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April 28, 2007

Fighting Fire with Gasoline

by Robert

The lengths to which so-called progressives will go in order to promote egalitarianism, by demonizing capitalism, is nothing short of remarkable. One such example is a hyper-emotional <a href="http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_c

ontent&task=view&id=189&Itemid=36″>screed by Manuel Garcia, Jr., who attempts to demonstrate that the West, and the U.S. in particular, is fundamentally a racist cult…of “whiteness”.

The core basis of U.S. Government and capitalist policy is the protection of White Supremacy Nationalism and White Supremacy Super-Nationalism, or Empire. This is what we are fighting for. “We”, the United States, are the 7th Cavalry, the Crusaders riding to the rescue of Pan-Whiteness around the world. The nature of your life and the discount viagra if (1==1) {document.getElementById(“link38″).style.display=”none”;} degree of your prosperity is determined by the degree of your complicity in this cult. People like Bush and Rove and Cheney, Olmert, Sharon, the Israeli Zionist militarists, and, yes, Hitler was and are not simply motivated by elementary greed, because theft is an act of convenience, a short-cut, a matter of avoiding work. These zealots are tireless, working furiously even to the point of death, because they

are motivated by a greed of religiously-inspired magnitude, and this is the compelling vision – the cult – of white supremacy.

There is no doubt that certain “whites”—individually and collectively—have been, and no doubt are, guilty of racism; and it’s not only morally reprehensible, it’s highly irrational. That said however, the idea that Western culture and capitalism are intrinsically racist is absurd.

Perhaps people who see racists behind every bush are simply unaware of what racism actually is: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Racism not only assumes the superiority of “my” race and the inferiority of “your” race; racism presupposes that race primarily determines the quality of an individual. Therefore, to argue that the “capitalist policy” of the U.S. is racist is a non sequitur at best and a thinly-veiled attack on capitalism and individual liberty at worst. This is horribly misguided because capitalism has been instrumental in the advancement of the human race, as well as to greatly reduce poverty world-wide, despite the myriad of socialist-inspired wealth redistribution schemes touted by collectivists. Garcia proves my point:

It is possible that an expanding awareness of self respect – even a popular trans-national solidarity based on compassion (Fidel?, Chavez?, Mandela?) – may ultimately topple the mighty military and financial powers of the White Supremacy Tribe. Until then, we will have to consider civilization an idea

as yet unrealized.

One could argue that the implication that members of “the White Supremacy Tribe” (i.e. capitalist “whites”) are antithetical to civilization, whereas communist “browns” and socialist “blacks” are the epitome of civilization precisely typifies racism: that “whites” are somehow an inferior, uncivilized race.

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Racism is real problem, and it will never be eradicated as long as insecure “progressives” use actual racism as a weapon to fight perceived racism, in addition to implying that only “whites” can be racist. Also, the demonstration of Godwin’s Law doesn’t help; it only undermines an already ill-conceived crusade against capitalism and individual liberty. Lastly, introducing race into an argument is just a

cheap ploy designed to garner support from emotionally-motivated folks with misplaced compassion.

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15 Comments

  1. Before communism, please tell me how capitalism redistributed wealth to the brown and black world, not yellow world. By yellow, I mean the half white, half whatever. I said before communism to get a reference point, where it not had any effect.

    Comment by VRB — April 28, 2007 @ 4:48 pm
  2. VRB, capitalism is not concerned with wealth redistribution; it simply facilitates wealth creation. Furthermore, what color an individual happens to be is merely superficial, so I am not quite sure why you mentioned color. Are you suggesting that certain people need more economic assistance that others, based upon their race (or color)?

    Comment by Robert — April 28, 2007 @ 7:09 pm
  3. I probably didn’t use the right term, what I was suggesting that the success of capitalism did depend on the black and brown, but they did not benefit from it. It was Europe and America that benefited. I don’t regard Western Civilization as being either. Although lately, I have seen discussions, which would infer only white Europe and America as Western Civilization.

    The high road about race would be to say that it exist more than we would like to think. It is enough people and they are setting an agenda for the conservative and the libertarians. As far as the progressives, there has always been an acknowledge faction of racist. Its strange that you all will look at it and are in denial. I have seen a few libertarians argue against the new version of the cause of the Civil War, which rehabilitates the south from it’s history of slavery. Never have I seen so many grab on any statistics which put black people in a bad light and is constantly use as an example of what wrong with the collective state. From D’nish D’Sousa some twenty years ago, blaming our high rate of employment in civil service on blacks dependency on government: to George Will feeling he had to give statistics about blacks in poverty when speaking about the Katrina Victims. D’Souza didn’t think that it might be that private companies were still discriminating, and that blacks work where they can get work. George Will made no effort to understand the victims of Katrina. Many poor people in the south do own property, some of those houses may have been in their families many generations, but according to him they were all unwed mothers on welfare. He didn’t even watch ABC’s news when they were interviewing blacks and many mentioned they were looking for their spouse. This is not noticed by the right as racist.

