“Who does Barack talk about all the time?” Santorum asked a group of Republicans recently in Lyon County, Iowa. “The middle class. Since when in America do we have classes? Since when in America are people stuck in areas, or defined places called a class? That’s Marxism talk. When Republicans get up and talk about middle class we’re buying into their rhetoric of dividing America. Stop it.” — Source: Salon, August 16
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On Monday, August 26, Jane Taber wrote in The Globe and Mail:
“After a summer on the road, Justin Trudeau is refining his middle-class message and gearing up to fight Stephen Harper on pocketbook issues – an area of economic policy where the Liberals believe the Tories are weak and where Mr. Trudeau can shine.”
So, Canadian politicians, too, are engaging in “Marxism talk”. By now every politician is a Marxian and a Keynesian and a Freudian. These terms are not meaningless, but their meaning is imprecise.
When politicians speak of the middle class – Jane Taber is right – they mean pocketbook issues.
Or could they mean that members of the upper class are so rich that they don’t have to worry about money, and members of the lower class don’t matter because they don’t have any?