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"'All The Psychoses of US History' : How America is Victim-Blaming The Corona Virus Dead!" by Lois Beckett:

"As racism warps the US pandemic response, a health crisis has escalated into a Culture War."

Why do Americans represent less than 5% of the world’s population but nearly a third of the known coronavirus death toll? Not because of government incompetence, the Trump administration is arguing, but because Americans are very unhealthy.

The United States’ organized response to the pandemic had been “historic”, Trump’s health secretary, Alex Azar, told CNN on 17 May, but America “unfortunately” has a “very diverse” population, and black Americans and minorities “in particular” have “significant underlying disease”.

Jake Tapper, the CNN anchor interviewing Azar, paused and squinted. Surely, he asked, Azar was not arguing that “the reason that there were so many dead Americans is because we’re unhealthier than the rest of the world?”

Azar doubled down: “These are demonstrated facts.”

“That doesn’t mean it’s the fault of the American people that the government failed to take adequate steps in February …” Tapper said.

“This is not about fault. It’s about simple epidemiology,” Azar said, adding in a pious tone: “One doesn’t blame an individual for their health condition. That would be absurd.”

Blaming black Americans for dying from a novel virus because they had diabetes or high blood pressure was precisely what Azar was doing. Someone had to be held responsible for an American death toll approaching 100,000 people, worse than any other country’s reported deaths. In order for the Trump administration to remain blameless, someone else had to be blamed, and the administration was now blaming the dead.

It took less than a month after the first shelter-in-place orders to devolve into a full-blown partisan culture war, complete with armed protests egged on by the president; conservatives questioning or denying death numbers; pundits arguing against a continued lockdown with lines like, “You can call me a Grandma killer”; attempts by hair salons and barbers to stage acts of civil disobedience; and some states led by Republican governors moving to quickly reopen, even as other states with Democratic governors announced months of continued restrictions.

A majority of Americans remain supportive of public health restrictions, including nearly half of Republican voters and 68% of people who have lost a job or suffered a pay cut.

The anti-lockdown demonstrations at state capitols have attracted a messy jumble of protesters: anti-vaccine activists and other conspiracy theorists, rightwing provocateurs, members of known anti-government militias, gun rights advocates, established conservative groups backed by wealthy billionaire donors, Republican stalwarts and people who were actually out of work.

It would be wrong to argue that racism was the sole motivation for the protests, or even a decisive factor for the many different protesters who showed up.

But the moment when the US response to coronavirus escalated into a full culture war is revealing. The big protests at state capitols, with crowds of white Americans demanding their governors reopen the economy, started about a week after national news outlets began reporting in early April that black Americans made up a disproportionate number of the dead.

Systemic racism created the health disparities that made black and brown Americans more vulnerable to dying from coronavirus, public health experts say; and now the same racism is also shaping, and undermining, the country’s political response to the pandemic.

Back to the Puritans

It’s not surprising that Americans, who are used to tackling every problem through the lens of “individual rights”, would struggle with how to respond to the collective demands of a pandemic.

“It’s this mismatch in terms of a social problem, and the tools we have at our disposal to make sense of it,” the sociologist Jennifer Carlson said.

Americans don’t have much of a national vocabulary for talking about collective action and sacrifice. Jon Stokes, a gun rights activist from Austin, Texas, has strong opinions about tyranny and freedom. But he said he was frustrated that some of his usual allies did not seem to understand that dealing with a novel virus, in a country where no one has immunity, required a different kind of politics.

“Our rights are being violated. That is all actually real,” Stokes said. “But this is one of the few times when that’s OK. Pandemics – these call for a collectivist response. They don’t work without one.”

For some wealthy Americans eager to reopen the economy, the motivating fear may be the risk of social change, the historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz said.

“The capitalist class, those who benefit most from the unequal system, they know it’s not sustainable,” she said. “They’re desperate not to stay locked down too long, so people get used to fresh air, breathing air without carbon in it,” she said. “People might get ideas of a different kind of world.”

To Dunbar-Ortiz and other historians, Americans’ push to reopen the economy during a pandemic, and some Americans’ willingness to hold armed demonstrations in order to do so, looks like a case of almost psychotic repetition.

It’s not a new idea that thousands of people must die to preserve America’s “business as usual”. It’s not a new assumption many of those people will be brown or black.


The Navajo Nation, where many families do not even have running water to wash their hands, has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in the country.

