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Working class 911: Whatever you do . . . don’t call Uncle Joe

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Heading into 2020 there is much hand-wringing by the corporate news media over what they perceive as a dangerous anti-capitalist lurch to the left within the Democratic Party which these very well-paid folks see as "self-destructive."

Your view on any great battle is always going to be based on where you stand. If your take of the current punditocracy yields six figures or better, there’s really no need to upend society’s architecture. Clearly, for you, capitalism is working just fine.

For the corporate Democrats the thought of socialists getting control of the party machinery is terrifying. That’s why the "moderate" Democrat that comes to their mind is former Vice-President Joe Biden. He actually knows some working-class people, speaks their language and knows how to take an Amtrak train with them. Who else better to tame the excesses of capitalism than an elder statesman from Delaware like Biden who for decades blocked and tackled for the banking and credit card industry that rewarded him with massive campaign cash for his yeoman service.

As for righting the crime against humanity that was this country’s racist war on drugs that’s incarcerated a generation of people of color by criminalizing drug addiction, who else better to fix it than Uncle Joe, one of the framers of the pernicious policy.

And if you happen to be one of the middle-aged parents with a millennial son or daughter in your basement whose future is shackled by college debt neither you nor your kid can ever pay back, why Uncle Joe is sure to have the key. After all, he was the Senator who made it impossible for college loans to be discharged by bankruptcy.

In the epic struggle between capital and labor there’s been no better........

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