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Nobody ever flees capitalism?

So I received a tweet tonight from an account called @NLicense that asked the following question:

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It always tickles me that these blockheads never stopped to consider their own question. Not only did they not bother to think about the answer to their own question (which no doubt in their minds can be dismissed with a simple “Because America is the best, no one suffers under capitalism” and a flippant wave of their hand) but they probably didn’t bother to consider that this is another of the bullshit cliche arguments that communists and socialists have to put up with every single day. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s an unanswerable question, even though the premise is a bit asinine. So, let’s cover this topic. Why do lots of people come to the US, and not very many leave?

Point 1

Ok, so how is it a faulty premise? Well, tons of people have tried to flee the US. Seriously. Let’s start with one of the most obvious cases. Slaves running from their “owners” to Canada. Yeah. In fact, it is estimated that 100,000 slaves ran from the US, escaping their bondage on the underground railroad.

Another aspect of the slavery portion of this answer to the above question is that millions were brought to the US against their will. The transatlantic slave trade that lasted for about 300 years brought over millions of slaves, millions of whom would die on the infamous Middle Passage, or shortly after their arrival. Families were torn apart, brother from sister, husband from wife as the United States engaged in the ugly and profit driven slave trade.

The shame of the hundreds of years of slavery is still with us. It doesn’t stop there, however.

This land, the fertile soil of North America was stolen in the first place. It is an uncommonly fertile land, with rivers, plains, fertile soil, game and natural resources. All of those? Stolen by violence by the European invaders. The native houses burned, the fields taken, the country gone. Stolen. I fail to see how the naturally occurring abundance of natural wealth that is in the US is to the credit of the people who raped, killed, slaughtered and committed genocide to get it. I fail to see how it is to the credit of capitalism how the North American continent was taken by force, and then cultivated using slave labor. But it doesn’t stop there.

What is America anyway? Its borders have changed dramatically over the past 200 years. What was 13 colonies along the coast was expanded by buying from the French what was not theirs to give. Then the US systematically stole the rest of the land too. Then it took at the very end Hawaii, a sovereign state whom we decided it was OK to visit upon with slaughter and imperialism once again. We took the Philippines in the Spanish-American War, then killed a million of them when they tried to gain independence. We attacked Cuba, and Haiti, all those people wishing to be left alone, but we visit them with weapons and hatred. Just try running from the US. They’re really good at catching people and bringing them back.

America has lived for more than 2 centuries on stolen land, ill gotten wealth, and borrowed time. And the chickens are coming home to roost. http://rt.com/usa/leaving-us-america-country-289/

Do you see the above link? Oh wait, people have been leaving the US?

Of course they are. They have been leaving for a long time. The government of course doesn’t want you to know that a lot of people are leaving, and have throughout history, but it’s true.

Now that I have destroyed the premise of this ridiculous question, let’s play a game wherein we humor the above moron. Let’s say that Americans never flee the US, they only flee socialism and communism.

Point 2

Even if that were true it wouldn’t mean that the US is a better place, a more moral place, or anything like it. See, if the US has bombed or invaded many countries in the last century, overthrown governments, supported terrorists, has a stranglehold on international business and finance, stole all their own land in the first place, built up their empire on the backs of the slaves, the Chinese, Japanese, Irish and other peoples, if they have cheated at the game from the start, murdered millions of people who dared oppose their tyranny and imperialism and hoarded all the wealth they got from exploitation and slavery, well, does that make us the best country in the world, or the worst?
I think you know what my answer would be.

If people are coming in droves to the US because we destroyed most of the rest of the damn world through colonialism, war, slavery and exploitation, does that mean we’re the best at anything other than colonialism, war, slavery and exploitation?

The world will one day be a much better place. That new age will dawn the day the United States of America collapses into the dustbin of history where it belongs with the Napoleons, the Hitlers and the Romans.

