Patch #196: No War But Class War

Patch #196No War But Class War

Fist appearing in London during the first Gulf war, reasonable leftists have used this slogan to express their opposition to how expensive wars are used to benefit the wealthy and their interests. As billionaire Warren Buffet said, "[t]here’s class warfare all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." Class warfare can take different forms: direct action, such as wars fought for resources and cheap labor; indirect violence, such as deaths from poverty, starvation, illness or unsafe working conditions; coercion, such as the threat of losing a job or pulling an important investment; or ideology, either intentionally (media promoting capitalism) or unintentionally (the promotion of consumerism through advertising). The conflict can be open, as with actions aimed at destroying labor unions, or hidden, as with an informal slowdown in production protesting low wages or unfair labor practices.