„The corporate right and the political right declared class warfare on working people a quarter of a century ago and they've won“

Interview (28 October 2003) http://www.buzzflash.com/interviews/03/10/int03281.html
Contexto: The corporate right and the political right declared class warfare on working people a quarter of a century ago and they've won … Take the paradox of Rush Limbaugh, ensconced in a Palm Beach mansion massaging the resentments across the country of white-knuckled wage earners, who are barely making ends meet in no small part because of the corporate and ideological forces for whom Rush has been a hero.

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