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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.

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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.

CONTINUED BELOW IN COMMENTS ...

fiat justitia ruat caelum ...


[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.]

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[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year 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 (23438) 1 year ago

Excellent article above. Very important analysis of American history.

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

By Edward Curtin: "Drinking Coffee in the Early Morning Rain and Thinking of Donald Rumsfeld"

respice et adspice!

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

Consider how "Rotten at the Core ... the US Appeal of the Assange Ruling" is!! by Binoy Kampmark:

MULTUM in parvo!

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

"Don't You Know There's A War On?" - by Patrick Lawrence:

"This is the war some Americans, a few, wage against most Americans in the service of an empire that must be occluded so long as this is possible. This is how it is waged, and where. Understanding this is the first step out of our darkness and toward some flickering light."

e tenebris - lux?!

[-] 0 points by factsrfun (8289) from Phoenix, AZ 3 weeks ago

Are you dreaming about 2022 when you can help Moscow Mitch return to power?

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

I can go troll your Twitter account, IF U like - U Fkn Demented Democrap Asswipe!

Don't like Republicunts + Don't like RW Democraps =/= GOP Voter!! U fkn numpty!

ad iudicium et ergo, nosce te ipsum!

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

"In 1921, a white mob destroyed a black neighborhood in one of the country’s worst episodes of racial violence. A new film traces the echoes of violence, long whitewashed from textbooks, into the present."

Also ... "The film, as well as the numerous other tributes and investigations timed to the centennial but, said Silvers, hopefully not locked to it, is “just a reflection of a desperate need for truth to be told” + So, please NB "Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten",premiering on PBS across the USA on 31 May, 2021.

respice; adspice; prospice ...

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

"Tulsa Race Massacre at 100: an act of terrorism America tried to forget" by Bayeté Ross Smith & Jimmie Briggs:

NB "It was among the worst acts of violence in US history and no one was held accountable; how much has changed in the last 100 years?"

et veritas vos liberabit ...

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

"The Confederacy was a con job on whites. And still is!" - by Frank Hyman:

respice et prospice ...

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

"Take Me to Your Leader: The Rot of the American Ruling Class" by Doug Henwood:

"For more than three centuries, something has been going horribly wrong at the top of our society & we're all suffering for it." - I recommend this excellent & insightful article to any and all readers here!

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23438) 1 month ago

Quit working for slave wages!

F-k the bosses. F-k empire. F-k capitalism.

Bo Burnham on the "Internet" which is ultimately "capitalism":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1BneeJTDcU

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

"The Right’s War on History and Truth"! by Ben Jealous:

"The United States may be on the verge of an even greater historical cover-up than that of the Tulsa massacre." Nice tune per your link. btw, with some real food for thought, as "Apathy is a tragedy and boredom is a crime"!

From the link: "Until recent years, the Tulsa massacre had been largely hidden from history. The truth was systematically covered up and deliberately erased from our collective memory, by public officials, news media, and textbooks."

et nunc - fiat lux!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23438) 1 month ago

"Apathy is a tragedy and boredom is a crime" from:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1BneeJTDcU

Therefore, we must fight back before it is too late! From your link above, https://www.thenation.com/article/society/systemic-racism-education/

"It is no coincidence that the right-wing war against history and truth is being waged at the same time that new voter suppression laws are being justified by false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump by Black and brown voters casting fraudulent ballots.

Today’s manipulators of history are pursuing a dangerous strategy. They want to weaponize fear and anger to help them win elections in 2022 and 2024. But once fomented, hatred is difficult to control.

Witness the rise of overt white nationalism and hate crimes that accompanied Trump’s intentionally inflammatory rhetoric.

America is on the cusp of something new. We are becoming a democratic society in which no one ethnic or religious group makes up a majority of the country. Some see that as a threat. I see it as an opportunity to fulfill Frederick Douglass’s vision of the destiny of the United States to be “the perfect national illustration of the unity and dignity of the human family.”

The Human Family. I like that. That sounds just about right. No apathy or boredom until we get there!

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

NB: "Why We Need to Democratize Wealth ... the U.S. Capitalist Model Breeds Selfishness and Resentment"! by Prof. R.D.Wolff:

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23438) 1 month ago

Basic Universal Income would really help to eliminate greed imho.

Greed comes from fear. If we took away the fear of possibly becoming penniless and homeless by ensuring that everyone is guaranteed a basic income that provides for all basic necessities, greed would diminish.

