.

10. “Divide and govern” is a maxim consecrated by the experience of ages, andshould be familiar in its use to every politician as the knife he carries inhis pocket. In the work here to be executed, the best effects may be producedby this maxim, and with peculiar facility. An extensive republic made up oflesser republics necessarily contains various sorts of people, distinguished bylocal and other interests and prejudices. Let the whole group be well examinedin all its parts and relations, geographical and political, metaphysical andmetaphorical; let there be first a northern and a southern section, by a linerunning east and west, and then an eastern and western section, by a linerunning north and south. By a suitable nomenclature, the landholderscultivating different articles can be discriminated from one another, all fromthe class of merchants, and both from that of manufacturers.


Keep spinning that merry-go-round of responsibility UNIPARTARIANS, until NOBODY is responsible.

Lock arms, ammo, thoughts, best practices with brothers and sisters in cities, suburbs, countryside, other countries. It’s a BIG CLUB out here, and they are not in it. We have the template to re-build it. Thanks FF. Rights of INDIVIDUALS, yet no regulation, punishment, swift justice on SUPERCRIMINAL elitist overlords and their ground forces world-wide.

That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. - Declaration

4 posted on 05/23/2020 6:23:34 AM PDT by PGalt (Past Peak Civilization?)
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To: Kaslin
Q: How much will workers get paid in a poor country where there is no accumulation of capital by business owners?

ans: not much

5 posted on 05/23/2020 6:37:54 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Kaslin

Just what the scumbag liberal elitists and their DC rat cohorts want. You got infected by a “white” disease”. See those “rich” shop owners they are the reason you were infected, they are the reason why you are in situation, “economic inequality”. There are so many benefits for these puke liberals to manipulate

6 posted on 05/23/2020 6:43:23 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: Kaslin

Not class warfare yet.
But it will be.
And the targeted class with the most to fear is the journalism/progressive class.
And will be treated as such.

7 posted on 05/23/2020 6:51:25 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin

Just another chance to diss the American dream.

8 posted on 05/23/2020 7:45:42 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Just sit in your house until the food stops coming and then starve. You'll be safe.)
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