The coronavirus culture war is “kind of a petri dish of all the psychoses of US history”, as Dunbar-Ortiz, the author of An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, put it.

European colonists established their settlements in the midst of the mass death of indigenous people and opened the American market for business “at gunpoint, in the wake of that epidemic”, said Patrick Blanchfield, the author of a forthcoming 500-year history of American gun violence. Enslaved black people died performing the essential labor that kept the economy running. The smallpox virus the Europeans had brought to a new continent full of people with no immunity would leave tens of millions of people dead.

Today, “who is being asked to die for the market to be open?” Blanchfield said. “It’s black people. It’s Native American tribal communities.”

Early Puritan accounts of arriving in the New World and seeing indigenous people dying of illness are marked by a familiar self-righteousness. The Puritans look at an epidemic and “think it’s a divine dispensation”, Blanchfield said. “The very fact that people are dying is taken as both pragmatically offering market opportunities ... but also as a theological vindication of your own survivorship.”

That Puritan instinct to see infection as a sign of guilt, and health as a kind of vindication, is currently playing out across the political spectrum.

American liberals sometimes treat their belief in science as a kind of religion, Blanchfield argued, fetishizing technocrats and rejoicing when conservatives who do not “believe in science” are punished.

Some liberals have posted comments regretting that they could not wish that participants in “reopen” protests would get coronavirus, because they might infect other, innocent people, Adam Kotsko, a political theorist, said.

After Georgia decided to reopen businesses early, despite continued warnings from public health officials, one liberal activist with a large following tweeted “sips coffee” as her only comment on an article reporting that Georgia had seen 1,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Even as some leftists on Twitter were calling the GOP a “death cult”, other leftists were suggesting that the punishment for unbelievers should be death.

This impulse to blame other people for getting sick is rooted in fear, said Jonathan Metzl, a professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University.

“Everyone wants some narrative, to explain the unimaginable level of illness and death and vulnerability that we’re all feeling,” he said. “Everyone wants there to be a logic to this.”

The victim-blaming on the left, though, has come from individuals’ Twitter accounts, not Democratic party leadership. The victim-blaming of black Americans has come from the highest levels of government.


fiat justitia ruat caelum ...

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[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

'An acceptable sacrifice’?

Just days after national news outlets first reported the emerging racial disparities in coronavirus deaths, Trump’s surgeon general, Jerome Adams, said at a White House briefing that communities of color needed to “step up” and advised them to “avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs”.

“Do it for your Big Mama,” said Adams, who is black.

Lecturing individual black Americans about smoking, rather than talking about African Americans’ increased environmental exposure to air pollution, a demonstrated coronavirus risk, was classic “victim-blaming”, the Rev William J Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, and his son, William J Barber III, a climate activist, wrote in the Nation.

In early April, some black mayors told media outlets they were afraid that African Americans were not taking the pandemic seriously. Media reports described rumors that black people could not get coronavirus.

Ibram X Kendi, the director of the Anti-Racism Research Center at American University, said he was skeptical of these concerns, and of the implication that ignorance was the reason for the racial disparities in infection. Poll results from mid-March had shown black respondents were actually more likely than white respondents to see coronavirus as a serious threat to their own health, he said.

After crowds of mask-less white protesters had started showing up at state capitols, the claims that black people not taking the virus seriously vanished, Kendi said.

“It’s hard, when you have so many white people who are protesting and not social distancing, to argue that they are taking it more seriously and that’s why they are less likely to die,” he said.

But the same argument that black Americans were to blame for dying simply evolved, Kendi said, to focus more on their “pre-existing conditions”

In Louisiana, Senator Bill Cassidy, a white Republican and a medical doctor, had already cast doubt on whether inequities rooted in systemic racism were the reason so many black Louisiana citizens were dying of coronavirus. “That’s rhetoric,” he told NPR in early April. The real answer, the answer backed by science, was that “African Americans are 60% more likely to have diabetes” and that “we need to address the obesity epidemic”.

Addressing coronavirus disparities by suggesting that people lose weight did not actually make sense, said Finn Gardiner, an advocate at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University. On what time frame were at-risk Americans supposed to become thinner in order to protect themselves from a pandemic already in their communities?

But Cassidy’s fat-shaming was familiar, Gardiner said, a way for some Americans to watch the unfolding death while avoiding any responsibility. Americans of all races with larger bodies were left feeling “expendable”, that they were “an acceptable sacrifice”, he wrote.

