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If Fighting for the Majority Is "Radical," Call Me Radical

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An extremist Web site called WorldNetDaily says that the Campaign For America's Future, where I am a Senior Fellow, is "radical." They're worked up about our Wage Class War Web site, which documents 2012's successful class-based political campaigns and promotes this winning strategy in future elections.

In the hallucinogenic haze that is today's far right, apparently it's "radical" to promote ideas and policies supported by most American voters -- including, in many cases, most Republicans.

Agreeing with Republican voters isn't really radical, of course. So who, exactly, thinks "Wage Class War" is unreasonable?

Conspiracy Central

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WorldNetDaily is a leading source for those tinfoil-hat "birther" theories about President Obama. It also says that he's "fomenting civil unrest" so that he can implement "martial law." Founder Joseph Farah thinks Americans are approaching the same apocalyptic fate as the ancient Israelites who were "destroyed by God," adding that we're in "full apostasy boogie." (That must be something like Janis Joplin's "Full Tilt Boogie" -- but with lousier music.)

Still, there's a method to the Daily's madness. When it published a piece claiming that Social Security promotes homosexuality and wages war on the family, for example, it was executing a strategy other right-wingers have accurately (and approvingly) described as "Leninist." The same is true of its attacks on public schools, which it calls "brainwashing hubs."

It's tempting to write them off as kooks, but they have lots of readers. No wonder so many Americans think Obama's a Muslim. A Daily contributor says he has a "secret Muslim ring" that he uses to signal his Jihadist pals.

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They're the comic-book ravings of well-funded -- and surprisingly influential -- extremists.

Don't You Know There's a War On?

The lead paragraph in the Daily's piece says the Campaign For America's Future (CAF) is a "radical think tank" whose new site is "urging politicians and activists to wage class warfare while hailing what it calls a new era in politics -- the use of class warfare to win elections."

I don't know where the writer gets some of his weirder conspiratorial ideas, but I do know this: a class war has been raging for decades, and it wasn't the American majority who started it. But it's on. That war is an all-out economic assault on anyone who isn't at the very pinnacle of wealth, power, and privilege.

That war's been remarkably successful, too. The US now has more economic inequality than most developed nations -- even more than Egypt -- as the wealthiest among us have seized an ever-growing share of our national income. A CBO study shows that the wealthiest 1 percent of households increased their share of our national income from 20 percent in 1979 to 40 percent in 2007. And after 2008's financial crisis, the wealthy enjoyed all the economic growth that followed.

A ll of it.

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The American majority didn't start this class war. But we deserve to win it.

Winning the War

And make no mistake: The "class war" argument is a winning one. This year's election proves it. So do the polls. Our own polling shows that voters overwhelmingly reject the WorldNetDaily/John Boehner agenda.

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