The almost daily murders of young black men and women by police in the United States—a crisis undiminished by the protests of groups such as Black Lives Matter and by the empty rhetoric of black political elites—have given birth to a new young black militant.
Sorry Mr Hedges, but adding “corporate” to “capitalism” only serves to confuse the facts. Corporate capitalism is the logical consequence of capitalism. Putting controls on corporate behavior doesn’t work because capitalists have become to clever and powerful too be controlled in that way.
So, as I understand it, the point of this article is that we have a new generation of black radicals who are looking for real leadership.
That leadership is going to have to come from among their ranks and those of their generation who have been fortunate enough to obtain higher education.
If there is anything that I would like to help them to understand, it is that they have many sympathizers in the white community. At the same time, I cannot blame them for not trusting us.
I have commented several times over the past few years that it won’t be long before African-Americans etc. refuse to be gunned down and picked on any more. The data shows the justice system is corrupt as are many police forces. We cannot expect anyone not to fight back with the same ferocity as they are attacked with.
For us white folks who have supported efforts to reform and change the system so that it is actually just, let’s hope that when the blowback comes, the violence targets those whose perpetrated these lies and not the general public. America better wake up fast - this summer might help it do so.
Not a fan of our current capitalism, but am definitely not a fan of anarchism nor libertarianism, which also do not address issues of power in a meaningful way.
I still believe, hopefully not naively, that real democracy can work. Unfortunately, it’s never been tried.
In 1994 Cornel West published a slim little volume titled Race Matters. On page 93 he opens a chapter with a quote from Audre Lorde, from her book Sister Outsider:
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"Institutionalized rejection of DIFFERENCE is an absolute necessity in a profit economy which needs outsiders as surplus people.
As members of such an economy, we have ALL been programmed to respond to the human differences between us with fear and loathing and to handle that difference in one of three ways: ignore it, and if that is not possible, copy it if we think it is dominant, or destroy it if we think it is subordinate.
But we have no patterns for relating across our human differences as equals. As a result, those differences have been misnamed and misused in the service of separation and confusion."
Audre Lorde, “Sister Outsider” (1984)
This sounds. like the way I’ve been thinking… but… I sould hope it takes into consideration… people with disabilitirs … mental health issues . and general medical car… Yes… it is true that much of the current disfuncttion of peoplrs menta/emotional and physical health is the consequence of our disfunctional system…
Are you drunk? Or is your keyboard frozen? There must be 7 misspellings in your comment!
Apart from the courage of the Black community, and the spoken wisdom that oppression must be overcome on a global scale; this insight bears repeating:
“Corporate power, which knows what is coming, has put in place sophisticated systems of control that include militarized police, elaborate propaganda campaigns that seek to make us fearful and therefore passive, wholesale surveillance of every citizen and a court system that has stripped legal protection from the poor and any who dissent. The masses are to be kept in bondage.”
No it wouldn’t mean “bringing down” or banning Christianity it would only mean removing it’s privileges such as tax exemption that give it too much power.
It only takes an informed minority to educate and inspire the necessary 3 to 5% committed, willing to sacrifice their lives, for a successful revolution. But they must be focused on destroying the racist/classist capitalist system and replacing it with a libertarian socialist one. Otherwise their revolution will be just another redistribution with a new oppressive ruling elite.
While black militants can be an important part of a revolutionary vanguard they cannot go it alone. As T-Dubb-O said “It’s gonna have to be people identifying their struggles with each other worldwide, internationally, and say enough is enough.” They’re going to have to shout enough is enough with capitalism. It cannot be reformed, it must be destroyed.
The fastest growing minority in the U.S. are poor whites. It may take longer for them to get as angry as non-white minorities but they could be the tipping point for revolution. It is always the young that fight revolutions and they will find older, uncorrupted, leaders if they only trust those that want to destroy capitalism.
It will take more than a long, hot, summer to achieve the destruction of capitalism. It will take years of worldwide revolution, sacrifice and lives. Racism and classism are endemic to capitalism and only the destruction of global capitalism will end the oppression of the many for the sake of a few.
Given the nature of Hedge’s criticisms, I find this to be almost entirely a semantic point. ‘Capitalism’ is not a well-defined term, and discussions about whether capitalism is inherently corporate or whether capitalism is teleologically destined to create injustices is a less important than the project of fighting the very injustices we are faced with now.
