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Oh, well put. I think that another factor in 1984 was Ueberroth's successful corporatization of the LA Olympics. I think it created an attitude: "It made a profit! We can do anything! Who needs those boycotting Commies anyway! Our way is best!"

And away we went, further down the hill (not up to the shining city, but down to the valley below, culminating after a slight bump between 1993 and 2000 with the GWB torture-condoning, financial system-collapsing, spy-on-everybody security state we have now.


It isn't hard to figure out how Republicans got average people to think that the ruling class's interests were identical to their own. We admire rich people and think they are winners, while people who need help are losers. Who wants to identify with weaklings and losers?

The wealthy and their political allies kidded people into believing that only losers needed protection and help. "Big shots don't depend on stuff like Social Security. They invest their own money and live off the proceeds. After all, aren't you smarter than the government?" The problem is, you aren't in a financial league with the big shots. If they drop a few million in the stock market, they aren't living in a refrigerator box, but you sure as hell will.

The wealthy and their allies also created a false sense of security in the generations that moved from blue to white collar jobs. People thought that because they got a college degree, and went to work in suits, that in effect they were on a par with the bosses. The bosses never believed any such thing. They just believed these new workers were suckers with nice suits and no union security.

People are disdainful of workers who depend on unions to protect their jobs, too, because all winners are individualists. They overlook the fact that the wealthy are the biggest union, in and of themselves. They will stick their hands out for goodies in a minute. When 9/11 happened, people needed a little time to get over their shock and ask for help. The airlines didn't even wait till the fires banked before asking the feds for help. That's the difference between self-shaming people who need a handout, and shameless people who step right up for goodies and don't even blink.

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