For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
We live at a time when the growing catastrophes that face Americans and the rest of the globe are increasingly matched by the accumulation of power by the rich and financial elite. Their fear of democracy is now strengthened by the financial, political and corporate elite’s intensive efforts to normalize their own power and silence those who hold them accountable. For many, we live in a time of utter despair. But resistance is not only possible, it may be more necessary now than at any other time in America’s past,
==Because We Say So (City Lights Open Media) (Chomsky, Noam)
Members of the Ruling Class are not motivated as much by money as by power and prestige, and so they believe that others are the same. They seek jobs that are “fulfilling” and that have an exciting “career path” but might pay less than other jobs. So they ascribe similar motives to others.
The long-term Ruling Class strategy: expand the government and its reach and then limit the decision-making power of those elected by the people.
In 2008, the year of the deepest recession in three-quarters of a century, 13.2 percent of Americans were living in poverty. In 2014, after five years of economic expansion, the poverty rate had risen to 14.8 percent, an increase of 6.8 million people. Even with the help of an improving economic picture, extra spending to combat poverty was still ineffective.
Most progressive voters actually believe Ruling Class politicians when they promise to fight inequality. They shouldn’t: the facts simply don’t support the claims. If anything, inequality increases fastest under those presidents who campaigned on caring the most. So believing yet another politician about inequality is like a fourth marriage: the triumph of hope over experience.
Ruling Class progressives count on “hope” and not on facts; if they reported the facts on their performance, they would never win an election. In this, they are no different from the high priest of old saying, “We need more human sacrifices,” after the crops failed. It is simply a way of hiding their failure by creating a hope that things will work out better the next time.
In 1968, the year that Nixon was first elected, government transfer payments totaled $53 billion, or 7.2 percent of total personal income. By 2014, transfer payments had climbed to $2.5 trillion and composed 16.9 percent of personal income—a nearly 10-point gain. Imagine: in the name of reducing inequality, the government was taking more than a sixth of all the income that people earned, and yet inequality was still rising!
Accounting for inflation, transfer payments rose by 691 percent over these forty-six years, growing 2.8 times as fast as overall income (figure 1). In 2014, our government spent $1.45 trillion dollars more on transfer payments than it would have if transfer payments composed the same share of personal income as in 1968. There are about forty-seven million people living in poverty, so if the government divided that extra $1.45 trillion among the impoverished, each person would get $30,000. A single mother of two would receive a check for $90,000! The amazingly disgraceful tragedy is that despite moving around all this money, America still has forty-seven million people in poverty!
The profits retained by all American corporations to grow their businesses amounted to $699 billion in 2014, hardly more than a quarter as much as transfer payments.4 Also in 2014, interest and dividends paid to each US household for all of their saving and investing totaled $2.2 trillion—still not as much as transfers. Spending on America’s entire national defense that year came to $748 billion, or one-third as much as transfer payments. For every dollar paid in wages to America’s 144 million private sector workers, 38 cents were given out as transfers.
The greatest tragedy is that we are nowhere close to abolishing poverty here in the United States despite all of the effort and resources expended. Incredibly, the progressive Ruling Class continue to try to convince us to give them more money to redistribute!
Under President Obama, transfer payments increased by $560 billion, basically moving the total from less than $2 trillion to $2.5 trillion. In 2008, the year before he took office, private sector wages and salaries were $5.4 trillion; these rose by $1.1 trillion by Obama’s seventh year in office. That means that for every dollar in increased wages to private sector workers, there were 51 extra cents paid in transfer payments. So the rate at which transfer payments were outpacing wage growth was accelerating.
==Conspiracies of the Ruling Class: How to Break Their Grip Forever (Lindsey, Lawrence B.)
There is, first, the U.S. branch of the globalist superelite (my term for them), housed in entities ranging from the Trilateral Commission to Goldman Sachs to the Federal Reserve, and their bought-and-paid-for political subclass with all its functionaries. This class includes GOP corporate donors who threw millions down the Jeb Bush rathole as well as those who have donated millions more to Hillary Clinton. Their original goal for Election 2016 was another Bush vs. Clinton non-event! One may thank the good Lord we were spared that particular cure for insomnia!
Second is the politically correct (PC) crowd: Black Lives Matter militants, radical feminists as well as large numbers of single career women influenced by them (a-woman-needs-a-man-like-a-fish-needs-a-bicycle types), homosexuals, secular Jews, at least some Muslims (when not throwing homosexuals off tall buildings in their own countries, that is), illegal immigrants, academic leftists, and those in government aligned with the so-called progressive mindset.
Finally, there is the increasingly self-aware white working class and former middle class. They don’t always have their t’s crossed and the i’s dotted, and are routinely dismissed as “uneducated.” But with information now available on the Internet to compare with the song and dance they get from government, corporate media, academia, etc., about the economy, race, and much else, they can see that what they are told does not fit reality. They conclude that they have been lied to and screwed up one side and down the other for at least the past quarter century.
Small wonder they are angry! And although millennials have come up more recently, I would reluctantly place many of them in this group, to the extent they’ve been taken advantage of by unscrupulous university student loan officers and lied to about their income prospects.