But since the fate of billions hangs in the balance, it’s something we gotta check in on from time to time.
The short version is: white supremacy and toxic masculinity. These two vile problems have brought this nation, perhaps this planet, to the brink of destruction. It’s so discouraging to behold.
The best approaches to resource allocation, the ideal means of selecting our representatives, the limits of individual and state power.
But white supremacy is an indefensible social structure. It requires dismantling.
It’s a brilliant tool for the job. It has succeeded for generations.
Those legitimate heritages washed away in favor of “not black or brown.”
It has succeeded. White household income is 13x higher than black households, 10x higher than latinx households. It literally pays to be white in America.
But we must explain this disparity somehow. The true explanation exposes the exploitative class interests that birthed whiteness in the first place. Won’t do.
A tidy bundle of rationalization for why these social divisions exist.
MLK was assassinated as he swung into the next leg of his quest for a better world: economic justice. He had an opportunity and strategy to unify poor white and black communities.
But decades ago, MLK already saw its necessity. And saw that it crossed racial lines. Poverty was fucking everyone.
Solving that would have made him too dangerous.
It’s in deep because the powerful have always needed it to be.
There is no just basis for treating one group of human beings as more worthy than another, based entirely on appearance or ethnicity. It’s primitive, pre-scientific superstition.
It can’t withstand modern scrutiny.
Men in the halls of power make decisions that affect women without understanding anything of their lives.
Meanwhile, women are outpacing men in education and even earning potential. There is no reasonable justification for granting power to one group but not the other. It just doesn’t add up.
None of this makes sense. It’s unjust, immoral and, perhaps most offensive to global capital: wildly harmful to productivity and earnings.
So we have to change. The pressures of financial incentives AND justice insist upon it.
They’ve stopped delivering on their promises. That’s an even bigger problem—for the former beneficiaries.
Born into a world that promised prosperity for their hard work, they are entirely unprepared for the galloping wealth inequality of the 21st century.
The pie is growing. Our slices are shrinking. “Labor force participation” is an essential stat here. We’ve lost as much as 4.5 million jobs since the financial crisis.
Less money to go around, less support. Less hope.
The stability, progression, benefits and support connoted by “jobs” are largely missing now.
And a roiling churn in the expectations of our culture.
It is against this backdrop that Trump operates.
He carried evangelical voters by EIGHTY PERCENT.
80%. Four out of five devout Christian voters said “he’s our guy.”
Not saying “he didn’t do it.” Saying “it’s not such a big deal if he did.”
It’s stunning hypocrisy, isn’t it? Yet…
It doesn’t matter if a republican is liar, a thief, a cheat or a sexual molester. What matters is: they will protect “traditional values.”
Traditional values here are white supremacy and male dominance. It’s as simple as that. There’s no way to deny it.
The majority of Americans do not want this man. They do not want white supremacy. They do not want male dominance.
To succeed, the factions that support those values must dispense with more and more ethical behavior.
It is pulling out every trick in the book to cling to relevance and power.
It will fail. But not without costs.
This is where we are. This is why.