DOWN WITH ANY ELITE
Occupy the 1%!
12. Why should Occupy target the 1%?
-- March 12 2012 --
Why should Occupy target the 1%?
be at once exceedingly wealthy and good is impossible” (Plato).
“In all societies from societies that are very meagrely developed and have barely attained the dawning’s of civilization down to the most advanced and powerful societies two classes of people appear, a class that rules and a class that is ruled. The first class, always the less numerous, performs all political functions, monopolizes power and enjoys the advantages that power brings, whereas the second, the more numerous class, is directed and controlled by the first in a manner that is more or less legal, more or less arbitrary and violent and supplies the first, in appearance at least, with material means”. (Gaetano Mosca) That we are going to change!
powerelite is composed of men whose positions enable them to transcend
the ordinary environments of ordinary men and women; they are in
positions to make decisions top have major consequences. Whether or not
they do or not make such decisions is less important than the fact that
they occupy such pivotal positions: their failure to act, their failure
to make decisions, is itself an act that is often of greater consequence
than the decisions they do make.” (C. Wright Mills)
who is part of the ruling class is Man by the Grace of God.
Because he was born in a setting of rulers, from childhood on he has
been convinced he was born to rule and in a certain way that is indeed
true, because his parents who were also rulers, have procreated him as
their successor”. In the future there is waiting him a certain social
function into which he can enter when he is of age ……This sanctified
character that the bourgeois possesses for his class and that is
expressed by an entire ceremonial of recognition (as the way of
greeting, the visiting-card, the notifications of marriages and
deceases, the entire ritual of courtesy visits etc.) that is called
HUMAN DIGNTITY”. (Jean Paul Sartre)
rich confront the rest of society as a solid semi-corporate phalanx.
buttressed by law and public policy. By law they hold their positions
legitimately and hence can feel complete rectitude. When the national
anthem is being sung, they can feel it is being sung in celebration of
the legal system that supports them, for the aggrandisement of which
every man, the poorer especially, may be called upon to offer his life
simply by presidential order, without any declaration of war by
Congress. Beyond this, existing policies under the law favour them; they
have been adopted largely by their agents with their corporate
permission”. (Ferdinand Lundberg)
“So long as a citizen’s whole soul is wrapped up in
the passion for wealth, he cannot give a thought to anything except the
Here is one reason in particular why society
declines to take learning and any other wholly admirable pursuit
seriously. Everyone is ready in his furious thirst for gold and silver
to stop to any trade and any shift, honourable or dishonourable, which
hold out a prospect of wealth, ready to scruple at no act whatsoever –
innocent, sinful or utterly shameful- so long as it promises to sate
like some brute beast with the
perfect glut of eating, drinking and sexual sport”.
me tell you about the very rich. They
are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does
something to them, makes them soft when we are hard, and cynical were we
are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is difficult
to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better
than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of
life ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below
us, they still think that they are better than we are.
They are different”.
(F. Scott Fitzgerald)
“Who, if anybody in
particular, really makes the basic decisions
that govern society?
Who calls the shots…………..virtually
every person knows he isn’t calling the shots, nor are any of his
neighbours, co-workers or acquaintances. Everybody knows it is some
distant and obscure “they” ………. It is true that all persons have their
compensation for work determined by a market. The elite, however, do not
have their revenues impersonally determined by a market, to the dictates
of which they submit. They make market rules pretty much suit their
inclinations. Members of the labour force, high and low, come up against
a decree that says: So far and not further. They have not acquiesced in
this decree, they have not been consulted about it, they are often
opposed to it but they are powerless to push it aside. It looks very
much as though this decree has been handed down from some esoteric
group, for there is no rule against having an expansive income in a
booming economy”. (Ferdinand Lundberg)
when wealth is honoured in a state and the wealthy, virtue and the good
are less honoured ……. Thus, finally, from being lovers of victory and
lovers of honour they become lovers of gains and of money, and they
commend and admire the rich man and put him in office but despise the
man who is poor.”
“One doesn’t need to tap their telephones or induce
psychoanalysts to break confidence that
they (the 1%) are nearly al
“Underlying the American upper class are a set of social institutions which are the backbone – private schools, elite universities, the “right” fraternities and sororities, gentlemen’s clubs, debutante balls, summer resorts, charitable and cultural organisations and such recreational activities as foxhunts, polo matches and yachting”. (G. William Domhoff)
“The people of the higher circles may be conceived as members of a top social stratum, as a set of groups whose members know one another, see one another socially and at business. The elite feel themselves to be and are felt by others to be, the inner circle of the upper social class. They form a more or less compact and psychotically entity. They have become self-conscious members of a social class. People are either accepted in this class or they are not and there is a quantitative split separating them from those who are not elite”. (C. Wright Mills)
“The basic offense of most of the active rich is that they usually pursue their own visions, skilfully or crudely, not only to the neglect of the rest of the world (as does the poet) but, at times, because they have power, against or indifferent to the needs and wishes of the rest of the world. Not only do they have power but, like most people are thoroughly egocentric”. (Ferdinand Lundberg)
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