Briefly, when the Have-Nots are pushed to extremity it can be explosive, as in the French and Russian revolutions, and more recently in the near east. That’s obvious. What’s not obvious is the nature of class warfare, which keeps changing, like any warfare, as when America drove out the Brits by ignoring classical European methods and the Vietnamese drove us out with a very secret transport weapon – the bicycle. These days class effective warfare begin with propaganda.
Rule One is not to declare war. That serves no purpose and alerts the other side. Repeat – do not declare war. Rather, use media to seize the high ground. Accuse the other side of initiating hostilities. (See Hitler defending Germany against Poland, 1939.) In our century the other side is typically attacked as lefties, gays, commies, anti-capitalist, baby-killers, peace-mongers, un-American, etc.
Class warfare in the last century was crude and chaotic. Russia was a madhouse. In the US, the financial community raped the nation in a blatant, inefficient manner that left hundreds of thousands in the streets. One unintended effect was that when the system toppled in 1929, many Haves went down with Have-nots and Have Enoughs, making the process somewhat democratic. It’s fair to say that while the Haves won that battle, quite a few of them ended up selling apples and standing in breadlines along with the rest.
21st Century class warfare is different and more efficient. The collapse of 2008-9 had no roaring twenties with lots of social mobility and economic opportunity; it was a guided process that involved:
(a) media control (see Goebbels, Joseph)
(b) political infiltration and legislative action
(c) judicial support
Media control: the ‘liberal media’ are in fact mostly owned by giant corporations, and he who pays the piper calls the tune. This is simply done. Get people tangled up in religion, gay rights, birth control and the question of when a human being comes to exist and other such issues. As they become excited, you can pick their pockets more easily. Chanting class warfare when the Have Nots gather is helpful, and weaponry display can enhance the excitement. (The National Socialist Party was almost invariably better armed than their opponents.)
Political Infiltration is as old as time. Own the guys who make the laws. In the age of giant multinationals this is a minor cost. You can also rig voting requirements to eliminate Have-Nots without fancy ID, and there’s always gerrymandering. Political Infiltration gives legislative power, allowing repeal bothersome laws, like FDR’s Glass Steagall Act, which seriously hindered financial rapine and plunder. You can also bring the government to a halt. Good lawyers will advise your politicians on how to use the rules for maximum effect. The nation may suffer, but – and this is critical – if you are more concerned about money than the good of the nation, this is not the issue. Your money will be safely offshored, which is appropriate in a very international century
Judicial Support is often overlooked, and it can do wonders. It can conflate people with corporations. In a world of mass-media, it can also equate free speech (conceived in a time when even books were few and hard to come by) with massive super-Pac propaganda efforts. These can be paid for by anybody the Chinese, for example. This is the great blessing of controlling SCOTUS. SCOTUS is like the umpire. Own the umpire and you can’t lose.
And that, folks, is class warfare in the 21st Century. As ever it’s about money – only the tactics have changed. It’s smoke, mirrors, puppets and slogans. Forget pitchfork revolutions and just bend over. The pharmaceutical industry has drugs that guarantee it won’t hardly hurt at all.