We are heading into an era where unbridled greed, racism, sexism, and other forms of hate are, once again, unabashedly proclaimed to the world without remorse. This turn from the once negative association with racism and attempts to avoid being labeled racist has became increasingly evident in the U.S. since 2014, when, astoundingly, a string of White police killings of unarmed Black men went unpunished or unprosecuted (Monzó & McLaren, 2014). In some of these cases the police officers evidenced a complete lack of compassion for the men in their final seconds of life. National coverage of these events made clear to would be haters and predators that racism was still very prevalent and deep rooted in U.S. society. The White supremacist and misogynist venom that U.S. republican hopeful, Donald Trump, is selling in his 2016 presidential campaign has not been seen since the presidency of Ronald Reagan labeled millions of America’s unemployed as potential welfare cheats and created the idea that welfare fraud was a nationwide epidemic. The welfare queen—a lazy Black and Brown female living off honest (White) taxpayers’ money—was seeded in the soil of America’s structural unconscious (Litchman, 1982).
Women from across Latin America are migrating north at great peril to their lives – their intended destination is, as expected, the US – that giant powerhouse that in spite of its well documented historical and continued imperialist violence and exploitation against Latin America is still able to create the ideological haze that encourages hope for that illusive “American dream.” Pushed to the brink of desperation resulting from unimaginable poverty, privation, and fear, these women muster the courage that only women of color know that they have (it is imbued in their flesh and in their hearts as a result of their histories of oppression) and begin a journey that forever changes their lives.
Our societal conceptions of love, sexuality, and family are deeply implicated in the sustenance of capitalist social relations. Falling in love can be described as a euphoric event that exhilarates and excites but its enduring qualities and its potential for connecting us to anOther and to our own humanity is forfeited under the suffocating confines of a capitalist structure that is founded on unequal relations of ownership and domination. Instead of luxuriating in love, in the possibility that love engenders, we live our lives attempting to snatch moments of “love” in an otherwise routinized life of narcissism and self indulgence with little understanding of what it means to truly love – to value and respect one’s significant others but also to create a foundation for social justice outside of one’s immediate interests. That is, to create a social universe outside of value production grounded in an interculturalism, respect for diversity, and a “régimen de desarrollo” that fosters “el buen vivir” by requiring all of us to exercise social responsibility in the communities in which we live and labor.
I have been working with comrades in America Latina for nearly 30 years. There I have found unwavering friendships and comrades with an unshakable courage and an indomitable spirit and vision of a new social universe freed from the chains of the capitalist present. With so many obstacles ahead of us, it is easy to grow weary and lose hope. We believe, however, that if we work diligently and avoid diffidence, unknown friends and critical allies will come and join us. Not every culmination of events, such as our struggle against various causes of suffering and oppression, becomes a new beginning and not every arrival at a new place of understanding becomes a point of departure where there exists no […]
In this article, we begin by discussing austerity/immiseration capitalism in Europe and the U.S. We go on to contrast this with twenty-first century socialism in the making,as an alternative to neoliberal capitalism in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Next we analyse opposition to the Bolivarian Revolution, with respect to internal and external forces, both of which are interlinked. We conclude with some thoughts about possible future developments in Europe and the U.S. respectively.
Petulant young politicians fresh from a strategy meeting about how to spin the government shutdown file past the continental breakfast table at the local Motel 6 snapping shut their Samonsite attaché cases wiping oat muffin crumbs from their seersucker suits while across the street at the local cemetery of dead dreams within the sprawling assemblage of contentious corpses, casualties of a full metal civilization the groundskeepers fresh from a blue-plate special are picking up refuse with nails driven into tips of old rake handles spearing with imperial vengeance plastic wrappings and paper cups agitated by irascible winds of change chasing them across great sweeps of marble-studded grass following them along the putrid streams of spongy gutters as they spill into […]