CODE WORD FOR CLASS WAR
As the gap between rich and poor widens, with consequent
disappearance of the middle class, the name of the game grows
clearer. Now we can see the circa 1980s "getting tough on crime"
as code for "keeping the poor under control." Keeping the poor
"under control" covertly means "preventing them from organizing
to wrest material wealth from you, the middle class."
But now, with over 1 million of the poor "under control" here in
the United States, it is found that the cost of doing so in
itself takes money from the pockets of the disappearing middle
So the next big push may be to reduce the cost of keeping the
poor imprisoned, with possible code words "don't 'mollycoddle'
criminals." Or look for "privatization" promoted as the way to
reduce loss of wealth from those who pay to keep a portion of the
have nots "under control."
(Another code word has been "welfare reform," with some appeal to
a declining middle class anxious to hang onto what little it's
got left. So, using the code word "welfare reform" as "getting
tough on crime" had been used earlier, class is pitted against
class -- to the primary benefit of guess who?)
Working against the trend of keeping the poor "under control" is
the disappearance of the middle class, with most of them moving
into the poor class. So the poor class is asked to pay to keep
others of their class "under control." Hence "tough on crime"
code words no longer appeal to as many as before: we're all
increasingly poor, so who cares if some poor are kept "under
control" so as to protect the wealth of those few who still have
Thus "tough on crime" is less appealing as a disguise to keep the
lowest class under control. How will those on the rich side of
the fence protect their wealth now from the growing hordes on the
Their main hope is to let loose with *some* of their wealth, so
as to shore up the middle class bulwark which protects them from
the poor. For now, we see them re-thinking if "downsizing" was
such a good idea. They are "re-thinking" because they see
*their* high position threatened; not because they've suddenly
acquired a conscience or anything like that.
Other than shoring up the middle class by letting loose with a
few crumbs from their table, the elite class might fall back on
their old standby, a foreign war which has the effect of greatly
diminishing the numbers of the poorest class. Maybe they will be
so "kind" as to offer amnesty to certain prisoners provided they
go overseas and shiver in foxholes -- all for some "noble
purpose" which some chimpanzee somewhere will type out on a
typewriter. Or the very wealthy may just resort to genocide,
perhaps with help from "kindly doctors" or foreign mercenaries
(now already on U.S. soil?) But if they totally eliminate the
poorest class, who will they then enslave to produce more wealth
for them? How can they eliminate the slave (i.e., servant, from
the Latin *servus*, meaning "slave") class? Who will be their
waiters and waitresses? Who will mow their lawns and haul away
A tricky dilemma for the super-wealthy ruling class. They can
hire intellectual servants to compile "statistics" and churn out
mathematical formulae, but all the tricks in the world won't make
2 + 2 = 3.