Class inequality is the twenty-first century moral equivalent of the 19th century's chattel slavery. The old master slave-owning class is now the billionaire class--a plutocracy that rules over the people of the United States no less anti-democratically than the masters ruled over the slaves. Even the oh-so-careful-what-they-say academics with their huge data sets and sophisticated statistical methods of analysis come to the conclusion that we live under the undemocratic rule of the rich, not in anything remotely deserving to be called a "representative democracy." Ordinary people know we live in a dictatorship of the rich; the evidence is everywhere.
The old slave-owners had to treat the slaves like dirt to make sure they knew their place in society. Likewise, the billionaire class treats ordinary people like dirt for the same reason. This is why:
As Bad As the Above Is, Class Inequality Does Something Even WORSE to People
The upper class demeans working class people not just materially but also mentally just as the slave-owners demeaned the slaves by denying even their human intelligence. Here is a striking example.
The Boston Globe newspaper recently switched to a new company to deliver its papers and the result was a catastrophe of Biblical proportions, forcing the owner of the Globe to publish an abject apology, requiring the paper to hire 100 people just to handle (barely) all of the phone calls of outraged subscribers who were not getting their paper delivered at all, never mind on time, and forcing the owner to ask Globe reporters and columnists to help deliver the paper (i.e., use their car to drive to unfamiliar neighborhoods throughout Massachusetts with stacks of papers to throw out the window.) It was a continuing weeks long disaster. Thousands of subscribers were cancelling every day. What is the significance of this?
One of the main reasons for abolishing class inequality is to abolish the treatment of ordinary people like dirt, which--and this is perhaps the worst thing about treating people like dirt--entails treating them like idiots and ignoramuses.
So How Come Progressive Organizations Don't Advocate the Abolition of Class Inequality?
Most progressives would LOVE to see class inequality abolished. In this regard, progressives are the same as all ordinary people. This video shows 68 interviews with random people on the streets of Boston (no cherry picking!) saying if they think it would be a good idea or a bad idea to abolish class inequality. Specifically, they are asked if they think the message ("Let's remove the rich from power, have real--not fake--democracy with no rich and no poor") on a button they are shown is a good or a bad idea. Ninety-one percent say it was a good (in some cases "a great!") idea.
When the author last July went to a pro-Trump rally in Boston organized by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Rifle Association and asked 50 random people at the rally (most of whom were wearing Trump caps or an NRA article of clothing or sporting an American flag, and most of whom were from western rural Massachusetts and all of whom were white) the same question about the same button, 43 (86%) said they loved the button and several pinned it on themselves right on the spot; all of them gladly took a button when I offered them one. Four people (8%) were verbally quite hostile to the button and three (6%) said they didn't know what they thought.
So why don't progressive organizations advocate removing the rich from power to have real--not fake--democracy with no rich and no poor (a.k.a. egalitarian revolution, i.e., the abolition of class inequality)?
The reason is simple. Like most people, progressives believe the ruling class's #1 Big Lie. The Big Lie is this:
This is why the rank-and-file members of progressive organizations, despite personally wanting very much to abolish class inequality, never demand that their progressive organization's leadership advocate it. They actually think it is best NOT to call for abolishing class inequality, because they believe the ruling class's Big Lie.
Why do so many people believe this Big Lie? Again, the answer is simple. People form their opinion about what hundreds of millions of strangers--the general public--think and want from how ordinary people are portrayed in the mass and alternative media. The ruling class controls both the mass and alternative media and makes sure that ordinary people are NEVER portrayed in this media as having an egalitarian revolutionary aspiration, even though the vast majority do have such an aspiration.
Thus, when the author and several others separately used the Democracy Now! website's "suggestion" box to suggest that it interview random people across the nation about how they felt about removing the rich from power to have real--not fake--democracy with no rich and no poor (and we included a link to the video mentioned above showing how we did this), Democracy Now! did not even reply. We pointed out that Democracy Now!'s listeners would be very interested in hearing how people responded to this question, but Democracy Now! clearly did not care.
Why, you may ask, doesn't somebody just hire a polling company to find out what the general public thinks about abolishing class inequality. Here's why not. The author contacted the Gallup Poll company division of Gallup, Inc. recently to pay for a national poll of all United States residents (not just registered voters) asking people's opinion about removing the rich from power to have real--not fake--democracy with no rich and no poor. I spoke to Gallup representatives on two occasions by telephone. They were very friendly, said they could do what I wanted, and seemed pleased to take my money. But as soon as they heard what the exact questions were that I wanted in the poll, they said they would not do it. Other polling companies informed me they could only poll registered voters or people online, which is not suitable in this context.
Like virtually all progressive organizations large enough to have a paid staff, Democracy Now! gets money from Big Money and its leaders know that it would lose funding if it called for abolishing class inequality. For the rank-and-file of a progressive organization to make their organization advocate abolishing class inequality would require a struggle. But they don't even attempt it because they believe the Big Lie.
Dear reader, do you too believe the Big Lie? Would you like to do an experiment to see for yourself if it is true or not? It's easy. Go here to see how. And if, dear reader, you fear that abolishing class inequality would mean making things worse, like Communism, then please go here and here and here to read about how egalitarianism is totally different from Communism and is FAR better.
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