Left-Wing Wealth, Right-Wing Wealth, And The Exploitation Of Fear
March 30, 2008
I was having a political discussion with a friend of mine who is a very, very good person, and cares deeply about his family, friends, and this nation. We were talking about the race-, sex-, and class-based schisms that currently divide the nation.
I contended that the only way to get past this stuff is for everyone to realize that the elite right-wing corporate oligarchy has intentionally fueled race-based and sex-based discord and division so as to splinter the vast majority of people in this nation so that they do not unify as a class-based supermajority and kick the elite right-wing corporate oligarchy right to the fucking curb where they belong, and give this nation back to its citizens.
His response was to point out that wealth is not a right-wing phenomenon, and that there are plenty of superrich left-wingers as well.
My perception is that the very rich left wingers get that they are very rich in large part for relatively random reasons that are not intimately related to their value as individuals. This understanding of their own good fortune leads as a corollary to them wanting to see everybody living a decent life, and being willing to see their own relative wealth diminshed to some extent to create a more economically equitable society.
My perception is that the very rich right wingers think that their extreme wealth demonstrates that they are somehow better people than everyone else, and those who are poor or middle-class are unworthy individuals who deserve to be poor or middle-class. This understanding of their own good fortune–and its absence in others–leads them to being very comfortable with the idea that everyone other than their fellow very rich can basically go fuck themselves.
And even though they don’t necessarily say that this is fine with them, the monetary and fiscal policies of the right-wing have always fucked the poor and middle class right up the ass.
The genius of the right-wing oligarchy is that they have convinced so many middle-class, and even poor, people to keep voting them into office, even though as soon as they get into office they just economically fuck the vast majority of the people who voted for them right up the ass. They do this by exploiting all sorts of fears: fear of other races, fear of the other sex, fear of other religions, fear of terrorists, fear of immigrants, etc.
Fear is a very powerful motivator, perhaps the single most powerful motivator of human behavior that exists, and the right wing has been exceedingly successful at generating and exploting fear. They use fear as a wedge to keep the vast supermajority of the non-super-wealthy classes from forming an unstoppable political force and kicking the corporate oligarchy and its political toadies (who do, unfortunately, also include a number of Democratic Party politicians) right to the fucking curb, where they belong.
These right-wing shitbag oligarchs have fucked up every single goddamn thing in the entire world they have touched over the last ~40 years, and the idea that we as a nation are anywhere near to electing yet another one of them as President is testament to how amazingly, yet sadly, effective they have been at driving these wedges of fear into our polity.
NO MORE FEAR!!