OK David9176, you pushed my rant button
To start with, I do not believe in political parties or the labels of Conservative or Liberal. Frankly, they functionally do not exists. Some may
claim affiliation but it means little with regards to our current situation.
Class warfare gets a little closer but sound bites rarely tell the whole tale truthfully. Socialism, Capitalism, S***headism, they mean nothing to me.
I adhere to none of them and believe none truly exist in the real world. These are just argument starters.
In my, some may say obtuse, opinion, the discussion is far more fundamental and far more human than most feel comfortable thinking about. Our laws,
our economy, our morals are not in stone. We just happen to agree upon them long term for our benefit. This agreement may take on different
appearances but in the end it almost always works out the same.
You have some which get the short end of the stick. Call them the poor, the disenfranchised, the unambitious, whatever. You have those who disagree
with the agreement or do not want to play by the rules. Call them criminals, terrorists, freedom fighters, etc. You have some who are really able to
game the agreement. Call them wealthy, the survival of the fittest (their term no doubt), the sociopaths, etc. Most just fall somewhere into a middle
ground of grumbling contentment.
Regardless, there is only so much wealth and good stuff to go around. Once the good stuff starts running short for whatever reason, the balance of the
agreement becomes unstable. I believe that is what we are starting to see right now. We have some who feel their rightful share of good stuff should
really be greater and it has to come from somewhere.
The problem occurs when one party abandons the tenants of the agreement, they still believe everyone else needs to maintain their part. When the
others don't, you get what we are seeing in the Middle East right now and to a lesser extent in the US.
OK. Rant over. But I really think it comes down to folks arguing over their share of the pie. No socio-babble or politico-babble covers that up.