Blaming the victims of American racial disparities for what they suffer has a reliable outcome: nothing is done. The deaths mount.

As southern states that have seen some of the starkest racial disparities reopen, “I feel like it’s only going to get worse,” Kendi said.

Recent polls of white Americans by a progressive polling firm found that certain white voters were more likely to endorse the idea of “personal responsibility” for health disparities when the people affected were black.

Ronald Reagan attacked America’s postwar investment in social programs, Kotsko said, “by pointing out that the generosity is now extending to black people” and suggesting that “it’s better to tear down the system of solidarity than to allow the wrong people to get the benefits”.

But the victim-blaming of black Americans may also have shaped how white Americans have estimated their own risk.

“If you really thought the coronavirus was going to be lethal to you and your family, would you rush in a big group of people to the statehouse without a mask?” Metzl said. “I think you would only do that if you thought you were somehow safe or immune.”

The problem, of course, is that death and life during a pandemic are not actually determined by moral righteousness. Blaming dead people of color for being sinful, rather than trying to fix underlying problems, only leads to many more people dying.

Metzl argued in his book Dying of Whiteness that the way racism has shaped gun policy and healthcare choices in this country has led to outcomes that hurt black and brown Americans, but that also led to measurable increases in the deaths of white Americans. Today, he’s afraid that same dynamic is playing out again.

But there has only been a “damning” silence from the White House, Metzl said, on any plan to fix the disparities that are leading to tens of thousands of deaths.

It’s not easy to describe what it’s like to be forced to witness the violent repetitions of American history. Listening to other Americans argue that you are responsible for your own death, that your body is inherently expendable, takes a particular toll, said Gardiner, the disability rights advocate, who is black.

The Puritans had a form of torture called “pressing”, used during the Salem witch trials. They made the accused person lie on the ground, and then very slowly, over many days, placed one rock on their chest, and then another.

The terror for Americans now is not that coronavirus is an unprecedented challenge: it’s that all this is so devastatingly familiar.

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[Article copied verbatim under 'Fair Use' from: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/all-the-psychoses-of-us-history-how-america-is-victim-blaming-the-coronavirus-dead & use this link in order to see illustrations & access embedded links.]

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23381) 9 months ago

Excellent article above. Very important analysis of American history.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 9 months ago

"“Germ-Ridden Masses”; How America’s wealthy elite describe the rest of us!"by Alan MacLeod:

"Increasingly, journalists at establishment publications come from and represent The One Percent, that they claim to be holding to account."

contritium praecedit superbia!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23381) 7 months ago

The rich get richer under lockdown.

"Since the lockdown began, America’s billionaires have seen their wealth balloon by $434 billion according to the Institute for Policy Studies, even as the economy crashes and nearly 40 million Americans have been made unemployed. Among the biggest winners from the worldwide suffering has been Michael Bloomberg himself, owner of the eponymous news network. The former Mayor of New York has added $12.3 billion to his net worth in the last two months, increasing his fortune by over 25 percent. Bloomberg spent around $1 billion on his recent failed presidential run, amassing only 43 delegates before pulling out. Regardless, his big money media campaign flop pales in comparison to the fortune he has reaped thanks to the Trump administration’s CARES Act, perhaps the largest wealth transfer in human history, in which 82 percent of the tax savings will be enjoyed by those who earn over $1 million per year."

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

"The Ugly Terror of a Fascist Abyss Lurks in the Background of This Pandemic" by Henry A. Giroux:


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

"Centuries of Inequality in the US Laid The Groundwork for COVID-19 Devastation! - (video)

"Dr. Paul Farmer says the devastating U.S.A. death toll, reflects decades of under-investment and centuries of inequality."

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

Consider "Deficit Hawk Joe Biden Sabotaged Pandemic Relief Efforts"! by 'Moon Of Alabama':

fiat lux et fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

Consider that "In 2020, COVID Put a Mirror Up to Our Society" .. by William Rivers-Pitt:

this: "I am not going to try to make sense of this year, because there was no sense to this year. There was death, and fear, and pain and loss. There was rage, and greed, and deliberate cruelty and a new form of eugenics born of incompetence tied with a bow of hate." Note, it's a race based "bow of hate".

