How the Far Right Is Behaving like Communists
Certainly since Lyndon Johnson pushed through the social safety-net programs known collectively as the Great Society, but even since FDR began to create the first of those safety-net programs as part of his New Deal, the Far Right has been arguing vehemently that such programs are tantamount to communism, that they represent an unethical and un-American confiscation and redistribution of personal wealth.
Because of the persistence and the vehemence with which the Far Right has made these talking points and because of the continuing resonance of the so-called “protestant work ethic” in the national mythos, many Americans with more moderate political views have come to regard such programs as giveaways to the undeserving, rather than as demonstrations of compassionate government or social justice.
I think that the current efforts by both corporations and GOP lawmakers to get out from under the pension obligations to ordinary Americans should be framed in…
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