quote:Originally posted by Frenchy:
First, I think this assumes that exploited poor whites are fully aware of the exploitation inherent in Capitalism, which I don't think in general they are.
Frenchy - that's the point. They are absolutely oblivious to it. They know that their lives are full of poverty and angst. The rich make them think it's because black folks are taking their jobs or whatever, when in reality it is because they are being exploited by wealthy whites.
That's the point precisely!
quote:The poor love the idea of capitalism, that all that matters is money and getting it and anything goes and blahblahmindlessdrivel because it plays right into the idea that we are living in some kind of meritocracy. "If I can just work hard and get my hands on enough capital, I, too, can be one of the elite (and have maids and butlers and rule over hundreds of workers and basically continue the cycle of exploitation)."
And this is the marketing appeal that the wealthy sell to the poor to help them buy into capitalism. Just like the prospects of hitting the lottery, poor and working class whites are fixated on one day themselves "making it big" - when in reality, of course, this very rarely happens.