:-( hmmmmmm ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

"An insurrection of Upper-Middle Class White People"! by Will Bunch &, in compliment of ^link^:

MULTUM in parvo!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23381) 1 month ago

Protecting white privilege was the goal of the insurrection.

From: https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/attytood/capitol-breach-trump-insurrection-impeachment-white-privilege-20210112.html

"The main reason that so many reasonably well-off folks tried to shut down American democracy wasn’t because they feared losing their paycheck, but because they feared losing their white privilege."

"Yes, many of the 74 million citizens who voted for the guy who then incited an attempted coup do fit the stereotype of struggling or laid-off blue-collar worker in a rusted-out rural community. But those folks aren’t the ones who can take a Wednesday off and fly hundreds of miles, let alone plunk down hundreds of dollars, to get to the nation’s hub. While the Capitol mob was bulked up with other Trumpists — including an alarming number of off-duty police officers, as well as some neo-Nazi or KKK types who’ve been around forever — it was the 401(k) crowd that formed the front line of America’s first real putsch."

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

By Ed Curtin: "The Will to Believe: Americans and their Divine Masters."

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 week ago

"The ‘Shared Psychosis’ of Donald Trump and His Loyalists"! by Tanya Lewis:

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

"The Alt-Right Is Now the Entire Right"! .. by Benjamin Parker:

"The voices of reason, reality, and responsibility are a cowering minority in the Republican party."

Great quote re. - "it was the 401(k) crowd that formed the front line of America’s first real putsch."

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

"America is at a Fascist turning point and only totally disempowering and humiliating Trump will stop it"! by Thom Hartmann:

"Will our leaders and media have the courage to do it?" Or will Democraps pander to the RW yet again?!

respice et prospice!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23381) 4 months ago

"Trump’s authoritarian impulses and fascist politics took a dangerous turn when he authorized the use of unmarked, military-clad federal law enforcement shock troops to round up and detain protesters in Portland, Oregon. The troops offered no proof of identification, drove around in unmarked cars, pulled people off the streets with no probable cause, provided no sense of whose directives they were acting under, or who was to be held accountable for their actions. Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, called such actions “an attack on our democracy.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted in reference to Portland that, “Trump and his storm troopers must be stopped.”

We have seen this before under Hitler, Augusto Pinochet in Chile, and in other dictatorships. When such actions appeared in the past, dissidents, demonstrators and intellectuals disappeared, were beaten, tortured and interrogated in undisclosed sites, and in the worse scenarios, were murdered. What has happened in Portland suggests that the “war on terror” has shifted from abroad to the homeland."

From: https://truthout.org/articles/the-ugly-terror-of-a-fascist-abyss-lurks-in-the-background-of-this-pandemic/

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

David Graeber re. Extreme 'Centre':

This is how Fascists arise & thrive, ffs!

Also thanx for an excellent excerpt bw.

et caveat emptor!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

"Trump Hates You Even If You Love Him"! by David S. Cohen:

“Maybe this Covid thing is a good thing. [Now] I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people”! The fact that so many Americans want to embrace this man is the real issue in the USA. Fundamental truths about Pre-POTUS tRUMP - are out there if U really want to know his nature!

ecce homo!

[-] 2 points by gsw (3349) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 months ago
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

"FBI warned of White Supremacists in law enforcement 10 years ago. Has anything changed?"

From 2016 but sadly still highly relevant, given the infiltration of police and military by violent RWNJs.

Thanx for your link gsw .. it made for grim reading, as will the 4 links above. Solidarity to U and yours.

e tenebris, tenebris :-(

[-] 2 points by gsw (3349) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 months ago

And we see first hand how NAZISM thrived, when common man traded common sense for ? Someone like a trump

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

"Losing is 'like psychic death for Trump' .. Psychologists warn Trump may provoke violence after loss"! by Matthew Rozsa:

Alas, maybe "common man" was so sold out by RW Dems that they went for "Devil they didn't know" during the 2016 election but since then - 70m Americans have fallen for GOP's "Southern Strategy"!

caveat actor!

