Systematic Plutocracy, Not Systematic Racism


So we are now supposed to be all excited by a wild goose chase, for the systematic racist. Did you meet a systematic racist recently? By the way, if he was so racist why did Chauvin paired up with a non-white cop? Actually he even looks like what is outrageously called “black” in the USA (where color is everything, and attributed absurdly). Chauvin’s wife, Kellie Chauvin, competed for the title of Mrs. Minnesota in 2018 with the hope of becoming the first Hmong winner. Does that sound like the choice of a white supremacist racist? (She is filing for divorce, change of name…)

Kellie Chauvin, wife of the officer charged with second degree murder, and vilipended around the world as a systematic racist… how many of you, vilipenders, denunciators of Chauvin’s alleged racism, are married to someone of another “race”?

On the face of it, the assassination looks more like a hit: let engage on a little flight of possible fancy. Chauvin wanted Floyd dead, because they worked as security in the same shady nightclub, and one of them, or both, had gone one deal too far… Hence the attempts by the officers to get the cameras turned off (they were only partly successful, yet threatened some spectators). In that case, it would be first degree murder, but that would require a careful inquiry, and the Police Department will not be anxious to go that route, as it would end up with four officers accused of first degree murder, or aiding and abetting such…

Torture was involved too… Hidden behind that car… too bad there were all those smart phones… Interesting those cell phones, they reveal lots of atrocities: as David Horn, a 77 retired black police captain, agonizing, live on Facebook, bleeding to death… He had been protecting a friend’s pawn shop… None of the spectators came to try to help him (say by compressing the wounds to slow the bleeding, which seems to be what killed him). There are better angels in our nature, but also abominable ones… And only the work of the latter is definitive. 

As it is, the four officers could get 40 years… Each.

The murderers of Mr. Floyd. How many races represented? Where is the “systemic racism”?

So much for the little, uncomprehending people. But the big guns have rolled out. 

Both W. Bush and Obama came out with statements accusing “institutional racism” or “systemic racism”.  They both were in the White House eight years… How come they couldn’t at least tell us what the institutions of racism where, and how that racist system worked? Show me the money as the saying goes… Oops, sorry, for revealing it all by accident. This is all about money. “Black” president Obama made 100 million dollars… So he wants to talk about “systemic racism”, instead of, say “systemic kleptocracy”.

Serious George and Barry: If one can’t even vaguely describe what an enemy is, how are we supposed to fight it? We will go into the bushes and thickets, looking desperately for all those racists, while you make millions a year, from selling the presidency? Tell me, oh wise owls. Two of the assassins of Mr. Floyd were non-whites. Are all the races conspiring to kill blacks in that “systemic racism” of yours?

Many mention the death of that lady in her bed. They forgot to mention that her boyfriend had a gun licence and fired at the three kevlar armored police officers, mistaking them for “intruders”… who returned fire. Yes they were intruding, but they had a no-knock warrant (because of drug suspicion). So here we see a mix of problems: no-knock warrants for drug trafficking, thus police-judicial violence, boyfriends sleeping with loaded guns, etc.  I doubt the color of the victims was analyzed in the dark… Just the flash of the boyfriend’s gun.

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So the basic problem is not be racism, especially not “institutional or systemic racism”. But sheer violence. Or then, if institutional, what about Biden instigated “New Jim Crow” act of the 1990s. I know how hard that is. I contributed to getting Obama to reduce the sentence of the father of three condemned by Biden sponsored laws, to a life sentence, for carrying… a pipe. It took months of work for a top law firm partner… So who has come across a racist recently? If not ‘racism” then what is it? Simple: well-paid police are enabled to use brutality. To do what? To foster violence in society, to inure the population to the violence of the plutocratic system, one where the resources of the socioeconomy are leveraged, using the banking system, to create more than 600 billionaires, many of them loud on the “Democratic” side.

Not everything was negative in what Obama said: he urged people to “remember that this country was founded on protest — it is called the American Revolution.” Actually it was an outright war, complete with superpower intervention: without the French ammunition factories, and the rest, the US Revolution would have failed. At Yorktown, the British army had to surrender. The British army was besieged at sea by the French fleet (!), and two French armies had converged on Yorktown. When the British commander surrendered his sword, he offered it to the French commanders (Rochambeau and Lafayette), who redirected him to general Washington.

So the French revolutionary spirit, in evidence since the foundation of the French state by Clovis in the Fifth Century, was communicated to the American Founding Fathers, most of whom stayed years in paris, imbuing themselves with French “lumieres” (lights; enlightenment).

