Western racism and supremacism as a new world order emerges Posted on January 13, 2015 by philstanfield under Capitalism, Capitalist ideology The Sétif massacre of Muslims by French, May 1945 The supremacism of Hegel on the basis of the West’s claim to ‘reason’ Image sources: L./R. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related
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Rite on, Phil — I’m with you. Racist, demeaning images. If he drew Jews and not Arabs, he’d be in prison.
‘We walk because we are appalled by these acts of violence and terrorism.’ Really? How does this violence and terrorism compare with the violence and terrorism France and other capitalist nations have committed and instigated in the Middle East and on Islamic people over the previous century? Or are the lives of some people of greater value than those of others?
‘We walk because freedom of speech will not be suppressed.’ Really? To what extent have France and other capitalist nations made a mockery of freedom in the Middle East, amongst Islamic people – in their treachery, their instigation of coups and support for the most brutal dictatorships in the name of power politics, exploitation and greed? Or is the freedom of some people, the right to live, write and speak as they determine, in comfort, of greater importance than that of others, more often than not, in poverty?
The mass display over the last few days of self-centred hypocrisy and myopia by the affluent, educated and increasingly insecure French middle class is extremely concerning for the future of global society – this is the obverse of the historically progressive potential of a rising middle class – a potential which is finding expression in China.
The scale of the response and particularly the bizarre political leaders’ walk yesterday were about much more than mourning over the murders of seventeen people, ‘opposition to terrorism’ and ‘standing up for freedom of speech’. They embodied the recognition of and mourning over the decline of what has been taken for granted for so long by Western nations – their global domination – and within those nations, the decline and diminution of their middle classes.
The ‘rise of Islam’ (Islamic people are now fighting back increasingly, and in multiple, unpredictable ways) is one aspect of this, the quiet rise of China to global domination and of Asia is another. Like the fall of Rome, pressures from ‘outside’ on fragile economies are mounting.
This recognition and mourning was epitomised in the linking of arms by the front row of political leaders in their walk. Europe’s finest, facing backwards into history. I note that the Americans, ever keen to be seen at the front, only sent their ambassador to the leaders’ walk – they knew what it represented and didn’t want to be thought of as identifying too strongly with it.
The murders at the Charlie Hebdo publication, the kosher supermarket and elsewhere brought all this out.
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Or is the freedom of some people, the right to live, write and speak as they determine, in comfort, of greater importance than that of others, more often than not, in poverty?
Certainly! Look at who runs Hollywood, the American media and you understand why, in the mass mind, 17 of one kind of people has much greater weight than tens of thousands of Palestinians. When you get into the history of the US involvement in the two world wars of the 20th century, you can see who insisted on it and who benefitted . . . the same people who now have a racist government embarked on a capitol ‘H’ Holocaust of their very own. If the US wasn’t front and center on that walk in Paris, it must have been because AIPAC was holding an important meeting in DC.
Oh dear. What a planet!
Thanks for your comment, Austin.
What I look to is how the world works – consciousness and thought not only are the products of matter, they cannot but reflect the movement of that matter and be constrained by it.
There is a dynamic in the relations between nations and between people that is not the result of consciousness and thought but finds its expression through them. The very act that causes great suffering or lines the pockets of members of a class may well be a philosophically necessary step towards bringing about something very different from if not precisely the opposite of the initiator’s ‘best laid’ plans. I see evidence of this everywhere.
While it is very difficult for me to accept some times, the world is profoundly poetic, driven by unwilled, unconscious contradiction.
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wow, that’s so beautifully expressed and profound. I love that matter-time-consciousness intertwining. it’s got real sophistication, which I like in everything, including philosophy.
thank you for your generous compliment. Your use of the word ‘sophistication’ in relation to philosophy stimulated me to also think about that same relationship.
In my view, philosophy has been made almost synonymous with ‘sophistication’. Ever since its origins, when it was divorced from the test of praxis and bound to contemplation (con-templum/sacred place set apart for divination) it was left open to sophistication, inevitably taken to the nth degree by scholastics – medieval and modern.
Sophistication is not only used to dress mutton (philosophical idealism) as lamb (new ‘isms’), its intricacies in philosophy are deployed Siren-like to draw the innocent and unsuspecting from the evil that is materialism.
Sophistication is also used to cover over a profound fraud, an immense lie in patriarchal Western philosophy – that the intuitive, dialectical reason of mysticism – which pervades Western culture – is a rigorous conceptual reason that justifies the West distinguishing itself from the rest (i.e. that justifies Western supremacism).
Hegel is the high point and mystical high-priest of this current.
Then there was Diogenes (‘born of God’). Raw, uncompromising towards what we understand as ‘niceness’ and ‘decency’, he told Alexander to stop blocking the light as he sat in his barrel with Alexander standing over him, having offered to grant him any wish.
And even with the aid of a lantern in daylight, Diogenes couldn’t find one honest man.
Certainly not a materialist, but he’s still my hero.