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Class Warfare

Susan Patton and the Divorce Class War

Amira Young | Posted 06.09.2013 | Divorce
Amira Young

Susan Patton set up a class war with her piece: Princeton graduates vs. the rest of the world. In truth, the class war in divorce and marriage isn't in the university you attend. It's in the company you keep and where you want to go in your life.

Continuing the Class Discussion

Walker Bristol | Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion
Walker Bristol

In the wake of my piece last week, "The New Atheist Movement Should Care About Poverty," a variety of commentators -- some a part of the movement, some unaffiliated atheists and agnostics, some religious -- have weighed in. Naturally, I wanted to keep the discussion going.

Digital Exclusion in the Chicago Public Schools

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.03.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Technology is great when it is used to connect people, but can be detrimental when used for its own sake. It's even more dangerous when it is used to exclude people who already feel ignored.

Of Longshoremen, Investment Bankers and Class Warfare

David Macaray | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
David Macaray

So if money is continuing to gravitate toward businesses, not only in generous amounts, but in record amounts, why are we opposed to the middle-class sharing in that largess? Aren't working folks, as much as Corporate America, entitled to a larger slice of the pie?

The Enduring Radicalism of Les Miserables

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Nathan Newman

The real measure of the radicalism of Les Miserables is not in the character of the heroes or the evils visited upon them, but in that of the movie's villain, Inspector Javert. 

Austerity and the Consolidation of Elite Power

Aaron Pacitti | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Aaron Pacitti

Economic policymakers in Europe and the United States argue that slashing government budget deficits will spur economic growth, even in the midst of a global slump.

Postal: It's Not (Really) About the Guns

Daniel Luzer | Posted 02.22.2013 | Crime
Daniel Luzer

Much like slave rebellions, mass shootings aren't rational acts, but personal mutinies against a society that doesn't make sense, a culture in which people feel alienated and alone.

A Final Word on 2012: Class Warfare Won

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Amid the flood of analysis about the 2012 election, too little attention has been paid to what may be its most obvious aspect. This was one of the first class warfare elections of the new Gilded Age -- and the middle class won big.

The Economics of Scraps: Why I May Vote for Mitt Romney (No, Seriously!)

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
David J. Dunn, PhD

Often, only a major crisis can make us abandon one set of beliefs and take up another. So maybe the only way to move past the economics of scraps is to make a full return to it, letting it lead us back to the precipice of 2008, and to step off into a new Great Depression.

Jason Cherkis

Paul Ryan: 'We Should Not Shy Away From Class Warfare' | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have long accused President Barack Obama of engaging in class warfare, citing his effort to scale back the Bush tax cuts for...

Barack Obama on White Privilege: And Why Progressives Need to Listen

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.01.2012 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

Berating the resentful among the white working class for their bigotry would, without question, lead any of them who were listening to stop, and to dismiss the speaker as someone who just doesn't get them.

In Video Veritas

Aemilia Scott | Posted 11.24.2012 | Comedy
Aemilia Scott

There is this myth of rugged individualism that comes from our nation's founding, except when our nation was founded it was made up of 99 percent poor, illiterate, desperate peasants, and one percent Founding Fathers.

Uber-Rich Porn

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 11.24.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

An emerging global elite is increasingly intent on amassing more than ever while writing the rules to ensure they hang on to as much as they can. This is the fundamental takeaway from Chrystia Freeland's important new book, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.

Feint Praise

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

When the plutocrats and their minions abuse the average citizen, it is called "oppression." When the oppressed presumed to assert their rights as citizens, the Republicans call it "class warfare." We call it justice ... or, the American way. No feints in that.

Mitt Romney Does Not Have the Right to Dismiss Us

Moby | Posted 11.23.2012 | Politics

We are not an 'entitled' class, we are not 'dependent upon the federal government' and we do not consider ourselves 'victims.' We are the hundreds of millions of Americans who had the misfortune of not being born to millionaire parents.

Take a Load for Free: Those Lucky 47s

Gavin Shulman | Posted 11.21.2012 | Comedy
Gavin Shulman

Forty-seven percent of this country doesn't pay income tax? Man, their lives must be awesome. Just imagine the amazing vacations and fabulous houses they're able to afford with all that money they save from being below the limit of qualifying for income tax.

Servile Before The Throne Of Mammon

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Mitt, you want to be president, but you have chosen to wage class war on America's voiceless and most vulnerable. Your behavior is shameless and disgraceful and in no way worthy of a great nation.

The Rich Live Different Lives From the Rest of Us

George Heymont | Posted 11.10.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Starring Freida Pinto as a poor, young Indian woman working at a hotel whose physical beauty catches the eye of the spoiled, wealthy son of an Indian businessman, Trishna rests on a painful foundation of rigid caste distinctions, male privilege, and the limited opportunities.

They Live Redux

Glen Martin | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Glen Martin

We must stop fighting each other and recognize where our true interests lie -- and it is naïve to think they lie with Romney.

Shopping for Your Hate: Election 2012

David Beem | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
David Beem

The part of the class warfare crisis that should alarm us all is the sure knowledge of what happens when you corner a desperate person who only wants to live.

Michael McAuliff

Billionaires Are Economy's Michael Jordans, Says GOP Senator | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama should stop talking about the middle class because it turns people against rich Americans, who should be embraced...

Jason Linkins

Health Care Reform Reshuffles The Presidential Race | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics

Your Speculatroners knew that we'd be leading off our wrap-up of this week in the 2012 campaign with a discussion of the Supreme Court's ruling on hea...

I Am Sick of Class Warfare

Randy Turner | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Randy Turner

The cold day in hell has arrived. If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever agree with Congressman Paul Ryan about anything, you would have eith...

Election 2012, Iranian Style

Jess Coleman | Posted 07.14.2012 | Teen
Jess Coleman

Historically, only about half the nation votes for the president every four years. That reality makes equal representation a far-fetched goal: How can everyone be represented when only half of us vote?

America: Home of the Bewildered Serf and Land of the Feudal Lords.

Dave Pederson | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Dave Pederson

Two news items popped this week that highlight the ever-growing Neo-Feudalism that has become our new economy. First, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) filed ...