[-] 1 points by gsw (3349) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 months ago

It’s like doomsday Revelations ,... literally satanic https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/11/politics/donald-trump-joe-biden-transition/

[-] 2 points by gsw (3349) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 months ago

Eoin Higgins/November 11, 2o20 The Media Is Already Rehabilitating the GOP—and Walking America Into a Trap Maybe we need a greater effort to put realism in media for mass consumption, sugary but reality based, mAybe a pbs series examining this https://newrepublic.com/article/160160/neil-cavuto-trump-gop-rehabilitation

[-] 1 points by gsw (3349) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 months ago
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

"Donald Trump has lost the election – yet Trumpland is here to stay"! ... by Aditya Chakrabortty:

omnia causa fiunt!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

"QAnon, the Proud Boys & White Nationalist groups flail around helplessly as twilight falls on the Trump era!" from ...


[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

"Power Comes From Class War, Not Biden"! - by Hamilton Nolan:

An essential read in these times of Class War waged by U$A's 0.1%!

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by gsw (3349) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 3 months ago

They have big media and small brain multitudes ready for violent action for the right to harbor conspiracy theories, and they have programmed themselves to live in a gulliani fantasy, and think dominion is coming for their bibles .... you can’t reason with this, Is it a religion? Cult crap of conspiracy from media that profits? Sounds like a terrorist network. Terror to imprison minds in histaria and fear of a dominion trump keeps talking about like is a real thing,,,,,, wtf is this dominion he keeps rambling on as if the COVID ate his brain even more https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2020-11-20/why-republican-voters-say-theres-no-way-in-hell-trump-lost

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

"Republicans closely resemble autocratic parties in Hungary and Turkey – study"! .... by Julian Borger:

As a - "Swedish university finds ‘dramatic shift’ in GOP under Trump, shunning democratic norms and encouraging violence."

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 6 months ago

"‘He was extremely radical’: MLK’s children on their father's life & George Floyd's death":

respice et prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 months ago

"Trump’s destruction of America started with Reagan" by Thom Hartmann:

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 months ago

"Telling the Truth about Slavery is NOT ‘Indoctrination’!" by Clint Smith:

"Our country is made better, not worse, by young people reckoning with the full legacy of the institution."

et fiat lux!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

New Jersey and 12 States Have Racist Laws Denying Cash Aid to Families Having Another Child

fiat lux et fiat justitia!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 months ago

"The Treason of the Ruling Class", by Chris Hedges:

"They've destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a mafia state."

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 months ago

"Racist Violence Can’t Be Separated From the Violence of Neoliberal Capitalism" by Henry A. Giroux:

multum in parvo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 months ago

"Black Lives Matter is about Both Race and Class" ... by Rana Faroohar:

NB: "The death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter marches that have followed have made headlines the world over. But the longer-term political impact from these events could be more wide-ranging than anticipated ... these Protests over Racial Justice also have the potential to seed a new labour movement in the US."

To read the rest of this interesting article & avail the embedded links & video - pls use the link above.

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 months ago

"Report: Hundreds of Police Officers Belong to Racist Facebook Groups" by Michael Harriot

"Investigative journalists have discovered hundreds of law enforcement officers around the country

who are active in members-only Facebook groups that are based on racism, hate & .. well it would

be nice to add a third thing here, but that’s about it."

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago


fkn idiots!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

"Flailing States: Anglo-America Loses its Grip" ... by Pankaj Mishra:

From which: "The abyss of history​ is deep enough to hold us all,’ Paul Valéry wrote in 1919, as Europe lay in ruins. The words resonate today as the coronavirus blows the roof off the world, most brutally exposing Britain and the United States, these prime movers of modern civilisation, which proudly claimed victory in two world wars, and in the Cold War, and which until recently held themselves up as exemplars of enlightened progress, economic and cultural models to be imitated across the globe. ‘The true test of a good government,’ Alexander Hamilton wrote, ‘is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration.’ It is a test the United States and Britain have failed ruinously during the current crisis. Both countries had weeks of warnings about the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan; strategies deployed by nations that responded early, such as South Korea and Taiwan, could have been adapted and implemented. But Donald Trump and Boris Johnson chose instead to claim immunity. ‘I think it’s going to work out fine,’ Trump announced on 19 February. On 3 March, the day the UK’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies warned against shaking hands, Johnson boasted after a visit to a hospital treating coronavirus patients: ‘I shook hands with everybody, you will be pleased to know, and I continue to shake hands.’

"Such tardy wokeness, unaccompanied by major economic and cultural shifts, invites scepticism – black lives, after all, have increasingly mattered to corporate balance sheets. The removal of memorials to slave-traders is likely only to deepen the culture wars if it is not accompanied by an extensive rewriting of the Anglo-American history and economics curriculum. Certainly, the new-fangled welfarism of Britain and the US will remain precarious without a full reckoning with the slavery, imperialism and racial capitalism that made some people in Britain and America uniquely wealthy and powerful, and plunged the great majority of the world’s population into a brutal struggle against scarcity and indignity.

