Market Forces - Class Conflicts = Democracy’s Defeat
America’s history of subjugation, slaughter and enslavement of “red skin” Indians and “black skin” Africans by more economically powerful and better armed “white skin” Europeans may be the root of a most malevolent superstition that still has believers in the mythology of racially superior and inferior peoples. It may be in the tradition of older biblical tales of special people favored over all others, these brought about by suffering which could only be rationalized by myths about a god offering reward in the hereafter to whoever suffered most in the here and now. But such gross reductionism in the American tradition brought up to date would have a hateful slack jawed moron with a gun being racially superior to a loving brilliant person without one, or a brutal, drooling sex fiend rapist racially superior to a kind and innocent victim.
Simple gradations in human skin tones have everything to do with our different geographic and genetic origins but absolutely nothing to do with the social, political and economic construct we’ve been taught to believe makes us different races.
The most profound and meaningful difference among members of the human race is that of sex, without which there would be no human race. But African, European or Asian men are not only the same sex but also the same race, as are Nigerian, Italian or Vietnamese women. Still, you’d have a tough time convincing most of us, especially in the U.S.A., since we’ve been divided & and conquered by our rulers for so long that we all but have to identify as one or another minority in order to band together to achieve some alleged equality, often only in our minds. But we have reached a point at which continued belief in racial and other socio-ethnic division only plays into the hands of the most powerful economic minority of all, which becomes more falsely multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi –cultural in its employment policies as wealth skews up to it more unequally than ever.
While identity politics play greater roles in the divisions that prevent democracy, some members of supposed minorities become stock holders in corporate capital’s upper professional and leadership classes while those lower on the economic spectrum continue suffering the slings, arrows, bullets and bombs that come from the same power sources always rewarding some at the expense of others. Our system of private profit for some only at public loss for the many has maintained for generations, most recently with the added fiction that there is strength in accepting the role of a minority within the minority, accepting affirmative success by acting as such, and thereby making a better living and sometimes idealistically thinking others will be helped by such individually allowed affirmation once it is wrapped in the social packaging of equality-for-all rhetoric.
Unequal wages paid to men and women is one of the glaring economic injustices that draws attention and should, but without forgetting that women who are unemployed or not professional bear burdens worse than making less money than men. The skin tone racial wage disparities in the marketplace are even more unjust, but again, increasing-equalizing the paycheck size of a female or “person-of-color” in the professional class does little or nothing for those reduced to working class lives with no hopes of achieving professionalism and worse, those who suffer the injustice and deprivation of poverty, an absolute necessity in an economy of profit for only some, with increasing loss for most.
A higher minimum wage for all workers is far more socially beneficial than improved rewards for a minority of better paid people in some cases already somewhat privileged if only in lesser evil terms. Affirming some supposed minority members of society with college educations while continuing to negate, deny and treat with bigotry all those with no chance of such professional achievement is, unfortunately, not only the rule but accepted and passionately protected as a socially liberal concept. This anti-social political economic arrangement is strengthened by recruiting a leadership class from relatively privileged sectors of the out-groups who then convince their less privileged members to maintain the system since someday they too may rise to a higher economic level simply by mastering minority market forces and forgetting about majority rule democracy.
This helps maintain the glaring inequities of a system which threatens all of humanity, in a truly global sense, while most of that humanity is controlled and manipulated into accepting social organization which works against the best interests of the human race, and not just one or another supposed minority of it, however blatantly discriminatory things may be or seem in a selective, personal way. From that standpoint, people are manipulated into believing privilege is enjoyed only by those slightly above their own economic level, while blatant inequality allows incredible wealth to pile up for a real and tiny minority while great majorities are kept in needless, often violent competition among themselves.
400 U.S. billionaires have more wealth than 197 million Americans combined. Twenty of them - 20! - have more than 150 million people. Rest assured that there is ample “minority” representation among the 197 and 150 million but they – we – represent a majority if we ever demand and exercise democracy, which is why we are mind managed and consciousness controlled into acting like minorities.
In a nation in which so few have amassed such fantastic wealth – and most innumerate citizens cannot fathom a billion, let alone billions – at the latest count there are 46 million of us who are poor. What might a judgmental, righteous and vengeful god, favored by many biblical believers, do to such a people and society?
We Americans owe more than $940 million in credit card debt, $1.3 billion in student loans and $13.8 billion in mortgages. Who do we owe it to? Mostly to those 400 billionaires and their professional servant class. If that is democracy, then cancer is good health. And according to the rules of capital and private profit, much about cancer is a sign of financial health; it is a multi billion-dollar industry.
Last year cancer pharmaceuticals crossed the billion-dollar mark in sales and in economic truth, a cure for cancer would represent staggering loss for the industry. Not only oncologists but also thousands of workers in the drug, therapy, medical, therapeutic, home care, wheel chair, and countless other businesses related to such severe illness would be unemployed. That crippling diseases exist and need to be fought and controlled is one thing, but that they are profit creators in a market place without morals, where weapons, housing, pet food, clothing, autos, bombs, cosmetics and everything and anything else are sent to the market to create profit by being sold only to those who can afford them is great for the minority that profits, but deadly for the majority that carries the financial, political and moral burden of loss.
The social disease of capitalism has created a financial, environmental, moral, intellectual and philosophic form of cancer that can only be cured by democratic restructuring of the political economic system. That cannot come about in a divided population, which is why rulers work to keep it that way. We are forced into fictional combat over allegedly shrinking resources while a small group consumes incredible amounts of the earth’s wealth as that consumption pattern brings about a dangerous ecological condition that threatens all and not just some of humanity.
And humanity, we need to learn or remember before it’s too late, is neither hyphenated, color-coded nor a marketplace product available for sale. At least it shouldn’t be. Our class needs to come to attention, focus on our problem and work to solve it before the divisions we have been physically and mentally forced into help to destroy not just the school or the educational system but the entire society in which they function. The majority democratic forces of the people must control the market before minority control brings the global mall of weapons, war and needless consumer waste provoked by psycho-neurotic controlled needs crashing down on all our heads.