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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.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fifty Years Ago...

...Kurt Vonnegut nailed it:

"Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America.  Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created.  Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage.  And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enomously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed.  Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun."

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965)

(h/t Avedon)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Time to Reevaluate My Apple Loyalty?

The only computers I have ever owned have been Macintoshes.  My family owns four iPhones and two iPads.  I rationalize this based on the satisfaction that I get using electronics that work the way they are supposed to, with pleasing, intuitive user interfaces.  Then there's the whole Steve Jobs cult of personality thing that I may be buying into subconsciously.

Anyway, Apple the corporation has some issues, such as its reliance on Chinese facilities employing questionable labour practices.  This latest story about excluding convicted felons from their worksites seems gratuitously harsh, and causes me to wonder if it's time to consider other products.

(h/t Erik Loomis at LGM)