Of course, you'd still have those that want to be rich and powerful etc. But, I think most people would enjoy their lives much more, they'd find meaning in things other than earning money. And, those who find meaning in garnering money could do so.

Here's what Prof. Wolf says from your article above:

"To avoid divisive social conflict over redistribution, the solution is not to distribute unequally in the first place. That can remove the cause and impetus for redistributive struggles and thus the need for endless and so far fruitless efforts to find the “right” redistribution formula or mechanism. The way forward is to democratize the decision about distributing wealth as it emerges from production. This can be accomplished by democratizing the enterprise, converting workplaces from their current capitalist organization (i.e., hierarchical divisions into employers—public or private—and employees) into worker cooperatives. In the latter, each worker has one vote, and all basic workplace issues are decided by majority vote after a free and open debate. That is when different views on what distribution of output should occur are articulated and democratically decided."

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

Also consider "How The Reagan Revolution - Collapsed America and the Florida Condo"!

"The 40-year con ... by wealthy developers, fossil fuel companies and, morbidly rich billionaires,

who’d rather shoot up into outer space than pay their taxes, has to end or more people will die!"

et veritas vos liberabit!

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

Tucker Carlson and RW American TV Poison! (25m vid)

respice, prospice; veritas vos liberabit ... et spero meliora!

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

"Josh Hawley’s 'Love America Act' is about Protecting Racism"! (TH)

ecce - anguis in herba!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 2 months ago

Solidarity with all the Winter Springs people of the Deep South. Sometimes, we grow more than MoscowMitch potholes from Obomber's being "Black" blocking JCPOA from becoming a treaty to avoid CoViDio-T ripping it apart so Israel might unilaterally destroy Iran: "Join the Club ! Get into This !" MoscowMitch cares about GOOPy Doos' wind, wind, wind, Trumpery wind, but not about a Middle-East conflagration. Santa Ana said something about history repeating itself. It applies to me-Thane.

It's true that one has more chances to make much more money if one lives in a country with millions upon millions of "Astor Park or Stuyvesant Place" millionaires. Wherever labor is highly valued, wage slavery tends not to exist because the millionaires compete against each other for the labor they need. Our American South is economically retarded [and therefore constipated] due to the lack of this Enlightenment which my Dad had attained quite literally ( everyone had to poo ! My Dad was never a Kimmy god riding a White horse; he might have been a golden god riding a Japanese horse while he was hauling supplies between Hawaii and New Orleans, as I remember having a few U.S. [Panama] Canal Zone postage stamps in our stamp collection which had been stolen by thiefs ) in a public bathroom/lavatory with running hot water in a U.S. port city.

In American terminologies, it's, "Creature comfort is both good and desirable." In British terminologies, it's, "These mongrel people of our former rebellious North American colonies live rather comfortably well ! " Technological capabilities are built up level by level: clean air, water, food, sewage treatment, clothing, shelter, electricity, books, education, library, trade or industry, livelihood, and ability to handle well life's challenges ( sometimes, a bit of extra effort or yet another attempt is all one needs; I call this the assembly-line worker's gung-ho "oomph" which is the secret sauce of success often denied to the more wildly successful workers who gain a "digital-make-it-or-break-it just get it exactly right" mindset; by the time all conditions are exactly right, the opportunity has disappeared; people who have grown wise can sense whether a situation demands just "big-data/machine-learning" large quantity or high quality -- to shove it a little more or "not shoot till one sees the whites of their eyes;" quantity is usually much simpler to achieve by replication but confusing having high quantity with being able to achieve high quality may lead to dead ends; my Mom having come from a Red-China background favored quantity as expected, but a fast-as-a-tornado cleaner threw my laptop [computer] aside to clean the furniture underneath it killed its hard disk -- Yikes ! some software might be worth far more than the hardware -- I wished that I had stronger border control; any country has critical processes going on so I don't want any newcomer who doesn't observe Star Fleet's prime directive regarding non-interference with indigenous or native civilizations until one has accumulated sufficient and relevant knowledge to do good instead of harm.) The U.S. has a persistent bent towards applied sciences aiming towards improving creature comfort and convenience.