I did that on my phone and I am not very patient with texting… sorry…there is an orange space that covers what I am writing and it is difficult to tell what I wrote…
I recently saw, somewhere,within the last couple of days, that I think the Wild Life Fund?.. is putting digital cameras in the “wild”… to keep track of what wild life is left… weird?.. I mean, it’s like they do not want any place for people to go where they cannot be tracked… either by phone or what ever…
And that corporate power is now in so many communities federal, state, and local government power. This is the fact revealed by the daily headlines. The oppressors wear blue uniforms, suits, and black robes. They work not for the public, but for the corporations that exert their influence by dispensing and withholding their dollars. The euphemism for urban violence in the 60’s was “it’s going to be a very hot summer”. Yes, summer 2015 is preparing to be a very hot summer.
Thanks for your comment. I find your position very rigid and extremely pessimistic, having relegated democracy to the garbage bin to replace it with some undifferentiated non-democratic solution. I understand why you would feel that way.
But as I suggested, the untried democracy that is free from control by industrialization, corporations, money and other self-serving but destructive ideologies has not been tried. The wild west existed largely without governance and is mainly a story of savagery. Democracy hasn’t done any better agreed. Can’t see the positive possibilities of every man for himself in a world heavily populated by power brokers. I believe it is possible, though not likely, that democracy could function to limit this and ensure sustainable, humanistic development. Not sure human kind is ready to take responsibility for its actions, so I appreciate your pessimism. I wish you well as we struggle for a better world.
In AD325 the Emperor Constantine called the warring factions of the various christian sects to his Council of Nicaea, effectively the first Ecumenical Council, where the Emperor established the Christian church, laid down dogma and ruled for a canon that few wanted and most repudiated. The council gave in to Constantine and only included the Four Gospels he approved of in the New Testament. There were up to fifty gospels and a few lost ones have been recently discovered. There is the Gospel of Mary of Magdalene which establishes her as an important disciple. There is the Gospel of Peter which gives the only account of the actual moment of Christ’s resurrection. Discovered in 2006 is the Gospel of Judas which shows no betrayal of Jesus but a faithful execution of his commands. Some of the other gospels the Nicean Council decided to leave out of The Bible had a gay, a female and a black Jesus. The Gospel of Barnabas, a disciple of Jesus Christ, dating as far back as 2,000 years shows that Jesus wasn’t actually crucified and doesn’t claim him to be the son of God, but instead a prophet. The book charges that Apostle Paul was “The Impostor.” The story is completely different. In the Book of Barnabas, Jesus wasn’t crucified, but ascended to heaven alive, and Judas Iscariot was crucified instead.
The Jesus of Rome became the conqueror and the emphasis was on controlling people. This is the Jesus responsible for many wars, persecutions and oppression. This is the Jesus of the rich and the ruling class right on down to today’s CEO’s. It is the belief by conservatives that God granted rights come before government granted rights and this is expressed by both the “divine rights of Kings” and the " endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights" of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. It allows some to believe that they are above the law and that they thus have a God given right to do as they please. In reality they created and maintain a system which guarantees their right to everything.
The broadening of Christianity to reflect and encompass the entire class system is probably the reason for its great success. But it’s also its greatest failure as it serves to maintain the status quo by manipulating the disadvantaged into accepting their lot and legitimizing those that exploit them.
An ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus, born 341 BC who lived to age 72, wrote about God. One of his more famous quotations eloquently sums up my thoughts about God as well as the many organized religions that seek to exploit God in their attempts to control others plus enrich themselves. Quoting, he wrote:
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?”
I and fellow socialists do not believe that rights should be granted by gods or governments. We believe in the permanent revolution of class warfare and its progress towards a classless society where rights wont be privileges that must be granted.
Thank you for pointing out what should be more obvious, but getting labelled as a communist has never been good for ones chances of employment in America or Canada either. There are many intellectuals in our universities that come one step away from being labeled a Marxist. And it does, of course, compromise their arguments.
Refusing to be led down a dead end by dead souls
I’d be happy with 1920"s modern. Hot water from a tap, enough electricity to read by, indoor plumbing. A Model T in the shed, and an Indian Power Plus under the old elm tree in the front yard. I have no interest in becoming a neo- hunter gatherer, or an anarcho- primitive-whatever that is. But yeah, we could destroy everything, and if some of us survive, we could spend the rest of out lives violently defending our personal pile of roots and grubs.
Why would you post something so irrelevantly mean?