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As Uprising Spreads Across US, Scholars Argue Economic Transformation and Solidarity Key to Achieving Racial Justice

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/09/uprising-spreads-across-us-scholars-argue-economic-transformation-and-solidarity-key

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“Our only hope for our collective liberation,” writes Michelle Alexander, “is a politics of deep solidarity rooted in love.”

Love will be what unites us and that transformed economic system will have to emphasize the social–not money as in capital.


Yes, but as Piketty’s (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century elucidates, intra- and international inequalities in wealth distributions are staggering. It is quite difficult to maintain a culture of love when there is such a separation of standards of living among and within nations. It is time to share the wealth. Bernie had it right, there should be no billionaires.


50 million of all races were already living in poverty in America before this pandemic. Add to that another 40 million recently unemployed and you have roughly 1/3 of the country living in true poverty.

Oh, and then a full 80% of the country was already living one paycheck at a time - one thing goes wrong and BOOM - welcome to povertyville.

We can all agree the police have a real problem, yes they wear racial goggles, and they need to be de-funded, purged, and rebuilt from the ground up. We should also understand that Biden will desperately try to sweep this problem under the rug with an exploratory committee, he will do his best to do nothing at all. If he does that, the protests should continue.

Sanders ideas about inequality and solidarity are the answer to this race problem and many other problems in our society. I still cannot fathom how south carolina voted for Biden? I’m assuming it was the churches and corrupt black leadership convincing people to vote against their own best interest.


As long as we have those in power like the DeVos family, it will be very difficult to transform our economy. As Betsy(and others, like the Kochs)have said, over and over, “There is no community or society. There is only the individual and their family. No one else matters.” That is the heart and soul of the libertarian/ Tea Party/ GOP movement. Already they are muttering over developing a Covid-19 vaccine as being socialist.
However, I will not give up. We are all interconnected. What I do affects everybody else. And I stand with my black brothers and sisters in this current awakening, knowing that we can’t melt the hearts of the rich and entitled, but we can help each other without them. We are many, they are few!

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I think that the US needs to leave interational agreements that have created what is in effect a totally new government above our own that has the real power, in order to make changes that are sorely needed. because the government we see is no longer empowered to make the changes people want, it will be an exercise in futility unless we change the so called global economic governance - or leave it, so we can have democracy again. Because the global economic governance orgs now hold all the real power. Seriously.

They are shifting jobs, jobs located here, even, to firms that are based in developing countries, - and the huge profits they get from brokering jobs are used to prop up dictatorships. As far as the US goes, this process is barely beginning.

They have an affirmative action program, but its goal is to end protectionism, which is how they describe the distribution of jobs in the US. They frame us as being a hotbed of discrimination, against foreign corporations, and “reform” is designed to shift jobs now held by all Americans offshore. Much of it is intended to prop up the rich, not the poor, in LDC countries (under a trickle down theory helping the rich- shifting remittances to the people immigrants came here to get away from) (The LDC Services Waiver gives firms based in LDC countries an edge in services procurement tenders, as they have a “surplus” of college educated, degreed young people who are so desperate for jobs they wil work for fre, who are not burdened with student debt. )

The powers that be are pursuing a rent extraction agenda. They have no intention of rebuilding or reinvesting in the US. They are instead planning to extract what profits they can and leave us with huge debts. As there wont be jobs, they intend to quietly phase out public services, using an agreement called the GATS, which frames public education, healthcare, water, hospitals financial services, postal services, infrastructure, roads, etc as takings of business opportunity away from multinational corporations, and wrong. They intend to replace them all with privatization and micropayments, which will accomplish many goals in one, outside of the public eye, They have an entire cashless movement which is using India as its testbed.

Gradually turning remaining public jobs into trade obligations we owe other countries, They have signed all sorts of ageeements ensuring that money doesnt get sent to where its needed, and instead goes to insiders all around the world. Quality and professionalism, will take a nose dive, and the decent public job and decent public service will cease to exist, Profits will likely go to tax havens.

Its all already been decided, we all just never got the memo.

We all need to understand we have far more in common than different. Cynical people are trying to divide us because our values and independence are our strengths. Consider reaching out to others, and seeing through the politics of division pushed by neoliberalism. Neoliberalism is not trying to help the poor its trying to help those that oppress them.

Together we are strong. Expose their lies

Biden and democrats created the police state…Flynn was murdered in a DEMOCRAT controlled state…
…think people dont notice?
The Democratic Party is very much complicit in the current state of
these oppressive police institutions; their tactics, the judicial and
carceral systems that back them up are all part of the Democratic
program, and their lip service to the contrary is just that.
the call is coming from inside the house guys

Vote blue no matter who?

Tell me again how voting for Biden and Democrats will solve any of these issues…

We had the chance to really change the country with Sanders and older Black voters overwhelmingly voted for corrupt racist war monger Biden…Trumps fault?..Putin?


Both you and @WiseOwl are right, but in diferent ways. May I suggest what I suspect is the key to solving this problem, where the root of a big part of this problem is. It is in an obscure definition that is used for what can be public services.
See ~http://policyspace.xyz/glossary/governmental-authority-exclusion
This definition is so narrow, its effectively cut off our ability to have public services. Because it requires that only the totally noncommercial services be allowed to remain public. This bar is so high that virtually everything thats currently public is supposed to gradually privatized .

With Trump or Biden you get two flavors of neoliberalism, but thats because we traded our ability to vote for our choice away.

Have you ever heard of whats now called Dani Rodrik’s Trilemma?


Have you ever read about Article XXI of the General Agreement on Trade in Services? Thats what we have to do to get the right to regulate we won in 1776 back.

