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A nice point somebody else made, anyway

This is a great bit of connecting the dots. This is what America needs - Insourcing. Yes, I know that insourcing is used currently to describe the ballyhooed phenomenon of foreign companies employing Americans in America. Well, that's typically because the foreign company bought out the American's former U.S. employer. And it basically doesn't happen very much at all. No, insourcing should refer to bringing foreigners into America in order to do the sort of jobs here the rest of us don't want.

Which brings my mind to class war. Insourcing new labor for the class war... What is so interesting about America's class struggle is the lack of heirarchical structure. Most class systems use pecking order systems, wherein each member knows his place, and a member of level n + 2 can peck not just n + 1, but n and n - 1 and on down. What we've got going on here is a crazy mishmash. Nobody knows who in America is worse off - Hispanics or blacks - Hispanics have worse jobs, blacks fewer; blacks get the worst education, hispanics don't assimilate enough. Are Asians inferior to Whites? It must be troubling to republicans not to know the answer. But the root cause of these types of confusion is the new aspect of class war - it is no longer a "hot" war, it is a cold war, like the war between Russia and America or Coke and Pepsi.

The class war is cold because it is no longer carried out primarily by the man in the street or office, persecuting and discriminating. It is carried out through indirect means. It is carried out through tax codes and educational funding, through police department policy, so spectacularly in Hollywood debasement of the enemy, etc. It is a bureaucratic war, the same way all cold wars are. A war of rhetoric, i sinuous war of jockeying for position.

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