The Black Lives Matter movement and debates on critical race theory have shifted debates on wealth inequality from class to race. Most of the recent attention to political solutions to wealth inequality has been on tribal racial differences and little on class differences. This is a stark difference from previous protests such as Occupy Wall Street. How has this narrative changed from class to race?
First, let’s take a look at income and wealth inequality between race and class. In terms of race, there really is a split. Average household income in the United States, of all racial and ethnic groups, came out at $ 63,179 US dollars in 2018. For blacks it was $ 41,361 and for whites it was $ 70,462. Blacks are 65% out of the ordinary for all ethnic groups. Whether this gap is due to “systemic racism” or other problems is another question.
In terms of economy class, 1% earn $ 737,697 and 0.1% earn $ 2,808,104 per year. This means that 1% is 1167% out of the norm. It also means that 0.1% is 4444% out of the norm. Again, whether this is “good” free-market capitalism or whether there is a moral hazard built into these statistics is another question. Note that regardless of ethnicity, within a single ethnic group, it tends to have the same inequality curve as for class wealth.
So what’s going on here? How did the shift from 4444% become less than 65% of the difference in income inequality? Wouldn’t a more “inclusive” protest by the majority of people (at least 90% lower) be a more attractive way to achieve consensus and change? Also, the “class” resource pot (top 10%) is larger for protesting than the bottom 90% gender and race resource pot.
The various forms of Marxism through socialists and communists have insisted that the great scourge of capitalism is centered on social classes. But “class warfare” doesn’t sell in today’s world, when many see themselves as “middle class” and many others want to be middle class or even rich. Hence, the tribal discourses of “systematic racism” and “genderism” are the messages constantly transmitted by these Marxists today.
The small economic differences between tribes and social classes can be more easily exploited to gain control of the political narrative. The mantra of “class warfare” was to be replaced by new messages of race and gender warfare. Nothing generates more emotion in people than racial talk and the ancient battle of the sexes.
The critical theory of race which can be extended to genderism is rooted in cultural Marxism. Its message is clear: If you are unfortunate enough to be born with black skin or the wrong sex, you are forever a second-class citizen who pays a penalty. But more than 50 years of race and gender affirmative action programs have done nothing to change the trajectory or opportunities of unborn male or white-skinned people. According to this theory, any dysfunctional condition can be traced back to patriarchy and slavery, along with its consequences. There is no place for individual choice initiatives.
He remembers when Mitt Romney marched with Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington DC, appearing to be the first Republican senator to participate in the protests. The Utah senator joined protesters protesting police brutality and racial injustice in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. There has been a constant chorus of elites from government, business, media and Hollywood singing support for Black Lives Matters. Why should capitalist elites follow the Marxist agenda? It would seem to go against their own interests.
During the French Revolution, today’s rebels are reactionaries tomorrow. Maximilien Robespierre led the reign of terror against the monarchy until he himself was guillotined as one of its latest victims. The farcical scenes of the “The friend of the people “ from Marat ended with his stabbing in a bathtub in retaliation for his bloody excesses. It is a cycle repeated in history. When the music stops, fewer and fewer chairs can be found from those who have readily embraced extreme measures of “class warfare” or race and gender tribalism.
The elites know that they are the real problem. What is Mitt Romney really saying? Let’s be honest, he could care less about Black Lives Matter. The elites run scared. Romney’s virtue signaling message is quite simple:
“I don’t want them to guillotine me!”
Marxists and elites must make people focus on the differences of our tribe, while hidden elites enjoy the riches of the world. Some crumbs fall off the table, and people are like little tribal mice underneath that will fight fervently for the crumbs. Marxists and elites today have similar goals for different reasons. But once the dust settles, these two groups will turn against themselves. Who will win? A utopian ultimate Marxist state or an elite-led fascist state? A third option could be that patriots can rise up and bring us back to a free society. In any case, we are living in interesting times.
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