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Bob Herbert’s vision of the class war … and mine

The NYTIMES columnist Bob Herbert had an article in this morning’s online edition entitled 

Winning the Class War

Reading this against the background of just having finished Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” was fascinating. Herbert describes an American system anno 2010 that is remarkably similar to Russian system anno 1810, in the sense that wealth and power are to a higher and higher degree inherited. Americans anno 2010 don’t call themselved “Count” and “Prince”, and they no longer feel obliged to take care of and provide for their serfs. Those are the main differences.

Of course I’m exaggerating. Read more…

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