This past weekend, 30+ comrades and I rallied in Beverly Hills

Well, boys will be boys, I suppose.

Only once the super-rich are thoroughly demonized can we hope to mobilize the political will to aggressively curtail their power and redistribute their wealth.

“Redistribute” is such a nicer word than “steal”, isn’t it?

A time when racist, classist, neoliberal ideas were absolutely hegemonic ..

Pfft. The 90’s, when compared to the other post-WW2 decades, were basically devoid of racism.

Bill Clinton thought it politically strategic and necessary (and maybe good public policy) to end welfare in 1996

Of course, he didn’t really “end” welfare, did he?

Conservatives had succeeded in creating a common-sense that blamed poor non-whites for poverty and crime…

Well, no. We blame criminals for crime. Poverty is much more complicated. But it’s easier just to create straw men of other people’s views than actually discuss them, eh?

, and sadistically put forward warped notions of personal discipline and responsibility as the remedies. Public policy eventually followed.

Yea. Because personal discipline and responsibility are such nasty personal characteristics.

So ignore the squeamish friends and family who warn that this class-war rhetoric will turn away potential allies. The time for win-win solutions is long past. Aggressive redistribution is so clearly necessary for real, substantive change.

Well, that’s pretty much the same reasoning the Nazis used.

But that will never come unless we on the left make common-sense our understanding of the billionaires as the enemy. Protests in rich neighborhoods is but one strategy for doing so.

I’m not super rich, but if I was, and there was a load of college-educated indigents walking around my neighborhood with signs, I’d just spend more time in Monaco on my yacht. That’s where I’d keep all my money, anyway.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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