For the reality is that our two major political parties are engaged in a fierce struggle over the future shape of American society. Democrats want to preserve the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — and add to them what every other advanced country has: a more or less universal guarantee of essential health care. Republicans want to roll all of that back, making room for drastically lower taxes on the wealthy. Yes, it’s essentially a class war.I dont understand the intricancies of Obama's Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, but if Krugman says it is a class war, it is a class war for me too. American social classes are, to large extent, ethnic groups or races, with the descendants of North East Europeans and East Asians in the upper half, and the Mestizo and Mulatto majority in the bottom half. Therefore Krugman's class war is not the classic European social structure as analyzed by Marx, but a double class/race war more similar to a colonial pre-liberation situation.
Talkative old farts are always remembering boring and irrelevant anecdotes and I'm always true and never ashamed of my own nature. Under Rabin's Labor government, I was tangentially involved in large industrial parks in the North of the Gaza Strip, and another near Kever Benjamin. These parks (situated exactly in the border) intended to provide jobs and absorb Palestinian unemployed, without letting them enter into Israel proper. We Jews are good in economic development and these parks succeeded immediately and hundreds of factories moved into them employing tens of thousands of Palestinians. My interest was toxic wastewaters because Israel's strict ruled unenforced in them. I used to push myself aggressively into the center and did participate in many meetings.
Those large industrial parks are long inexistent and forgotten. (How fast the world changes!) In a certain moment, I recall, a wild strike exploded - the Palestinian workers protested against low salaries, inhuman working conditions and general exploitation by the Israeli factory owners. The strike was rapidly isolated and suffocated. I was not a real insider and dont know the whole story but the socialist Labour government was much alarmed. Many halutzim (pioneers) were still living and in positions of power, they were yiddish-speaking ideological Marxists and Socialists, as was I, and they saw themselves as working class. They could not live with the idea that they have turned into exploiters and what most alarmed them was the fact that the exploiters were Jews and the exploited - Palestinians living under military occupation.
One old halutz said that this was exactly the situation most feared by early Zionists: Jews settling in the country and establishing a typical colonial exploitation regime. That was unconceivable and for them, the end of Zionism. They had established their kibbutzim based on the rigid dogma of "Avoda Ivrit" - Hebrew Labor. No Jewish farm or factory would employ natives. Zionism's purpose was not to make Jews rich but to liberate them from the psychological and social ills of the Galuth. (pic. Rehovot, 1924)
In short time the industrial zones were dismounted, razed and never mentioned again.
Concluding: What seems to be developing in America is a class-cum-race segmentation, and according to Krugman, war. Some kind of internal colonial war. If I were American, I would be alarmed.