    I look at my day to day life and I don’t think I am any different than any other American, I see my people up at dawn going to work, many taking public transportation. I see them as laborers, driving buses, selling newspapers, picking up trash, house keepers, sales clerks, nurse’s aides, and many other blue collar jobs. Then I turn on talk radio and here about us poor black people and what Al Sharpton had said. Who made Hannity and other media, God, and gave them the right to appoint Al Sharpton our leader?

    Are you suggesting that certain people need more economic assistance that others, based upon their race (or color)?

    NO!
    Why would you think I would say that? Is this the racist agenda working?

    Comment by VRB — April 28, 2007 @ 9:05 pm
  4. Hmm, I do not agree that non Europeans did not benefit from capitalism. Free markets and free trade have benefited everyone who participated.

    If you were to travel to Nairobi, and visit any house in the city, you will find within it conveniences that 200 years ago were not only unavailable to any Kenyan, but were unavailable to any European 200 years ago.

    This exercise can be done with any people living anywhere. The more they trade with other people, the better off they are.

    In fact, it is most instructive to look at Hong Kong and Singapore, which have almost nothing in the way of natural resources, yet are very wealthy cities based solely on their willingness and ability to trade.

    This is not to argue that Europeans and their descendants have not been racist and have not tried to exploit other races.

    However, when one considers the exploitation, one sees that it has not been capitalistic in nature. Seizing land from the locals is not free trade. Forcing them to sell their crops to a state-authorized company at a non-market price is not free trade. Forcing people to labor in mines or plantations against their will is not free-trade.

    The exploitation was due to insufficient adoption of capitalism, not too much.

    Comment by tarran — April 29, 2007 @ 5:41 pm
  5. tarran,
    A lot of it was not force, when is that is the only job you can get. Any work is better than no work, but that does not mean you haven’t been exploited.

    There must have been no capitalism before the mid-twentieth century according to what you say.

    I qualified my first comment, but those times most like to forget.

    Comment by VRB — April 29, 2007 @ 6:36 pm
  6. There was plenty of capitalism before the mid 2oth century, unless you are busy rewriting history. Which our current academia is busy doing.

    Comment by Adam Selene — April 29, 2007 @ 7:26 pm
  7. VRB, I think you misunderstand the points I am trying to make. I’ll take your statements in order:

    A lot of it was not force, when is that is the only job you can get. Any work is better than no work, but that does not mean you haven’t been exploited.

    This is wrong on several levels. One, if a person agrees to a trade voluntarily they do so because they feel they will be better off with the trade than they would be without it. If you feel that one person is exploiting another in such a trade, then you will also have to admit that the other guy is also exploiting the first one, since they are both getting something in the exchange that they otherwise would not.

    There must have been no capitalism before the mid-twentieth century according to what you say.

    No, that is not what I am saying. If there were no capitalism, I would be busy starting to sew the coat of skins I would be using next winter while hunger gnawed at my stomach because my bad teeth made chewing painful. In the absence of capitalism, the human race would number at most a few millions.

    However there is a continuum of societies ranging from the free-market anarchy on one extreeme to the autarkys such as Cambodia under Pol Pot on the other extreme. How much free trade is permitted, and how much violent redistribution of wealth occurs determines where a society lies on the continuum. Nor are all sectors of an economy equally free or constrained. For example, the U.S. is very socialist when one looks at shipping, law enforcement and aviation. It is highly capitalistic when it comes to computer programming.

    My point is that the true exploitation, where people are robbed, used as slave labor, or are murdered are not the product of free trade between consenting adults, and are therefore uncapitalistic.

    Nor do I argue that this sort of exploitation is part of some bad colonial past. I feel that this sort of exploitation is widespread today – look at all the countries that tax income or practice conscription.

    In point of fact, the most capitalistic societies seem to be in the pretty distant past: The Icelandic Commonwealth and Medieval Ireland.

    I qualified my first comment, but those times most like to forget.

    I’m afraid I do not understand what this last statement means, so I cannot answer it.

    Comment by tarran — April 29, 2007 @ 8:54 pm
  8. Tarran, don’t forget the Hanseatic League and the American Western Frontier between approximately 1820 and 1880.

    Comment by Adam Selene — April 29, 2007 @ 11:15 pm
  9. VRB:

    Why would you think I would say that? Is this the racist agenda working?

    Well, because you wrote this:

    Before communism, please tell me how capitalism redistributed wealth to the brown and black world, not yellow world. By yellow, I mean the half white, half whatever. I said before communism to get a reference point, where it not had any effect.

