It's War on the Poor

Miah, Malik
Date Written:  2014-03-01
Publisher:  Against the Current
Year Published:  2014
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20377

Miah analyzes the increase in numbers within the working poor class and the economic structures that keep them poor.



Protests against income inequality, and calls to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, tap the deep ferment among the working poor and powerless who know that the system is rigged. The demands are directed at the state, and all branches of government.

Reforms will be won when the super-rich fear that protests could turn disruptive and threaten their wealth and rule. Liberals, like conservatives, don't want mass protests that can challenge the capitalist system. President Obama, the current spokesman for the rich, agrees.

Obama's demonization by the far right (including racist caricatures) is pure capitalist internecine politics. The reality is that the ruling class knows that Obama is their friend. He saved Wall Street from collapse, and handed it the best profits of any recent U.S. president.

Movements for fundamental changes to the system will not be led by those of the liberal establishment, including the existing trade unions. New organizations and headers will come from extralegal direct action of the people themselves.

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