Capitalizing on the language of the oppressed has always been one of the favorite tactics of the oppressors. This maneuver has been used to great effect by Right-Wing Christians, who will hop on the cross at what seems like the slightest provocation. Did your “right to discriminate” bill get vetoed in Arizona? Suddenly, you’re at the mercy of a tyrannical government trampling your religious freedoms by trying to enforce Orwellian concepts like “tolerance” and “inclusiveness.”
Not content to let Christians corner the Persecution Complex market, the super wealthy have also joined in the kvetch fest. Billionaires who belong to a class that’s spent the last few years funneling $21 trillion – $31 trillion to overseas tax havens are now on the offensive. They’re complaining about being “demonized” and comparing themselves to Jews in 1930s Germany, because as the Religious Right has show us, Holocaust analogies can never be made in bad taste.
Bill Maher has noticed this rising trend, too. He recently examined it during Real Time with Bill Maher, saying that: “I used to think Hollywood egos were the neediest, but these masters of the universe? More like babies on a plane.” He took to task the wealthy whiners, including Steve Schwarzman and Tom Perkins, two wealthy stock traders who made recently headlines for their Nazi analogies. He ends the segment by responding to a statement from Sam Zell, who justified the 1% owning 40% of all the wealth because they work harder, by saying, “Okay, now we do need to come after you with pitchforks.”
Pitchforks and torches indeed; throw in some tar and feathers and we’ll be ready to roll.
You can watch Maher’s takedown in the video below.