Why Is Class Hatred Morally Superior to Race Hatred?

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Non-leftists see these men as thugs; much of the left sees them as fighters for equality. Yes, leftist dictators extinguish freedom and steal land and businesses from the rich — but none of this disturbs most of the left.

In fact, the left sees left-wing dictators as kindred spirits in hating inequality. In 2009, nine left-wing Democratic congressmen, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, visited Fidel Castro in Cuba and came back awestruck by the dictator. They even refused to meet with one of Cuba’s leading pro-democracy dissidents, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, an African-Cuban.

Non-leftists who cherish the American value of liberty over the left-wing value of socioeconomic equality, as well as those who adhere to Judeo-Christian values, do not regard the existence of economic classes as inherently morally problematic. If the poor are treated equally before the law, are given the chance and the liberty to raise their socioeconomic status and have their basic material needs met, the gap between rich and poor is not a major moral problem. Of course, if the rich got rich through deceitful or violent means, they must be prosecuted.

But America is a place where the way in which “poor” is defined renders most poor Americans materially equivalent to much of Europe’s middle class. America is also a place where the rich by and large legally acquired their wealth through hard work and entrepreneurial enterprise. So here, the existence of rich and poor is not a problem that demands governmental action.

So when I see the mostly young people of Occupy Wall Street — a mixture of the bored, the nihilistic, the seekers of excitement, the left-wing true believers, the confused idealists and those hoping to engage in violence — railing against the rich capitalists on Wall Street, I get worried. Because the hatred they express toward the rich is similar to that expressed against the rich by Stalin, Mao and Pot Pot. Of course, these people are not comparable to those killers. But class hatred must lead to bad things. That is why President Obama is playing with fire with his attacks on the rich.

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  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    You guys seem to think Cuba was a wonderful place before Castro took it over with his bare hands. Like Battista was a great guy and selling the island to the mafia was a good thing.

    • tanstaafl

      Watching "Godfather" reruns again?

      • Toa

        LOL- that's the first thing I thought!

  • NotaBene

    So the real question, Dennis, is: why is anti-Muslim hatred any better than class hatred?

    • Maxie

      Not better, just more selective. Hate gets focused on people who fly airplanes into large office buildings; abuse and exploit their women; practice pederasty; hate Jews; let their masses remain dirt-poor while the few wallow in exhorbitant oil wealth.

    • Herman Caintonette

      If you are a Jew, it is a matter of survival. The Muslims are still mad at us for stealing their land, creating Israel to serve as a solution for a European problem.

  • guest

    "But America is a place where the way in which “poor” is defined renders most poor Americans materially equivalent to much of Europe’s middle class."

    Wow, I've read a lot of stupid things on this site, but this one may take the cake. I would absolutely love to see the author provide some data to back up this claim. As someone who has worked with the poor in the US for 15 years, who has middle class family in Europe, and has more than a passing familiarity with actual research, this is truly a stunner to me!

    But wait! it gets better! The OWS folks have a hatred for the rich that could lead to genocide! Wow, you are on fire! Such analysis and sophisticated grasp of history and politics! The rich as the oppressed, nice one!

    But sarcasm aside, i would ask the author the opposite. Why do the rich hate the poor? They do all the back breaking, thankless work, yet the rich pay them a pittance, send them to jail disproportionately (20-25 percent of the population, 95 percent of the prison population), etc, etc. The only class war that's ever been waged in the US is the war of the rich against the poor.

    • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

      Hey guest,

      I am not very rich, but I can explain why I hate YOU so much, that when a hot civil war finally emerges I will go killing you and your ilk until I am dead.

      I am from the former USSR, and unlike the liberasts in America say, "hate IS one of my family values". The hate to commies and fellow travellers in the West, which prolonged the existence and agony of the former USSR and almost recreated the USSR here in America.

      • guest

        Hey Alex, it's nut cases like you that Horowitz and company count on to do their dirty work. By the way, capitalism looks like it's been great for Russia. Why don't you go home and enjoy it!

