Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dennis Marker — Teaching People to Hate Their Own Govt. Is at the Core of the Project to Destroy the Middle Class

The following is an excerpt from Dennis Marker's new book15 Steps to Corporate Feudalism , published this year. In the text below, Marker shares one of the steps he sees as central to the destruction of the middle class since Ronald Reagan took over.
Your goal for this step is to figure out how to teach the middle class to hate their own government using a strategy that takes into consideration the political climate of the United States of thirty years ago.
Teaching the middle class to hate their government was an essential part of the plan to implement Corporate Feudalism. A middle class cannot exist without a strong government. This is because only a government has the power to stand up to the giant corporations of today’s world, or the powerful individuals and private armies of earlier times. It is the government that enforces the laws to protect the middle class from those who would like to become their economic rulers. That is why prior to the Industrial Revolution and the creation of the middle class all economies were run according to some version of the feudal system. If you want to put an end to the middle class and replace it with a feudal republic, you would need to change people’s perception of their government.
AlterNet
Teaching People to Hate Their Own Govt. Is at the Core of the Project to Destroy the Middle Class
Dennis Marker

13 comments:

Roger Erickson said...

This follows the strategy of "this pond is all fished out ... time to move on."

Where do the robbers imagine going, after the USA is destroyed?

As usual, their train of thought is always still boarding at the getaway station.

Tom Hickey said...

IBG-YBG is the modus operandi du jour. They figure there's enough left to grab for the rest of their lives and let the kids take care of themselves if there is anything left.

Trixie said...
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Matt Franko said...

Agree Trixie,

Too many anarcho-Libertarians in our population these days...

rsp,

Dan Kervick said...

Trixie, you and I are so on the same wavelength..

We really need to get the young generation to get beyond the urge to escape from the government, and develop the drive to become the government.

I hope they are taking some time today to reflect on Neil Armstrong and what he represented in America: a democratic people that actually ventured great things and did them.

Dan Kervick said...

I think Marker is a little off though in marking the beginning of the problem in the Reagan Revolution. People had already started to hate the government because of Vietnam. Watergate added to it. Iraq has dug the whole even deeper.

The anti-democratic imperial drive away from openness and self-government, the emphasis on domination abroad in place of excellence and home, and the unleashing of unregulated US corporate power on a global scale in pursuit of the wealth of the few, all are part of the problem.

We need a cultural and political revolution to reestablish democratic government and build social solidarity, equality and national capability.

Tom Hickey said...

I think you are correct about that, Dan. Nixon's imperial presidency pretensions really pissed a lot of people off and his unilateral action in expanding an unpopular war really set things off. It was the bombing of Cambodia that sparked the uprising that shut down the universities across the country. This is when the anti-war and anti-government movement really got traction.

Trixie said...
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Matt Franko said...

maybe the left Tom, I think reagan started it with the right... looks like the goal of the operation included getting both legacy political sides to distrust/dislike "government"... rsp,

Tom Hickey said...

Goldwater with the right?

BfO said...

I know! You would have to be brainwashed to think that a government that wants to slash SS and Medicare and give tax cuts for the rich is acting in the average American's best interests. Comedian Bill Maher said that the Teabaggers are the 1%'s useful idiots, and he's right. They pick on less educated Americans, often from rural areas and who are devout Christians, because they are so much easier to manipulate. They don't have an education in science or economics, nor even a culture that values education, and don't realise how ridiculous the GOP's lies are. They are impervious to basic facts, such as that it was Bush who ran up the national debt, and who was in charge when the housing bubble happened. Honestly, this is straight out of a dystopian sci-fi novel

Ryan Harris said...

What a silly exercise! As if anyone or any group should be suspicious of and distrust the government! It is laughable.

Government always looks out for the public interest and produces regulations that maximize benefits to society as a whole whether using conservative or progressive value sets.

With corporations, there is no question about their narrow interests, they want to sell and make money. Thats it.

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