We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Racism And The Fight Over Venezuela

Click here to access article by Bernhard from his blog Moon of Alabama. (My commentary was edited for greater clarity at 9:17 AM CT, at 4:08 PM on 2/11/2019, and finally at 1:37 AM on 2/20.)

The author argues the racist aspect of the ruling class in Venezuela. I myself observed this on my two week visit to Venezuela in late 2005. 

In the USA the ruling capitalist class will always use any readily apparent difference to manipulate people and to bolster their rule in their carefully controlled elections. It usually works. In the 21st century they have found social identity politics to be of much use in getting people elected to top posts in the government to serve their interests. It is not the case that our masters do not like discrimination on the basis of a social identity, it is because they have found it a useful strategy to get their candidates elected. 

If one is outwardly identified as a member of a traditionally oppressed group and who actively collaborates with, and supports the policies of the capitalist ruling class, chances are that such a person may be considered to run for a government office. Hence their past support for such figures as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Sara Palin, and their early support for candidates currently being considered to be candidates to run in the 2020 elections. 

The Democratic Party managed to elect a record number of women to Congress in the 2018 election. And, it is likely that the Republican Party will run a woman in the forthcoming 2020 elections as a candidate for president. And a double social identity with the traditionally oppressed such as a woman who is a member of a racial minority, for example, an African-American woman, would be ideal. On the other hand, women like Tulsi Gabbard, US Representative from Hawaii, will not be selected because she doesn't support the Empire's imperialist policies.

Bernhard explains why the US ruling class has selected Juan Guaidó, virtually unknown by the people of Venezuela, to be recognized as President.