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Capitalism is reaping what it has sowed.

What you see happening to the Republican Party right now is a microcosm of what has happened--and was inevitable to happen--to capitalism itself.

The Republicans have isolated women, homosexuals, non-christians,  the poor, and every person that is colored any color except white and pink. They've even isolated a lot of those white and pink folks.

The reason for this is that the Republican Party is the official party of Capitalism. The Democratic Party is a Capitalist party too, don't get me wrong, but they're a little more tempered. They're second string. To stick with language a Capitalist would understand, The Democrats are the Pepsi of Capitalism, while The Republicans are Coca Cola.

This isolation was inevitable, because Capitalism is about isolation. It is about protecting a given class and type above other classes and types. It sells itself as fair, but like so many of its other products, its actuality does not live up to its advertisement. Capitalism is about promoting the interests of the ruling class, and allowing the lower classes to breed and experience just enough freedom to keep them invested in the promulgation of the existing system.

It is so short sighted, too. It occurs to me now that it must be this way by design, but too bad for the Capitalist that he never thought to include other groups in his success. Being a white, christian man, he had to make sure that too much advantage wasn't given to other populations. Sure, tokens could rise up through sheer, mad, work from time to time, but that's no big deal. It gave the white christian man something exotic to look at in the office, and a reassurance that he was expansive. Rather than extending opportunity to others--something The Capitalist is definitionally unable to do--he hoarded it.

And now the populations of 'others' are growing. And fast.

The White Christian Man is scared.

I would say it didn't have to be that way, but I guess it really did. An interesting phenomenon can be noted when talking to members of these 'other groups'. However socially conservative, however traditional in the rest of their outlooks, members of 'other' groups tend to be far more sympathetic to Marxism than the White Christian Man is. This is too bad, because Marxism could benefit the White Christian Man too, but The White Christian Man has been too burdened by propaganda about what Marxism really is. While The White Christian Man was receiving mega doses of anti-marxist propaganda in the fifties and sixties, black people were being knocked over by Capitalist fire hoses. Women were being sexually harassed and trivialized in the work place. Gays and Atheists were being forced to remain in closets, lest they lose everything they had worked for in this society.

In the early 1900's, while The Capitalist was looking forward to a productive century, Lenin was having a 'Letter to The American Worker' smuggled into the country. he was appealing to 'The Other' to rise up, and claim America for itself. This man who is viewed today as a virtual devil by so many White Christian Men was doing his best to empower 'the others' all around the world. That is why his message--and Marx's message--can still receive an unbiased hearing in so many 'other' communities these days.

Mistakes were made by the Capitalists in America, but they were bound to be made. As The White Christian Man finds himself moving closer and closer to minority status himself, he is making token gestures that he is much more inclusive than he has in actuality been. It's not his fault, though. It is the fault of Capitalism. He was just at the top of the totem pole, and had become intoxicated with privilege (as any person reaching the top would be).

The White Christian Man can still redeem himself, but he's going to have to abandon his Capitalism in order to do so.

He is going to have to promote equality and justice before it is foisted upon him.


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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)

    "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully." ~ Samuel Johnson

    by Spencer Troxell on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 04:52:45 AM PDT

  •  depends on what one considers a mistake (1+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III

    if the goal is for the 1% to win, no mistake at all

    Spencer - I am in Columbus and I think you are in Cincinnati


  •  Lenin would accuse you of "bourgeois pedantry" (0+ / 0-)

    for assuming that the WCM could possibly promote justice or equality - Lenin's goal is to foist violent revolution, because Lenin is ripping off Nechaev and is nothing but a two-bit hypocrite.  Seriously, the whole letter sucks, even on the relatively low bar I'd set for something written by Lenin.  He argues for world peace through liquidation his enemies; he argues his former leftist allies aren't true revolutionaries while defending his alliances with French monarchists; he argues against imperialist armed intervention while (this is not in the letter) planning to push his own armed forces into Polish-Ukrainian territory in an attempt to overthrow their government.   His predictions about the future of his state were as pathetic as they were wrong.

    I'm also not sure if your title is ironic or not, given that Lenin uses that expression repeatedly in the letter to defend the (multiple, ugly) failures of his own government.  

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:20:10 AM PDT

    •  Aww (0+ / 0-)

      Does regulated trade hurt your fe-fe's?

      Why are you attacking the writer?

      Seriously, the whole letter sucks

      "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:41:20 AM PDT

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      •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm attacking Lenin, not the diarist.  And for all the reasons I listed.  If you want to address those reasons I'd be happy to respond.  Or you could just drop sarcastic non sequiturs.  Your choice.

        What my comment has to do with "regulated trade", I have no idea.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:49:05 AM PDT

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        •  Oh! My bad. (1+ / 0-)
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          I've always considered those writings to be something Stalin cooked up. Not only does it make Lenin look insane. It covers every contingency making every move Stalin made golden in the eyes of Lenin.

          Just my take.

          And yes Stalin would and could forge shit like that- Just for the Lulz in some cases.

          "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

          by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 09:08:33 AM PDT

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          •  No worries. I think the letter was first published (1+ / 0-)
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            in 1918, so a little early for a Stalin forgery.  But just to make sure, I double-checked with some Russian sources and it appears legit? (Not that this would verify it completely, but the 1953 Soviet encyclopedia lists it as appearing in v. 28 of Lenin's collected works, which I don't have handy, but I can check next week at the library, along with old volumes of Pravda.)   Most of the online texts of the letter, even in translation, are drawn from the 1965 collected works edition.  Stalin no doubt reshaped a lot of Lenin's legacy, but I think this one, if it really did appear in English translation in 1918, might be legit.   Still, you've got me curious, so I'm going to see what I can track down.

            Unfortunately I can't find a free archive of Pravda online.  There's one that costs +$300, which is funny in an ironic way.

            Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

            by pico on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 09:31:15 AM PDT

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