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Down To The Base

Updated on July 17, 2012

Deep Divisions

One of the more surprising facts to come out of the Wisconsin Recall was the amount of support Scott Walker got from union members. An editorial in the Harrisburg Patriot-News seems to show a split in the African-American community over homosexual marriage. Classmates, including African-American's, post Facebook memes that seem to reinforce the stereotype of the welfare recipient as lazy.

I look at all these and I can't help but think that the tactics of the American Right are working better than many would like to admit. The basic tactic is to set people that should be allies against the corporate state that many right-wing movements strive to create. The main way they divide is by the creation of "outgroups". Homosexuals are a common and still somewhat socially acceptable example. In a culture like the African-American one, that put a great emphasis on machismo.

It would seem that these "outgroups" can be created within groups. I am sure a tactic that the Kochs' and ALEC used to get union support for Walker was to set industrial union workers against their public-sector brothers and sisters. The "Green-Blue" split between labor and environmental groups could be another success of the right.

Perhaps the most successful split is that split that may be shown by the memes. The idea of getting the working classes to look down on those lower than them. As long as the middle and lower class are at each others throat, they cannot see how the "%1" is filling their pockets and buying legislation and legislators.


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    • lovemychris profile image

      Yes Dear 5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      That's a very good analysis. They certainly did that! Meanwhile, private sector jobs are increasing, while the public sector is being laid off--given minimum wage!

      And no one cares that they pay more for everything so that ceo's can rake in millions a year for their pockets.

      Swindlers and manipulators...we've been had!