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The American Left’s Emerging Social Class Consciousness of Envy In Collusion With the Existing American Ruling Class Consciousness of Greed.
Our podcast today is titled The American Left’s Emerging Social Class Consciousness of Envy In Collusion With the Existing American Ruling Class Consciousness of Greed. This is the Citizens Liberty News Network podcast for October 19, 2020.
Our podcast topic begins in the aftermath of the 2016 election with the entry of the term “resistance” by Democrats into the American political lexicon of social justice.
Resistance is a new term in American political discourse, and our podcast explores how the idea of the left’s resistance to the election of Donald Trump explains a new class consciousness emerging among Democrat voters.
We contrast the left’s resistance to Trump with Angelo Codevilla’s insight that the resistance could also mean the resistance of Trump voter’s to the power of the American ruling class. (Codevilla Angelo, Revolution 2020.The American Mind, September 23, 2020. https://bit.ly/3jvV83k).
Codevilla creates a hypothetical dynamic in class consciousness between BLM Democrats and middle class Trump voters, using the concept of resistance.
“The party of the ruling class—that this party, having lost the 2016 elections, would refuse to accept popular rejection and launch a full-court “Resistance” against the voters who had rejected them. But that is what happened. In fact, the election’s outcome had resulted from the general population’s resistance to the ruling class further solidifying its oligarchy. Hence the self-described “Resistance” was but a continuation of its longstanding oligarchic revolution.”
In an earlier article, we explained that the American ruling class, which we call crony corporate capitalist globalism, has a well defined and established class consciousness of greed. (Vass, Laurie Thomas, The Unintended Consequence of the BLM Marxist Allegation of “White Supremacy.” CLP News Network. September 28, 2020 https://bit.ly/3lgOmip).
We explain that the left is in the early stages of developing a class consciousness of envy.
In contrast to the left’s emerging class consciousness, we argue that the American middle class has not yet begun to develop a class consciousness.
The dimly perceived resistance to the ruling class of Trump voters that Codevilla sees is a latent middle class consciousness that has the potential to develop.
We explain that the left’s emerging class consciousness is facilitated by its alliance with crony corporate capitalism. (Vass, Laurie Thomas, BLM Marxism and the Emerging Alliance With Global Corporate Crony Capitalism. CLP News Network. July 26, 2020).
We predict that the collusion between BLM Democrats and the ruling class will cause the American middle class to develop a class consciousness consistent with the predictions of Nash equilibrium theory.
We place the start of left’s emerging class consciousness of envy around 1985, with a new development in the globalist corporate behavior that shifted the traditional allegiance of large corporations from national sovereignty, to an allegiance of a one-world global government.
Applying Nash equilibrium theory, the shift in tactics by the crony capitalist class caused a change in the status quo arrangement of power, which caused the left to change its behavior.
Prior to 1985, the essence of the two party arrangement between Democrats and Republicans was special financial group interest negotiations over the distributing the spoils of plunder.
All of the political party special interest elites, what Codevilla calls the ruling class, shared a common cultural value that the end goal of the American political system was to grow the economic pie bigger in order to allow them to plunder the system by distributing the spoils to their voters, after an election.
Prior to 1985, the BLM Democrats did not make changes to the two party status quo power arrangement because no other group in society was making changes to the political status quo.
After 1985, that national elite interest in growing the domestic economy changed, and the national special interest two party consensus about plunder, that held the political system together, eroded.
In response to the change in global capitalism, the Democrats shifted their ideology from being a political party whose mission was to extract plunder for the working class to a political movement of global socialism, in collusion with global crony capitalists.
The left’s growing class consciousness of envy is in the process of replacing the former allegiance of the Democrats from the party of the working class, to the party of the oppressed, within the existing two party framework of American politics.
In other words, in the absence of changes to the status quo, prior to 1985, the two party American political system had settled into a Nash equilibrium.
As a result of the changes that BLM Democrats are making to the new global power arrangement, we predict that the middle class will adapt to the changes by becoming more aware of their own vulnerability, and begin the process of protecting their own class interests.
In the existing two party system, neither the Democrats, nor the Republicans, represent the interests of the middle class. Consequently, the middle class will be forced to create a new political party.
The great predictive value of Marxist class conflict theory is the insight that the capitalist class always co-opts its opposition by undermining the ideology of its enemies.
The crony corporations are currently in the process of undermining the emerging leftist class consciousness of envy by buying off the leaders of BLM and elite Democrats in order to convert the movement into a political force that supports global crony capitalism.
It is likely that as the middle class begins to develop its own class consciousness, that the ruling class will attempt to subvert its new enemy.
The crony capitalist class sets the terms and limits for the left’s social justice movement, and nothing about the left’s goal of cultural social justice disrupts the elite’s power or threatens their unequal wealth distribution.
As Emily Jashinsky writes in her Federalist article, How Capitalists Enrich Themselves By Co-Opting Social Justice Movements, BLM Democrats are attacking cultural values, not global capitalist hegemony.
“Corporations are partially motivated by a sincere interest in helping the black community by announcing donations and flooding social media with their statements of solidarity. But they also fear losing business for staying silent, and they are increasingly convinced shifts in consumer preferences make their overtures good for business too.”
