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The Revolt Against the Ruling Class


#1

The Revolt Against the Ruling Class

Robert Reich

“He can’t possibly win the nomination,” is the phrase heard most often when Washington insiders mention either Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders.

Yet as enthusiasm for the bombastic billionaire and the socialist senior continues to build within each party, the political establishment is mystified.

Political insiders don’t see that the biggest political phenomenon in America today is a revolt against the “ruling class” of insiders that have dominated Washington for more than three decades.


#2

Great piece of crap column by former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary, Robert Reich. First he writes that the working class is getting screwed royally since before his time in government. Then, he claims there's nothing that can be done and picks Jeb! Bush and Hillary Clinton as the nominees of their respective parties. Why write the article at all?


#4

There is no ruling class in America; there are only those who work hard and those who don't.

That's what someone told me. I think it was my boss.


#5

The power to change is still in our hand even if our government is not. All the money spent in elections is to "buy" our votes via various marketing ploys to brain wash voters into believing their candidate will "fix" things.

Problem is we keep sending the same problems back to power to do the same things they did before. That will never result in positive change.

While we still have the right to exercise our vote we must stop expecting change from the same people...they WILL disappoint us again and again.

Only one solution is to kick them out this time and again then again if necessary until they realize who they are really working for

wwwDOTyourfuture.us/ Your vote can count if you don't sell it to others.


#7

I think it's a well-written and very fair assessment of precisely what's going on.

Obviously when a writer hits a nerve that this forum's tag team can't handle, they act like angry prosecutors trying to dig up OLD dirt on the individual. This is done to damage their credibility and silence their testimony now.

Similar ruses were used in efforts to discredit Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and any inconvenient whistle blowers and/or truth tellers. It's how the status quo maintains its dominion.


#8

He wrote it for people like yourself who have difficulty understanding complex issues unless they're couched in simple language. Obviously, it wasn't simple enough. Did you even read it, or just skim it and regurgitate your own preconceived notions?


#9

he says that the people that control the USA will not let Bernie be elected; he's not "picking" them. I, too have a hard time visualizing Bernie being allowed to take office. If he's allowed to get through the primaries, and has the potential to win, there will be a media blitz like you've never seen against him (much bigger than the one designed to eliminate Howard Dean) , or rampant voting fraud, or some way to blunt the threat. If he were to get in, he would be stifled by lawsuits, politics and bureaucracy. They're not giving up easily.


#10

I think Reich is seeing close to 20/20. He writes that America has long had a ruling class that the public tolerated and that this elite can still save itself by changing how it rules. That may be, but what people everywhere want is to remove the ruling class, not to reform it. We're starting to accept that no decent person can possess great wealth while others suffer in poverty, nor wield great power except first in service to the people in greatest need, nor forge treaties that preserve just enough of the Earth to serve the affluent. The vast majority of people everywhere are disenfranchised now, but we still believe there is a way back through nonviolent resistance, our combined economic clout, and perhaps through the legitimate remnants of our legal system. It may be that in 2016 we'll see America begin to reclaim moral leadership through the ballot box.


#11

I supported Howard Dean eleven years ago. He was also speaking truth to power and was drawing crowds. We went to a John Kerry event where there were 20 bored people sitting on metal chairs in a curtained off room in a town hall basement; John came in, gave his spiel, took all twelve questions and everyone went home after 30 minutes. The day before we had been at an apple orchard event for Dean with 400 excited, involved people and live music; lasted for hours. Night and day. they saw the threat and vanquished him. Now another Vermonter is back with a similar playbook; in the meantime that many more people have realized what is happening; will not be so easy this time.

But the point is that we should not wait around for one person to save us - . The DeMoulas employee/ customer strike a year ago showed that people can make a difference against the corporatization of America. We have to each be involved somehow in the movement.


#12

Spot on, rivervalley.

Since its formation in 1985 the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) turned the Democratic Party into a billion dollar organization getting 95% of its revenue from Wall Street Banks and their corporate cronies.

No billion dollar organization has ever voluntarily jettisoned 95% of its revenue, which is exactly what will happen to the Party if they nominate O'Malley, Sanders, Warren or anybody else who threatens to limit corporate control of the US government.


