Marx was half right. Unfettered capitalism has promoted class polarization in the US. But it's far from inevitable that this will produce class conflict, revolution, and a new social order. American workers are too weak and disorganized.
As long as it does not result in violence, as it did with Representative Giffords, I would rather have free speech and some degree of polarized politics than be fighting on the streets for a basic right that some of us might take for granted.
CNN may go back to its old ways in order to survive in an era of polarized politics. Bringing on Governor Eliot may just be what begins to bring them back, just as this show will likely bring Governor Eliot Spitzer back too.
Religion has become the art of fancy proof texting, liberal or conservative politics in drag, adding little or no value to the public discourse, hardening people's preexisting political beliefs and fueling their sense of outrage against anyone with whom they disagree.
The CEO of the average company in the S&P Index makes $10.5 million. That means that on the first workday of the year, he (sometimes she) has made more than the minimum wage workers in his company will make all year.