Class warfare, economic violence, and the Labor Force Participation Rate

Class warfare, economic violence, and the Labor Force Participation Rate

A Pew Survey released yesterday illustrates that less people are falling for the tired vilification of the wealthy.

While the number is still way too high, the survey revealed that 58% of adults say there is a “very strong” or “strong” conflict between the rich and the poor, down from 66% who said the same in a December 2011 survey.

In 2009, the number was at 47%.

This is relevant because politically speaking, those who often perpetuate class warfare are actually seeking to get even more money for themselves. More money for more special interest groups equal more votes. Shrouded in terms like “fairness,” these class war-mongers are only interested in their own political careers, careers that are very lucrative themselves.

Perhaps more citizens are waking up to this sad truth. It should be noted that the strongest conflict perceived by Americans was between political parties, at 81%. Between black and white, 39% of adults sense a “very strong” or “strong” conflict, which was heartening, as the figure did not budge from 2009.

Economic Violence

In keeping with the class war theme, in support of President Obama’s “pivot” to “income inequality,” the #EconomicViolence hashtag was started by a bunch of socialists, but was effectively hijacked by those hungry for fiscal responsibility, as reported at Twitchy (which included a tweet from yours truly, the author may add).

With tweets as outrageous as this one, it was way too tempting:

And to shamelessly promote a popular tweet:

If one looks to Twitter for a snapshot in time, the response to the #EconomicViolence hashtag was reassuring, indeed.

Labor Force Participation Rate

Finally, and this is BIG (and not in a good way),

After the job numbers were reported yesterday, Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge revealed that Americans not in the labor force are at an all time high of 91.8 millionHe posted a disturbing chart showing that more and more people are simply dropping out of the work force:

He writes,

“Curious why despite the huge miss in payrolls the unemployment rate tumbled from 7.0% to 6.7%? The reason is because in December the civilian labor force did what it usually does in the New Normal: it dropped from 155.3 million to 154.9 million, which means the labor participation rate just dropped to a fresh 35 year low, hitting levels not seen since 1978, at 62.8% down from 63.0%.”

Class warfare, like faux cries of “racist!” are distracting Americans (and the world, sadly) from those powerful forces that made America a world power in the first place. What brings a nation prosperity? In a nutshell, it is innovation, coupled with integrity. And the freedom to pursue lofty endeavors. The freedom is being chipped away by burdensome regulations and stifling taxes placed on America’s producers.

Renee Nal

Renee Nal

Renee Nal is a co-founder of, a news and political commentary site founded by former Glenn Beck interns. She is also the National Conservative Examiner. Renee is an associate producer for Trevor Loudon's political documentary, 'The Enemies Within.'


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