America is one long saga of class warfare, with the ruling rich exploiting slaves, immigrants and workers at large for their profit and power. The 19th century Industrial revolution, combined with a continent of minerals and resources to be explored and developed created a class of the super rich whose investments made fortunes that persist to this day. The Rockefellers are still prominent in America’s political as well as financial life, trading governorships in several states every generation and playing high stakes money games with the Federal Reserve. Selling out and devoting your fortune to good works is to drop out of the capitalist game, which is why Andy Carnegie is only remembered for his libraries, and not for positive social change.
Indeed, it was Carnegie and his steel mills that set the tone and tactics of the brutal battles of labor for fair wages, care for injured workers and a ban on child labor, all of which made the factories and mills profitable through low labor costs. Faced with Pinkerton gun thugs at the steel mills and murdered in the Colorado Rocky Flats mines, the fighting unionists, (“Big Bill” Heywood, “Mother Jones” and Joe Hill), defined the struggle in the preamble to the Constitution of the Industrial Workers of the World, and they had it about right:
“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people, and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.
“Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system.”
A little ambitious, but a worthy goal, even to this day.
Today, the rich are making their stand on Capitol Hill, demanding that the Bush era tax cuts, largely responsible for the deficit explosion of the first decade of the new century, be extended to them as well as the working poor and the increasing numbers of the former workers in their failing industries. To avoid a 2 percent increase for their sponsors among the millionaire class, Republicans are willing to punish 200 million American workers with a tax increase.
Aesop warned us of dogs in the manger, who cannot eat the grain, but won’t let the livestock eat. He failed to mention the pigs who hog it all, that was left to George Orwell to describe in “Animal Farm” his definitive work on class and society.
Class warfare is real, and the casualties are piling up as the capitalist economics of the west begin to crumble and the rich flee to foreign sanctuary.
“Comes the revolution...”
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.