Why Everything is Your Fault
by Paul Fenn

Blame has become the premise of contemporary politics. The left attacks the rich, the right attacks the poor. Environmentalists attack industrialists, and capitalists attack government. Blaming people often seems mean spirited, yet blame is only effective to the extent that it is true; it is power of blaming that it is partly true.

The practice of assigning blame for our crisis is popular these days, it would appear, not merely because of "hate," but because most everyone is guilty. The problem with blame is that it is usually used by a particular interest against another. A broader blaming strategy both reveals the limits of blaming (blaming always uses and abuses the truth) and identifies a common responsibility for the many crises of contemporary life.

The Rich. One can blame our diverse maladies on the rich, who as a class have become Junkers and Robber Barons again. As a class the rich are enemies of democracy, having had their way with the redistribution of this nation's wealth, successfully bastardizing our constitutional system of government to grant themselves priveledges and riches hitherto reserved for absolute despots and religious leaders.

The Poor. Conversely, our crisis may be efficiently blamed upon the poor, who blow their welfare checks on guns, crack cocaine and SEGA games; who fail to exploit tangible and hard-won resources of democracy such as universal suffrage, the public library, and the public school; and who have forgotten the virtues of self-respect and self-preservation in favor of the handout, low grade decadence, NIKE economics, self-victimization, and fratricide.