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What if they held a class war and nobody noticed? For decades, liberals and progressives have been bashed for conducting a "class war" every time they suggest that it would be appropriate for the extremely wealthy to shoulder a bit more of the burden of paying for government. Meanwhile, a swarm of far-right think-tanks and political action committees have been working tirelessly to promote the idea that taxes on the wealthy should be lowered further from their historic lows, and that entitlement programs such as social security and medicare are too expensive to sustain (and in any case, immoral). The latest attempts to delegitimize public employee unions are the logical next step in what genuinely appears to be the systematic dismantlement of the middle class. This blog will highlight some of the more extreme examples of this activity that may not always show up in your news feeds.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Media Complicity, Part 34917

The effort to disenfranchise voters (at least, the "wrong" kind of voters) has accelerated across the U.S.  In a functioning democracy with an engaged news media, this would be news.  The fact that is is not being reported should not surprise anyone who has been watching the mainstream media abdicate any sort of truth-telling role over the last 30 years.  They have cast their lot with an out-of-control gang of demagogues and plutocrats, and should be viewed as part of that team by anyone who cares about the country.

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