"In The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin outlined the necessity of such a moral and intellectual revolution in the starkest terms, arguing that ‘in order to survive as a human, moving, moral weight in the world, America and all the Western nations will be forced to re-examine themselves,’ to ‘discard nearly all the assumptions’ used to ‘justify’ their ‘crimes’. The fire Baldwin imagined in 1962 is now raging across the US, and is being met with frantic appeals to white survivalism. ‘You must dominate,’ Trump told state governors on 1 June, threatening to unleash ‘vicious dogs’ and ‘ominous weapons’ on his political enemies. Understandably, people exalted for so long by the luck of birth, class and nation will find it difficult, even impossible, to discard their assumptions about themselves and the world. But success in this harsh self-education is imperative if the prime movers of modern civilisation are to prevent themselves from sliding helplessly into the abyss of history."


fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

"The Poetry of a Movement to Change This Country" by Liz Theoharis:

Which starts: "The word jubilee comes from the Hebrew “yovel,” meaning a “trumpet blast of liberty.” It was said that, on the day of liberation, the sound of a ram’s horn would ring through the land. These days, I hear the sound of that horn while walking with my kids through the streets of New York City, while protests continue here, even amid a pandemic, as they have since soon after May 25th when a police officer put his knee to George Floyd’s neck and robbed him of his life. I hear it when I speak with homeless leaders defending their encampments amid the nightmare of Covid-19. I hear it when I meet people who are tired, angry, and yet, miraculously enough, finding their political voices for the first time. I hear it when I read escaped slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass’s speech on the eve of the Emancipation Proclamation.

"I also feel Frederick Douglass’s sharp reminder, from that same speech, of the need for eternal vigilance when I learn of the death of leaders in the movement to transform this world of ours — like Pamela Rush, who lived in the Mississippi Delta with raw sewage in her yard and died from Covid-19 complications, the closest hospital being nearly an hour from her home. (She leaves behind a daughter who needs a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine to breathe and a son.) These are, after all, times of staggering danger, but also enormous possibility, moments that should be met with unbridled imagination, absolute seriousness, and the music of those jubilee horns. Above all, in a world distinctly stacked against us, we must believe that we can succeed."

Good Luck USA. You're redolent with good, intelligent, compassionate people. But you're led by SCUM!

veritas vos liberabit ....

[-] 2 points by ImNotMe (1488) 7 months ago

"White Supremacy Shaped American Christianity - Researcher Says"

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 6 months ago

''From Trump to Johnson - Nationalists are on the rise – backed by Billionaire Oligarchs!'' .. by George Monbiot:

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 5 months ago

"Trump Defends Kyle Rittenhouse But Refuses to Meet Jacob Blake’s Family" by Chris Walker:

ecce homo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

"'The United States of War' ... US Military Bases Are The Key Pieces of The Global War Machine"

"Review of The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State by David Vine (University of California Press, 2020)."

fiat lux; fiat justitia; fiat pax ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

Meanwhile "Palestine Slowly Strangulated", by 'Popular Resistance':


[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 7 months ago

Both Donald Trump and Boris Johnson know by now how real and terrible COVID-19 can be, with Boris on an intimate level ( with "every breath you take" ! ) and Donald on the "possibly being kicked in the butt from the White-porkelain pootinium-clad throne" level.

Both didn't have experience with how evil the Communist Party of China can be so they obviously didn't have immunity. On the other hand, South Korea and Taiwan which had tasted the evil brew, built up more defense than the faraway countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. I wouldn't be surprised that there was indeed a bit of White superiority complex, too, as it is rather evident in the U.S. [imo Reddish White] populace's resistance to wearing a mask in public places. I might have erred in thinking that the U.S. populace could turn on a dime such as it did with its intolerance of secondhand smoking in public places.

It's not my problem if I'm far away--only sociopaths knock down all walls. Globalists in quest of market expansion without adequate walls created the present doom. For great steering into a safe passage, we must see far ahead to learn what's coming ( recall using the field glass or spy glass in old warfare ) and prepare accordingly. New battlefields open up and engagement is mandatory, even for the reluctant ones.