In your reply to the letter "A sex offender and his sick dog", what are you talking about holding the middle class responsible for Stokes' troubles? It's true that perverted sexual ideology increases the oppression of the population, as well as making prison slavery more profitable, but the problem is not fundamentally perverted sexual values or even prison slavery but rental slavery. And this is fostered by the ruling class and their professional agents, not some mythical Middle Class.
The current gangster fascism of the Bushites is driving the American people into the ground for solid economic reasons that benefit the owners of corporations and banks. As Al Gore stated among his customary ideological bullshit in The Assault on Reason:
"[Elements of the Bushite] coalition ... are deeply concerned, for example, that government programs to provide health care, housing social insurance, and other financial support will adversely affect work incentives. They are also opposed to the minimum wage, 40 hour week, safety laws, consumer protection ... " Etc. etc.
Because capitalists do not, in general, want ownership slavery where they would have to take care of their slaves, but rental slavery where they can pick a body at random from a beaten down population. Of course if they can obtain super profits from prison labor while the population picks up the enormous bill for housing and feeding prisoners, so much the better.
This is not to the interests of the professional class who provide the technical truth to the ruling class, but they largely identify with this power and so avert their eyes from the horrendous damage and destruction it does to the population.
That is why your truth is so valuable, Joe. Your truth points it out in all its horror and bizarre specificity. And gets people like me at least to look at the consequences to my fellow creatures of this criminal power system.
True, one class owns pretty much the whole country these days and that the rest are left to suck hind tit and pretend we are all members of something called "the middle class." The only real middle class is that thin layer of commissars -- lawyers, teachers, journalists, and other caterers to the empire, those people necessary to manage it and count the beans, dumb down the kids and lock up enough people to keep the privatized gulags in business. These ass suckers are the only people living the "middle class lifestyle," as portrayed in the America Dream advertisements.
These people do not consider themselves affluent or their families particularly elite. Yet their kids, after finishing expensive educations, will eventually take the reins of the administrative class, university deans, government bureaucrats, financial managers, publishing and electronic media people, etc. Then they will continue to stick the ole prickly pear to the other four-fifths of Americans, not to mention the world, without flinching. And they will continue to consider themselves quite ordinary Americans, and expect their children to do even better. Though it is nowhere near the middle demographically, this is the true middle class in America, the only group that meets the criteria we are trained to associate with the term "middle class." In truth they only represent about 20% of the population. The dangerous 20% in my opinion. Not that they ever ask me.
I'm like everyone else in my generation. I was raised on Ozzie and Harriet and the Dick Van Dyke Show. So the image of the middle class American life fried into my cranial wiring by the great hologram burner looks like that. People stashing money in the college fund for the Beav, and never getting tired or dirty at work ... sporting Argyle sweaters and smiling affectionately, asking, "Are you boys ready for a milk shake?" (Ozzie always had time to make a fucking milk shake. Did that guy ever actually go to work?). However, if the middle class is defined as the middle of the middle of Americans, then the real middle class guy or gal is probably driving a car parts delivery truck or clerking at the mall.
Anyway, I'm just et up wif class rage bubba! I can no longer stomach middle class Americans of the commissar caste. I'll blame them for any fucking thing I can think up. Because it is they who enable the great faceless economic machine to grind the piss out of the other four-fifths of the population. They've got theirs and they'll blow whoever they must to keep what they’ve got. The core of this nation’s gutlessness rest with this national bucket of soft little maggots. Because on the whole they are the only class with even modest political power politicians would actually listen to them if the screeched about justice instead of losing 10% on their 401Ks. But they won't. So I lay much of this nation's planetary and societal criminality on this three-quarter million dollar fuck-box crowd.
As you can see, I'm into stereotypes.
Meanwhile, for your sake, we'd best cut off this subversive conversation. Because when Homeland Security comes knocking on my door with the waterboard and buckets and hoses, I'm gonna say: "Don't bother to fill a bucket up for me! I'll name names!"
And now you're on my list. ;-)
In art and labor,