Are the Occupy Wall Street protests class warfare? Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says it is, as do many others. Do you agree?
Before you answer, consider this definition of class conflict or warfare, quoted from Wikipedia:
“Class conflict is the tension or antagonism which exists in society due to competing socioeconomic interests between people of different classes. Class conflict can take many different forms: direct violence, such as wars fought for resources and cheap labor; indirect violence, such as deaths from poverty, starvation or unsafe working conditions; coercion, such as the threat of losing a job or pulling an important investment; or ideology, either intentionally (as with books and articles promoting anti-capitalism) or unintentionally (as with the promotion of consumerism through advertising). The conflict can be open, as with a lockout aimed at destroying a labor union, or hidden, as with an informal slowdown in production protesting low wages or unfair labor practices.”
Speaking in 2006, super investor Warren Buffet said, “There’s class warfare, all right. But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Ironically, Buffet’s recent recommendation to tax the rich—now called the Buffett Rule, as we discussed before on ourValues.org—is actually one of the demands of Occupy Wall Street.
Do you think class warfare is real or just a made up concept?
Does Occupy Wall Street qualify as a form of class warfare?
Would a little class warfare be a good or bad thing?
Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue on American values.