("Quid coniuratio est?")
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 class.
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 it?
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 other side?
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 the garbage?
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.
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