It's okay to fail more by increasing the number of attempts because once one has done all one can, it's all up to "the gods." If there's a certain probability of success imposed by them, having more attempts increases the number of successes as well as "the exhaust" of failures. Of course, try to avoid unrecoverable failures and make sure each new attempt doesn't just repeat the same old approach of a previously failed attempt unless one wants to confirm or estimate probabilities using relative frequencies of the occurrence of events.

When the ancestral stone lion bleeds blood from its eyes as foretold in a dream and subsequently explained by an oracle, it doesn't cost much to run for the hills before the predicted deluge arrives to kill. One may lose face by following the village "fool" and also lose a day of productive work but... the sleep-in-and-late-to-emerge worms don't get eaten by the birds because the early birds get the [early] worms and have been stuffed. 向天安门大屠杀致敬。 ( Tribute to the Tiananmen Massacre on June 4th, 1989 from BBC ) U.S. Public Broadcasting Service's Frontline documentary.

Per Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. doesn't care for having a fight in a land war with Red China as Imperialist Japan did ( it's why Hong Kong's Red-China-guaranteed freedoms were lost -- no U.S. appetite to invade Red China over Hong Kong which doesn't stand a chance, due to water and food issues, without Guangdong or Guangxi's help to eat the man-eaters, 岭南: 山高皇帝远。; I find it perfectly acceptable for people to call it "Cultural Devolution" if it involved cannibalism, even if it's truly "revolutionary"; WWII Imperial Japanese troops ate fresh-live-cut prisoners of war and my Dad, who might have got this information from the Imperialist Japanese 《or the later Nationalist Chinese》 occupying forces { both tried to ban cannibalism even if it's a "cultural difference," yeah, not all Japanese or Chinese viewed cannibalism in the same way } told me that there were indigenous-tribal cannibals living in Formosa/Taiwan; Hong Kong under WWII austere Japanese occupation had human<long-porcine>-flesh steamed dumplings, 人肉烧卖, for sale; some Leningrad residents also ate people during Nazi siege, so Red China wasn't alone eating people but eating political opponents en masse was both rare and shocking; U.S. did and still does fight to protect its nationals -- it was the reason why the U.S. had invaded czarist Russian Far East during Bolshevik Revolution [to fight on land the Bolshevik Russians, probably; regardless of whether Bolshevik or not, they were likely Russians there] and also allied with the Nationalist Chinese government to fight Imperialist Japan ) so it's best to short-circuit all of our 401(k) and IRA retirement money funneled into Hong Kong via the MSCI financial index ( for all you great financial people who only know "great" investment returns -- you'll learn that the World consists of more than the unaccounted-for-due-to-"cultural-and-jurisdictional-difference" financial numbers; to all those people with retirement money invested, know that the money may be sitting on the economic battlefield of Chimerica being cleaved apart so it may be caught up in the crossfire conflagration and be burnt up ) and trade with the Russian Far East ( e.g. with Khabarovsk, which may well connect to Europe soon via the Northern Sea Route in summers as Anthropogenic Climate Change melts the Arctic ice blockage in the coming years ) instead. Khabarovsk is even closer to the U.S. Alaska and West-Coast states than the ports of Ningbo's off-mainland deeper water and Hong Kong's. China wasn't Red but was united when it became a U.S. ally, or more accurately, after the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. allied with China in the several-years-old-already ongoing war against Japan in which China had been fighting alone by itself.

Note that Douglas MacArthur warned against U.S. getting involved in a land war in Asia, largely due to logistics issues. He didn't warn against fighting an air war or a sea war in Asia. For either one or both, the U.S. is extremely well suited due to its possessing the U.S. Airforce, the largest and most capable one in the world as well as the U.S. Navy, the second largest airforce in the world and often nearly as capable if not more, due to its ability to project massive power worldwide. Both are very experienced in fighting because of their almost continuous overseas war engagements. Overwhelming chances are that at any time somewhere somehow, U.S. Military is fighting. Of course, the tip of the spearhead of the U.S. Military is the U.S. Marines. "Semper Fidelis."

The coming war over Taiwan will be both an air and sea war as long as Taiwan can beat back the amphibious landing forces and hold off for a sufficiently long while for the U.S. to marshal war materiel and assemble for a counter-offensive. Some people may wonder why the U.S. doesn't just pre-stage the war materiel into Taiwan. That is due to U.S. One-China policy ( China tolerates no military bases on Chinese soil which includes both Red China and Taiwan; U.S. didn't deliberately encircle China with bases because peppering the world with bases to safeguard U.S. interests is the default, same as other countries'; both Russia and Red China are doing that right now ) but U.S. doesn't countenance any armed reunification of China.

