Why it makes sense to highlight the plights of people of color and women

George Stinney

Two of the reasons why crimes against “people of color” (not a fan of that phrase, but I’m going to use it anyway) tend to get, and deserve, more attention is to atone for the heinous shit that has happened in the past, and, more importantly, to combat the systemic racism that continues to permeate society today. Crimes against women also get, and deserve, more attention to highlight the problem of systemic sexism.

Despite the addition of a few laws, oppressive constructs are still in place for many people. Misogyny and violence against women are still major and immediate problems, and black males—as young as 12-years old—are still overwhelmingly treated like criminals by a police force that’s supposed to be held to a higher standard than civilians.

Of course crimes against white males should be addressed, but we shouldn’t hold it against anyone if they choose to focus a little more on the crimes against people of color and women.

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Money, Politics, and Anarchy

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Money

How often do you think about money? Were you lucky enough to inherit a privileged life with only a few obstacles, or do you, like most people, usually find yourself tending to tasks you were forced to do just to live?

From the age of 5 to 22, and sometimes beyond that, the so-called education system methodically crafts us into gears for the employment machine. After enduring nearly two decades of partisan indoctrination, we have to fight each other in the crowded confines of a “free market” for the next 40 to 50 years for status as employees.

With an estimated 7 billion people on the planet, many of us won’t be able to get work despite our qualifications. Life is made even more laborious for the marginalized when employers — consciously or subconsciously — add superficial attributes like culture, gender, and “attractiveness” to their hiring criteria.

Politics

The top priority of social conservatives is conserving Christian culture. The top priority of left and right-wing libertarians is maximizing liberty.

Social liberals acknowledge social and economic inequality and believe more government and fewer liberties is the solution. For social conservatives and right-wing libertarians, business regulations is a greater problem than inequality, and they believe we could be more productive without them.

Social conservatives, social liberals, and right-wing libertarians all advocate an unfettered master-slave relationship — corporation as master over the worker, or government as master over the citizen.

Of the political philosophies mentioned, left-wing libertarianism is the only one that prioritizes the worker and citizen over the corporation and politician. In its individualist and collectivist variants, left-libertarianism advocates freedom from government and wage slavery through unionization and/or mutual aid.

Anarchy

The words Anarchism and communism, like liberalism and conservatism, shouldn’t be feared or rejected at their mere mention. Anarchy is derived from the Greek anarchos meaning “one without rulers.” It does not mean “one without rules.” And communism, like communion and comradery, is derived from the Latin communis meaning “common” or “universal.”

Anarcho-communism, anarcho-syndicalism, mutualism, Christian anarchism, and individualist anarchism are five common branches of left-libertarianism. Each of these branches calls for the suppression of oppressive corporate and political intermediaries that stand between us and our liberation.

We’re prisoners on the capitalist hamster wheel — overworked, underpaid, and neglected. While we fight each other for survival, they live comfortably with more than they’ll ever need. With much of the land “bought up” and guarded by them, we’re left with few habitable places to escape to. Is this the life you want, or do you want your life to be about something more?

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The System is Fucked

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By grossly expanding the scope of the government, progressive politicians have undermined our civil liberties and self-reliance. Fostering free markets by minimizing or eliminating the capacity of the government and trade unions, as advocated by conservatives and right-wing libertarians, would give corporations dominion over the citizenry.

Capitalism, the economic system that rewards those who excel at using a method of psychological manipulation called “marketing”, has divided and turned us against each other. With social-Darwinism and conceit at its core, capitalism provokes inhumane competitions for attention and the leftovers not yet stockpiled by the overpaid.

Critics of government overreach have been called selfish, apathetic, and bigoted, and those who feel the overpaid should be progressively taxed to compensate the exploited are said to encourage laziness, envy, and theft.

What is the solution?

How can government encroachment be retracted in a way that doesn’t neglect the downtrodden and those who oppose compromising ethics and individuality to conform? How can corporate corruption—which has happened, is happening, and will likely continue happening—be mitigated?