“When the poor lock horns with the poor, the rich have every reason to rub their hands with glee.
It is not just that the danger of them turning on those responsible for their suffering will be averted indefinitely, as it has been in the past whenever the principle of ‘divide and rule’ has been cleverly and effectively implemented;
today there are new reasons to rejoice, specific to our times, conditioned as they are by the new character of the global power setting.
Global powers today use a strategy of distance and non-engagement, made possible by the speed with which they are able to move, slipping effortlessly and without warning out of the grasp of local authorities, easily escaping even the densest of net, leaving to the warring native tribes the ungrateful task of toiling for a truce, healing wounds and clearing the rubble.” Bauman 2011, 42, 43
"The ease of movement of the elite in the planetary ‘space of flows’ … depends to a great extent on the inability or unwillingness of the ‘natives’ … to act with solidarity.
The more discordant their relationships and the more dispersed the natives,
the more numerous and slimmer their warring factions,
the more passion they invest in in fighting their equally weak opponents from the neighbourhood,
the smaller is the chance that they will ever bring themselves to unite and close ranks.” Bauman 2011, 43
SOURCE: Zygmunt Bauman. 2011. Culture in a Liquid Modern World.