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Class warfare is a Marxist notion that people in different social classes must necessarily be in conflict with each other, the rich seeking to keep the poor down and the poor seeking to take away what belongs to the rich.

“'Class warfare' first entered the political lexicon primarily as an attack by liberals against conservatives.” <ref>The art of "class warfare", Ben Fritz, Spinsanity.org, January 15, 2003</ref>

Democrats

The era of Obama has ushered in a new push by Democrats to make class warfare a centerpiece of the 2012 political cycle. Obama makes the most noise when it comes to class warfare but his congressional allies and those in the media very much help facilitate the message.

Weeks before America heard of the Buffett Rule (Tax the rich), Democrats in San Francisco were trying out their class warfare message. See video

The Occupy Wall Street movement is fundamentally a classic Marxist class warfare direct action movement.

Marxist theory

The apocalyptic language of Marx's class warfare argument is articulated in Volume I of Das Kapital. Few modern economists believe there is any scientific basis for Marx's dark forebodings, yet some sociologists and political scientists remain dedicated to varying twists of Marx's emotional appeal.

Why is class warfare problematic?

At the first glance, the idea of “taxing the rich and giving to the poor” appears “fair”. However, there are many problems with this idea. Under a capitalist system, one becomes “rich” through the process of hard work, and raising taxes on this group signals that this hard work is not being appreciated. In addition, the demonized top 1% of Americans pay 22% of all revenue<ref>http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0415/Taxes-and-the-rich-How-much-do-they-pay-now</ref>, while the bottom 50% of Americans pay nothing in income tax, clearly indicating that those who are wealthy already pay a “fair” share of revenue. The richest Americans are also known to be in control of job creating industries; taking too much from this group will yield job losses, which ends up hurting the average American.

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