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Thrust of argument: Kenn Orphan writes 'In America, banal sadism towards the most vulnerable and disenfranchised has become normative. From reality and talk shows, to corporate news broadcasts, to political speeches, the message could not be more clear. If you are poor, a person of color, a woman, elderly, non- Christian, an immigrant, a refugee from one of America's imperialistic wars, a prisoner, a user of illegal drugs, a veteran with PTSD, homeless, disabled or gender or heterosexually non- conforming, you and you alone are responsible for the misery you must endure. The established institutions of society, and by definition the powerful, are let off the hook; and the 'pull yourself up by your bootstraps' mentality is used as a battering ram to pulverize those viewed as weak or defective. The hypermasculine mantra of 'personal responsibility' has permeated virtually every medium and institution, from education to public policy to religion to healthcare and employment. This can be attributed to the neoliberal policies celebrated by Britain's Margaret Thatcher, and ensconced into the American economic landscape by Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton in the latter part of the 20th century. They have metastasized into a monster of authoritarian class rule in the first part of this century, with the natural environment, people of color and the poor suffering in its wake. The misanthropic rambling of Ayn Rand, the patron saint of neoliberal capitalism, is the liturgy of the current economic order, and of all domestic and foreign policies that emanate from Washington and Wall Street.' Direction of resistance / implied resistance: Talk, sincerely, to any retail or service staff in Britain and you'll find out that they are usually in despair, usually unhappy about their lot, which is not very surprising, but you can even go out and check the facts and see how much discontent there is.

 

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