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The Crass Warfare of Billionaires Against Sanders and Warren

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For many decades, any politician daring to fight for economic justice was liable to be denounced for engaging in "class warfare." It was always a grimly laughable accusation, coming from wealthy elites as well as their functionaries in corporate media and elective office. In the real world, class warfare -- or whatever you want to call it -- has always been an economic and political reality.

In recent decades, class war in the USA has become increasingly lopsided. The steady decline in union membership, the worsening of income inequality and the hollowing out of the public sector have been some results of ongoing assaults on social decency and countless human lives. Corporate power has run amuck.

Now, the billionaire class is worried. For the first time in memory, there's a real chance that the next president could threaten the very existence of billionaires -- or at least significantly reduce their unconscionable rate of wealth accumulation -- in a country and on a planet with so much human misery due to extreme economic disparities.

In early fall, when Bernie Sanders said "I don't think that billionaires should exist," many billionaires heard an existential threat. It was hardly a one-off comment; the Bernie 2020 campaign followed up with national distribution of a bumper sticker saying "Billionaires should not exist."

When Elizabeth Warren stands on a debate stage and argues for a targeted marginal tax on the astronomically rich, such advocacy is anathema to those who believe that the only legitimate class war is the kind waged from the top down. In early autumn, CNBC reported that "Democratic donors on Wall Street and in big business are preparing to sit out the presidential campaign fundraising cycle -- or even back President Donald Trump -- if Sen. Elizabeth Warren wins the party's nomination."

As for Bernie Sanders -- less than four years after he carried every county in West Virginia against Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary -- the state's Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin flatly declared last week that if Sanders wins the nomination, he would not vote for his party's nominee against Trump in November 2020.

Some billionaires support Trump and some don't. But few billionaires have a good word to say about Sanders or Warren. And the pattern of billionaires backing their Democratic rivals is illuminating.

"Dozens of American billionaires have pulled out their checkbooks to support candidates engaged in a wide-open battle for the Democratic presidential nomination," Forbes reported this summer. The dollar total of those donations given directly to a campaign (which federal law limits to $2,800 each) is less significant than the sentiment they reflect. And people with huge wealth are able to dump hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars at once into a Super PAC, which grassroots-parched AstroTurf candidate Joe Biden greenlighted last month.

 

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If responsible Capitalism was practiced, then CEO's would make no more than 10 times the least paid worker received. Profit sharing, health insurance, pension and other benefits would be offered and resource extraction/production would be focused on carbon neutral operations.


Instead, the practice of Capitalist exploitation of all for the benefit for the few who possess more than half the world's wealth, has the planet and its inhabitants struggling to survive on the finite remaining resources. How does one claim to practice a religious dogma while their fellow human is forced to endure the squalor many of these conglomerates operate under to maximize ROI.


How does a DOD worker shuffle paper day-in-and-out with kill ratios, as their desk is covered in photographs of family? Video games, music and other entertainment glorify the death and destruction, as a means to desensitize the public from the increasing Police State that is slowly forcing its way upon us. Advertisements encourage the public to interact and accept the AI and 5G technologies to make you life more convenient, the public not aware of the crowd control and depopulation agendas they are intended for.


The billionaire class continue to enslave and promote the depopulation policy, with the vaccines they distribute through their non-profits in developing nations and promotion of "free" flu vaccines in the west. RFID is touted as a means to simplify life, like the cell-phone has done; both being tracking devices, voice/video recorders and social media the means to gather this info freely. The surveillance system western companies are so eagerly developing for the CCP will be exported around the world once its tweeked of bugs; the PRC being the test location.


I don't expect the system to change until its too late for humanity.

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Stan, Your comments are so incisive and well-articulated, it's clear you know exactly what's going on re: the fate of humanity.

Time for you to write a gutsy article.

Can't remember where I saw it, but apparently after Bill Gates' 3rd world polio vaccine campaign, over 47,000 new cases of polio erupted in India. Screw billionaire philanthropy!

This is not their warfare against Sanders and Warren; it's a war against all of us.

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One must be reminded Bill Gates is not only wealthy he is a member of the Group that sits atop of the Deep State food chain, calling the shots from above. This group has a goal (See #9) of reducing the World's population by 3 billion people by 2050.

Gates has commented that 10-15 percent of this could be obtained through vaccines. (I had this from YouTube, but it has since been scrubbed) where he referred to us peons as "useless eaters". Bill Gates, in reality, is nothing more than a mass murderer using his dollars to have others commit the crime of murder.

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