The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. The ruling capitalist class, internationally, sees the writing on the wall. The elites’ attempts to establish something like fascism are acts of desperation. The tax bill is a reflection of the current weakness of the working class, a chance for the owners to get it while they can. It’s not just greed. They need this money to negotiate their survival once the working class gets it together to fight back.
Consider the advances of working class power in the twentieth century. The Russian Revolution in 1917. The New Deal. The defeat of Hitler primarily by the Soviet Union. The establishment of a social democratic Europe. The Chinese Revolution of 1949. The anti-colonial struggles from 1950-1980. The Cuban Revolution of 1959. The civil rights movement. The anti-Vietnam War movement and the ignominious defeat of U. S. forces in Vietnam.
The turning point in the U. S. came in 1981 when the labor movement as a whole refused to stand up to Reagan’s firing of 11,000 striking air traffic controllers. No one called for a strike of all airline unionists in support of those choreographing the airports, saving millions of lives a day?
Of course, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 was a huge blow. Yes the USSR was f-uped in many ways, but it supported liberation struggles. It helped Cuba, the brightest spot in the working class movement.
Sooner or later we’re going to get it together and develop societies based on human solidarity. Based on the best of what it means to be human.