It’s a classic peasant mentality:
Going into fits of groveling and bowing whenever the master’s carriage rides by,
- Then fuming against the Turks in Crimea or the Jews in the Pale or whoever after spending fifteen hard hours in the fields.
You know you’re a peasant when you worship the very people who are right now, this minute, conning you and taking your shit.
Whatever the master does, you’re on board.
Or he puts out newspapers full of innuendo about this or that faraway group and you immediately salute and rush off to join the hate squad.
A good peasant is loyal, simpleminded, and full of misdirected anger.
And that’s what we’ve got now, a lot of misdirected anger searching around for a non-target to mis-punish… can’t be mad at AIG, can’t be mad at Citi or Goldman Sachs.
The real villains have to be the anti-AIG protesters!
Neofeudalism is a concept in which government policies are designed to systematically increase the wealth gap between rich and poor while increasing the power of the rich over the poor. It’s a party-neutral idea.
Neofeudalism isn’t just about the powerful taking over everything. It’s about conditioning the poor to accept their designated role in society, even fighting to defend the ability of the wealthy to exploit them. (Source)
When the excesses of business interests and their political proteges in Washington leave the regular guy broke and screwed, the response is always for the lower and middle classes to split down the middle and find reasons to get pissed off not at their greedy bosses but at each other. That’s why even people like Beck’s audience, who I’d wager are mostly lower-income people, can’t imagine themselves protesting against the Wall Street barons who in actuality are the ones who fucked them over. (Source)
See also: http://vimeo.com/6475921