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Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Economy | 8 comments

Peasants With Pitchforks (AR15s)

Billionaire Jeff Greene is getting a little nervous:

Greene gazes across the bay at the multi-million-dollar houses peeking from behind the trees. I assume he’s quietly contemplating acquiring even more of the shoreline, but then he says something surprising. “If somebody wanted to go after a rich person,” he observes, “they have got their pick of the litter out here.”

I’ve heard that some members of the 1% are building bolt holes – a secure place we they can hide out in times of trouble.  Greene does not say he has but he’s worried about the situation.

“This is my fear, and it’s a real, legitimate fear,” Greene says, revving up the engine. “You have this huge, huge class of people who are impoverished. If we keep doing what we’re doing, we will build a class of poor people that will take over this country, and the country will not look like what it does today. It will be a different economy, rights, all that stuff will be different.”


This whole idea of American exceptionalism, that we’re the greatest, when people don’t have health insurance, don’t have housing,” he says,

This is not new.  FDR’s New Deal was supported and in fact designed by the very rich because they feared the same thing a revolution or at the very least a disruption.

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  • slamfu

    Glad to hear it. The fact this is dawning on some is the first step to getting things back to the way they worked before.

  • The_Ohioan

    One billionaire down, 411 to go. Good on you, OWS!

  • zephyr

    This whole idea of American exceptionalism, that we’re the greatest, when people don’t have health insurance, don’t have housing

    Yup, we know more about the history of reality TV than about our own country’s history, more about twitter and texting than about the simplest ecosystems we live within, more about the brands we love than where those brands come from or what goes into producing them, etc. Shallow, shallow, shallow… Of course we may be a society of sheep (who have been taught to think we are wolves – you have to admit, that’s a pretty good trick!) but we still have the strongest military in the world eh? So.. if the 5% or so feel sufficiently threatened by the 95% or so, who do you think will control that military?

  • @Zephyr
    There are a number of issues here. Look at our experience in Iraq it took years to even make it look like we had control. Syria has a powerful military but Assad may well lose. How many defections are you going to see when the military is turned on the American people? Even if a peoples movement couldn’t actually bring down the government they could cause years of turmoil that would bring down the economy. And the 1% are vulnerable to physical threat in large part because the NRA and the Republicans have allowed people to arm themselves big time. Yes we are sheep but even sheep can revolt when they are homeless and hungry.

  • Hmmmm, here’s an idea. Let’s keep the rich scared out of their wits. Let them build their bunkers and safe rooms and gun turrets and anything else they want. At least that’ll get money into the economy! Concrete finishers need work, too!

    Hell, I’d bet most of the work the rich are doing to protect themselves is being done by illegal aliens. Ha!

  • Rcoutme

    Job creators (as the GOP likes to name them) should be creating jobs. Let’s consider, for example, Mittens. He gets, what, $22 million and pays about 15% tax rate. That leaves him with a healthy $19.5 million to spend (the numbers are rounded for simplicity sake). Now…let’s look at how many people he is supposed to employ, given that figure.

    Well…if we assume that Romney is (insanely) generous, he might compensate each private servant with a package of $100,000. I think you know where this is going. Okay, so, payroll taxes, health care benefits, education benefits and all the rest will come out to $100k per personal servant (a solid middle-class paycheck, much better than most public school teachers, I can assure you).

    If he only spends 45% of his after-tax income on personal servants he can hire 95 of them. That is just Romney, mind you.

    I think I’ll start to write my next blog posting…

  • zephyr

    Good points Ron. The success or failure of any peoples movement would hinge more on their knowledge (focus), organizational skills (including media savvy) and commitment than it would any military actions. If a large enough chunk of the citizenry got got it’s collective sh!t together it could potentially wield a lot more power than anything we’ve seen from either the TP or the OWS folks… IF it didn’t get distracted, bought off, or co opted. Maybe when people get sufficiently fed up with all the injustice and institutionalized chicanery…

  • rudi

    Not to worry, the rich will always have a Rafalca to stomp down any revolt. Let them eat cake or horse…

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