I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved “left” and that Democratic candidates may be “too far left”.
But in an era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I can’t help wondering what it means to be “left”.
A half-century ago, when America had a large and growing middle class, those on the “left” sought stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads and research. Those on the “right” sought greater reliance on the free market.
But as wealth and power have concentrated at the top, everyone else – whether on the old right or the old left – has become disempowered and less secure.
They believe that their great wealth entitles them to rule over the many. For decades, they’ve been running a surreptitious assault on the rules that protect the majority of us from their abuse. From whacking our voting rights to busting unions, their intent is nothing less than to pull a coup on democracy, installing a government of, by, and for the superrich.
OPINION: Yesterday, Liam McLoughlin exposed the oligarchs. Today, he’s trying to get rid of them. They will endure poverty, servitude, barbarism – but they will not endure aristocracy. -French political theorist Alexis De Tocqueville writing about democratic communities. Australian politics is now a contest between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten over who does the bestMore
Oligarchs aren’t even trying to hide their influence any more