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OK, hands up: how many of you have ever paid a visit to North Korea? For purposes of photography, our man Kuzo recently found himself crossing the border into what is admittedly a country that differs in many respects to anything many of us have ever seen before. While he was there, he kept a list of things that stood out, impressed and downright confused him. Our reporter’s top 10 awesome things about North Korea after the break.

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Defending the Legacy of the USSR

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTTIFEA47FN2JokcsChcyn3aE-OVioUnxLli_Qh5AeOHZqxQeXoThe USSR fell more than 20 years ago. Capitalists rejoiced, and quickly proclaimed communism dead. They said that it was all over, the story written, the song sung. All that was left was for liberal “democracy” to flourish bringing untold riches to the people of the world. Well, at least those who “work hard”. (i.e. get born white, into the right family in the right country etc etc etc.) Political scientists like Francis Fukuyama gleefully declared the “END OF HISTORY” in booming voices like that of a motion picture voice over artist. The curtain fell on socialism. All that was left was the bloody teeth of a capitalist Moloch waiting to enslave us all. Even socialists bought into this narrative, deciding that revolution was pointless, and that they had no choice but to drop their protest signs, their political activism and join the work a day world as willing wage slaves. They joined social democratic parties, the democratic parties and other right wing organizations. It was over.

Not as over as you think

For all their caterwauling  cries of the end of history, the liberals and conservatives forgot one thing. History is all about two steps forward, one step back. Let me give you a good example. The French Revolution tore down the old aristocratic privilege, it killed the king and proclaimed the rights of man. There were excesses. There were problems. Innocent people died. Then after a few short years, the revolution fell. It collapsed under its own weight, the people exhausted and the chaos triumphant. Napoleon Bonaparte would take power as an emperor, and control the country for many years. France went through a century of instability and uncertainty. So, the revolution was a waste then? No, it most certainly was not. Napoleon was able to take power for a number of reasons, but one of the main reasons is that the old system had died. In its place was a vacuum, one that he exploited for his own gain. However, it is of note that France no longer had a hereditary monarch. The legacy of the French Republic had been born. The French Revolution, for all its flaws, for all its excesses, had changed the world, it had altered the course of human history forever. The age of the divine right of kings was over, the age of aristocratic privilege was dying, the age of feudalism was on its way out the door. And that’s nothing to sneeze at.

In a similar vein, the USSR came into existence. While socialism was aimed at developed industrial capitalist countries, the Bolsheviks had a dream of a socialist Russia. They were sick of the aristocratic autocracy under which they suffered, and they wanted to create a better world. They were not an industrialized country. They were seen as a backwards feudal backwater of a country, neither Europe or Asia, stuck perpetually at a cultural crossroads. They were, in a sense, a mess. Yet, they believed in a better world. In the Czar’s Russia, unless you were a member of the aristocracy, you lived a nasty, brutish and short life working for your feudal masters. Just how bad was it? Most of the population were uneducated illiterate peasants. In the mid-19th century the Czar abolished serfdom, but did it in such a way that it further impoverished them. There was no freedom of speech, no freedom of thought, no freedom of any kind whatsoever. Only the rich and the noble had a chance at succeeding. High death rates, crushing poverty and hopelessness were the order of the day. Then, one day, the people had just about had enough. A revolution was born of the abuses heaped upon them by their unfeeling psychopathic rulers. The world would never be the same.

