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  •  I often think of it as: (10+ / 0-)

    The Landlord Class (who collect rent from all the rest of us) aka "The Owners"

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    The Working Class (which is everyone who must work to earn their income/funds for living).

    The Landlords / Owership lives off their vast funds, charging rents (via actual rent or via earnings derived from our labor or via interest we are charged, etc) and doesn't have to work:  the money flows to them whether they get dressed or use the phone or anything else.  The money simply flows to them.

    Often a foppy petty prince from Europe comes to mind when I picture The Ownership.  The modern day image is Donald Trump, isn't it?

    ALL the rest of us are Working Class: lawyers, police officers, construction workers, office management, even most of upper management, union members, doctors, welders, bricklayers, carpenters, factory workers, retail clerks, waiters, firefighters, military personnel, and dog catchers.

    All of us.  Interesting, isn't it, how The Landlords are able to drive wedges between the Working Class members and splinter their power?  This is less successful in Europe which has centuries of experience with Petty Princes, but they sure do a good job here in the USA.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 01:40:46 PM PST

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    •  less successful until recently (4+ / 0-)
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      YucatanMan, elwior, twigg, walkshills

      what do you think the euroaustarians are doing?

      fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

      by mollyd on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 01:42:31 PM PST

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      •  They're pushing mighty hard, but the (7+ / 0-)

        millions of people turning out in the streets of various countries and the left win in France are signs that people are fighting back (as much as they are permitted to fight back).

        At least in Europe, you generally have the choice of a party and candidate which is not totally owned by the Landlords.   Look at our two parties behavior. We don't even get a left candidate to vote for - that's not permitted.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 01:54:43 PM PST

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        •  You also have Parliamentary systems (7+ / 0-)

          in most of those countries.

          The way those systems work makes it incredibly difficult for extremists to gain power.

          In the US it is all too easy because of the inertia in the Senate elections, and the partisan nature of districting.

          With an impartial boundary commission we would currently have a Democratic House, Senate and President.

          I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
          but I fear we will remain Democrats.

          Who is twigg?

          by twigg on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 02:11:14 PM PST

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        •  That is the weakness of a two party system. (4+ / 0-)

          Particularly when it costs so much to run for office.

          But as has happened time and again, eventually (Elizabeth Warren?) someone will change the entire paradigm of the national direction, the last one to do so was Reagan, prior to that FDR, Teddy, Lincoln.

          It's about time the pendulum swings again.

          Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

          by FrankRose on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 02:28:59 PM PST

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