Marc Andreessen totally favors creating a new serf class

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Credit: Hetemeel.com

Here in Silicon Valley an extreme libertarianism is favored by some ultra-wealthy like Marc Andreessen. He advocates deep-sixing all those stupid humanities classes, lowering wages for his proposed chattel class who won’t need to be bothering their inferior brains with college, and encouraging college grads to get the proper engineering and programming skills so as to better serve his class of overlords who Know What It Best For Them.

Andreessen, who has made hundreds of millions of dollars off the back of his tech investments, says that the phenomenon of “people with a high-school education earning college-level wages” was an “artifact” from the post-WWII era that has not translated well into the 21st century. To build today’s economy, he says, we need to lower the minimum wage, discourage college students from majoring in English and other humanities (which he says will doom them “to a future of shoe sales”), and encourage them to pick science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instead.

The Pentagon should be totally down with the idea of a serf class too. Serfs make make ideal cannon fodder for US military adventurism since they are deliberately kept uneducated and bred to know their place. As for discouraging studying humanities, why that makes perfect sense too if you want a docile work force. Those pesky humanities do foster independent, critical thinking and that’s just what wannabe overlords do not want.

Class war by the rich against the rest of us 2012

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While watching the news from Spain, I wonder what it would be like to live there now during the global depression and ongoing class war. Or Greece. Or Iceland, or Italy, or Portugal, or any other country threatened with what I call “national devaluation.” I would be angry.

Because I’m not an economist but I can smell a scam. I have studied some difficult subjects but I never dared try the dismal science. I am actually proud to have spent a lifetime ignoring the theories of economists. Years ago I thought I just didn’t understand them, but now I’m starting to think economists are intentional liars rather than just confused and confusing observers of the marketplace. Paid shills whose job is to mystify and distract us while the ultra rich steal what little we have left.

We have all heard reams of economic analysis in the last few years, but of course no one would dare say out loud what is really happening. I’m not an economist – I’m a logician. Let me have a try at it.

Read the whole post by my friend Barry Hyman at Independent Voter Network. Yes, there is a class war going on, and the 1% started it. Barry dissects their scam, how the rest of us are expected to pay for their criminality, excess, and incompetence. Austerity must be the order of the day, they squeal, imposing Draconian measures on us while evading the law, buying politicians, and getting governments to send them trillions. A level playing field? I think not.

As the header image for this blog says, ‘They only call it class war when we fight back.” And fight back we must.

Republicans have panties in a twist over class warfare

Obama makes tepid comments pretending to defend the 99% against the 1% and Republicans squeal about how might they lose a class warfare fight. It’s comical, isn’t it?

No doubt Barack Obama would love to reprise Ronald Reagan’s 1984 “Morning in America” reelection campaign, but the anemic economy is not cooperating. Without a robust recovery to trumpet, the president is betting his reelection on class warfare — focusing on “income inequality” and “fairness.” Class warfare is not a winning strategy, but it is the only card Obama has to play.

Goodness, we certainly can’t have any of that crazy fairness or equality stuff, now can we? Plus, a study of history clearly shows that class warfare is sometimes a fine and winning strategy. But then, Republicans only honor revolutionaries after they’ve been dead for a hundred years, if they honor them at all.

That’s the good news for Republicans. The bad news is: Right now, the GOP is blowing it.

Well, of course the GOP is blowing it. They wouldn’t know how to defend the middle class if they tripped over it. Just look at their candidates; Plastic Man, Gasbag, Mr. ‘Let’s Bring Back The Inquisition,” and an anti-war White Nationalist. Is this a clown show or a train wreck? None of them have even vaguely said anything intelligible about trying to end the recession or create jobs.

But then, neither has Obama. He’s in the 1% too. His current modest faux-populism is just a campaign ploy with no substance behind it. But it is instructive that politicians and talking heads now seem genuinely terrified by the thought of class warfare.

Class war coming to the US says George Soros

Billionaire speculator George Soros survived Nazism and Communism and says our current “situation is about as serious and difficult as I’ve experienced in my career.”

At times like these, survival is the most important thing,” he says… He doesn’t just mean it’s time to protect your assets. He means it’s time to stave off disaster. As he sees it, the world faces one of the most dangerous periods of modern history—a period of “evil.” Europe is confronting a descent into chaos and conflict. In America he predicts riots on the streets that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will dramatically curtail civil liberties. The global economic system could even collapse altogether.

One way or another, when thugs rule financial markets and nations, they end up being removed from power. I’m skeptical that a massive crackdown on civil liberties would even work in the US, especially in the American West, where many people are pissed at what’s going on and where there’s a long tradition of mistrust of the federal government.

Occupy Wall Street “is an inchoate, leaderless manifestation of protest,” but it will grow. It has “put on the agenda issues that the institutional left has failed to put on the agenda for a quarter of a century.”

The institutional left has indeed failed to do anything coherent about the ongoing crisis of capitalism they say they waited for decades to happen. The Marxist Left is almost completely AWOL, sitting out the current collapse of capitalism or (as always) writing ponderous academic analyses about how someone (them) needs to lead the poor befuddled working class.

Soros draws on his past to argue that the global economic crisis is as significant, and unpredictable, as the end of communism.

He sees hope in the Arab Spring and other democracy movements. Indeed, they are showing us how to do it, facing far more savagery and repression than here, and doing so with courage.

As the header image for this blog says “They only call it class war when we fight back.” Communism was a failure. Now even Soros says capitalism has failed. No one knows what comes next. “May you live in interesting times” is reputedly an ancient Chinese curse. Our times are far more tumultuous than just being “interesting.”

We didn’t start the class war. Bankster thugs and their corrupted errand boys in DC did.  But there’s so many more of us than them.

Only 17% say U.S. government has consent of the governed

At a shocking 17%, the number of likely voters who believe that the federal government has the consent of those it governs– a principle on which the United States was founded– has reached a new national low, reflecting a widespread and transpartisan discontent with Washington.

We the public know full well that DC lawmakers and the White House pay little attention to the needs of the country at large. We just haven’t quite figured out what to do about it yet. We will, I’ve no doubt about that.

It’s a class thing. Their class against us.