Seeing the USSR in its historical setting

There is much hypocrisy in those from the West who hate the USSR. They have had their brains washed with anti-communist propaganda, they have had their thoughts filled with fear at the inkling of a socialist revolution, even one that would benefit them personally. The USSR did amazing. It took a backwards feudal dictatorship, and brought about a very egalitarian society. It took an almost completely illiterate population, and taught them to read, write and even become scientists and doctors. It raised the standard of living at a ridiculously fast pace. It raised the life expectancy by decades, lowered the infant mortality rate and gave equal rights to women. It ended the mass killings of Jews, and would go on to defeat Hitler in WW2. After the country suffered heavy losses in WW2, they rebuilt it again this time stronger than before. A right to a home and food and education. A right to a voice in your government, a right to a good standard of living and a stake in your own means of production. Were there problems? Oh yes, there were. It wasn’t a perfect country, such a paradise doesn’t exist. However, while the US was segregating its population, the USSR was preaching the equality of all men regardless of the color of their skin. While the US was killing the Vietnamese in droves and destroying their land, the USSR was defending their right to self determination. While the US was still lynching blacks, the USSR was giving a free university education to anyone who wanted one. While the US ignored its lower classes, the USSR was pushing ahead into space. To look at the USSR and think it was a hell hole is to believe blindly the bullshit narrative spit out by those who hate progress and have nothing but contempt for the working classes. Can we learn from the USSR? Yes, we can, we can learn a lot. Do I want the USSR back? No, I want something even better. I want to build on the past revolutions, not relive them. We move forward into the future, building a better world.

In conclusion, yes, I defend the legacy of the USSR. Although flawed, it provided an example of the fact that the Bourgoise liberal “democracy” road was not the only one possible. It inspired millions of people to rise up, overthrow their oppressors and establish socialism. The legacy of the USSR lives on all around the world. Communism isn’t dead, it’s just incubating. This capitalist system is tottering, marching blindly to its own destructive end. Revolution rises from the ashes of the last, creating a dawn that will once again shake the world to its core. Hold the revolution in your heart, and work for a better world.

 

 

Just a note here, I will be writing a piece soon on social democracy, and liberal “democracy”. Don’t miss it.

 

Even a Broken Clock

Now before I say something that may cause my readers to set their hair on fire, throw a chair, chuck their TV out the window, delete their twitter account and smash their computer with a sledge hammer…sorry, got carried away…ahem, please hear me out. Read what I’m about to say in its entirety, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Are Government Benefits Fueling US Poverty?

This is the headline of this piece: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/14/are-government-benefits-fueling-us-poverty/?cmpid=app_pulse&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=pulsenews

Written by someone who shouldn’t be allowed a crayon let alone a computer, this piece claims that government benefits are to blame for US poverty. It claims that people would rather sit around and take the pittance the government throws out than an honest day’s work. You see, the US is the most hardworking, honest, god fearing nation on earth, it’s just that its citizenry are a bunch of fucking bums, apparently. Now if I know the US left, those who see this piece will about tear out their hair in anger and outrage. “How dare you call poor people lazy, how dare you attack our social safety net?” They’ll cry in righteous anger. And righteous it is. And misplaced.

Here’s where I need you to hear me out. It’s a given that Fox “news” is bullshit, it’s almost completely unreadable, so far to the right that it’s falling off a cliff of insanity. However, they’re making a good point here. Ignore all the bullshit in the article and think about it. But think about this: If we had a good economic system, would so many people need to be on welfare? (shake your head  no) If we had a good economic system, would so many go hungry? (shake your head no) Then let me ask you something, why oh why oh why oh why does the left focus on social safety net issues? Isn’t that, umm, how should I phrase this…….fucking moronic? Do you really want to help the poor? Then ASK WHY THE FUCK THEY ARE POOR. Ask if they lost everything due to losing a job, ask if they lost everything thanks to outrageously expensive health care, or maybe it was due to a host of other reasons like ghettoization of minorities, sickness they couldn’t afford to get cured of, or just the never ending cycle of dead end jobs that didn’t pay their bills, couldn’t provide for their living expenses. Is welfare going to really solve our problems, and move us forward? No. Welfare is not, has not, will never be the solution. We cannot sit back and pretend that because we are helping the poor financially that we are doing as we should. Things won’t be solved that easily. It’s like giving opium to a cancer patient and wondering why they’re not getting better. It. Is. Not. The. Solution.

If not, then what?

