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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When Republicans denounced Obama's proposal as class warfare, he was right to reply that it really comes down to simple "math" - math that requires the use of both subtraction and addition.
Class warfare has always been a favorite arrow in the Democratic party's quiver, but Al Gore's rant against big oil and the pharmaceutical industry aside, the Clintonistas are a bit more reluctant to excoriate the big money earners, perhaps because the party has edged up so close to Wall Street investment bankers and Hollywood producers to fill campaign coffers.
a war of the poor against the rich." (The contemporary conservative tactic of attacking those who favor progressive taxes as indulging in "class warfare" is apparently nothing new.) It would take two decades and a constitutional amendment to undo the decision.
Yesterday Mr Campbell said: "Jeff Reid can say what he likes but this is nothing about class warfare; it is about priorities for spending and equal treatment.
Class warfare arguments, for example, have created pressure to install means-testing for beneficiaries--so Bill Gates and Donald Trump don't pay the same as poor seniors for their prescriptions.
The Journal thus trumpets the class warfare that the Bush administration has been trying to practice discreetly.
Welfare reform can be understood, then, as one of several initiatives launched against American workers by their employers in the wave of class warfare that began in the 1970s, It was in that decade that business leaders, alarmed by the sudden growth of foreign competition, began to see American workers as overpaid, under-productive, and spoiled.
Following Gramsci's analysis of class warfare's cultural battlefield, Lott suggests how a seemingly soothing commercial entertainment slipped into sectionalist politics and abolitionist sentiment.
Critics have accused Labour of class warfare because the film portrays David Cameron and colleagues as bullying, out-of-touch toffs.
The Republicans - always clever with scare tactics - cry "Class warfare"!
It is disappointing that the Labour MP stoops to class warfare, rather than attempting to engage with the public on the important choices to be made about safeguarding the future of public services, especially in the light of the unprecedented budget deficit built up by his Government.
JOHN Prescott's recent rant over David Cameron's posh background and education was predictable, although I thought New Labour had got over all that class warfare nonsense.