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Divide and Conquer December 28, 2014

Posted by rogerhollander in Art, Literature and Culture, Economic Crisis, Humor, Immigration, Racism.
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Roger’s note: Divide and Conquer is the world’s oldest political strategy.  Get the people that you are screwing to take their mind off you and instead fight amongst themselves while you laugh all the way (often literally) to the bank.  The technique most used is that of pandering to fears, selfishness and, especially, prejudice.  I remember once in a picket line supporting supermarket strikers in California, talking with a woman who was crossing the picket line to shop.  “Why should they have health benefits that I don’t have?” she asked.  Wrong question.  What she she should have asked is, “Why don’t we all have decent health benefits?”  Racism, sexism, homophobia: it all serves the ruling classes, who never hesitate to play the hate card when they need to.  That Latino standing in front of Home Depot, desperate for a day’s work in order to feed his family, is not your enemy.  Take a careful look instead at the bankers (banksters), the war profiteers, the corporate CEOs, the corporate media, the insurance industry, big pharma,  etc. and their lackeys in the Democratic and Republican parties, if you want to know who your enemies are.  This is so basic that it is mind-boggling that so many allow themselves to be pandered to.  It speaks to Chomsky’s concept of manufactured consent.

 

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