We have to stop supporting this system that perpetuates us living as dogs waiting for the capitalist class run government to throw us scraps from an overladen table. We have to stop asking permission. We have to stop prescribing opium and start prescribing the one thing we really need, chemotherapy. Yeah, our hair might fall out. We might puke, and we might feel like shit. It will however kill the cancer that is killing us. We need to end this exploitative capitalist system. We need to end this system where in a land of plenty millions are without adequate housing, healthcare and food. We need to end this exploitative system of wage slavery and truly open up the full potential of humanity. Do you have the stomach to really step out and stand up for what it takes to really change things? We don’t need anymore quantitative change. We need real qualitative, systemic change. Or perhaps you’d rather continue just letting the poor survive, as opposed to eliminating poverty and the reasons it exists.

Communism now. No more excuses. No more welfare state hell holes. No more asking for a piece of the pie. Time to flip the goddamn table over and take what has been ours for so long. It is time we stop wishing for a better world, and started working towards building one.

Fuck this Shit

OK. I got your attention with the title, but that wasn’t the only purpose of that headline. I said it in response to what I’m about to talk about.

Do me a favor

Ok, so, you’re probably viewing this either on a smart phone, or more likely a computer. My request is not a difficult one, so don’t worry. Go to the Huffington Post. Look at the stories that are being reported. Here are some of the actual headlines that are on the front page as I write this: “American Sniper Killed at Gun Range” and “The End Of Football? America’s Favorite Sport Marred By Scandal, Brain Injuries” and “LOOK: Obama Goes Skeet Shooting ” and one more that is really real news “Amanda Bynes Moves Out After Weed Smoking Leads To Eviction Notice ”

Do you see a pattern here? It’s all bullshit. Complete and utter bullshit. None of that is shit that you should give a flying fuck about. Which brings me to my first point. The media in our wonderful capitalist societies are shit. It is complete and utter shit. Do we have news about what is happening around the world? Oh yes, here and there if you have the time and stomach to dig for it. We have alternative news sources, but they don’t get very much attention. We have mostly celebrity gossip, non-issues such as gun control, and slide shows of inane shit no one cares about. We have commercials for cars, and websites, and this business and that. Already forgotten are the names of the thousands of dead American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Never known are the names of the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis and Afghanis. We are encapsulated in our little capitalist world. A disturbing news story about the state of the world is on? Quick, switch it over to Honey BooBoo so we can watch their family slowly eat themselves to death while exploiting a little girl whose life is probably already ruined, her only childhood sold as a commodity for profit. Not just as a model or something like that, which in principle I’m not against, but as a 24-hour watched little clown who gets treats for doing doing back flips. Like a jester in a court, but too damn young to know that she’s being laughed at, not with. No, we don’t want to think about things like global warming. We can put that off for later. We don’t want to think about how we’re destroying the only planet we have to call home.

No, no, no. Just go back to your TV and keep watching inane bullshit. Keep the news on, you’ll feel cultured and well informed. War around the world, untold death and destruction being waged on innocent people by your government. Change the channel again. Don’t think about such morbid things. America is a free democratic country, right? OK then, try to run for political office with no money, only on your ideas. Let me know how that works out for you. If you did get elected, let me know what would happen when you stood up against the military-industrial complex and tried to change this country in a real way. Let me know how long it would be before they found a way to toss you out on your ear. Just try running anywhere as a socialist, and see how long it would take for people to tune you out. They’ve been programmed to believe that socialism is a dirty word. When you start talking about poverty, watch as screaming heads start yelling at you that you’re worse than Hitler, and that you just hate America. When you start talking about the dismantling of quality public education in America, watch while they accuse you of just working for “big unions”. When you ask about the state of the environment, watch while they call you a hippy, and a tree hugger. Ask about lobbying, and watch as you’re silenced. Try to change this system from the inside out and you will fail, and fail miserably. You will try to rally the people behind the idea that we can create a better world, that we can change things. They aren’t listening, they’re more interested in whether or not Lindsay Lohan will miss her next court appearance again.