The elements of both grievance and entitlement of the new class consciousness of envy explains leftist social class behavior. We argue that the social class behavior of American leftists is based on the collective social psychology, not the individual leftist’s psychology, of envy.
The envy of leftists is based upon the concept of group relative deprivation perceived by the entire social class as undeserved, unfair, collective disadvantage.
We agree with Walker and Smith that social group deprivation reliably predicts political protest and active attempts to change the social system. (Walker, Iain, Smith, Heather, Feeling Relative Deprivation: The Rocky Road From Comparisons to Actions, Cambridge University Press, 2002).
As a social class, leftists envy the unfairly obtained wealth of the ruling class. In their world-view, the wealth of the rich eluded the entire class of non-wealthy, not because of the absence of merit, but because an unfair capitalist economic system deprived the entire BLM under-class of obtaining a fair distribution of wealth.
The social class envy creates a feeling of resentment and grievance in the Democrat socialist voting constituency.
The sense of grievance causes a sense of entitlement to the wealth because, in the BLM perspective, the rich did not justly earn their wealth. Someone else built that wealth.
Rather than attack the ruling class, we argue that the left uses the allegation of middle class white supremacy as a way of projecting a false race-based class consciousness onto all White people.
The BLM Democrats imagine a hypothetical existence of a white race-based consciousness that allows all White people to be seen by BLM Democrats as a social class, similar to their own leftist class consciousness, based upon envy.
In contrast to Codevilla’s use of resistance of Trump voters to the ruling class, the term “resistance” by Democrats translates to opposition to tolerating any more of the unfair, middle class white supremacist system of capitalism, in spite of the election results in 2016.
The left’s emerging class consciousness of envy is based on the historical animosity of class envy between people who have succeeded financially in America, and people who have not.
The historical class animosity, from 1787 onwards, was often called “sectional animosity,” between the commercial North and the agrarian South. In the earlier period, the wealthy in the North competed for power with the wealthy in the South.
In the contemporary setting sectional animosity is converted to a race-based animosity between citizens in metro regions, and citizens in the interior of the United States.
The left packages the ideology of grievance into the theoretical Marxist class conflict between workers and the capitalist elite.
The packaging and placement of race-based grievance does not fit into the Marxist class conflict because the grievance of the left is based upon the notion of “white supremacy” not economic class exploitation.
Race-based envy does, however, fit neatly into America’s two party hegemony.
William Domhoff explained the utility and permanence of the two party system in Who rules America? Power and Politics in the Year 2006,
“The two-party system provided yet another demonstration of just how the two-parties really compete with each other, only as rivals in their unblinking servitude to money and power. The two-party system learned to translate insurgent concerns into a “public opinion” that permitted an ongoing renewal of the legitimacy of the existing power structure. The two parties did not take opposite positions on the permanent wartime economy and offer voters a choice between them.”
After 1985, both the BLM Democrats and the Republican crony capitalists favor globalism, but for different reasons.
The socialist Democrats embrace globalism because they sense an opportunity to gain unelected power to extract profits from the seamless global corporate economy, in a global socialist administrative state.
The left’s ideology of racial envy is best seen as a modification of the ruling class hegemony of exploitation, not as a revolutionary overthrow of America’s ruling class.
Reparations for slavery to overcome the current unfair wealth distribution is an emulation of the ruling class ability to rip-off the political system.
In this case the intent of the BLM Democrats is to gain their fair share of plunder by ripping off the middle class, in collusion with the ruling class, within the existing institutional structure of the two party system.
As Domhoff explains,
“This (BLM) dogma asserts that it is more damaging to progressive interest to challenge the two-party system than to accept the need to stay within it. The more the evidence demonstrates that their own dogmatism has produced only bleak disasters, the more they ascribe those disasters to those who rejected their groundless faith-based strategy of “working within the Democratic Party.”
As Codevilla explains,
“The black-clad burners and looters were the very opposite of a proletariat and that, Marxist rhetoric aside, they never attacked the wealthy or the powerful—not Wall Street, nor major corporations, certainly not any government, never mind Google, Facebook, or Twitter, America’s most powerful monopolies, or corporate officials. Instead, they received financial contributions from these sources.”
Promoting the class envy of White people heightens the sense of oppression and grievance of the BLM Democrat constituencies, and eventually leads to a one-party dictatorship that does not require voting to maintain power.
That anti-democratic authority system would not disrupt the ruling class’ ability to use the agencies of government to direct the flow of global financial benefits to themselves.
The new tyranny would only require that the ruling class share profits with its new junior partner, eliminating the need for any further BLM political resistance to Trump voters.
This podcast is a copyrighted production of the CLP News Network. The podcast is the introduction of a much longer article.
The other sections of the podcast include:
Section 1. The Consciousness of Greed of the American Ruling Class. Section 2. The BLM Democrat Politics of Envy.
Section 3. The Emerging BLM Democrat Concept of Social Class Consciousness.
Conclusion: The Radical Egalitarianism of the Democratic Republic of America.
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