        • Maxie

          Communism didn't work too well in the USSR either. Matter of fact it hasn't worked out too well anywhere. Some ninety-four million and counting have died under Marxist tyrannys (*). By comparison Hitler killed a "mere" six million.
          (*) "The Black Book of Communism", Courtois et. al.
          See also "Last Exit to Utopia" by Jean-Francios Revel

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Hatred to "the rich of the time" had been always deeply seated in the darkest part of human soul. Humans are not born equal nor later become equally productive. Usually it is a minority which succeeds to advance the general human well being, while the majority tends to complain about unjust compensations.

    That is why one of the Ten Commandments instructs: You shelt not covet…

    Therefore ideas of Socialism are profoundly counter-Judaic albeit always very infectious.

    • Herman Caintonette

      Never mind that Jews were the world's first communists (see, the Essenes). Christians have even a larger problem, as Jesus' teachings are largely Essenic.

    • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

      Herman Caintonette,

      You are speaking about the so called secular split-offs "nothing but ethnic" "jews" of the 19-21 centuries. However by the definition, they have nothing to do with Judaism. In fact, they are enemies of the Judaism.

      As to Jesus Christ, He was a Jew preaching the duty to adhere to the spirit of the Law (Judaism) rather than to the mere rites.

      Judaism (and by extension Christianity) are antithetical to the envy and "justice" preached by socialists and progressives. And your attempt to link it with Judaism is one more proof of the intrinsic anti-semitism of the lefts.

  • Ronald W. Carnine

    Go ahead, start a class war. There are thousands just like me who love this country and have paid a high price to keep it safe. I still have my weapons (the gov't hasn't got them yet) and if you move against it you will taste our fury. We allowed you to do your little sit in (like we did in the 60"s) but we will not allow you to destroy our country. We believe in the Constitution and your right to freedom of speech, but don't go too far.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      But you’ll allow international banking cartels to destroy the country?

      • guest

        I know, right? These nut cases want to run around shooting everyone except the people stealing their money. How mad they will be when they realize the battle is not one that guns will win. I hope they really like skeet shooting.

        • Maxie

          Assuming you're familiar with Marxism perhaps you could explain just what his "Dictatorship of the Proletariat" is and how it's supposed to work? I say "supposed" because it has to be put in place by genocide – that is, killing everbody who doesn't "cooperate". As I noted above that amounts, so-far, to about ninety-four million people worldwide.Now go down to "wall street" and explain that to your hate-the-rich-job-creator friends. Text them first on your electronic object created some some rich SOB.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            Assuming most people, myself included are familiar with everything you assume they are not familiar with, shut up, stupid because I am not a Marxist.

  • StephenD

    “Being on the left means that you divide the world between rich and poor much more than you divide it between good and evil. For the leftist, the existence of rich and poor — inequality — is what constitutes evil.”

    Mr. Prager, here you have succinctly stated what the crux of the issue is with the Left in this country and indeed, around the world. Sometimes a simple slap in the face may be all that is needed to wake folks from their stupor but with this, I fear this lie burrows in deep and may eventually cost lives as it has throughout its history.

  • nagymama

    To the person who has family in Europe: how much does a middle-class wage-earner gets compared to the US middle-class wage earner?

    The average pay there is from 700 to 1000 Euros a month – do your calculation – how much is that per year? A doctor earns around 1200 Euros a month.. Dennis Prager is right – in the US, those numbers would classify you as "poor".

  • NopahKeeng

    Does anybody know how many problems could be solved by just vaporizing the homelands of the muslims? Does anybody know the answer to this question? Well, the answer is a whole lot of problems could be solved. Trust me, a whole lot of problems could be solved by just vaporizing the muslims and their sand dunes.. You see, when you vaporize the muslims and their sand dunes, you are vaporizing both of their race and class scams AT THE SAME TIME. Yes, both scams at the same time. Vaporized. Yes, I'm not kidding. Both scams! But, alas, too bad we have a muslims President. Too bad. We need a President who will vaporize the muslims and their sand dunes. I say this nicely so that it will be politically correct. If its politically correct, everybody will like it. And I said it politically correct. Yes, its time to vaporize the muslims and their sand dunes.