Obama also suggested what I suggested prior, that every cityhall in the United States review use-of-force policies and aggressively pursue an eight-point slate of police reforms that include mandatory de-escalation of conflicts, a ban on shooting at moving vehicles, timely reporting of violent incidents, and a ban on some forms of restraint used by the police.

Obama, sitting in front of a sparse bookcase, spoke Obamese, a strange mix of reality denied and wishful thinking imposed: “Chokeholds and strangleholds, that’s not what we do” . Well that’s precisely what police departments do. And not just in the USA, there is a notorious case in France, since 2016, with officers still uncharged…

“In a lot of ways, what has happened in the last several weeks is that challenges and structural problems here in the United States have been thrown into high relief. They are the outcome of not just an immediate moment in time, but as the result of a long host of things — slavery, Jim Crow, redlining and institutional racism.”

Well, he forgot to mention the “New Jim Crow” laws, long record supporting the war on drugs and mass incarceration instigated and passed by no less than Joe Biden, who is celebrating 50 years of his paid elected politician career in the USA…

Obama also systematically forgets to mention as a structural problem the sort of economic, religious, state and justice systems which made possible the extermination of many Native American nations…. Although that was a larger crime than slavery: a good slave was a live slave, but a good Indian was a dead Indian. From there flows much of the brutality of US society, especially as many powerful today profited from the genocidal trick of their ancestors, establishing great fortunes over the generations.

Racism is a consequence, now, of something affecting 99%, plutocracy… used as a coverup thereof. Any observant “white” will have witnessed police brutality, experienced plutocracy. So do something about the latter, instead of pointlessly accusing others of racism.
Patrice Ayme

 

 

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11 Responses to “Systematic Plutocracy, Not Systematic Racism”

  1. brodix Says:

    Distraction, but what is it distracting? Other than attention from the financial pillaging. Though having the stock market going up 500 points today does suggest the real elephant in the room.

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    • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ Says:

      Dear Patrice and brodix,

      Thank you for highlighting the vexing and outstanding issue.

      Here is also another big factor contributing to the crisis. Watch the following video entitled “Adam Ruins Everything – Our Overuse of SWAT Teams Makes Us Less Safe”:

      In additiion, there is a book entitled “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces” published in 2013 by investigative journalist Radley Balko who focuses on the subject of militarization of police in the United States.

      Whilst Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet, the planet of America has already ascended to plutocracy.

      According to Wikipedia:

      Plutocracy (Greek: πλοῦτος, ploutos, ‘wealth’ + κράτος, kratos, ‘rule’) or plutarchy, is a form of oligarchy and defines a society ruled or controlled by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens. The first known use of the term was in 1631. Unlike systems such as democracy, capitalism, socialism or anarchism, plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy. The concept of plutocracy may be advocated by the wealthy classes of a society in an indirect or surreptitious fashion, though the term itself is almost always used in a pejorative sense.

      Usage
      The term plutocracy is generally used as a pejorative to describe or warn against an undesirable condition. Throughout history, political thinkers such as Winston Churchill, 19th-century French sociologist and historian Alexis de Tocqueville, 19th-century Spanish monarchist Juan Donoso Cortés and today Noam Chomsky have condemned plutocrats for ignoring their social responsibilities, using their power to serve their own purposes and thereby increasing poverty and nurturing class conflict, corrupting societies with greed and hedonism.

      Examples
      Historic examples of plutocracies include the Roman Empire, some city-states in Ancient Greece, the civilization of Carthage, the Italian city-states/merchant republics of Venice, Florence and Genoa, and the pre-World War II Empire of Japan (the zaibatsu). According to Noam Chomsky and Jimmy Carter, the modern day United States resembles a plutocracy, though with democratic forms.

      More from Wikipedia:

      Effects on democracy and society
      Economists Jared Bernstein and Paul Krugman have attacked the concentration of income as variously “unsustainable” and “incompatible” with real democracy. American political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson quote a warning by Greek-Roman historian Plutarch: “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” Some academic researchers have written that the US political system risks drifting towards a form of oligarchy, through the influence of corporations, the wealthy, and other special interest groups.

      Also from Wikipedia:

      United States
      Further information: Income inequality in the United States § Effects on democracy and society
      See also: American upper class and Wealth inequality in the United States

      Some modern historians, politicians, and economists argue that the United States was effectively plutocratic for at least part of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era periods between the end of the Civil War until the beginning of the Great Depression. President Theodore Roosevelt became known as the “trust-buster” for his aggressive use of United States antitrust law, through which he managed to break up such major combinations as the largest railroad and Standard Oil, the largest oil company. According to historian David Burton, “When it came to domestic political concerns, TR’s Bete Noire was the plutocracy.” In his autobiographical account of taking on monopolistic corporations as president, TR recounted

      …we had come to the stage where for our people what was needed was a real democracy; and of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of a plutocracy.

