Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water,
I have donned my fedora to deliver yet another sermon on Racism
On this date 130 years ago the American working class launched a general strike for the eight hour day, out of which was born the American Federation of Labor. American delegates to the first meeting of the International Workingman’s Association voted to adopt the Communist Manifesto as the declaration of war as important as the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Charta in the history of freedom struggles. Marx later wrote his Critique of the Goltha Program in response to the opportunistic direction the IWA had taken. We have yet to realize this historic dream of freedom. My hope is that this date can become another such milestone in the emancipation of humanity and the free association of labor.
By Rev. Dr. Joy Sun Borea, Lo.W.:
I have been running into this subject all week, and have learned a great deal about how different people think about racism in popular culture. All fail to adequately apply the Two Worlds thesis, and so fall into the same errors with which they started, racism and jingoism. We must expand this thesis to mean not only two worlds in each country, but also two worlds in each movement, whether nascent or already institutionalized. The separate and dialectically opposed worlds of the ruler and that of the ruled, master and slave, boss and worker, thinker and doer, planner and executor have existed in every human organizational form since the advent of civilization. Humanity invented its first social machine at the ancient city of Ur in the region of Sumer, southern Mesopotamia (now Iraq). The very word civilized means citified, a movement that has spread for six thousand years, and is now destroying Earth’s entire noosphere. We have transformed ourselves into the runaway species responsible for initiating the already catastrophic Sixth Great Extinction. The original idea was to produce and store grain, for distribution during feast or famine. Slaves are needed to constitute the mechanism of this if this machine, forming the energy producers, transmission belts, gears and levers to accumulate and distribute surplus. Because solar energy has been so plentiful, we have not only been able to thrive, but we have multiplied like rabbits using this ancient device. For even a few of us to survive the transition to the Solar Age, we must now transcend this device.
Technology has always driven social change, providing the ideas needed at each critical juncture. The most recent cultural revolution, that of Capitalism, witnessed the transformation of the person into an abstraction, so that only corporations now have or can effectively exercise the Bill of Rights. The vehicle of social change has always needed a driver, enter the master. The capitalist, esoterically wearing golden crowns while finding it necessary to maintain the exoteric pose as “democrat,” “socialist,” or “communist” while wearing a red rather than golden hat. The only reason the rulers put on red hats is to confuse everyone else. All red hats demonize their enemies are racists. The outstanding racist is Donald Trump. Both establishment political parties and the Sanders movement call Trump a racist. He is, but not for the reasons they attribute to him, or for different reasons than that they are also racists. Trump is a jingoist, which implies racism while pulling a fig leaf over it. The most cogent reason I have heard for supporting Trump is that he will always put “America” first. The subtext here is “Keep Heaven White,” while the fig leaf says “color blind.” In the art of all of his deals, trump has exploited institutional racism to acquire his billions. Even if Trump never made a decision on the basis of anyone’s skin, lips, nose or hair, he acquired his wealth exploiting all of the racist institutions in society. Capitalism arose four hundred years ago on the basis of slavery, and cannot survive without it. Chain gang slavery in America takes the form of prisons, which is the only index by which this is in fact the greatest country in the world. We also lead in superstition, the greatest of which is our belief in Race. By all other indices, our only current claim to glory is the history in which America sounded the tocsin for the Age of Revolutions.
America was the ultimate Utopia, the vehicle by which Sir Thomas More’s dream fused with that of Sir Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis to form a melting pot of Eurpoean nationalities for the forging of a new race of Americans. During the Abolition Movement, the Arian ideology gained its “scientific” status, now expressed as Sociobiology. Trumpites trumpet a nostalgic mythical “Golden Age” when American ideals flourished, modeled on Solon’s golden age of Greece. What Trump actually represents is a new “rosy dawn” of Capitalism, with all of the legacies and reemergence of Marx’s description in Capital, vol 1., ch.31: “The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the beginning of the conquest and looting of the East Indies, the turning of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of black-skins,….” Slavery now exists in new manifestations, with a multi-trillion dollar trade in sex, prison labor, harvested organs, premium pet food, and so-called “third world” conditions of life and labor into which we are all sinking who are not among the economically endowed top 2%. Trump will serve this parasitic social sliver well, as their leading representative.
