December 6, 2007 - Issue 256
America and Corporate Capitalism Gone Stone Mad
Keeping It Real
By Larry Pinkney
BC Editorial Board
Nothing could be more enslaving than so-called “free enterprise.”
The 21st century in America has ushered in upon this planet a period of grotesque and widening disparities between not only people of color and whites, but between the despicably economically rich and the increasingly economically majority poor.
As Black America and our politically conscious Red and Brown sisters and brothers throw ourselves against the onslaught of the biggest pimp of all time, America, we find ourselves also having to address a plethora of capitalist insanity. The Bush/Cheney, Clinton, Obama, Giuliani lunatics have taken over the American asylum and are claiming legitimacy based upon the enforced ignorance of much of the US populace. Nothing could be more enslaving than this so-called democratic and racistly hypocritical “free enterprise” madness that America and her allies are feverishly attempting to heap upon our world.
As if the hanging nooses of intensifying racism throughout 21st century America are not enough, monstrous multinational corporations seek to tighten their grip on the planet by insuring and ensuring that the cash flow of the billions of earth’s citizens is NOT controlled by the masses of people who, in fact, provide trillions in cash flow, inscribed with their blood. In America, universal health care is strenuously denied and opposed by corporate America, while jobs and skills of corporate America’s workers flow OUT of the US, into the so-called third world, at insidiously seductive rates. This makes a mockery of fair and decent wages, at the same time maintaining the economic slavery [i.e. dependence] of both the working poor and the non-working poor in America, and throughout the world, in favor of the avaricious appetite of the tiny elite of multinational corporate greed and their minions.
While many Americans lose their homes at increasingly staggering rates, the vast majority of Black, Red, and Brown Americans who never owned their own homes to begin with, sink ever deeper into the abyss of economic poverty. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party controlled US Congress in its turn, and now seeks to push legislation to bail out the corporations - not their victims. This is America and corporate capitalism gone stone mad.
While, nationally, school and library facilities for the masses of the US public essentially crumble, bloated corporations continue to suck the life blood out of Americans and other people around the world. This, too, is America and corporate capitalism gone stone mad. These developments, nationally and internationally, are not mere coincidences. They are as deliberate as they are callous.
We of Black America, and our Brown and Red sisters and brothers, must remember that the increasingly blatant and despicable white racism in America and around the world is also no mere coincidence. As world-wide capitalism crumbles, it will, like a mad dog, reach out to the four corners of the globe in a desperate and bloody effort to crush legitimate people’s movements globally. It will fail. Nevertheless, the price of its failure will be high for the peoples of the world. This struggle has been and continues to intensify. Perhaps we Black people in America understand this, and what is at stake, better than most.
This is a time for exuberance and determination. We must be and remain determined to expose, fight, and eradicate the greed and racism of America’s corporate capitalism, notwithstanding the complicity of certain negrodian (and other so-called people of color) collaborators. The more we intensify our struggle, the more limited the time of these bloodsuckers becomes.
Onward then. Onward to carry out the task for which we in Black America are especially suited. Onward, as we strive to keep it real.
BC Editorial Board member, Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black
Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of
New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to
have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to
the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century
Activist and Thinker