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  •  Never heard class war called conversative except.. (0+ / 0-)

    An interesting term.  In America, the term "class war" and its associated terms are dicey, and not to be used.  In the minds of many people, America is seen as a vision of a classless society, and such terms are unacceptable in political discourse in popular culture.  

    The idea that there exists a small class of people who are responsible for the generation of wealth (and thus only deserve that wealth) is a staple of class hegeomny which really began to spread far starting in the Reagan years.  It has infected business schools, the business press, self help ideas for small business, seminars, etc. For years, the publishing industry turned out books in praise of the economic Supermen know as the CEO.

    Me, I am doubtful of this idea that markets will always and naturally fill some demand.  This is the rationale that was used by the apologists of Jim Crow apartheid then and now.  Open markets will allow full economic and social freedom of Southern black people because the markets will produce a restaurant open to black people because somebody would profit by such a place.  

    This is view  also does not take into account crony capitalism in which essentially markets get perverted and restricted by elites using forces outside the market.  

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