The Myth of Class Warfare

By Alberto Pupo

Class Warfare! This seems to be the primary concern on the minds of the Tea Party and the Ultra Rich. Clearly they are disturbed by the swelling protests that are happening now all around the country. What began has anger and frustration in Manhattan, has spread throughout the country. Where there was no coverage, now this has become the hot topic of debate. Where no leaders spoke on the situation, even the President of the United States has to come to grips with reality. The people are angry at the Financial system, Capitalism’s darkest nature is being challenged flatly. The people of the United States have realized that unregulated and unchecked Capitalism leads to disaster. Ignoring the will of the majority of the people is also leading to disaster. Yet the other side who finally spoke can only summon the concept class warfare. Through use of this smoke and mirrors concept they are simply obfuscating the reality of the situation.

It is a an irony to watch Paul Ryan rail against the protesters. A man who’s Tea Party philosophy claims to support a grass roots movement. Paul Ryan in trying to keep anti establishment credibility claims he is against government but does not support class warfare. What is this class warfare these politicians speak of? Newt Gingrich, and brand new GOP front runner Herman Cain are also speaking against the People’s Movement, claiming it is nothing more than mere examples of class warfare. The same concept continues to prop up. These are the very same individuals who supported Tea Party rallies against the government, who claim that the Tea Party was a people’s movement. Obviously because of their reaction to this protest the Tea Party contingent has been exposed for faux grass roots charlatans they truly are. Once again it has become clear the Tea Party is not a movement derived from the people, but a faux grass roots movement created by Billionaires and Wall St, to try to deliver the illusion of democracy. In essence Tea Party is exactly who the protesters are trying to fight. These are the defenders of a Capitalism gone astray, these are the defenders of the wealthy Corporate Fascists, who have taken over our government and hijacked our Constitution.

The Occupy protests with all its apparent demands are cohesive in one central unifying theme. (no not class warfare). The theme is simple we need a separation from Corporation and State. For too long these engines of Fascism have become our government. Our laws are being written by highly paid lobbyist who simple aim is to create laws that benefit their corporate interest. The problem is not government corruption. The problem is removing the parasites of corporate America who are leeching off government. A democratic form of government is when the will of the people is done, not the will of a minority of private interests hiding behind the legal instrument of the corporation. These Tea Party leaders are dead wrong this is not an issue of class warfare, This is a battle against an economic system that has been hijacked, this is a battle against Fascism.

3 thoughts on “The Myth of Class Warfare

  1. The ubiquitous class structure labels (lower, middle, upper) are losing their usefulness (especially considering the incredible shrinking middle class) for helping us understand our economic differences and conflicts. I suggest we try these class categories: Dependent, Working, Rich, Crazy Rich. Right now the Crazy Rich are causing a lot of damage to our economy. I explain further at

  2. You are working for the 99%, but most of the 99% don’t recognize it, because their minds are too fed by the corporate media machine.

    One tactic that might help is to put more visible emphasis on the messages that will resonate with people who share your perception of corporate greed, but who value civil order and get scared that the Occupy movement will destroy their security.

    The one above about “Separation of Corporation and State” is a great one. It recognizes that there is a valuable place for corporations (who after all brought us personal computers, smart phones, Google, Facebook, blog sites, Photoshop, and all the other tools of this digital age), and a valuable place for government (who after all are needed if we are to provide for publicly funded education, health care, etc.), but that the two must be separate.

    Other good slogans to emphasize are “Government of the People, By the People, and For the People, not Government of the Banks, By the Banks, and For the Banks”.

    We can also reclaim “Taxation without Representation”, by publicizing lists of corporations who paid zero taxes or got subsidies, captioned by “What do the corporations have? Representation without Taxation.” Pair this with lists of corporation expenditures on campaign funding, and lobbyists, captioned by “What do the people have? Taxation without Representation”.

    Most of the 99% are blinded by fear that the Occupy movement is chaotic and anarchic. They want economic justice and a functional, responsive government, but they don’t want societal disarray. Reach their hearts and minds by emphasizing your continuity with the dreams of our nation’s founders. If this emphasis is prominent enough, it will be harder for the reactionary forces of the corporate elite to spin Occupy as a mob gone wild.

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