Pankaj Mishra argues, in this excellent article that as a the Trump presidency shines a bright light upon racism and the way our system actually supports and promotes it, we, as a people, may actually come to terms with it and put it to rest. Only when Americans accept the fact that racism in America is a function of our democracy which pits people against one another, can we overcome it.
Here are some excerpts from his lengthy, but trenchant, piece:
"We are finding out that racism is not simply a product of ignorance, prejudice or arrogance; it endures, despite all our cautionary tales and resolves of “never again”, because its promise of social solidarity serves to assuage human fears and nurture hopes for the future. Racial exclusion, a response to the insatiable modern demand for equality, liberty and dignity, is bound up insidiously with the most virtuous ideals of liberalism and democracy."
"Many among the middle and the working classes today feel excluded from both the benefits of the welfare state and the bonanzas of the rich. They aim their rage at both an aloof technocracy and people they suspect of exploiting the taxpayers’ generosity. As in fin de siècle America and Europe, political opportunists try to capitalise on their fears by demonising foreigners, immigrants, refugees – all supposed parasites on the hard-working and cruelly neglected classes that should be weeded out."
"Several generations of anti-imperialist thinkers and activists, who intimately experienced the worldwide “industrial slavery” that Du Bois wrote about, repeatedly pointed out that those who promise equal rights universally enforce at the same time a global hierarchy in which those rights are reserved for some and forbidden to others."
"The arduous task of creating unity in diversity, among people riven by race, class and gender, never confronted the founders of the United States. Too many complex issues – such as the nature of human freedom and equality – seemed self-evident to them; and too many of their successors also concealed the self-evident contradictions in the American programme by banishing from sight the enslaved, colonised and dispossessed people whose resources and labour enabled the enjoyment of life, liberty and happiness."
"Certainly, genuine democratic equality under the Trump administration will be a more formidable challenge than ever before. But at least it won’t appear veiled by the illusions of the past – which may give present and future generations a better chance of bending the intractable arc of the moral universe to justice."
So, perhaps some good will come out of the Trump presidency. As all things ugly are exposed, we can stomp them out.
i guess you were not at the march to day - like i was. lots of comingled groups. and i am glad you took my advice and stopped calling us ivory tower types. i do like coffee but not so much coffee shops. we all work silly so why not cut the shit and talk about issues. lets see if your boy follows through with his talk. lets see if your life is better in 4 years. if it is i will vote for him - not much chance though - the billionaire for the working man - ha!
Instead of a bright future starting 2day
We have 100's of 1000's of sane people protesting in t streets
as we should
Russia's Greek based Cyrillic Alphabet has probably made Russia a perennially retarded country set apart from much of Europe. Even China, facing a similar problem, had started the romanization initiative many decades ago, resulting in Pinyin. The Russian people somehow give Pootin the Great sky-high approval ratings even as he plants the seed of more wars on Russia. Russians probably need Germany's annexation to civilize it with the height of enlightened civilization acquired through bloodbaths again and again.
Let Angela the Great mother the Russian people. She's the one who "gets it" apparently, a rarity these days in the new bombie boom on the world stage as the baby-boomer flower children fade away, wouldn't you agree?
Russia is comparable to the single U.S. state of California despite its massive land of Siberia. I think the maps produced with the Mercator projection gave the Russian people and probably much of the world's population an exaggerated grandiose notion about Russia's importance. The only thing that I think Russia is scary is its nuclear weapons but I fear far more of their not really being under the control of the Russian state than their actually being used intentionally as Russia does not have jihad in its vocabulary to do suicide bombing. Russia would surely face massive retaliation to its populations densely packed in the European side of its country should it happen.
I didn't quite grasp this until I had found out the population of Moscow. Wow, it far exceeds New York's but that means the rest of Russia just cannot be very populated. Nuking Russian cities will take Russia easily to the Black Forest age when mushrooms grown from decomposing cadavers will become the staple food for everything from potatoes to cabbages.
carpe penicillo latrina
Let us not forget Palestine and the dangers it faces with the Trump presidency.
Pilger is a warrior for mankind. One thing I took away from the documentary was this thought about China:
While America boasts about how free it is and how great capitalism works here, we know our government is really run by capitalists comprised of corporations and the wealthy and that they mainly look out for their own interests, not the interests of the American people.
The difference in China is that though they have a capitalist economic system and many capitalists, corporations and wealthy people, they can never run the Politburo. The Politburo maintains control of the government and runs the capitalists.
It's a kind of vice versa to how things work here. Just an interesting observation, I think.
I highly recommend these two links:
Pilger's documentary, "The Coming War On China":
John Pilger as a guest on "The Big Picture":
What the hell did I write, below that is, I edit this here, the working people won? We shall see, hope it is true. I think the stupid and unpricipled and uneducated, and dividers won here, the cheaters, who jerrymander political lines to keep power, and destroy voting rights,
So yea, the little guy, who believes what dictators tell them, they won
hat may be the lesson, not united in true democracy, but divided we face consequences . I will link a good article, The pendulum will swing back hopefully 2018 will have a united opposition with some proposals and message, and leaders, if the dem party can open its mind, and not be beholden to past payer players, which has been its downfall once again, and the people's downfall, it was not populist with Hillary, she had not united SANDER's to her as running mate, but distanced herself, to her regret.
