Welfare & Slavery
Or, perhaps, welfare as another form of slavery.
Slavery doesn’t start with the slaveholders. It starts with the slaves. It doesn’t start when someone draws a gun and forces others to work for them. It starts when the others refuse to take care of themselves and their families, when they ask for someone to give them what they want—from cradle to grave. Freely. Slavery starts when a man abandons the responsibility to make decisions for his own life and let others make those decisions. The real essence of slavery is in the deliberate surrender of individual rights and responsibilities to others. Slavery is in the instinct to be a sheep and find others to feed you and shear you.Bojidar Marinov
How Slavery Reparations Turned into Just Another Welfare Program hits the basic points.
There has been, indeed, a gross injustice done to Black Americans. (Although I tend to focus more on recent segregation more than distant slavery, there’s plenty of nasty corruption to go around.)
Unfortunately, I don’t hear much about actual specified damages done by particular people with names, against other particular people with names.
At the moment, I don’t even hear much about actual, “the paper trail is right here” legal action against the Federal government for its top-down segregationist policies: an actual legal person, with actual evidence against it and an actual ability to compensate its victims for the unlawful harm caused.
(Although I hope that’s just because I’m out of the loop, instead of simple, pure disinterest by Community Activists.)
Victim’s Rights, Anyone?
Instead of actual action providing justice to actual victims with names, we seem to have some kind of moral-posturing business.
Collins: For a white person to declare his guilt, to say ‘I have white privilege’, doesn’t do anything to address any racial inequality or change the material circumstances for black Americans. It seems very self-centered, narcissistic.
Bottum: It is a way of you telling yourself that you know you are saved, that you know you are a good person.
Collins: I’ve also noticed a tendency to avoid detailed analysis of economic and social conditions, or concrete policy reforms. Instead, the issue of race after George Floyd is a simple moral denunciation, or a vague reference to ‘systemic racism’. You hear ‘Why do I have to keep explaining this?’, ‘I’m so exhausted’, and so on, as if the issue was beyond debate.Wokeness: old religion in a new bottle by Sean Collins, US correspondent
Sure, some kind of legal compensation should be given to victims of segregation. Even some kind of class settlement to Black Americans as a group, which as a group had their future crippled by direct order of Washington, D.C.
But more than the necessity of rectifying the injustice of the past, is bringing an end to the injustice of the present. And, while insuring equal justice and providing compensation for past wrongs is within the power of the public magistrate, healing a people is beyond the power of the State.
Communities, civic associations, churches, private initiatives are a better bet for this. But there has to be the will.
And Black Americans are going to have to be prepared to do the heavy lifting alone on this. At a time when – after the ample assistance given solely to White Americans as a group in the 1930s-to-1950s (the White American “golden age”), and to the White Billionaires of today…
The richest 10% of American households own 84% of the value of stocks owned by all households, according to Federal Reserve data. The remaining 90% of the households own 16% of the value of stocks. And the bottom half own nearly none.
And that boom in the stock market, the bond market, and other financial markets since mid-March happened because the Fed threw about $3 trillion at them in a short time, with the specific purpose of raising asset prices and making those folks whole so that they don’t have any skin in this pandemic.The Rich Got Richer During the Pandemic, Bailed Out by the Fed. How it Happened and Why That’s Bad for the Economy by Wolf Richter
Hmmm. Three trillion dollars, divided by 45,000,000 Black Americans, equals $66,666 per Black American. If I had any say whatsoever in this – HA! – I would have cheerfully preferred that Federal money going to each Black American as a one-time sum, instead of Federal money being placed directly into the hands of the already-wealthy.
It would have gone a long way to resolving claims for compensation, amounting to at least a good faith effort. Sure, even more financial claims may well have been made, but they would quickly go less and less credible… or possible to fulfill.
I don’t expect a good faith effort to be made. Even after the budget is busted, and the demonic fake-God welfare state dies — first Black Welfare, then White Welfare, and then, after a huge delay, Corporate Welfare — I don’t expect even an “in lieu of” payment to be made.
At least, not from Our Friends in Washington.
But some series of small-scale, local initiatives, shaped by the people immediately affected, may well succeed where the Mighty Leaders failed.
Return to the Golden Age?
A nation of slaves has no future. Eventually it dies. Whether of invasion, or of extinction, one day it ceases to exist. No government can save it. No promises for daily pieces of bread—freely —can save it. Slaves have no future-oriented worldview, and therefore they have no future.Bojidar Marinov
With the end of the welfare state, comes the end of the enslavement of poor Black America.
Not the end of oppression, or discrimination, or legal murders. Just the end of Black enslavement where it matters – in their heads, hearts, souls – and the rebirth of a future worth fighting for.
And should Black men again fight for their family, by getting competitive in the marketplace?
Let’s see how long it will take for the next Black Wall Street to be burnt down, the next set of on-the-make Black entrepreneurs to be lynched because a White woman felt uncomfortable, and the next set of White workingman unions to demand “protective legislation” from “unfair cheap coloured labour”.
“These people never learn, do they?”
“Wait for the evidence, then judge. History never repeats exactly: White America’s demographic position will be pretty bad from the 2040s onwards, and the vision of a single, unified, White American ethno-state is gone with the wind.”
“But Progressives will still exist. And are sure to return to their originally racist vision, the second it becomes popular among the increasingly fearful intelligentsia.”
“Without the expanding government budgets Progressives need to buy off dissent. Or the millions of disposable young white men needed to enforce their authority.”
“Young men like uniforms, think with their instincts, and are good at violence.”
“Young men like to be respected, dislike being used… and can sense when they are quietly despised or being condescended to.”
“This isn’t 1860. Or 1939. Or 1961. Or even 2002.”
On the other side of the ledger, let’s see how long it will take for Community Activists to start pushing for more riots (to further impoverish Black communities, of course!), or even try to get some kind of insurgency going.
(And who is going to do the dying for these revolutionary visions? Not Dear Leader, I can tell you that much!)