Divide-and-conquer political tactics

Posted: December 20, 2015 in Capitalism, Economics, Politics
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In a recent interview, Bernie  Sanders explained the divide-and-conquer tactics of the ruling class. He began by talking about the lowest-paid white workers in the country during the Civil Rights era: Mississippians.

 

What did the whole system tell these white workers, who were the lowest-paid white workers in the U.S. — in other words, these workers were being exploited.

What they said is, you can go over to that water fountain and take a drink, and this black guy can’t. You can go to this bathroom, you can go to this restaurant — Man, you got it good!

Meanwhile, we’re paying you nothing.

So you divided blacks from white, in that case, whites from blacks.

It is what they always do.

And then they go, you see that woman over there? An uppity woman wants your job, man.

You’re not gonna let that woman take your job, you’ve got to divide from her. . . .

That has been what the ruling class has done over and over again. Why?

Because they understand that when we come together, if we fight for decent wages, for education for your kids, the right to Social Security, we win. If they divide us, they win.

 

What Sanders didn’t say, but could have, is that politically correct types are actively aiding and abetting the ruling class in their divide-and-conquer strategy. They do this by their focus on race, on guilt-tripping white working class people, telling them that they’re “privileged” and asking them dishonest, condescending questions such as “Are you a racist?” (The answer of course, as they’ll generously explain, is that all white people are racists–it doesn’t matter how you live your life, how you treat other people, you’re automatically a racist because you’re white.)

This is not the way to unite people. It’s a way to keep them divided–while at the same time allowing the condescending PC types who do this  crap to pat themselves on the back for being so enlightened.

Add in awkward, artificial, off-putting language that very, very few working class people ever use, and you end up with a situation where all too many white working class people think that all politically progressive people are upper class or academic PC jerks who use strange, ugly jargon, and who look down on them. And so, white working class folks flock to right-wing political manipulators who at least speak their language, but channel the white working class’s rage onto fellow victims.

Unfortunately, the ruling class’s divide-and-conquer strategy continues to work, driving the white working class into the arms of its exploiters. Aided and abetted by arrogant PC  types who focus on race rather than economics.

One hopes that PC leftists will learn that lesson and start being allies rather than obstacles to those of us trying to make the world a better place.

At minimum, one hopes that they’ll shut up and get out of the way.

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