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“It is likely our sizable wealth and relative comfort, then, and not some paucity of character, that best explains the American people’s acquiescence to the troubling growth of the national security state, an increasingly militarized police force, and widening inequality of income and wealth. The need to protest feels somehow less pressing when the nature of our consumer economy, and the relatively comfortable existence much of the country lives, give at least the impression of prosperity.

“And that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand: It’s a good thing, after all, that Americans, even many of whom are poor, enjoy a level of comfort in short supply in other parts of the world. But it’s also striking how the abundance of certain mass-produced creature comforts can pacify what might otherwise seem like unacceptable corruptions of the political system. Which is why it’s so insane (and strategically shortsighted) that those on the right who work tirelessly to promote our massively unequal society are so unyielding in their commitment to waging a class war.

“Our silence could be purchased for a token, the scraps from an overflowing table, but avarice – as an end unto itself – is baked too deeply into the right’s political ideology.”

Read the rest at Salon. “Waiting for a millennial revolution: Could baby boomers’ worst nightmare finally come true?