So fuck this shit.

Fuck the false narratives. Fuck the false dichotomies. Fuck the lobbyists with their millions and their hearts of stone. Fuck the media and their deliberate stupidity. Fuck the people who are too timid to speak up and speak out. Fuck the myth of America. Fuck the people who say “support the troops” even though they never question what that means, if anything. Fuck the poverty that is killing our children, and ruining their futures. Fuck this oligarchic system that ruins lives and destroys dreams. Fuck the “immigration reform” that will still leave millions in the US in an economic underclass with no legal rights against the employers that exploit them. Fuck the US government that would rather drone bomb Pakistani children than send its own children to university. Fuck the GOP, their hate, imperialism and greed. Also fuck the Democrats and their fake leftism. They’re exactly like the GOP, but to goddamn cowardly to admit it. Fuck this two party system that ensures the continued rule of the bourgeoisie over the workers, stifling their voices. Fuck this system of war, poverty, death. Fuck the complacent assholes who won’t even stop their boring consumerist lives to think about the real state of the world. People are dying, literally dying, because of this crisis of capitalism. FUCK THIS SHIT.

Fuck this false diversionary bullshit put out by bourgeois media. It is time to say, FUCK THIS SHIT.

Are you prepared to sacrifice to make things better? Are you willing to put your money where your mouth is and demand a better system? Or will you be sucked back into the false GOP/Democrat dichotomy. Will you be willing to fight for real social justice and economic equality? Or will you fall back into your seat and listen to the watered down shit on NBC?

The only way the world will change, is by dedicated people doing everything they can to change it. Nothing less. Revolution won’t come otherwise. Change will always be just a dream. Ending poverty a punchline, and our schools will be sold to the highest bidder. No more science education, we’ll learn about Intelligent Design in Christian charter schools. So start thinking, start reading, start talking. As a friend of mine would say “Wake up, goddammit!”

The world will only change when we decide that we’ve had enough of this capitalist bullshit. It will only end when we as a people rise up and say, “Fuck this shit. We can do better.”

That day, I do believe, will come.

The Value of Nothing

There is an old saying about economists, about how they know the price of everything and the value of nothing. That has a lot of truth in it. Many economists focus on price mechanisms, the behavior of the market, and many related topics. Understanding how economics works is important, to be sure. There are, however, more important things in life. Let’s have a brief discussion about what is important in life, and why capitalism doesn’t satisfy the emotional, economic, or psychological needs of human beings.

Alienation

Our current economic system is one that alienates people. It alienates on basis of nationality, race, religion, language and other categories. We are taught to hate other people who are not like us. We are taught to distrust Muslims, we are taught to attack foreigners. It is us vs them. We verses they. The nation vs the other. This alienation divides society, but not like the alienation of the worker from his labor. He is separated from the work of his hands (or her hands as may be the case of course) because he doesn’t own the means of production. The proletariat sells their labor, the only thing they have to sell. They sell away their lives, making others rich by their work, produced wealth they will never get to enjoy. We are alienated from our dreams, our hopes, and our creativity. Young people who would like to attend school, gain an education and change the world are imprisoned in bad neighborhoods with violence, crime, poverty and an early death more likely than their success. Artists who would show the world great beauty, are forced instead to sell their labor for a pittance, to pay outrageous rents, utility payments and for food. We are held back by the “invisible hand” that is really the tentacles of international capitalism.

