Class Warfare


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Class Warfare

In political science, the idea that social classes are perpetually in conflict for more economic and political power. For example, a corporation's management has the incentive to make the most money possible for shareholders, while unionized employees have the incentive to make the most money possible for themselves. Thus, a collective bargaining negotiation will be treated like a zero-sum game, in which one side wins and the other loses. The idea that class warfare is inevitable is not universally accepted, but it is a foundational element of communism and some forms of capitalism.
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Indeed, the charge of class warfare has recurred repeatedly during the Republican presidential primary.
Unfortunately, Pope John Paul II saw liberation theology through Cold War eyes--as a Marxist concept that instigated class warfare and aided leftist guerrillas, rather than as a legitimate movement against hunger, poverty and human rights abuses.
The real Guevara, who rarely bathed and pushed hatred and class warfare, ran thousands of Cubans through firing squads; though he had no economic training, he was named by Fidel Castro to run Cuba's National Bank; and as head of industrialization after the Communist takeover, Che pushed centralization tactics that drove the economy into the ground.
Thanks to Nicholas Confessore ("Paradise Glossed," June) on David Brooks's "frequently dishonest caricatures" and "unreliable generalizations" While conservatives accuse liberals of starting "class warfare" by merely pointing out disparities in wealth (a classic case of shooting the messenger), Brooks and some of his colleagues on the right came up with their own twisted brand of class warfare, painting liberals as snooty "elitists" and conservatives as salt-of-dm-earth regular folks.
John Kerry--calling him "Lurch Kerry"--and blasting the Democratic Party for allegedly "tearing down the moral fiber of the country" and waging class warfare.
It must be wonderful for President Bush to deplore class warfare while making sure his class wins.
He condemned the party, fearing that it would raise the horrors of class warfare, that its approach was essentially materialistic, and that it opposed private property.
Now, I know that we Americans only see class warfare as coming from the undeserving, shiftless bottom against the deserving, efficient, hard-working top and that the upper-middle class is incapable of carrying on class warfare.
Beyond these geopolitical factors, by 1995 Marxism felt outdated, at best, although it did offer some useful tools for describing the shifts within countries and economies and an occasionally useful model of class warfare.
In Eastern cities, where most of the nation's rich resided, the wealthy blasted the new law as class warfare, an attempt by lower-income Americans to use government to grab at their wealth.
IN his new Government White Paper Frank Dobson, who promises the "biggest crusade for health care ever", has been accused of waging class warfare after implying that people in the Conservative heartlands don't need the NHS as much as the working classes.
The dispute between the Montagues and the Capulets is reduced to that old favorite of European intellectuals, class warfare.