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BEWARE THE MIDDLE GROUND

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(Rosenthal provides a social definition of class in POWER and Powerlessness, Chapter 13. “Decide Which Side You’re On.”)

Compromise Always Favors Those Who Have More Power

In The Cancer Stage of Capitalism, John McMurtry compares capitalism to a cancer that threatens the human species. Like a cancer, capitalism seeks to expand regardless of what it destroys. McMurtry concludes that, like a person suffering from cancer, humanity must unite to repel the disease. Here the metaphor breaks down. A person with cancer has one goal — to defeat the illness. In contrast, humanity is split into classes with conflicting goals. As the cancer of capitalism grows, the capitalist class grows richer and more powerful. From the perspective of the working class, the capitalist class is the cancer because it imposes its sick rules on society. The middle refuses to admit that the conflict between the other two classes is irreconcilable. Middle-class appeals for unity disarm the working class — the only force that can cure the cancer of capitalism.

The capitalist class has no problem supporting appeals for peace and unity that do not challenge its power. In 1999, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a Declaration “to promote and strengthen a culture of peace in the new millennium.” In 2000, the UN launched the International Year for the Culture of Peace, and the following ten years were declared the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World. While the UN talks peace, it wages war. For the past 70 years, the UN has provided a humanitarian cover for the military aggression of the world’s most powerful nations. During the 1990’s, the UN imposed an economic embargo on Iraq that resulted in the deaths of more than half-a-million children. In 2004, UN forces helped to crush the democratically-elected government of Haiti and establish a murderous military dictatorship. The UN message of peace works like a drug to dull the pain of imperialism. Soothing phrases about peace seduce people into supporting a system addicted to war. There can be no peace without justice. As long as the capitalist class wages war on the working class, asking people to cultivate peace in their hearts is asking them to accept exploitation and oppression....

Click the link below to continue reading this rich, comprehensive and graphic-laden analysis of the unwitting complicity of the middle class, liberals and deeply divided working class in the crimes of capitalism (and a primer on how those of us qualifying as members of one or more of these groups can end our abetment):

http://www.bestcyrano.org/THOMASPAINE/?p=446

 

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