The Value of Life

For those who think that life is about making money are many in our society. This system has taught us to be cold, ruthless and unflappable. No crying, no hesitating, no compassion. You step over others to get to the top, and when you’re there you sit on your rightful throne as the king of a dog eat dog world. Except, you just may be all alone. What good is money without love? What good is money without happiness, and fulfillment? What if you’re rich, but you live in a poor society? You pass the homeless on the streets, the boarded up houses and the refuse littered walkways. People searching for drugs to escape their empty desolate lives, trying to get away from the pain of a society alienated from itself.  They search for an escape, but there is not one to be found. The capitalist wasteland is all encompassing, it touches everyone, and ruins everything. Can you be happy in such a world? If you are financially secure, can you assuage your conscience? Can you stand to see the poverty of the world, see the people in Greece light themselves on fire in one final gasp of desperation? Perhaps those that have committed suicide to escape this heartless world performed one last act of individual autonomy, of freedom, of stubborn resolve.

What good is money if you are all alone? Isolated, unloved and unaccompanied? What good is it to be as rich as King Midas, yet lack any human warmth? Money isn’t everything. The pursuit of profit is a poor substitute for the pursuit of happiness, and no the two are not the same. Would you rather have a rich daughter, or a healthy and happy daughter? Would you rather be poor and happy, in love and content, or would you rather be rich, sick, miserable and depressed? Do you want a society that rewards greed, avarice and malice, or do you want a society that rewards cooperation, innovation and equality? Do you want riches, or do you want social justice? We can have a better world. This world of contradictions, alienation, exploitation and despair is not a good place to live in. So what do we do? We learn that humans are the most valuable things in the world. More valuable than diamonds, more valuable than all the gold in Fort Knox. We are the universe aware of itself. That’s pretty awesome. A better world is possible, and it’s called socialism. I want a happy, egalitarian world. What kind of world do you want?

Black Books

I’m back after a short break, shorter than I anticipated to be honest. I’ve been very busy with personal obligations, but I am here to talk to you once again.

Today I was in a bookstore near Tokyo Station, and decided to browse their rather decently large English section on politics and nearby subjects and such. I noticed that most of what they were selling their was liberalism, neo-liberalism, and then some more liberalism. There were to be fair, a few books by Chomsky, and one or two by Zizek, but not much else besides those authors. It doesn’t really surprise me though. Corporate bookstores probably don’t want to propagate communist or socialist ideas, especially in conservative and rabidly capitalistic Japan. (It has to try to keep up with mimicking the self destructive actions of its master, the US, that has used Japan as its imperialistic rug for the past 60 odd years.)

I’ve recently had conversations with a few rabid foaming at the mouth conservatives (fascists more like) who aside from being unable to stand reading cusswords (I can just picture them fainting: “Lawd have mercy, that sailor’s tongue has given me the vapahs” *thud*) and saying why they think that getting an abortion should be met with the death penalty; they like to talk about how communism supposedly killed anywhere from 2.5 people to a trillion. (The numbers always vary of course. Made up numbers always do.) They quote debunked studies by the likes of anti-communist crusader RJ Rummel of the University of Hawaii (Well, he’s from a university and claimed to be a Nobel Prize nominee, even though Nobel committee keeps that information secret for 50 years, proving he’s a deluded  liar but I digress) and the ridiculous propaganda book titled “The Black Book of Communism” written by some rabidly anti-socialist probably syphilitic Frenchman.

Now, those numbers have been torn apart by many people, and the claims they both make are ridiculous. Why though, is there not yet a book that tallies up the real human cost of Capitalism? The number would be astounding. Just start thinking about it. How many died in WW1 (Yes, fought by capitalist states) or in the holocaust (private business was protected by Hitler, and unions banned), how about by the US and all its imperialistic wars against various countries?  3 million in Vietnam, a million in Iraq and Afghanistan, and too many more to list here. How about the millions that died in the Transatlantic slave trade? (Yes, millions.) Or how about the millions of deaths in the Great Depression? (An estimated 7 million people died.) How about the full prisons of the US? The executions (many of them innocent and or falsely convicted) the ghettoizing of minorities groups leading to death and destruction. How about the poverty that kills millions in the US due to lack of readily available medical care? How about the homeless that starve to death in the cold, that freeze to death, all the while we have more homes than people. How about the thousands of US soldiers that have been killed in pointless imperialistic war? How about the genocide of Native Americans? 