Red extremists making Molotov cocktails shouldn't gripe that the oxygen in the air ( which other people need; people should learn why people ate people but postwar East Asia greatly improved, except for Cultural Devolution, an over-politicized power struggle spilled over to Hong Kong so I knew of roadside "canned pineapples" and beachside "salty fish" ) encircles their operations, making them very dangerous.

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

"The Tulsa Race Massacre went way beyond “Black Wall Street”: Robin D.G.Kelley" by George Yancy:

From which consider: "In this moment of collective remembrance of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I asked the brilliant scholar Robin D.G.Kelley to provide his reflections. He offers deep analysis that provides a counternarrative(a powerful X-ray) of the massacre that allows us to see deep issues embedded within racial capitalism .. that impacted poor working-class Black people and sustained Indigenous suffering."

e tenebris, lux?

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

"A Series of Slave Revolts .. terrified white residents and helped fuel the rationale for gun ownership"! from ...

respice; adspice; prospice!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23438) 2 months ago

Now that is connecting the dots!

"America’s Gun Obsession Is Rooted In Slavery"! ... by Carol Anderson

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/04/america-gun-obsession-slavery

"...where the militia had been steadfast was in controlling the enslaved Black population. Access to guns for white people was essential for this function."

"In 1788, at the constitutional ratification convention in Virginia, a major source of contention was that the draft constitution had placed the training and arming of the states’ militia under federal control. Virginians Patrick Henry and George Mason balked, and raised the specter of a massive slave revolt left unchecked because Congress could not be trusted to summon the forces to protect the plantation owners. Mason warned that if and when Virginia’s enslaved rose up (as they had before), whites would be left “defenseless”. Patrick Henry explained that white plantation owners would be abandoned because “the north detests slavery”. In short, Black people had to be subjugated and contained and state control of the militia was the way to do that."

"The sheer brutality of human bondage, where plantation owners were notorious for “barbarities such as scalding, burning, castrating and extracting the tongues or eyes of slaves”, had created an overwhelming fear among whites of the enslaved’s capacity and desire for retribution."

It also makes sense how so many gun lovers are also racists, not all, but many!

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

"The Invention of Whiteness: the long history of a dangerous idea"! ... by Robert P. Baird:

"Before the 17th century - people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called

the white race but once the idea was invented it quickly began to reshape the modern world" &

From which - "With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but

how best to use the news to deceive the public - into giving the fascist & his group more money

or more power.”

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23438) 1 month ago

Throughout most of human history until just prior to the Atlantic Slave Trade, slaves were enslaved by people of the same color skin, for the most part.

Greeks enslaved other Greeks. Romans enslaved other Romans. Africans enslaved other Africans. Muslims enslaved other Muslims. Etc. Europeans, too, enslaved other Europeans, consider indentured servants.

The Plantation Complex and the ensuing Atlantic Slave Trade in the 17th century changed all of that making it become racial and skin color based.

White indentured servants couldn't be officially enslaved because they were fellow "Christians." Native Americans, tragically, were wiped out because of small pox and therefore, were not a supply for labor.

So, the labor supply left were the excellent African farmers who were immune to small pox.

Once you had an enslaved group of people of a different color skin, it became easy to view skin color as a thing like it never was before.

So, as the article above, "The Invention of Whiteness: the long history of a dangerous idea" by Robert P. Baird outlines:

"In the early 17th century, plantation owners in the West Indies and in the American colonies largely depended on the labour of European indentured servants. These servants were considered chattel and were often treated brutally – the conditions on Barbados, England’s wealthiest colony, were notorious – but they were fortunate in at least one respect: because they were Christian, by law they could not be held in lifetime captivity unless they were criminals or prisoners of war.

Africans enjoyed no such privilege. They were understood to be infidels, and thus the “perpetual enemies” of Christian nations, which made it legal to hold them as slaves. By 1640 or so, the rough treatment of indentured servants had started to diminish the supply of Europeans willing to work on the sugar and tobacco plantations, and so the colonists looked increasingly to slavery, and the Atlantic-sized loophole that enabled it, to keep their fantastically profitable operations supplied with labour."