      Happy June to both of you, Patrice and brodix!

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      • brodix Says:

        They might regret it, when Frankenstein’s monster escapes the laboratory. When the needle switches from greed to fear, it will be the ones with the guns, not the ones with the piles of cash, running things.
        When you break all the rules to win, the game changes in favor of those who do not operate by any rules.

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      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        Thank you, SoundEagle! I use a notion of plutocracy which is generalized. Literally Plotu-Kratia means Evil-Power. Look at it that way, the US/English Colony was plutocratic since 1619 CE. Even the New York Times has understood this (Look at their “1619” project!)

        Definitively, Washington and Jefferson, with their armies of slaves were using evil-power. Washington led troops who massacred 35 French prisoners (during the 1756-63), and upon his release had to sign a statement recognizing his crime…. Washington motivation as a British colonel, was to steal Indian land in the Ohio Valley.

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        • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ Says:

          Thank you for your reply, Patrice. Moreover, good and conscientious historians as well as well-informed citizens should continue to call for a fundamental social change leading to a more egalitarian society, and should insist that true and correct history is being disseminated to ensure an accurate account of history such that Thomas Jefferson is correctly depicted as a racist bigot, and that Christopher Columbus, John F Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Lynden Johnson, Richard Nixon, George W Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz all go down in history as war criminals for committing crimes against humanity.

          And now, there is such a big mess that I only have this to say, not with more words but with a stylized cartoon that I created in the parlance of political satire at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-quotation-fallacy/best-quotation-to-win-an-exclusive-loyal-contract-to-make-pig-boss-company-great-again/

          Given the escalating social problems and ongoing environmental crises on Earth, it would be easy for those like us to imagine that we could be citizens in the kind of morally and technologically advanced societies portrayed in Star Trek. Unfortunately, we were born several centuries too early. Sometimes one might indeed feel that it would be very nice to join Roy Neary in the movie “Close Encounter of the Third Kind” and to leave the Earth for good so as to achieve or awaken interstellar or (inter)galactic Spiritual Revolutionaries!

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          • Patrice Ayme Says:

            Thanks for the answer, SoundEagle. What we have to do is to foster a mentality in the entire society which respects debate, and wherever mental landscape debate leads to.

            Instead you have the guy in charge of censorship at Twitter who calls Trump a “racist tangerine”. What’s the evidence for that? A lawyer friend of mine said: we know it because he uses code words. Now, I know US politics much better than her, and I have been much more interested by it, like, for ever. Code words, really? I know the “New Jim Crow” laws of Biden put millions in prison. I never saw “Code Words” of which I know nothing, not being a racist myself, put millions in prison… In the eye of the dozens of millions of Bezos and Gates followers, that makes him fair and balanced. So what we have is people who wallop in the bliss of tribal hatred (that’s all what racism is), and hate you if you don’t belong to their tribe.

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      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        There is some confusion between Hades, Pluto, and Ploutos (god of wealth). Pluto replaced Hades in name, not function. If anything he became more terrible. After a while Ploutos was officially merged with Pluto…. The entire subject was dreadful to the likes of emperor Constantine (the wealthiest man!)… So the Christians insisted that it was not the wealthiest person, but the common person who was full of sin… originally so, thus they had no lesson to give to the supremely wealthy church, its supports, and all plutocrats in general….

        My theory is clean and simple

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      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        Lots of people have jumped on the “plutocracy” bandwagon since I wrote hundreds of messages to them. But they don’t get it. When Chomski says that plutocrats ignore their social responsibilities, he doesn’t get it: plutocrats shouldn’t exist. How we nevertheless can allow the likes of Bezos and Musk prosper is tech details. But Bezos shouldn’t be allowed to own media. Netanyahu is on trial for much less than in Israel, mostly private media outrageously for him (but how does that differ from NYT, WashPo?).

        Plutarch: “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” Yes, but the real problem is the imbalance of power. Plutocrats control the media, and have made all stupid… In the Roman Republic, power was under tight leash: Consuls served just a year, and couldn’t re-elected for ten years (in normal times, not when war was threatening to extinguish the Republic…)

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      BTW, I boosted the essay quite a bit in the meantime…
      The elephant is happy: the more destruction, the more reconstruction. The Fed announced officially it was ready to give 11,000 billion dollars… Of course, most of that goes to the elephant… Free fodder! Now it may be more than 11 trillions…
      Today the ground level stocks lit up (low price, small cap, mid cap…)

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