Via Truthdig: The Peasants Need Pitchforks

From the article: “The delusion of a classless America in which opportunity is equally distributed is the most effective deception perpetrated by the moneyed elite that controls all the key levers of power in what passes for our democracy.”

Indeed. And the sooner Americans wake up to this Grand Lie, the sooner they can join the fight to reshape society into a truly democratic state. It’s ironic (or maybe not, considering how many people have failed to connect the dots between this meteoric rise in wealth inequality and the mutation of people-oriented government into one bent to serve corporate welfare queens) that while America watches these revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, revolutions that in large part are fueled by economic inequality, our citizens continue to remain complacent.

The failure to connect the dots could not have been more evident than while picketing a Bank of America on Monday. While demonstrating with a group I’ve co-organized, US Uncut Philadelphia, I witnessed time and again people who were quite simply shocked by the fact that corporations like GE and BofA have failed to pay any income taxes on obscene amounts of profit. GE made close to $14 billion in profits last year and has paid absolutely nothing in income tax. Bank of America reported over $4 billion in profits, paid to their investment bankers in 2009, and actually received a refund of nearly $3 billion, while laying off 35,000 workers that same year. These corporate giants are robbing our country blind, even after the Great Swindle of 2008, and revolution is just now starting to percolate.

Public workers are waking up, and coalition-oriented groups like US Uncut, who are trying to appeal to other activist groups under the banner of anti-austerity, are organizing quite rapidly to fight back against austerity measures, but when will we see the vast numbers that we’re witnessing in the UK and other areas of the globe? Time will tell, but the peasants are no doubt beginning to rise up.

The rest of the article can be found here.

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