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January 2019

It’s class warfare!

When I want a primer on what constitutes “class warfare,” I’ll be sure and turn to Chaffetz, who advised that instead of spending “a few hundred dollars” on an iPhone, that all I needed to do to ensure that I had health coverage was to spend my iPhone budget on healthcare instead.

(Says the dude with a net worth in excess of $300,000 who hasn’t had a single solitary clue what things cost in decades.)

For the original quote, see: Jason Chaffetz: Poor People Shouldn’t Buy iPhones If They Need Money For Health Care

As a reminder, Jason Chaffetz is the guy who thought your healthcare costs the same as a T Mobile bill, so I wouldn’t exactly call him the foremost expert on the financial stressors of everyday Americans.

Empire Files: Trump is Expanding the US Empire

In the first installment of this multi-part series, Trump Expanding the Empire, Abby Martin debunks the notion that Trump is an anti-interventionist president, outlining his first two years of aggressive foreign policy that has expanded US wars and occupations.

“That’s financially negligent.”

Today in the absolutely clueless and proud of it department:
Let’s see dude live on $25k, up to maybe 37-38k to start – starting salaries for Transportation Security Agency personell – in Philadelphia, while paying for healthcare (he apparently lives in a country with a national health system), food, housing, transportation, potentially school loans, oh, and kids, and let’s see how “financially negligent” he ends up.
I really, truly, honestly can’t stand people, sometimes.

There must be a better distribution of wealth…

In the last campaign before his assassination, King campaigned for a democratic socialist agenda. Called the Poor People’s Campaign, demands included a guaranteed job, [redistribution] of land and capital, and more inclusion of the poor in state decision-making.

Yes, taking land and money from rich people and giving it to poor people was part of King’s dream.

King’s own views of capitalism are often sanitized in textbooks and mainstream media stories, but he could not have been for explicit:

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then,” King declared. “You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism. There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”

The Revolutionary Socialism Of Martin Luther King Jr.

That’s privilege.

This. This this this.

This is what people who #notallmen everything they can get their hands on are intentionally distracting you from when they do this.

Of course it isn’t all men. It’s never all of anything. Humans are complex and messy and complicated, and when people talk about privilege, if you’ve never acted like an ass in public, well.

Good for you.

But you don’t get, nor do you need, special congratulations for that – which is, of course, what you’re demanding when you do this.

You want to take any discussion of the larger issue and make it about you.

Well, muffin, that’s not a good look on you.

If it ain’t you, then don’t make it about you. But we’re never going to fix this crap if we have to make everything about you, all the time.

And I don’t think that being white or a man means you behave in a certain way. But it does allow you to behave in a certain way, if you chose, generally without consequences. In public, in the classroom, throughout your life. That’s privilege.