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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Where Is My Pitchfork?

Shorter version: "Shut up you proles!  At least you aren't one of the poorly paid serfs to whom I've outsourced your job!"

Marx was wrong about communism.  It doesn't work, it's not a natural result of the dialectic struggle between capital and labor.

But he was possibly right about capitalism.

Let's take this as an example.  The UAW and Volkswagen are nearing a deal that would introduce the sort of neo-corporatist collaboration that has been so successful in Germany.  It would bring the workers into the decision making process and allow for a more harmonious and productive workplace.  Germany, the fourth largest economy in the world, practices this way of doing business.  It allowed them to sail through the recent depression/recession relatively unscathed.

But the Party of Money and their out-of-touch billionaire backers are trying to do everything they can to make sure that A) Americans don't get any health insurance that isn't tied to their employer's beneficence (better make sure you don't have a distressed baby) B) American workers are not able to earn better wages through collective bargaining C) any effort to ameliorate the condition of the working poor through social programs, food stamps, health insurance subsidies or education grants are to be gutted.

The more these privileged idiots keep spouting off, the angrier most Americans will become.  While the Tea Party has tapped into some populist anger by railing against "big government", the fact is that they are really tapping into racial panic as much as economic distress.

This economic issue is real and measurable.

I honestly believe that 2014 and 2016 can be shaped by this populist economic anger if it's properly messaged and massaged.  Whoever winds up running as the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat in West By God Virginia needs to talk about how the people who polluted Charleston escaped scot-free.  Whoever runs in South Dakota and Montana needs to talk about how the Keystone pipeline was bought and sold by wealthy oilmen who will pollute the aquifer.

And everyone should run against the 1%.

It does appear that this is the strategy, given the focus on the minimum wage and economic inequality, but Elizabeth Warren isn't the darling of the Left because she's a dynamic speaker.  Bernie Sanders isn't thinking about a presidential run in 2016, because of the tremendous appeal of a Jewish, Christian-Socialist agenda.

If Hillary is to be the nominee, she needs to get in front of this populist energy.  The Clintonistas are justifiable suspect on economic equity, so she needs to show more Warren and less Rubin.

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