horses and saddles sold cheap and other metaphors

Saturday, November 27, 2004

MaxSpeak's salute to the pilgrims, the terrorists that gave thanks:
MaxSpeak Summary: the Puritan Christian fundamentalists, of whom the Pilgrims were a subgroup, were murderous, treacherous swine who made a treaty with the indigenous people around Plymouth until they had enough forces to wipe them out. This they later did with smallpox and guns, unless they were able to sell them into slavery, all of course for the greater glory of God.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The Missing Voices of Our World A must read from MoJo.
For instance, there is the issue of class. The dominant culture in the United States -- in education, among politicians, in the media -- pretends that we live in a classless society with one common interest. The Preamble to the United States Constitution, which declares that "we the people" wrote this document, is a great deception. The Constitution was written in 1787 by fifty-five rich white men -- slave owners, bondholders, merchants -- who established a strong central government that would serve their class interests.

That use of government for class purposes, to serve the needs of the wealthy and powerful, has continued throughout American history, down to the present day. It is disguised by language that suggests all of us, rich and poor and middle class, have a common interest.

Thus, the state of the nation is described in universal terms. When the president declares happily that "our economy is sound," he will not acknowledge that it is not sound for forty or fifty million people who are struggling to survive, although it may be moderately sound for many in the middle class, and extremely sound for the richest 1% of the nation who own 40% of the nation's wealth.

What is of concern is that contrary to our ideals, the right enodorses the concept of aristocracy and social darwinism, that its the "natural" order that we have the "haves" and "have nots". That if you have little or nothing, its your fault, you're just not working hard enough or you are just a bad person. We will have four more years of a presidents that fully embraces this world view. Jefferson, Adams, and Teddy Rooseveldt are rolling in their graves.

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