The road s long, look at civil rights, we will overcome someday
Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would destroy Palestine’s hopes of justice
Which is exactly why he'll likely do it.
Is Angela Merkel the new leader of the free world?
Or is it corporate America? As Varoufakis explains "...you can be in politics today but not be in power — because real power now belongs to those who control the economy. He believes that the mega-rich and corporations are cannibalizing the political sphere, causing financial crisis."
Monbiot is right about desperation leading to change. When we get desperate enough perhaps we'll start fighting back not just in feel good ways, but in demanding particular things.
"There are many points at which I could begin, but it seems to me that an obvious one is this. The market alone cannot meet our needs; nor can the state. Both, by rooting out attachment, help fuel the alienation, rage and anomie that breed extremism. One element has been conspicuously absent from the dominant ideologies, something that is neither market nor state: the commons.
A commons is an asset over which a community has shared and equal rights. This could, in principle, include land, water, minerals, knowledge, scientific research and software. But at the moment most of these assets have been enclosed: seized by either the state or private interests, and treated like any other form of capital. Through this enclosure we have been deprived of our common wealth."
The commons is a place to begin.
食色性也, 死生之地, 存亡之道, 鸡犬不寧, 不可不察也。
Be ours to share an active peace.
Funny how most all of that violence we have been seeing lately is being perpetrated by those "nonviolent peace loving" types who are protesting against Trump about what they say Trump is all about (as if they really know.) Are they that pissed about an administration who dropped more bombs, droned more people, created more economic havoc on multitudes around the world not being able to pass the torch on to a successive admistration ruled by the same power cabel? So, much for principles.
The working people of the country won today. All of you coffee shop ideologues are the only people who have free time to march. Do you all march in your different affinity groups. Blacks over here, Mexicans stay separated from the Salvadorians, LBGT over here unless you are LBGTQQ. Catholics not allowed unless you support Planned Parenthood. Working people not allowed unless you are for exporting jobs.
our history is not pretty but few are able to look at it in all it's uglyness. mayda and i head to washington in a couple of hours. we will try to stay away from the bikers!
''Women's March on Washington set to be one of America's biggest protests''by Joanna Walters
per aspera ad astra!
Obomber bombed Libya ... again!!! Way To Go - O!! Seldom has Empire had a more emollient face!
and: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/campaigns/voicesindanger/living-in-limbo-in-libya-a7532231.html + also .. https://twitter.com/Shadz66Shadz6t6/status/822126329286053889
multum in parvo ...
''Perhaps Donald J. Trump has woken us all up again from the little nap we were having."!!! BINGO, bw!! That could well be a deep truth there & the Protest March in DC tomorrow could well be bigger than the crowds for tRUMP! Beyond hubris is history and hope & here's how and why ...
respice, adspice, prospice ...
''Never in human history have so many diverse peoples lived together as in our time. Nor has the appeal of democracy ever been so widespread. The promise of equal rights and citizenship held out by modern society has been universally embraced, especially keenly by people long deprived of them. But, as Donald Trump, the favoured candidate of white supremacists, becomes president of the United States, the quintessential multicultural democracy, the long arc of the moral universe, as Martin Luther King called it, does not seem to be bending to justice.'' - from ...
Which ends with ... ''Gandhi would also have recognised, just as his American disciple Martin Luther King did, the imperative of building a civic democracy that takes into account the pluralistic nature of contemporary societies and the apparent incompatibility of competing claims and values: a democracy that acknowledges incommensurate goals and stimulates cooperation and reciprocity rather than competition and animosity between its individual members. The arduous task of creating unity in diversity, among people riven by race, class and gender, never confronted the founders of the United States. Too many complex issues – such as the nature of human freedom and equality – seemed self-evident to them; and too many of their successors also concealed the self-evident contradictions in the American programme by banishing from sight the enslaved, colonised and dispossessed people whose resources and labour enabled the enjoyment of life, liberty and happiness.
''Today, as white supremacists prepare to occupy the house built by slaves in Washington DC, it may be hard to resist the fear that these pugnacious men, “struggling to hold on to what they have stolen from their captives”, as James Baldwin put it in 1967, “and unable to look into their mirror, will precipitate a chaos throughout the world that, if it does not bring life on this planet to an end, will bring about a racial war such as the world has never seen”. Certainly, genuine democratic equality under the Trump administration will be a more formidable challenge than ever before. But at least it won’t appear veiled by the illusions of the past – which may give present and future generations a better chance of bending the intractable arc of the moral universe to justice.''
dum spiro, spero ...
Maybe "They" now want to see IF Julian Assange will turn himself over to US Authorities, just like he recently said he'd do IF Chelsea Manning was released!!! I do hope Assange is advized against doing that!! Chelsea Manning'll have a lot to say ... once she is in any shape to be seen and say it! Also fyi:
fiat pax ...
Hmmm - I recommend an occasional doobie,
So here U go - "visualize" this: =======##~'
Also fyi, I am recommending this long article:
It is an exceptional read & full of real insights.
I also think, that u may even find it meditative.
The context for private/personal, is the public!
Sadly, like Dolores Huerta too - John Lewis is the voice of the now co-opted 60s Civil Rights Leadership. They were true Radicals ... once! Got a hell of an article for you & mayda now flip but it's quite long tho'.
fiat lux ...
yes very sad for john - first he lies about bernie then this silliness