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The One Percent War
Reuters Magazine ^ | 27 Jan 2012 | Chrystia Freeland

Posted on 01/29/2012 3:25:29 PM PST by oblomov

When Anders Aslund, a Swedish economist who has studied and advised most of the leaders in the former Soviet Union, visited Kiev in late 2004, at the height of the Orange Revolution, he returned to his office in Washington, D.C., with a surprising observation. Most reports depicted the Orange Revolutionaries, with their determined, subzero encampment of the capital city's central square, either as western Ukrainians rebelling against the government's pro-Russian stance, or as idealistic students who were unwilling to stomach political repression. Both characterizations were true, but Aslund saw a third dynamic at play. The Orange Revolution, he told me, was the rebellion of the millionaires against the billionaires. Ukraine's crony capitalism worked extremely well for the small, well-connected group of oligarchs at the very top, but it was stifling the emerging business class. This ambitious haute bourgeoisie was finally fed up and it was fighting for more equitable rules of the game.

A version of that battle of the millionaires versus the billionaires has been playing out around the world over the past twelve months. It was a decisive factor in the Tahrir Square uprising, whose most visible organizer was Wael Ghonim, a Google executive based in Dubai with an MBA degree; the protests also quickly won the support of the country's well-heeled military elite. The same class struggle was on display in India, where veteran social activist Anna Hazare's anti-corruption hunger strike was hailed as the political awakening of the prospering Indian urban middle class. And it could be seen last month in Moscow, where the unexpected revolt against Vladimir Putin's "party of crooks and thieves" was catalyzed by a blogging lawyer and drew fur-clad professionals into the streets - it is being called the "Mink Revolution."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: class; culturewar; kulturkampf; wealth
The 2012 election has socioeconomic class as a subtext, more so than any election since 1960.
1 posted on 01/29/2012 3:25:37 PM PST by oblomov
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To: oblomov
This is not a new battle.

As a matter of fact it is as old as the history of tyrants who wish to oppress the masses by buying their votes wish class warfare.

"I do not wonder that British youth is in revolt against the morbid doctrine that nothing matters but the equal sharing of miseries: that what used to be called the submerged tenth can only be rescued by bringing the other nine-tenths down to their level; against the folly that it is better that everyone should have half rations rather than that any by their exertions, or ability, should earn a second helping." - Winston Churchill, London, June 22, 1948.

"Socialism is based on the idea of an all-powerful State which owns everything, which plans everything, which distributes everything, and thus through its politicians and officials decides the daily life of the individual citizen." - Winston Churchill, London, January 21, 1950.

"The British and Americans do not war with races or governments as such. Tyranny, external or internal, is our foe whatever trappings and disguises it wears, whatever language it speaks, or perverts." - Winston Churchill, Speech, Dorchester Hotel, London, July 4, 1953.

"You may try to destroy wealth, and find that all you have done is to increase poverty." - Winston Churchill, speech, House of Commons. March 12, 1947.

"Nor should it be supposed as you would imagine, to read some of the Left-wing newspaper, that all Americans are multi-millionaires of Wall Street. If they were all multi-millionaires that would be no reason for condemning a system which has produced such material results.: - Winston Churchill, speech, Royal Albert Hall, London. April 21, 1948.

2 posted on 01/29/2012 3:45:00 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: oblomov

Interesting indeed - and the French guillotines drowned Paris in rivers of blood.

Same mind set.

3 posted on 01/29/2012 3:45:11 PM PST by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: oblomov

The RAT sewer-dwellers didn’t get anywhere w/ their “millionaire” boogymen meme — after all it’s still conceivably attainable in the United States; too many people still aspire to join the ranks of the millionaires!! — now it’s all about the 1/100% of the 1%, the BILLIONAIRE boogymen devils!!! LOL! They doubled down on their globule warming too! Where did that take them?!

4 posted on 01/29/2012 3:48:03 PM PST by parisa
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To: parisa; stonehouse01; loveliberty2

Agreed, parisa.

When I saw Zero highlight the “fact” that Warren Buffet’s “secretary” pays more in taxes than Buffett, I drew a different conclusion than Zero intended.

I was thinking: why does Warren Buffett have access to the President? Zero is rather cozy with the plutocrats even while casting them as the benefactors of public misery, much like Chavez or a modern version of Juan Perón.

5 posted on 01/29/2012 3:58:52 PM PST by oblomov
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To: loveliberty2

Margaret Thatcher smacked down some delusional leftist thinking of the same sort Churchill was decrying in this youtube that’s been making the rounds of late:

6 posted on 01/29/2012 4:35:39 PM PST by Spartan79 (I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.)
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To: parisa

“globule warming”

Globull warming!!

Carbon Dioxide loves your plants. (or the other way around)

7 posted on 01/29/2012 4:35:45 PM PST by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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