The Democratic and Republican Parties Serve the Same Plutocracy, But in Very DIFFERENT Ways
November 22, 2019
The Democratic Party and the Republican Party (a.k.a. "GOP" for "Gallant Old Party" from 1875 referring to its having "saved the union" during the Civil War) in the United States both serve and are both funded by the same ruling plutocracy of billionaires. Both parties are instruments that the plutocracy uses to perpetuate the class inequality that is the basis of its vast wealth and power and privilege. The plutocracy uses both parties to control the rest of the population. But the parties serve the plutocracy in very different ways.
The GOP gives people who are the most pro-capitalist (the wealthiest people and also those who are hopeful of being wealthy one day) very coherent, and hence effective, pro-capitalist ideological leadership. The purpose is to make the most pro-capitalist people have the great confidence that is necessary for them to be business, cultural and government leaders--leaders who believe that class inequality is a good thing because it motivates people to work harder and thereby make the proverbial "pie" bigger so that even the poorest people with the small "slices" will end up with more "pie." This pro-capitalist ideology has been honed to perfection over many centuries, from Adam Smith's "invisible hand" in the 18th century to Rush Limbaugh's daily dose of it today. It's an ideology that works--it gives strength and confidence to people who like class inequality today.
In stark contrast, the Democratic Party gives the opposite kind of ideological leadership to the opposite kinds of people. The Democratic Party says it is the party of the people at the bottom of our unequal society, and the leadership it gives them is designed to weaken them with absurd and contradictory ideas that make them a laughingstock. For example:
The Democratic Party tells white working class people that they benefit from---enjoy a "white privilege" (the word "privilege" means by definition a benefit) as a result of--the fact (yes, it is a fact!) that non-whites are treated worse by the police and the rich and powerful in society. But white working claas people are HARMED by racial discrimination against non-whites, not benefited by it. The "white privilege" concept is absurd, and designed to undermine the confidence of white working class people in the justness of their desire to have a better life than what they "enjoy" at the bottom of our capitalist class inequality. If you don't understand this, read about it here and in the articles linked to from here.
The Democratic Party tells its followers that they would be bigots unless they approve of "transgender bathroom" laws like the one in Massachusetts that makes it a crime (punishable by a $50,000 fine and a year in jail) for a woman in a public-access shower or locker room to tell a naked adult person there with male genitalia to leave. If you don't understand this, read about it here.
The Democratic Party tells its followers that they would be racist or anti-humanitarian if they opposed letting Muslim terrorists enter the country to kill us, or if they opposed letting relatively high paying jobs in fields such as construction be destroyed by illegal immigrants doing that work for peanuts. The Democratic Party (and the GOP also) never tells people the TRUTH about these issues so that they could have a sensible opinion about them; it makes sure that they are only offered an opinion based on ignorance of the relevant facts and one that is easy for GOP followers to ridicule. If you don't understand this, read about it here and here.
The Democratic Party makes its followers be perceived by others as dangerously idiotic. It makes its followers defend things without being able to do it persuasively; it mkes its followers have to rely on insults and outrage instead. This does two things. 1) It renders the followers of the Democratic Party ideologically too weak to mount anything close to a real challenge to the plutocracy and its class inequality! 2) It results in pitting about half the population against the other half: divide-and-rule.
It's important to understand how differently the two parties serve the plutocracy. Saying that the two parties are identical or that there's no real difference between them (on the grounds that they do indeed both serve the same plutocracy) is half right but also half wrong. People know very well that there is a difference between pro-GOP personalities such as Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump versus pro-Democratic Party personalities such as Robert Reich and Elizabeth Warren. These people will think that anybody (such as myself when I say voting isn't going to remove the rich from power) who says there's no difference between the parties is delusional. We don't want people to think we're delusional, do we?