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Plutocracy, Not Racocracy

July 15, 2020

Yes, there is not a thing such as “racocracy”. “Race” is such a ridiculous concept, it was never recognized that a “race” could grab power, and race away with the concept. The Greeks knew of “oligarchy” (rule of the few), plutocracy, tyranny (rule of one), etc… But not racocracy. The Greco-Roman empire was ruled, at some point, by Arabs, Africans…

Hispanic conquistadores, full of defects as they were, were not racists. Indeed Cortez greatly won his war against the Aztecs and also the one he waged against the (Spanish) governor of Cuba, because of “La Malinche”.  La Malinche, a top Aztec aristocrat sold into slavery by her own mother, learned many languages, including Mayan. La Malinche was married to one of Cortez’s top lieutenant, and also bore a son from Cortez himself, who got legitimized, ennobled (and seemed to have been Cortez’s prefered child). Later Charles Quint stopped the conquest of the Americas, because of the genocides it had caused.

It seems likely that Cortez would have failed in his conquest, without La Malinche. Both the Aztecs and the Spaniards were fascinated by her, and all sought advice from her. She was central to Cortez’s ability to muster a gigantic Native army to use against the Aztecs.

Racism is pretty much an invention of the North American English plutocracy, to justify lethally exploitative plutocracy (making money from tobacco). Its notorious “One Drop Rule” is (implicitly) perpetuated by the ideology of Black Lives Matter. Truth? LOW LIVES SHOULD MATTER TOO!

Truth is more important than perceived injustice. Indeed, if perceived injustice is a lie, it’s not injustice. The Nazis famously used as main electoral platform, the injustices they perceived in several matters, including oppression they felt from Jews, Slavs and French. It was mostly imaginary, and 5% of the world population got killed as a result. Much of the present movement about “systemic racism” is barking up the wrong tree. It is a self-defeating movement, as it is all too willing to accuse We The People of racism.

This rage against a racism the importance of which is exaggerated, hid the main problem, which is plutocracy. Plutocracy, controlling the media, has sent too many of the best jobs overseas, thrived from the for-profit healthcare system, the unequal educational system, the lending-to-the-wealthy economy, the exclusive real estate, the police-protecting-the wealthy, the justice-for-the-wealthy, and the overall intrinsic violence of guns and drug availability.

I am not saying this lightly, I have been the victim of racism light for decades. However, I am not so selfish and blind to put my own little condition above massive injustices as found in education, health, housing, driven by greed which is the main force of this society.

Appreciating what is really going on is necessary to progress out of the present swamp. Thus, attacks against efforts at establishing truth reveals that those inhabited by such rage are actually truly working against progress.

Patrice Ayme

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The last part of the essay was a comment the NYT let me publish (!). The main article was about Steven Pinker …. someone I have harshly criticized. However, critics want him “cancelled”… and this is not acceptable. Moreover, as Pinker points out, this creates a climate of terror against non PC thinking… Which is never alright, because the truth needs to physically exercise, like we all need to. Without error to debate, it won’t have a punching ball…


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