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 the objective of the American system is to produce an underclass is just BS  

It is not the objective, but it is an objective.  This is basic.  You cannot understand American life without understanding this.  

I suppose I should support my claim.  The most direct approach I can think of is to look at President Johnson's "War on Poverty in the mid 1960's.  It did much good, but there were numerous cases where nothing was accomplished.  Corruption aside (there was some) typically that was because there were powerful people who profitted from the poverty of others, and wanted it to continue.  The coal regions of Appalachia (West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia) are perhaps the best known of these.  Keeping coal miners destitute was an active goal of the coal companies, and the government's efforts were blocked.  

Naturally, the US does not advertise that an underclass is an essential part of the system.  But it is not much of a secret, either.  

How does this apply to Europe?  Surely I don't know.  But being nominaly socialist, the governments of Europe at least do not work under the burden of an ideology that says the welfare of the people is not a concern.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 04:45:01 AM EST
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