#13

when people get that much power there's no persuading them with less than heads on pikes. They will have asked for it. Obviously we haven't wanted to do it, they counted on us being incapable of that. In the end, it's us or them. If we don't put the heads on pikes, it'll be our heads on pikes.


#15

Yes indeed. The mass of people have been screwed for at least 3 decades. Now it's up to the elite whether they want to give up the money for a generation a la FDR, or whether they want a real frikkin' revolution. Let's see if they have any goddamn survival instincts whatsoever. They should be thankful they haven't already been literally mauled in the streets. A testament to their Managed Consent programs manipulating the people .... That illusion is crumbling.


#16

I was essentially going to write the same thing about Clinton era crap. Our overall situation, however, is that the rich are now doing to the middle class what the middle class already did to the poor. Because we've so successfully been divided, pitted against each other by class and race, there isn't a whole lot we can do about it.

As for 2016: Usually, the VP goes on to run for president. VP Joe Biden already planned to launch his campaign by early 2016 (hasn't yet officially declared). Any Dem pol can then challenge him for the nomination, and whoever wins the primaries will go on to run for president on the Dem ticket. At this point, it looks almost certain that Democrats will lose, for reasons liberals twist themselves into pretzels to avoid. Masses of the poor, and those who get why unrelieved poverty is sinking the US, voted for Obama in hopes that he could launch a legit national discussion about our poverty crisis. He raised the issue several times, Dems and libs aren't interested. This year alone, Democrats responded to our poverty crisis by agreeing to virtually end food stamps for the elderly poor and the disabled.


#17

And who do you propose to put in their places?


#18

I agree ... but it's always up to the people. IF we can get our fellows to see through the propaganda, we can get a choice. IF we exercise our choice and they steal our votes, we fight in the streets. If they bring those bullets as a commenter above has said ... well, let's hope it doesn't come to that. They have to be forced to give up the $$, like they did earlier in the 20th century. Do that or accept the consequences ... IF the people enumerate them loudly enough.


#19

They aren't worried. If we had a revolution, who would fight whom? What the rich are doing to the middle class is simply what the middle class already did to the poor. Think about what America did. The US shipped out a huge share of our jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s, and the middle class told the poor to disappear (to put it kindly). Would you expect the masses in poverty to "stand in solidarity" to protect the advantages of a middle class that demand, "No crumbs for the poor"?


#20

Disagree, and I know that Reich knows better. Consider the way middle classers see the very rich today. That's how the poor see the middle class. It is the middle class, not the rich, who demanded that the families of the poor be torn apart, with many left destitute. Our treatment of the poor (including many of the ill and unemployable) today isn't only brutal, but in direct violation of international human rights standards per the UDHR. Liberals have been fine with that.


#22

Wow - Snowden, Manning, Assange and - Reich in the same category, what a bizarre thought .... let's see, the first 3 are whistle blowers being imprisoned or in exile for their "inconvenient whistle blowing" and Reich? Well, apparently his "truth telling" hasn't "inconvenienced" the ruling class all that much ...

As for "fair assessment" - well, Trump ain't part of "the ruling class"? And Bernie, now officially a Dem, ain't part of the political "establishment"? And where do his own sympathies lie? Does he approve of this "revolt"? If so, why isn't he out stumping for Bernie?

When it comes down to who is questioning someone's credibility - I think a look in the mirror might help ...


#23

Well written and succinct - I, too, hope that we will make judicious use of the ballot box, not just to "protest" the economic system but to "protest" the duopoly that has forged it - you want a different system, you need different parties not bought and sold by the "ruling class" - Give the D/Rs their pink slips, fire 'em all - Send the message loud and clear - if you sign on to either party, your credibility is shot ....


#24

Don't be so sure Ray - these corp guys are no fools, they must have some solid reasons to believe that Bernie will toe the line when push comes to shove - he has already said he will support whichever Dem gets the nomination Why else would they allow him, an "avowed" independent, on the party line, and included him in Dem fundraiser communiques. He has been a Dem, albeit in the tradition of guys like Kucinich, for some time, only now making it official ...

His rhetoric is fiery, but i don't think he really "threatens" anybody ...