Trump probably does not think of himself as a bigot, any more than does Obama. Whether as a scion of the top 2%, or a member of the “Talented Tenth,” they both serve the same masters. They are “color blind” only in the sense that they do not overtly indulge in prejudicial practices. Hillary’s claims to oppose racism are laughable for any who remember Fanny Lou Hamer, or for that matter Rickey Ray Rector. Jewish tribalist Sanders is no exception as a racist, never in his history as a legislator voting against the anti-Semitic (the Palestinians are a Semitic people) Zionist lobby. Trump is the only POTUS wannabe who might actually oppose these war mongers, although I doubt he would stake his life on it. One can only shudder in horror thinking about the deal he would make with them once they make him an offer he cannot refuse. Which brings us back to what David Duke calls the “Zio” lobby. They are the main political string pullers (of all the other candidates) who hurl the epithet “racist” at Trump. I believe Duke in his assertion that he has not been a member of the KKK since elected to the Louisiana Congress in the ‘70s. Hell, I was a Maoist back then. Although I threw away my Little Red Book when Mao shook hands with Kissinger, I still have my love beads and my Nehru jacket hanging in my closet. Why is the most racist lobby in the world calling both of them Klansmen? Trump was clearly confused, and Duke was as cynical as ever.
This is where “color blind” racism really shines (racist pun fully intended). Duke clearly never endorsed Trump, but convincingly states that he would vote for Trump and recommend others to do the same (is that the same thing as an endorsement?). I doubt that Trump could give the Pentagon General Staff (comparison to the Nazis fully intended) much trouble in their love affair with the Israeli racists in their genocidal campaign against Palestinians. Duke calls out his Melting Pot racism in the name of jingoism, speaking about how the white founding fathers of America (a German splinter of Scottish Rite Freemasonry vis-à-vis Adam Smith) would roll over in their graves to find their Great White Race becoming a “tiny minority” in their own stolen country. Trump and Duke are identical in their jingoism, the identical twin brother of racism. Neither love the “poor white boy” over whom they both shed crocodile tears, any more than Roosevelt loved Mr. Mots. Duke has a clear grasp of conservative theory now, and must have learned at least rhetoric from William F. Buckley, the last Boy Scout. He supplied a tear-jerking explanation for the Arizona Immigration Law of 2016, trashing Mexicans while defending Palestinians. Can you imagine the gargantuan American Prison Industrial Complex (already larger than the Gulag Archipelago) absorbing tens of millions of “undocumented” workers, the exact equivalent to be found nowhere other than in Palestine and the former Voortrekker Regime in South Africa, not forgetting the Warsaw Ghetto and Jim Crow? The loss of so many slaves to less productive labor would be catastrophic to the American Gross National Product. Trump could shrug off the cost of reviving the Mexican economy and paying every worker in the Maquiladoras union scale. As an ensconced parvenu member of the top 2%, Duke could convince a few of his brethren to throw in their two cents as well.
The truth about the founding fathers of America is that they and their progeny stole the lower North American continent, including half of Mexico, from its rightful indigenous population, murdering 200 million in the most massive genocide in history. Hispanic families were spread across both sides of an arbitrary line by The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, moving the U.S.-Mexican border 150 miles south to the Rio Grande. This added the states of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming; and expanding Arizona, Colorado, and Texas. Not bad for a paltry $18 million, a sum dictated to show contempt. General Scott had appointed Robert E. Lee to conduct the Mexican Campaign, under the battle cry, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian!” In the wake of American Imperialism’s Manifest Destiny, this genocidal policy of achieved less violent form when, to divide and conquer La Raza, America extended the ancient Athenian doctrine of jus soli to children born on the newly conquered lands. General Robert E. Lee rode on to glory in waging war against the United States Government, then traded in his grey uniform for a white sheet and retained full arms upon his ersatz surrender to General Grant. His vigilantes became the Ku Klux Klan under Lee as Grand Dragon, and he now glowers down from Stone Mountain as a stern reminder of the close relationship between racism and American Imperialism.
Not that Duke is wrong about the tribal leaders of Zionism. As soon as the Israeli guerrillas planted their new flag on Palestinian soil, these same war lords murdered the Socialist dream of a pluralistic democracy to proclaim their Apartheid Regime of modern Israel. Duke exposes their despicable influence over American government and news media. David Duke exposes the narrow limits of his right wing intellect when he trots out the Babylonian Talmud, an encyclopedic body of ancient Hebrew diaspora law that cannot credibly be cited without at least getting your Bar Mitzvah. Whether racism is covered in the exoteric Mishnah, it no doubt exists in the esoteric writings of Kabala. Racism exists to the same extent in the Catholic Encyclopedia and in the complete writings of Martin Luther, especially his Table Talk. Capitalism was born in England in the genocidal Enclosure and Factory movements, and then born again (pun fully intended) in America as chattel slavery and bonded servitude. Blacks will never be integrated into the American economy, although hundreds of millions of whites are enslaved to minimum wage, massive unemployment, murderous automated speed up, wage concessions and entitlement slashes, bereft of all rights other than to work, sleep under a bridge, and starve anyway. Can you seriously believe the “undocumented” Mexicans living under a fascist Immigration Law did all of this? I doubt either Duke or Trump actually believe their own rhetoric, any more than did 18th Century Victorians think of homosexuality as anything more than a cynical tool to destroy political enemies.
In Part 2 of this sermon, I will move on to White Man Privilege, and prejudice.