Saturday, March 11, 2006

"Why do they hate us?"

President Bush and the power elites know the true answer to the question “Why do the hate us?” They know, for instance, that it is their very existence, self-serving over-indulgence, mass murder and policies of hate that have brought on the wrath of the world population. In order to avoid a correlation being made between the suffering/oppression abroad and that closer to home, the elite has depended on its most important institutions (education, religion, media, et. al.) to perpetuate a myth that Americans are “one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, the working class of this country shares nothing but benign intent in common with the ruling class. Therefore, it must be a prime directive of American politics to clearly differentiate between the American working class and the rest of the world’s poor, colonial working class. The elite must seek to prevent Americans from empathizing—despite its basis in reality—with Muslims, Cubans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Vietnamese, Indians, Haitians, and Africans that have suffered imperial brutality for centuries. This way, those that “hate us” will not become Americans.

What do any of us share in common with the world’s powerful elite that is meaningful? For instance, I can’t use patriotism to buy food. I cannot pay for my medical bills with the “American Dream.” I cannot own a home with the Pledge of Allegiance. I cannot stop the most violent nation in the world from killing more innocent people with the “Melting Pot”, let alone the U.S. Constitution. (Hell, no one can stop the president from breaking the law these days!) Do we share their values? There is a pathetic manufactured perception that the American masses are “just like” their political and economic elite. However, evidence does not bring to bare this reality. Economically, this country’s inequality is a human rights violation. How can the wealthiest nation in the history of the world let its own people starve, live without homes, or equal access to health care? To deliberately perpetuate a class system, by refusing to end the cycles of poverty, and institutional, individual and social racism, this country’s elite—through its actions not its words—is loudly pronouncing just how much it appreciates the masses.

Taking for granted the uncommon ground we, the working class of the world, occupy—one that is morally high and righteous—and they, the ruling elite, occupy—one that is morally bereft and cruel, I would like to posit this: why do they hate us? That is, why do the elite hate us, not the other way around? They hate us because we control their future. We can refuse to do their work. We can refuse to fight their wars. We can refuse to shine their shoes. We can and must refuse to perpetuate their lies and myths.

1 comment:

troutsky said...

I am going to posit that ruling class attitudes are less psychologically based (hate us) as philosophically based on some Hobbesian, paternalistic, aristocratic view of Nature and natural law that disdains the 'masses'and democracy and things Lockian.You mentioned the influence of Nazi intellectual immigrants and I started re-reading Perry Andersons work,Spectrum, which analyzes the thought of Oakshott,Leo Strauss, von Hayeck, influential conservatives from inter-war Europe.

these are the philosophical battles we are still fighting (carried into the political) which descended down from Ayn Rand through the current bunch of anti-socialist,anti-democratic, free-market ideologues like Kristol and Buckley.They are intellectually ascendent right now but vacuous, hollow, and riddled with contradiction.We need to present a strong counter-argument, accessable and articulate.

You also mentioned the project of finding a new language which can energize an emergent discourse, rising out of the late twentieth century defeat ( defeated but not bowed) of the left that can speak about everything we have learned about historical materialism. The language of Imperialism and violence, the language of capitalism and inequality and starvation, the language of culture and race where we can discuss alienation and Spectacle and hyperconsumption etc..With what is happening geopolitically, War, Terrorism, rise of the Latin Left, we have a great teaching moment and a chance to awaken sensibilities dormant in US progressives.