Maybe if someone writes this book, it can help open the eyes of the American people to the reality of the capitalist hell hole they live in. Capitalism KILLS. And it’s about time to put an end to the bloodbath.

Goodbye for now

Dear readers,

I have a lot on my plate right now. Without going into personal details, I have things that I need to focus on in my life that are very important to me. So, due to the aforementioned reason, this blog will not be updated for the forseeable future. I’m not saying that I won’t be back ever, but it’s time for me to take a step back and focus on what I really need to and I won’t be able to devote time to this blog. Thanks to everyone who read and supported this blog, including my friends on twitter and Facebook. May we all find joy, happiness and peace in our lives.

Thanks,

Timthesocialist

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.

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This Land’s not your Land, This Land is my Land

First let me wish a Happy New Year to all of my readers, and thanks for joining me for another year. (Yes, you’re committed now, don’t try to back out.) I started this blog in 2011, and here we are now in 2013. My readership has grown a bit, and although I am not a huge blog, I also don’t have the time to write every day here (The daily part of communist daily is because you can read it daily, whether or not I’ve posted new content. At least that’s how I rationalize it.) All things considered, I’m grateful for those who take the time to read my rantings, and who take the time to comment and give their opinion. This is what makes the internet great. (Well that and videos of cats doing ridiculous things.) Anyway, thanks for joining me here again, and I wish you and yours all the best in the coming year. That being said, on to the topic at hand!!!

The Melting Pot

Immigrants. In the US we have this image of dirty and gaunt immigrants standing at Ellis Island gaining access to the greatest country on earth (TM). OK, American immigration history is a lot more complicated than the stories of Ellis Island, but many Americans like to think of the US as a land of immigrants. However, we’re not really that kind to immigrants, and we never have been. You see, this is just another in a long line of lies that make up the myth of America. We want to think of ourselves as tolerant and open, but we are nothing of the sort. From the Italians to the Jews, Chinese and Japanese,  immigrants to the US have faced an often hostile place of racial and ethnic tensions. Discrimination abounded and campaigns to disenfranchise millions of immigrants litter our history.

Now after the recent end of the congressional debacle that was the fight over the self imposed and completely absurd fiscal cliff”, it is being reported that Obama wants to tackle immigration reform. No, this probably won’t make much of anything better, it will likely be cosmetic changes. In fact, the Huffington Post is reporting that although the details of the so called reform is a complete mystery, many rightists in congress are already gearing up to address it. Of course that’s assuming it ever gets brought up at all since the fight over the fiscal issues is far from being really resolved and congress spends more time telling each other to go fuck themselves (that’s not hyperbole either) and getting huge paychecks than they do their actual jobs. So what can we expect from the ultra-right assholes in the blogosphere on this issue of immigration reform? (Please note again, I seriously doubt that the Democrats will come up with anything close to progressive, seeing since Obama spent his first time completely putting Bush to shame when it came to deportations.) Well, let’s take a look at the rambling idiot (and ironically an anchor baby of sorts) Michelle Malkin. I’ll spare you her stupdity, and won’t quote the article I’m taking the following from, but in a recent article on her website, she screamed and ranted about the dangers of “amnesty” for illegal immigrants. At the end of her hysterical and xenophobic rant, she listed something from the US Commission on Immigration Reform, which she uses as a template for how immigrants should assimilate to the US. And if they don’t assimilate to her liking, they should get the fuck out of here, because this is HER country. Anyway, here it is (With my responses to it):

We believe these truths constitute the distinctive characteristics of American nationality:

Wait, what makes you think you have the right to define what the identity of 300 million (or whatever the population was in the 90s) people is?

