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Class conflict on the bus

I had an epic journey to H. & R. Block on public transportation. Strong lumpenproletariat ridership, lots of people under some sort of compliance regimen, like methadone or a court order. Some oldsters, some moms with babies in carriers. So at one point we're making our way down a service road by a medical clinic, and an elderly woman walks out into the road in front of the bus:

"WTF?!" [chorus].

She walks about half a block, then turns off the road and gets into her car. The bus speeds up and pulls away onto the main road.

"She drives a Mercedes. You drive a Mercedes, you don't have to follow the rules."

"That's right."

"People who drive Cadillacs don't have to follow the rules either!"

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I don't take the bus every day, but I've taken it often enough over the years. I've never heard a conversation like that. Now, I wouldn't run out and raise the red flag because of it; the conversationalists are pretty beaten down day to day, and in any case may not be especially good planners especially for the long term. But I'd call this a change in the zeitgeist. The lumpenproletariat is pretty concrete and conservative in its thinking. If this idea has gotten to them, it's pervasive.

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Submitted by jawbone on

I think Occupy Wall Street actually had a huge effect on how the public feels it can talk about, the 99 Percent part at least, social and economic conditions.

Obama is going to destroy the Dem Party, I predict. But I've been saying that since before he won the nomination in '08....

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

I agree with you that Occupy changed something. 50 % of Americans don't engage in elections. And I no longer think its apathy as we are led to believe. I think they know the system is rigged. They are the smart ones. Now we need more people on the busto call out the oligarchs. But we also need the Prius drivers to wake up.