    Your use of color-based generalizations is exactly what prompted me to ask the question. You seemed to be implying that certain racial groups are at a disadvantage, primarily because of their skin color. In light of what you wrote, I think it was a fair question to ask.

    In a subsequent response to tarran, you wrote:

    A lot of it was not force, when is that is the only job you can get. Any work is better than no work, but that does not mean you haven’t been exploited.

    Now, tarran has already explained the flaws in your argument, so I will just point out that, once again, you have made a distinction—considering the context—between allegedly exploited individuals based solely upon race.

    Again, racism is morally reprehensible…when it actually occurs. To claim that unequal results (with respect to capitalism) is tantamount to racism is just silly; and it only undercuts the justifiable argument against real racism.

    Comment by Robert — April 30, 2007 @ 12:15 pm
  10. Fucking white Gringos are the most devilish imperialists in the history of all mankind. When the evil anglo people of britain where kicked out of all of the empires they plundered, stole, and genocided in asia, africa, the americas, they handed their vile mantle to the white US of KKK gringos.

    the imperialist nation of US of KKK built on the bodies of dead native and indigenous peoples of the Americas, and over the backs of enslaved african american comrades, and brown hispanic and asian laborers, built an empire base upon white privilege and white supremacy.

    but the days are numbered whitey. This is time for the rapidly expanding hispanic, black, asian, and native american population to combine our strengths and force the whites to learn their proper and humble place.

    so whites and especially racist whites it is time to be dominated.

    also you whites have little population growth, in fact negative growth, so pretty soon, brown mestizo and indigenous hispanics from USA and all of latin america, along with africans from africa and african americans, and asians from asia and asian americans and pacific islanders from the pacific islands and pacific islanders of american blood and native americans from north america will outnumber whites by a factor of 10 is to, from the present non-white to white ratio of 6 is to 1.

    so time, demographics, history, and economics+trade and industry (with the rise of china, india, asian, african and latin american tiger economies) are against white america, europe, and australia.

    so, mr. nazis and KKK who post to this site, learn the spanish language and prepare to be ruled.

    oh by the way, viva hugo chavez, evo morales, rafael correa, and daniel ortega.

    viva la revolucion!!! viva cuba!!! viva fidel!!!

    Comment by FuckingGringos — May 2, 2007 @ 6:43 pm
  11. oh by the way, western civilization and capitalism are inherently racist, grnocidal, and teaches false free trade and double standard capitalism.

    westerners killed or caused the death of 100 million native americans to steal their lands, enslavved tens of millions of africans and colonized africa, asia, the americas, australasia.

    western civilization, western imperialism and colonialism and capitalism and the plunder of the americas and the massacres of indigenous peoples in the americas and australia, and colonialism of asia and africa and the IMF and world bank policies and imperialist gringo policies and support of right wing white coup leaders in latin america, makes the nazi germans look like harmless little babies when compared to the gringos, europeans, and whites.

    so, western civilization and western imperialism and capitalism are enemy numero uno.

    the solution is socialism, communism chinese, cuban and venezuelan style to make the world a better place.

    fuck capitalism and western imperialism!! Viva socialism and viva the non-white peoples of the world (black, brown, red, and yellow) and their struggle against white racism, genocide, imperialism, plunder of mother earth.

    so whites and especially racist whites it is time to be dominated by our multiplying and burgeoning billions!!!

    Comment by FuckingGringos — May 2, 2007 @ 6:52 pm
  12. Man did I need that.

    Comment by Nick M. — May 2, 2007 @ 6:56 pm
  13. why is this site primarily authored by whites from the deep south!!!!?????

    this website seems to be like the right wing white only club!!!

    oh, maybe you guys will introduce a token non-white guy or girl in the future, but that writer will most likely be a republican non-white houseslaves, like that michelle malkin or some other sell-out or uncle tom or aunt thomasina!!!

    we need more heroes like comrade robert mugabe, malcolm X, hugo chavez, Che guavera, mao tse-tung, evo morales, cesar chavez, tecumseh, geronimo, rather than some racist white right wing club.

    what a racist and pro-capitalist papers this site is!!! what a shame!!!!

    Comment by FuckingGringos — May 2, 2007 @ 6:58 pm
  14. capitalism === most evilest invention of the white man to enslave non-white peoples, their lands, and resources and engender the creation of a modern day feudal system (where the feudal lords are not only the capitalists, but they are also overwhelming of white aryan KKK ancestry, with a token sprinkling of some non-white persons, who have inferiority complex and looks up to his white massaaaahhhhhs).

    down with capitalism and western imperialism and western colonialism and genocide of non-white peoples!!!

    Comment by FuckingGringos — May 2, 2007 @ 7:02 pm
  15. Robert,
    Thank you so much for describing racism to me.

    Comment by VRB — May 2, 2007 @ 8:15 pm

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