*American unity depends upon a widely-held belief in the principles and values embodied in the American Constitution and their fulfillment in practice: equal protection and justice under the law; freedom of speech and religion; and representative government;

Except those things aren’t true. Plenty of people in the US don’t like the constitution, or want it changed drastically. Plenty of people in the US are bigoted in many ways as well, including violence and discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs and other religious groups.

*Lawfully-admitted newcomers of any ancestral nationality—without regard to race, ethnicity, or religion—truly become Americans when they give allegiance to these principles and values;

Yeah, but I was born in the US and never agreed to these rules, ideas or principles. Ever. Sure, I was forced as a kid to say the pledge of allegiance, sure I was forced to make a stupid oath when I joined the military to be able to go to college, but I don’t agree with the bullshit ideas of the slave owner written constitution and actually look forward to the day the people of THIS time can choose a government that truly represents them. Also, these are recent ideas for the most part. There has been extensive discrimination against religious, and ethnic or national groups throughout US history.

*Ethnic and religious diversity based on personal freedom is compatible with national unity; and

That’s funny. Ethnic diversity was mostly allowed in the US for slave labor purposes, but go on.

*The nation is strengthened when those who live in it communicate effectively with each other in English, even as many persons retain or acquire the ability to communicate in other languages.

Ignoring of course  that the US has no official language, never has, that multilingual countries are not more dysfunctional, and that forcing Americans to learn more languages couldn’t hurt.

As long as we live by these principles and help newcomers to learn and practice them, we will continue to be a nation that benefits from
substantial but well-regulated immigration.

As long as we let in mostly white, rich, and well established immigrants. Also we will never really help immigrants learn English, but we will most certainly make fun of those with accents or struggle with the language. The next part is Frau Malkin again spewing her bullshit nationalist bullshit:

 

Those principles have been abandoned, scorned, and sabotaged. You have not heard an iota about them from Washington. It is the erosion of Americanization and the ascendancy of the collectivists that helped create the conditions for Election Day.

Those principles are jokes that never existed but in the wet dreams of right wing fascists like yourself Michelle. White people, and white people wanna bes, like YOU Michelle, you fascist dick. “Collectivists”. Ha. You don’t know the meaning of the word you privileged fucking Stepford wife.

Amnesty instead of assimilation is a recipe for even greater GOP losses at at the ballot box.

OOOOOOOH, that’s that real reason, isn’t it? You’re afraid that the poor immigrants who crawl through our borders won’t vote the way you want them too. That’s the real issue here isn’t it? You’re afraid that the immigrants who come here won’t be a fascist like you, that they won’t want to work for starvation wages to feed their families. Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Who saw that one coming.

Amnesty instead of assimilation is a recipe for the furtherance of American decline.

And while they’re at it, make them convert to Christianity, and dye their skin right, is that the plan Malkin? You want them all to be like the Philippines, whence your ancestry hails. It got so much better there after the Christian Spanish, and then the US raped and plundered and colonized it, didn’t it? Oh, wait…

 

Nationalism and Racism

Immigration policies have long been used as excuses for racism, and xenoophobia. They wrongfully claim that immigration, “legal” or otherwise, causes higher crime (that would be poverty sweethearts, not immigration) and that certain groups just cause trouble. It is racist, and it is wrong. If we really thought that freedom was the way to go, and I do personally, I would say that human beings should be allowed to live where they fucking please. Yep, that simple. Oh, you don’t like all those poor people pouring into your country? Well, makes that whole colonialism thing ironic now, doesn’t it. When we allow open borders around the world, capitalism can’t control that. It will help destroy it. So by all means, immigrate illegally, legally, or otherwise. Help break down national barriers, and break the illusion of nationality. We are all human beings, and when we stop allowing countries to hoard resources and power, we stop allowing the rape and colonization of poorer countries. That’s all I want to say today. Fuck nationalism, fuck racism, and fuck capitalism. They all go together. Do what you can to help lead the world to revolutionary change.

 

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