Last night I saw a play entitled, Good People. Then this morning I heard the second part of an interview with J K Rowlings about her new adult novel, The Causal Vacancy.
While listening to Rowlings, it occurred to me she was almost talking about the drama I saw last night. The theme is the same, class.
Conservative people in the U. S. have been very successful at diverting attention from class for two or three decades. They divert it by criticizing anyone who brings up the topic. “You’re bringing up class warfare and that’s not what our country is all about.”
But, that is what it’s about. Not only the U. S., but every society on every continent since the beginning of time. The Jesus character in the Bible appeared long after the beginning of time, but he had plenty of bad things to say about the rich.
There is nothing especially bad about “class warfare”, or, especially good. It is just a part of the human experience. To think the general public would sit back and allow forever the rich to get richer and the poor poorer is unrealistic.
There is a myth anyone who works hard will not be poor. The real truth is that most, not all, people who make it out of poverty had a break others did not have. Bad breaks held most, not all, others back.
That this truth is being told in the arts means politics can’t be far behind.