There is no left in America

The United States, like all other imperialist societies, is a criminal society. Virtually the entire population is criminal. Normality in such a society is criminal. “Normality” is acquiescence, complicity with that society. We don’t need to turn on the TV or visit the local corporate multinational headquarters to see criminals – just look in the mirror.

Hitler was sexy – the blood flowed in great quantity. But Hitler killed far less and enslaved a fraction of what America has managed. How many books are written about the German people and how few are written about the American people. Mirrors are never in fashion.

I am a criminal. That is to say, I happily accept the benefits of imperialism – benefits that lead me to gain in an hour what 2 billion workers in the world gain in a week. Benefits that lead me, a “poor” person in America, to comforts and a diet rich in protein while many starve and many more barely subsist on cheap carbohydrates.

I am a criminal precisely because I want a happy life and I’m not willing to give up that rich life so that others may live. So I eat my protein, I watch my movies, I am “frugal”, and I congratulate myself as do so many others on my “moral superiority” to the mob bosses of America, the capitalists. That’s little consolation to a typical global citizen whose son just died from war or starvation due to American domination and exploitation of his economy.

It’s this gazing at the elite, this comparison of the “moral American” to monsters like George Bush, that is the undoing of the left. The left simply will not come to grips with the fact that the United States is an imperial society, TOP TO BOTTOM.

The left pontificates on the “failure of the left in America”, thinking of every reason but the true one – there is no left in America. There’s no left because the “far left” is made up of people like me, who refuse to give up their imperial benefits and thus maintain complicity with the imperial regime. So we endlessly talk and talk and talk about what we’d like the world to be like while actually not wanting the world to be like that at all.

As Henry Louis-Gates said, (paraphrased) – “I’m not giving up MY money”.

5 Responses to “There is no left in America”

  1. scottymck Says:

    I, too, am a criminal.

    I have the audacity to work my butt off 60 hours a week to pay for all of my excesses. If only I weren’t such a criminally spoiled American, then I, too, could sit back and wait for the world to save me as I suffer in self-imposed starvation.

    Please, God, give me the strength to do nothing. Give me the resolve to be lazy. Give me the courage to let others fight for me.

    Amen!

  2. mad dog Says:

    With all due respect, I will have to argue that the maintaining of a worldwide empire has made things MORE expensive, not less expensive for the average american. All these war efforts simply use considerable amounts of resources, as well as tax dollars. For example, it is estimated that the War in Iraq has indirectly caused the price of gasoline to go up drastically. Prior to that war, the price of gasoline was between one and two dollars. It now hovers around 4 dollars per gallon on average.

  3. scottymck Says:

    A worldwide empire? Hardly! A modern age empire would have its citizens paying far less for oil than is the case now. The war (I’m sorry, but it is really a police action now) and the price of gasoline are mutually exclusive things. There is no direct correlation between the two. If there were, the cost would have soared many years ago.

    It would be far easier to say that the cost of gasoline began to rise at exactly the same time that the Democrats took over the majority in Congress. This, however is equally absurd.

    There are far more valid reasons for soaring gas prices (although refusing to increase U.S. supply doesn’t help). World demand is the number one reason with OPEC’s refusal to increase supply not far behind.

  4. mad dog Says:

    “A worldwide empire? Hardly!”

    700 worldwide military bases in 140 nations. Any questions?

    “A modern age empire would have its citizens paying far less for oil than is the case now.”

    That is assuming that the people in charge of the empire would actually care about the people. Weak reasoning here.

    “The war (I’m sorry, but it is really a police action now) and the price of gasoline are mutually exclusive things.”

    Wrong. The US government has been paying for the war by going to the federal reserve and having them generate new money. Otherwise known as inflation. Prices of everything go up as a result.

    “It would be far easier to say that the cost of gasoline began to rise at exactly the same time that the Democrats took over the majority in Congress. This, however is equally absurd.”

    The price of gasoline rose when the costs of the war were so great, that taxes and borrowing were not enough to pay for it, which made the war hawks go to the fed printing presses.

    “There are far more valid reasons for soaring gas prices (although refusing to increase U.S. supply doesn’t help).”

    Partially true, but inflation is the chief reason for the price of gasoline (and many other things) to go up.

  5. scottymck Says:

    If maintaining “700 military bases woldwide in 140 nations,” many of whom depend upon them for their own peoples’ security, is your definition of a “worldwide empire,” than I guess you have proved your point within your own narrow definition. That would, of course, extend to administrations that existed long before the Bush Administration or the terms of anyone serving in Congress.

    Inflation is one of many small pieces of the pie of what has caused gasolne prices to go up. By using that as the sole base of your argument, one could easily argue that the cost of paying for things like the cleanup of the 911 terrorist attacks or Katrina caused gas prices to go up. One could further point at any social program you can name (welfare, food stamps) as being a contributor.

    You didn’t even come close to refuting the argument that gas didn’t go up until the Democrats took charge of the legislative branch – the only barrier that now exists to developing our own oil supplies.

    When you say that inflation is the chief reason for the price of gasoline going up, it is not accuate and even if it were so, it would be a “chicken or the egg” thing. The chief reason for the cost of gasoline rising is an increase in worldwide demand. Inflation is a contributing factor in this country but gasoline is a part of the reason for inflation. Prices for oil have not gone down or remained stable in countries who do not have inflation.

    I have no problem at all (as I have said many times before in other posts) with the U.S. removing every single soldier from every single country of the world. That said, I wouldn’t be sending a single dollar to any country for humanitarian aid until we have taken care of our own people first.

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