The War on Capitalism: A Reminiscence from 2034

“Grandad,” the little girl said, “where were you when the war began?”

“Well, back in those days we lived in America and I was like a lot of people and worked for a small business. I worked very hard and I had good people who worked with me, and they worked hard like I did. Sometimes we worked 60 or 70 hours a week, but we earned good money and made our customers happy and we provided well for our families. Most of us had even put away money to start our own businesses or pay for a nice retirement.”

“But what did that have to do with the war, Grandad?”

“You see, at first we didn’t know it was a war at all. We thought the nation was in trouble and they were trying to save us. We thought they were heroes and wise men. But pretty soon they came to our town with government work programs which paid what they called a ‘prevailing union wage’ and a lot of our workers went to work for the government contractors. Our boss raised our wages to keep us on, but prices for everything were going up and pretty soon we had fewer and fewer customers, and even though we were earning a lot more, with the higher prices we were barely scraping by. The stock market went down and never recovered and we had to spend our savings at a quarter of what they had once been worth. They passed policies to help the poor and hurt the rich, but they actually targeted everyone who worked hard to help those who had no ambition.”

“What did you do then, Grandad?”

“When we had nothing left union organizers came to talk to us and some of my coworkers got really excited about how the unions could raise our wages and get us better contracts and new pensions. We held a vote and I would have voted against the union, but our votes weren’t going to be secret and I was afraid some of the other workers would be angry if I didn’t vote for the union, so I even went along.”

“Unions are good, Grandad. My teacher is from America. She wears a pin for hers and tells us they helped save the country.”

“Well, this union did get our wages raised and they got our hours reduced to only 35 hours a week, but that meant we weren’t really earning any more money per week, just per hour. And with the new taxes to pay for national healthcare and expanded social security and national debt reduction, even though our hourly wage was three times what it had been a few years before, we were taking home less than half of that pay and when we spent it everything had become so expensive we could barely feed our families.”

“So what happened, Grandad?”

“Well, one day our boss got us all together and he looked like he had been crying. He told us that he was going to have to shut down the business which had been in his family for 60 years, because he just couldn’t make enough money to justify the hard work he did every week. With the dollar worth so much less and executive salaries capped by the government and taxes so high, his family was barely scraping by too.”

“Was your boss old? Did he retire?”

“No, darling, he got a job supervising a factory in China. He retired years later to a condo in Phuket with a medal as a ‘Hero of the Peoples Economic Struggle.'”

“What next, Grandad? Were you unemployed?”

“I was one of the lucky ones. Since I had been a supervisor, I was able to get job as a manager in a slave factory in Indonesia. Most of my coworkers were less lucky. They turned to the union for help but the union was out of money. So they went on unemployment and then the dole, and now their children and grandchildren rake leaves and count crickets for the government.”

“So who won the ‘War on Greed,’ Grandad?”

“It was a war. No one wins wars. I guess that we all lost in the end. Except maybe the bureaucrats. They gained more power and more jobs. Or the Chinese who took our old ideas and made them work for them. But don’t call it the ‘War on Greed’ or even the ‘War on Capitalism’ like some still call it. To me it will always be the ‘War on the American Dream.’ You see they thought that the American Dream was about everyone having enough to get by, not about having the opportunity to be your best and achieve greatness. So they made war on us and our hopes and our dreams and we all lost. Now go read Sura 9:1-8 and write out three ways that Dhimmis can serve the Caliphate and Allah’s Hand on Earth.”


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Dave Nalle has worked as a magazine editor, a freelance writer, a capitol hill staffer, a game designer and taught college history for many years. He now designs fonts for a living and lives with his family in a small town just outside Austin where he is ex-president of the local Lions Club. He is on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus and Politics Editor of Blogcritics Magazine. You can find his writings about fonts, art and graphic design at The Scriptorium. He also runs a conspiracy debunking site at


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