It bothers me that Biden is pretending to be black peoples friend because both parties are bound by an agreement that is going to trade away a lot of public jobs and although that will hurt all americans a great deal, because they have done well in many of these sectors, it seems likely to me that black people will be disproprtionately hurt by this.

Both parties should admit they made a huge mistake to promise all those jobs away and try to get us out of this deal, not hide it.

If we left this deal - literally left it behind, then we could fix a great many things that currently cant be fixed, like healthcare, higher education, infrastructure, primary education, and dozens more. Including banking. We could require that banks keep money in communities.

But right now we could never do anything like that - because every new reguation is blocked.

Unless its a real emergency, and then changes cant be intended to avoid our obligations under the deal. That comes first…

Right now doing anything with those other areas, particularly anything that would sem to involve hiring, will likely lead us to large scale job losses to overseas entities, because of procurement involvement.

Including other countries banks. And if (when) those banks get involved in scame like mortgage fraud we wont be able to prosecute them because we ddnt prosecute our own banks during the last one. Thats the kind of discrimination that gets defended against now.

Maybe not. I dont know, it probably is depedent on whether other countries push any claims.

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Love is the most powerful force in the Universe! Believe it, and bring Love alive by using, giving, sharing, Love every day! Love must be unconditional to be the strongest, and the more that practice/live it, the more powerful force of group love becomes. Truly Love practiced together can transform our Sacred Planet…!

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Imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and would learn to think for themselves; and when once they had done this, they would sooner or later realise that the privileged minority had no function, and they would sweep it away. In the long run, a hierarchical society was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance.
George Orwell

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
George Orwell, 1984

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Paul Orasz evaluated the number of people who were able to rise economically up into the next 20% from the lowest 20%.

Very few.
Grow up in poverty.
The lid is on you.

zip code (red line, back when)

not sure that socialism is the answer needed - because:
85 years of public housing
over 50 years of affirmative action
SSI, food stamps, medicaid too

and we are sinking

We have not had any new public anything in 25 years and the public things that remain are being forced into privatization. People dont realize it because we’re being intentionally misled not to realize how bad it is. I hate to say that but put yourself i a politicians shoes, they dont want to be told they have lost something as important as democracy. They will blame you, and all your kind, rightfully, for it. Even if you personally want to change it, but cant, you will never have done enough unless you do, so they must feel trapped between two irreconcilable forces. the neoliberals insist the deal is done and cant be changed. But it can but will require a national awakening. All other roads lead into the shithole of deceit.

People dont realize just how bad the G is. why dont you download this formatted copy to have as a reference. There is all sorts of bad stuff in there. Its basically the doppelganger (evil twin) of everything good.


I was astonished, bewildered. This was America, a country where, whatever its faults, people could speak, write, assemble, demonstrate without fear. It was in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. We were a democracy…

But I knew it wasn’t a dream; there was a painful lump on the side of my head…

The state and its police were not neutral referees in a society of contending interests. They were on the side of the rich and powerful. Free speech? Try it and the police will be there with their horses, their clubs, their guns, to stop you.

From that moment on, I was no longer a liberal, a believer in the self-correcting character of American democracy. I was a radical, believing that something fundamental was wrong in this country–not just the existence of poverty amidst great wealth, not just the horrible treatment of black people, but something rotten at the root. The situation required not just a new president or new laws, but an uprooting of the old order, the introduction of a new kind of society–cooperative, peaceful, egalitarian.

Howard Zinn, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

As observers of totalitarianism such as Victor Klemperer noticed, truth dies in four modes, all of which we have just witnessed.

The first mode is the open hostility to verifiable reality, which takes the form of presenting inventions and lies as if they were facts. The president does this at a high rate and at a fast pace. One attempt during the 2016 campaign to track his utterances found that 78 percent of his factual claims were false. This proportion is so high that it makes the correct assertions seem like unintended oversights on the path toward total fiction. Demeaning the world as it is begins the creation of a fictional counterworld.

The second mode is shamanistic incantation. As Klemperer noted, the fascist style depends upon “endless repetition,” designed to make the fictional plausible and the criminal desirable. The systematic use of nicknames such as “Lyin’ Ted” and “Crooked Hillary” displaced certain character traits that might more appropriately have been affixed to the president himself. Yet through blunt repetition over Twitter, our president managed the transformation of individuals into stereotypes that people then spoke aloud. At rallies, the repeated chants of “Build that wall” and “Lock her up” did not describe anything that the president had specific plans to do, but their very grandiosity established a connection between him and his audience.

The next mode is magical thinking, or the open embrace of contradiction. The president’s campaign involved the promises of cutting taxes for everyone, eliminating the national debt, and increasing spending on both social policy and national defense. These promises mutually contradict. It is as if a farmer said he were taking an egg from the henhouse, boiling it whole and serving it to his wife, and also poaching it and serving it to his children, and then returning it to the hen unbroken, and then watching as the chick hatches.

Accepting untruth of this radical kind requires a blatant abandonment of reason. Klemperer’s descriptions of losing friends in Germany in 1933 over the issue of magical thinking ring eerily true today. One of his former students implored him to “abandon yourself to your feelings, and you must always focus on the Führer’s greatness, rather than on the discomfort you are feeling at present.” Twelve years later, after all the atrocities, and at the end of a war that Germany had clearly lost, an amputated soldier told Klemperer that Hitler “has never lied yet. I believe in Hitler.”

The final mode is misplaced faith. It involves the sort of self-deifying claims the president made when he said that “I alone can solve it” or “I am your voice.” When faith descends from heaven to earth in this way, no room remains for the small truths of our individual discernment and experience. What terrified Klemperer was the way that this transition seemed permanent. Once truth had become oracular rather than factual, evidence was irrelevant. At the end of the war a worker told Klemperer that “understanding is useless, you have to have faith. I believe in the Führer.

Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century