Daily Archives: January 12, 2012


From the “Well, DUH!” department of New York Magazine: Brett Smiley makes a startling discovery

Rising Number Believe There Is Conflict Between Rich and Poor

“A new survey by the Pew Research Center found that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that the tension between the rich and poor is the greatest cause of tension in America. The survey’s major question asked, “In America, how much conflict is there between poor people and rich people?”



“Whether respondents viewed that division as the “1 percent” and “99 percent,” or the difference between shopping at Target or Macy’s, was up each individual’s imagination.
In the 2009 survey, when 47 percent observed strong tension between classes, Americans considered immigration the most significant source of social conflict. “

“Some more of the nitty-gritty, from the AP:

‘About 3 in 10 Americans polled said there are “very strong” conflicts between the rich and poor, according to the independent research group. That is double the share who believed so in July 2009 and the largest proportion reporting that view in the 24 years the question has been asked in surveys.
In all, about 66 percent of those polled now say there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the top and bottom income groups.’
Pew research analyst Richard Morin reasonably posited that the perceived tension is partly a result of the Occupy Wall Street movement. “But the changes also may reflect a growing public awareness of underlying shifts in the distribution of wealth in American society,” he said.

Translation: “Help! They’re not as stupid as we think!”

“And one finding of special importance for the presidential candidates: The biggest increase in perceived class conflict was among independents, which jumped 23 points to 68 percent.”

And here’s where we find the real “nitty-gritty” : the so-called “indepndents.” In a culture that can only function within the rigid ideology of “two sides” locked in perpetual conflict, some “excess” or “spill-over” has to be accounted for. What to do with those recalcitant consumers (there are no “citizens” anymore) disinclined to apply the labels “Liberal” or “Conservative” to their tured butts? Why a category has to be created for them of course. And since this phantom category is “undeclared” it’s given the name “independent” — flattering its supposed willingness to “stand out from the crowd” and “go its own way.” But to our Corporate rulers the Way has been clearly marked and each and every consumer must take it — no exceptions.

See howit works? It’s not the 1% vs. the 99% it’s the 68% that really matters.

And we all know what that 69% should do, don’t we? Cause after all, they don’t want THIS to happen to them, right?

What other choice did they have? The L.A. Times could see the encampment from its editorial room windows. And we can’t have that can we?

Randy Newman will nitty-gritty us out