So, it does naturally follow that after the cruel and horrible treatment of the African slaves by whites, that, after their emancipation, whites would become worried about retaliation and hence, create myths to suppress blacks and elevate whiteness. Hence, white supremacy and racism is born.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23438) 1 month ago

So, "How do you tell a story that has been told the wrong way for so long?’” I suppose you just start telling the truth. We as a society have an obligation to do so.

"Smith “had never been taught that the largest slave rebellion in US history happened just miles from the city that had raised me … that the Louisiana Purchase was a direct result of the Haitian Revolution”.

Colossal, sculpted to endow Robert E Lee with an appearance of valor no captioning could rectify, the ignoble commander’s New Orleans monument is gone now. But noting that “at least a hundred streets, statues, parks, and schools named after Confederate figures, slaveholders, and defenders of slavery remain”, Smith suggests the task of eliminating symbols which hurt and humiliate is only just beginning.

Thomas Jefferson’s aerie at Monticello, Virginia, attests to how those so invested in maintaining Confederate memorials might consider that even antebellum architecture or old silver can be imbued with the taint of slavery’s oppression."

From:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/12/how-the-word-is-passed-review-clint-smith-slavery-america?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_gu&utm_medium&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1623610455

and

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/apr/20/the-invention-of-whiteness-long-history-dangerous-idea

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

"The Multiracial Democracy Ulysses Grant was willing to die for, is in danger"!

"The old Confederacy, like Freddy Krueger, is trying to rise from the dead and slash our nation with its “superstition, ambition and ignorance”

"Prior to 1965, the only American president to have both promoted and presided over a multiracial democracy was Ulysses Grant, the former general in Lincoln’s army who became president when impeached Southern slaveowner Andrew Johnson’s term expired on March 4, 1869.

"Grant (and Johnson - grudgingly) saw freed African Americans, not only voting but taking political office by the hundreds. It lasted until the day Grant left office, when the Tilden/Hayes election “compromise” of 1876 ended the period known as Radical Reconstruction the following year.

"During this brief time, more than 600 African Americans were elected to state legislatures (the majority in South Carolina and Louisiana) and 16 served in the US House of Representatives."

And ends with these words: "If America is to ever become a truly multiracial republic that fulfils the ideals of democracy, the Senate must end the filibuster now so they can reverse the egregious Supreme Court decisions and guarantee the right of all Americans to vote."

respice, adspice, prospice - et spero meliora!

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

"After his old master wanted him back, this freed slave’s response is a literary masterpiece" .. by Tod Perry:

"Anderson’s letter showed compassion, defiance & dignity." Thanx for strong excerpts & reply. Solidarity!

veritas vos liberabit ...

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

"The Attack on 'Critical Race Theory' Deploys a Dangerous Fiction of Neutrality"! .. by Elias Rodriques & Clinton Williamson:

MULTUM in parvo!

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

NB "The Age of Social Murder"! .. by Chris Lynn Hedges:

ipsa scientia potestas est!

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

"Chris Hedges Speaks on ‘American Sadism’!" ...

et veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year 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 (23438) 1 year 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) 1 year ago

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

caveat!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 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) 7 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) 7 months 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) 6 months ago

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

MULTUM in parvo!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23438) 6 months 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) 2 months ago

"The Despair of the American Working Class is Real ... And It Is Sowing the Seeds of American Fascism"!

"Why did America’s working class take the perverse position that would lead to its own self-destruction — against any kind of social investment or public institution or collective insurance or action? Because that is what it was swindled into believing"!

WOW!!!

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

Carefully consider "The Confederacy was a Con Job on Whites. And still is"!

MULTUM in parvo!

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

Consider how: "Slave Rebellions and Mutinies Shaped the Age of Revolution." .. by Steven Hahn:

And note: "Several recent books offer a more complete, bottom-up picture of the role sailors and Black political actors played in making the Atlantic world."

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23438) 3 months ago

The history of the Atlantic Slave Trade encompasses several continents and many centuries and we are still living with its legacy today.

From the excellent Boston Review article above:

"Enslavement, Brown reminds us, did not simply begin in West Africa and get redeployed in the Western Hemisphere. As a system it was in constant motion, embracing people and states on several continents, trade and commercial relations crisscrossing the Atlantic, and—notably in the eighteenth century—almost continuous warfare as well as brutal regimes of exploitation. Owing to Brown’s success at identifying many of the enslaved participants in the events he recounts, we are able to see how the rebellion in Jamaica was very much an extension of wars erupting in the West African interior, propelled in many cases by the demands of European trade, and involving Africans who went into battle in both places."

