Joe Bageant

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on March 29, 2011

A few years ago, PG still had a job. The industry was crashing before his eyes, but PG never gave less than one hundred percent. One of the ways the company had of saving money was to order people to clock out, and take a full hour for lunch, everyday. PG used this time to look at the internet. One day, he stumbled onto Joe Bageant.

The blog was an eye opener. It was the sort of talk that PG enjoyed…that the biznocracy ran America, and the political parties were a sham. Liberal and conservative, black and white, gay and straight…these were useless labels, used by the ruling class to divide and conquer. Bageant said that the media view of America was a hologram, with no relation to reality.

After a while, PG got tired of reading Joe Bageant. Maybe it was the discouraging thought that the man was correct, but that there was nothing that could be done. It is the same realization that PG came to in 1986, with the Government importing cocaine to pay for an undeclared war, while declaring a drug war on it’s own citizens. You were either fighting a losing battle, or flying under the radar, while working for the emperor’s tailor.

Meanwhile, Joe Bageant kept on keeping on. His best days were behind him, and the excesses of his youth were catching up. He published a book, Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War. He taped an interview with dangerousminds to promote this book. This interview gives you a twenty minute look into Joe Bageant. You can listen to it while multi tasking.

One of the themes here is the tendency of working class people to do things against their best interests. In the 1860s, the south fought a gruesome war against the north. One of the major reasons was the question of slavery. The poor white people of the south fought, and died, for the ability of their snooty neighbor to own slaves. There was no good reason for white trash to die for the right of someone else to own slaves, and yet they did it. They believed they were “fightin for my rats”.

Joe Bageant took his last breath on March 26, 2011. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

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