I grew up racist in a white middle-class community, I vaguely knew one black boy at school who was always fighting and at the time I blamed him for that – and I was scared of him; now I still don’t know him but the pressure of racism at that school must have been enormous. What I perceived as a black person, black behaviour etc. was completely wrong. My parents, neighbours, schoolmates and teachers they all didn’t know either, that is who I learnt from then. But this is what black people were to me, and I would not have been convinced otherwise. I learnt the truth when I moved to work in Lambeth and met some good black people who helped me through my “educated” racism. I learnt because I listened to black people, and not white people, telling me what black people were like – and what they said was not always “nice”. All black people are not nice, all white people are not nice, etc.
Then what about religion? People believe all kinds of things that are not rational. Christians believe in a virgin birth. I am a Buddhist but do not believe in reincarnation, yet others who cannot prove this rebirth claim I am not a Buddhist. We need religious tolerance but that is difficult. But in terms of what people believe, we can only begin to understand if we try to understand what and how they believe. But even then we cannot do it. Because the Americans started a “War on Terror” following the First Gulf War, sanctions and 9/11, we now have a war against Islam because the war machine targets Muslims. Despite Islam meaning peace this war machine has convinced many sensible people that all of Islam is like the extremists of Isis and Al Qaeda. To me this would be the equivalent of saying all Christians are like the far right God-fearing US white supremacists. Having been brought up a catholic I know this is not true. Having lived and worked in Islamic countries I know Muslims are not extremists, but people who have never met Muslims know about how evil all Muslims are. In Israel, and amongst the Israeli state supporters, there are many with a blind passion that all Arab Muslims are evil yet I know this is not true. And it is also not true that all Jews believe this. Over the centuries religious intolerance has been manipulated to cause war, and yet in our educated times religious intolerance continues to be used to fan the flames of wars for profits. To live together in harmony we have to learn to listen deeply, be tolerant of others trying to understand them, and live with compassion.
Instead of this happening it is becoming increasingly more acceptable to quote opinions about others when those opinions are not based on belief or understanding of that set of ideas. I am fed up of reading right-wing intellectuals or otherwise describing communism, anarchy etc. These intellectuals discuss communism and socialism as if they know it, when they don’t. I don’t know libertarianism. I see good people supporting an ideal “freedom” but then I see ignorance in the way they criticise the left.
And this is also difficult because I criticise the left especially the emergent group of Blairite left better described as a liberal elite for whom socialism and Marxism has no meaning. If you listen to people on the right, you cannot know the left, and if you listen to the left you cannot know the right. If you listen to liberals you cannot know left or right.
What triggered this was this Activist Post in which there are attacks on communism and anarchism.
“As I will demonstrate in this article, this history and paradigm of undermining, attacking and disregarding the American nation state and its rule of law is by no means just an Anarchy thing, it is a long term process carried out and very much planned by the globalist once known more commonly as the Communist Revolution if you go back to the time of the 1950’s and 60’s and earlier.
“Am I suggesting that the Anarchy movement is part of the Communist Revolution long term plans to undermine the US government and the rule of law? While this is not specifically what I’m saying, I do see many possibilities given the world we live in today and what we know about the 1960’s that this could be a possibility. At the very least liberty lovers should be guarded about this very real possibility.
“Before I go any further let me say that as it is with any movement, the people in the movement usually mean well and are not intentionally doing what the architects and purveyors of the movement intended. The same could be said about many groups whose mobilization has been funded by the ruling elite. The movement is often engineered whereas the people duped into the cause and movement are sincere and have no idea they are being used. For example today you can apply this to the Liberal Left globalist movement. Here in Hollywood California where I live there are many Left wing Liberals who blindly believe the Left wing Liberal propaganda and globalist religion without questioning the Clinton News Network (CNN), MSN or any of the mainstream corporate owned CIA controlled media. They mean well but they are deluded. That said, let’s take a closer look at Anarchism in order to put things in perspective.”
These 3 paragraphs contain a confusion of attitudes that make it so difficult to develop Unity</a<. In the first paragraph he contrasts the American Nation State with anarchy, then with globalist and then with communist. As well, anarchy developing from communism?? And in the third paragraph he combines the Liberals with the Left, and associates the Left with Liberals who have supported mainstream media and the warmongering carried out by NATO that the Left have always fought against.
To me this is totally confused. The problem is I don’t know how to unravel it because I don’t know where the guy is coming from. What I do know is that his sources are not anarchy, communism or the socialist Left. No member of these 3 groups could ever associate themselves with the now divisive liberalism, and definitely would not accept neo-liberalism and its warmongering as a political system.
Fundamental to this approach appears to be nationalism. From nationalism develops insecurity (the “Security” industry), protectionism, and racism. With nationalism comes a misunderstanding that people of the nation are superior to people of other nations leading to government policies to protect that nation.
We live on One Planet together, and so arguments about globalist arise. And again we have a problem with labelling. Nature determines that we live on One Planet together. As soon as we divide into nations we have conflict, a conflict that is evidenced in global history. But because I dislike nationalistic jingoism and xenophobia, does that mean I support transnational corporations and economic policies that protect those corporations under the guise of “free trade”? Absolutely not. These corporations are the primary vehicle of the 1%. Globalism vs nationalism are not mutually exclusive, and to create such a division is dangerous. Unity is of the 99% but not 99% of the US or the UK or Europe but the global 99% – international solidarity.
Why does immigration exist? In the UK its history is colonialism. Resources were appropriated and the people followed the resources. Now we have a NATO immigration crisis because NATO has developed a strategy of destroying Muslim countries. Following the destruction of the Berlin Wall there was a need for an enemy. That enemy started with Iraq with all the sanctions between the two Gulf wars, and became national policy following 9/11 where there was a declared “War on Terror” that has not been a war on terrorism (such as fascism and white supremacy) but a war on Islam. In the 20+ years since the fall of the wall the MIC now has global war with a different enemy, an enemy that did not exist during the Cold War; a history of US support for Saddam Hussein in Iraq demonstrates the duplicitous politics the US and NATO have been involved in.
Without the wars for profits there would not be an immigration crisis. Without the war on terror Muslims would not be leaving their countries. With fair trade there would not be national economic divisions – I use fair trade – and not free trade which is a euphemism for exploitation by the corporations.
The complexity of these issues cannot be resolved by intellectuals supporting nationalism. Could we contrast compassion vs nationalism? We do contrast nationalism with globalism, and this is simply an approach that creates a division on a planet where we all live. In this I see intellectualism, the division of definition – black and white. And this leads importantly to activism, what it is and how does it happen? Next blog.