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

"America has a serious fascism problem but it goes way beyond the kinds of authoritarianism displayed by people like Donald Trump. It goes deep, now - into the very structure of corporate America." ... taken

timeo 'corporati' et donna ferentes!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23438) 2 months ago

"...the lure of fascism for a corporation is extraordinary.

The benefits of fascism include huge profits for the company and its stockholders; massive payouts to senior executives and members of the board of directors; not just tax breaks but actual subsidies with taxpayer’s dollars of a whole variety of activities including R&D and even free land; complete immunity for the executives when their decisions destroy communities or even kill people; and a steady flow, back-and-forth, between government regulatory agencies and the very corporations regulated by them.

It shouldn’t surprise us, therefore, that as long as Republicans are offering this fantastic dream world to America’s corporations, those companies might toss out a few news releases saying they’re not going to support fascistic Republican politicians, but that that seemingly moral stand would collapse almost instantly."

From the Hartmann piece "How Do We Stop Corporations From Shoving Fascism Down Our Throats?" above: https://hartmannreport.com/p/how-do-we-stop-corporations-from

Reading that makes it understandable why South Carolina has eliminated the pandemic top-up of $300 per week on Unemployment insurance. Fascism rules the day and they think people will work for their low shitty pay if they can't get the top up. Sickeningly greedy and deleterious for a functioning society.

No job should be considered a job nor a business a business if it doesn't pay a living wage! FFS!

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

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

multum in parvo ...

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

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

e tenebris, lux?

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

Consider - "The National Security State Doesn’t Protect Us. Let’s Redefine Security for All"! ... by Lindsay Koshgarian:

respice; adspice; prospice ...

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

"The Secret Papers of Lee Atwater, who invented the scurrilous tactics that Trump normalized"!

"The Republican Party, however, does not need to study Atwater’s lessons. It’s still using his playbook."

Lee Atwater was a "practitioner" of the GOP's "Southern Strategy" .. that's permeated US Politics for so long and which ultimately resulted in tRUMP's Koup Klutz Klown's Capitol Hill caper. Hear it for yourself

e tenebris, lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 6 months 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) 6 months 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 ImNotMe (1488) 4 months ago

"50 Years Ago Today - Activists Burglarized the FBI ... and Exposed Its Undemocratic Abuses"!

A truly brilliant article, containing many real insights into the nature of repressive RW control in the US.

respice; adspice; prospice et fiat lux!

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

"The Occupation of the American Mind" - (1hr 24m vid.)

BUT ... DARE YOU WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY FILM?

fiat lux?

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago
[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23438) 9 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) 9 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) 9 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 (3364) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 9 months ago
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 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 (3364) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 8 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) 8 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 (3364) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 8 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 (3364) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 8 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 (3364) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 8 months ago
[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 months ago

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

omnia causa fiunt et spero meliora!

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

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

caveat!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 8 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 (3364) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 8 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) 8 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) 11 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) 10 months ago

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

respice; adspice; prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 10 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) 9 months ago

"New Jersey & 12 States Have Racist Laws Denying Cash Aid to Families Having Another Child!"

fiat lux et fiat justitia!

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

"AMERICAN INDIAN PROTESTERS told to “GO HOME” by TRUMP SUPPORTERS at MOUNT RUSHMORE!", by Levi Rickert:

fkn idiots!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year 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."

THE ABOVE ARE THE FIRST & LAST TWO PARAGRAPHS OF THIS FANTASTIC ARTICLE, WHICH I CAN'T RECOMMEND ENOUGH!

fiat lux ...

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

"White Supremacy Shaped American Christianity - Researcher Says"

respice; adspice; prospice ...

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

"The Invention of Whiteness: the long history of a dangerous idea"! ... by Robert P. Baird:

"Before the 17th century - people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called

the white race. But once the idea was invented - it quickly began to reshape the modern world."

respice et prospice ...

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 11 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) 11 months ago

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

ecce homo!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 10 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) 1 month ago

Consider "US "Super Imperialism" by Dr.Michael Hudson:

In this 90m video exchange - "Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton of 'Moderate Rebels' discuss with Economist Michael Hudson on new cold war, Super Imperialism, China & Russia, dedollarization."

et respice, adspice, prospice!

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

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

q.e.d.!

[-] 0 points by grapes (5232) 1 year 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.