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Age of Liberty, Age of Slavery

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:36

by Paul Street

The “Age of Liberty” for whites was an age of expanding slavery and genocide for the New World’s Black and Native American victims. “Of the known 10,148,288 Africans put on slave ships bound for the Americas between 1514 and 1866 (of a total historians estimate to be at least 12,500,000), more than half, 5,131,385, were embarked after July 4, 1776.”

Obama Ticket Prices and the Invisible Ruling Class

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 14:31

by Paul Street

Frederick Harris’ very useful book on the “high price” – to Black folks – of the nation’s First Black President has been reissued in paperback. However, Harris gives Obama too much credit as a president of all the people. “Like the great majority of U.S. presidents,” writes Paul Street, “Obama has been first and foremost a representative of the American white ruling class.”

by Paul Street

Corporate media criticism of ObamaCare is mainly limited to the failures of its website. But the whole machinery has been rotten from its conception in a right-wing think tank. ObamaCare “is dedicated to a vision of ‘change’ that leaves the corporate and financial oligarchy free to extort massive profits.” It is working quite well for the insurance giants, whose stocks are up by 200%-300%.

Obama as the “New JFK”: Nothing Great to Be

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 12:12

by Paul Street

As the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches, the media will be awash with comparisons between JFK and Barack Obama. The two do, indeed, have much in common. “President Obama has moved in the same doctrinally and politically imposed corporate and imperial grooves as Kennedy.”

From Daley Plaza to Syria: Obama’s Forgotten, Fading Imperial Promise

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 13:42

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Purported progressives who claim to be shocked and appalled at President Obama’s warmongering have been willfully ignorant for a very long time. “Its’ a shame folks in leading ‘progressive’ circles didn’t look more seriously into the militantly imperial content of Obama’s speeches and publications during and before his initial presidential campaign.”

“You Get a President… Nothing Else”

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 18:08

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President Obama offered the crowds at the March on Washington commemoration…nothing, except the fact of a Black presidency. That’s all he’s ever offered. The question is: “What good to black Americans is a first black president who brings them nothing more than the fleeting symbolic satisfaction of his technically black presence in the White House.”

King, Obama, and the Inner Core of Despotism

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 14:05

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Dr. Martin Luther King was a social revolutionary who preached that “a storm is rising against the theprivileged minority of the earth” that will result in a “just distribution of the fruits” of the planet. Barack Obama “has made it clear that Dr. King’s unpaid promissory note will remain un-cashed under his watch.” The First Black President disgraces the podium from which Dr. King spoke 50 years ago.

White Racial Delusion, 50 Years After the March on Washington

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 14:22

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White America lives in a world of distortion. Only one-third of whites believe the killing of Trayvon Martin was “unjustified,” versus overwhelming numbers of Blacks. And, “for the first time, a majority of whites preposterously believed that whites have replaced blacks as the primary victims of racial discrimination in contemporary America.” What are the roots of this madness?

The Obama Project and the Politics of Race

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 22:48

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The president expended 2,600 words to create the illusion of deep personal identification with the contemporary African American condition. But, in fact, Obama “has been actively hostile to the notion that the government ought to do anything to correct or even acknowledge racial oppression and inequality in the U.S.”

Race, Politics, and Late Obamanism

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 19:48

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We can’t wait to wave the tail end of Obama goodbye – a president who “has said and done less about racial inequality than any American chief executive in recent memory.” Obama has proved one thing beyond question: “If we’re going to get a radical politics, including a radical black politics, back in this country, we have to drop out of major party electoral-ism and bourgeois identity politics once and for all.”

Killer-Cops and the War on Black America

Submitted by Paul Street on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 00:27

 

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The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s groundbreaking report on police killings of Blacks is a snapshot of war. “The executions continue nationwide: from north to south, east to west, in rural towns and large metropolitan areas.” The police and other racist pull the triggers, but warfare is a group effort. Racially biased media coverage is intimately related to the chilling indifference most of the nation shows towards quickly forgotten incidents of unjustified white-on-black police killing.”

Romney, Obama, and the Darwinism That Substitutes Culture for Genes

Submitted by Paul Street on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 02:28

 

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Mitt Romney’s ideas on cultural superiority are “as American as apple pie.” The First Black President plays on the white culture team, too. “Obama has repeatedly played Booker T. Washingtonian haranguer of impoverished blacks for failing to think and act right and thereby to take advantage of the great opportunities supposedly afforded them by the ‘magical place called the United States.’”

Is Barack Obama a Fit Role Model for Black Youth?

Submitted by Paul Street on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 01:07

 

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The last refuge of the Obama apologist is to hold up the president and his family as role models for Black America, especially Black youth. The reality is that Obama has “put a technically black presidential face on each of what the democratic socialist King called ‘the triple evils that are interrelated’i – economic exploitation (capitalism), racism.” This alleged role model is better described as “the latest and re-branded out-front Don Corleone for the biggest mob outfit of all time – the white-owned and white-run American State-Capitalist Empire.”

Populism and the Two Bubbles That Went Pop – the Banks’ and Obama’s

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 02/28/2012 - 11:57

 

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Occupy Wall Street has “performed the remarkable service of calling out the name and address of the nation’s true unelected masters: corporate-financial capital and Wall Street.” It was a truth whose mass acceptance was made possible, first by the meltdown of the banks, and then by President Obama’s refusal to deliver real “change.” The First Black President’s brazen service to the “1%” made clear the need for popular action outside the Democratic and Republican parties.

Urban Neoliberal Racism, Mass Poverty, and the Repression of Occupy Wall Street

Submitted by Paul Street on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 22:19

by Paul Street

Big city mayors, most of them Democrats, colluded with federal Homeland Security officials to devise a uniform pretext to clean out Occupy Wall Street sites: they were a “threat to public health and safety.” But poverty is the real source of the urban health and safety crisis. “A record-setting 1 in 15 Americans now lives in what poverty researchers have recently resorted to calling ‘deep poverty’ – at less than half the federal government’s notoriously miserly and inadequate poverty measure.” The Occupy sites are targeted because “city officials and police are beholden to overlapping metropolitan financial, corporate, and real estate elites, that is, to members, allies, and servants of the upper 1 percent.”

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