So we were having this discussion with this lady in synagogue who prides herself as an activist and participates in numerous groups for social justice.
What was most striking to learn is how these days everyone is vying for the title of most oppressed.
It's no longer "cool" or "in" to be part of the elite privileged rich, strong, and powerful.
If you are any of these, you are part of the corrupt 1%--that have more wealth now than the other 99% of society combined--and you are leeches that feed off of the legitimate working, middle class society.
The privileged are the bullies, the racists, the occupiers, the unjust, the thieves, and the liars.
Today, people and groups are arguing to be put on the pedestal for who is underprivileged:
- The poorest in society
- The ones with the greatest inequality
- The most discriminated against and oppressed
- The smallest of the minorities
The prize for those that attain the marks of distinction for worst status can hope to achieve:
- Sympathy (protests, petitions, and actions for boycotts, divestitures, and sanctions)
- Economic Assistance (donations, grants, loans, scholarships, and advanced technology)
- Preferential treatment (college placement, training programs, hiring, promotion, business awards, and board seats)
- Votes (elections, laws, resolutions, decisions, and court awards)
The super underdog has it way up over the superpower.
Discontent by the masses, supercharged by social media, is leading to an overturning of society from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street.
Socialism even for presidential candidates is no longer a dirty word in Democratic America and terrorists around the world are now "freedom fighters."
Regimes such as Iran that sponsor terrorism, abuse human rights, and build weapons of mass destruction now just need to be "opened up" to the outside world and sanctions and non-proliferation is just more western bullying and infidel occupation.
Other countries like Syria that are ruled by tyrannical leaders that besiege their own cities, starve and torture their people, drop barrel bombs indiscriminately, and use chemical weapons are no longer crossing a "red line", but are simply in need of a political settlement and even can enjoy two or more years of continued rule.
Small but flourishing Democratic countries like Israel--the size of New Jersey and the only Jewish state in a world of 50 majority Muslim countries--is demonized as Apartheid oppressors of the Palestinians--those very people who are sworn to their destruction and to throwing them into the Sea--just 70 years after the Jewish Holocaust.
Back in the United States and in Europe, waves of mass immigration across borders is perfectly fine and perhaps even desired to file the ranks of needed employees, obtain desired future voters, and alleviate the aggrieved hearts of those that committed past atrocities or closed their doors to refugees in the past, while those that speak of vetting, border control, and homeland security are Nazi fascists.
Moreover increases in taxes and spending is in vogue, while general fiscal disciple, paring the national deficit and debt, and sequestration are lunatic concepts by those seeking to suppress the middle class and destroy America.
Don't get me wrong, we as a country can and should go a long way to decreasing inequality and improving the lives of everyone with a living wage, universal healthcare, paid maternity/paternity leave, free or reasonably-priced advanced education, and decent retirement benefits.
However, when we call everything and anything discrimination, racism, and inequality, take away individual accountability, make every grievance into a revolution and opportunity for a lynching or guillotine, things have gone from one insanity to just another. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)