Thursday, February 23, 2017

Daniel Little — Divided ...

Or to put the point more simply: we are divided politically because we are divided structurally by inequalities of access, property, opportunity, and outcome; and the mechanisms of electoral politics are mobilized to challenge and defend the systems that maintain these inequalities.
Short summary: social, political and economic asymmetry.

Understanding Society
Daniel Little | Chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Professor of Philosophy at UM-Dearborn and Professor of Sociology at UM-Ann Arbor

1 comment:

Dave said...

Interesting article. I see the dynamics at work here as a recognition by the oppressed classes of this country that the modern global capitalist economy needs to be brought to heel, and be forced to serve the interest of the natinon state as opposed to the "globalist new world order." Most people think this can be accomplished by taking control of the state through support of a particular party, and using the states vast powers to make this happen. Problem is, global capitalists are smarter than you think. If you change the rules, they will wait patiently and change them back. Dodd Frank is an example.

From what I understand, Marx saw capitalism as a revolutionary force. All sacred cows, taboos, and cultural mores must inevitably be sacrificed to the dictates of he market. This is what we see happening today, and it will continue regardless of who gets elected. It's the economy stupid. As long as it supports a class of people in luxury and wealth, there will be conflict, and a focus on sacrificing everything to the gods of the market.