We are so excited to harken back to the calmness of the U.S. national budget spending over 50% of its vast annual resources on a military machine that torments and dominates the entire planet. Its ok though, because we can eventually defeat covid and go back to worrying only about our Friday and Saturday nights while AFROCOM continues to build military installations throughout Africa (proudly with our tax dollars) that continue to terrorize the African masses.
Speaking of covid, fortunately, we have a great opportunity right now to give platitudes to the hundreds of thousands who have needlessly lost their lives. We can use this wonderous time to quickly and decisively forget that socialist Cuba has all but eliminated covid by prioritizing people over profit while this country spikes towards half a million deaths. No worries though because Joe has the plan and soon, we will be benefiting from it. Besides, we desperately want to get back to a time when the U.S. can ruthlessly, violently, but quietly, sabotage Cuba and her quest for self-determination. A socialist self-determination.
Now, we can go back to the calm and systemic mass incarceration that devastates communities. We can continue to ignore the disaster being inflicted on the world through the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, driven by the U.S. which primarily finances those imperialist organizations. We can return to the backward notions that white supremacy, patriarchy, and homophobia are simply individual acts that should always be viewed and treated as such.
We have the chance now to land and thrive with the false narratives that pose as truth. That the people who engage in anti-fascist work are somehow as bad or worse than the fascists who terrorize society. We can go back to ignoring the planet and acting as if our individual needs are all that matters in assessing how we move on this planet. We can continue to turn our backs to mass deportations and the locking up the original inhabitants of this hemisphere. Xenophobia can happily exist in the background again, with no less effectiveness, but with complete application.
And, we can continue to pretend, as Jennifer Lopez – a descendant of the people who this land was stolen from – sang when she said “this land is our land.” We can step right over the theft of this land from Indigenous people and we can claim any history we want for the African masses in the west. Anything except the truth that we were viciously and brutally stolen from Africa in an effort that served to finance the development this empire.
Please, lets go back to pretending that European (white) liberals are our friends because those people are different than overt white supremacists. That there is somehow something that is supposed to be better about being talked down to and disrespected than there is in just being overtly called the n word to our faces.
And, finally, lets return to the time when talk and work for revolution is just simply a pipe dream for those who refuse to accept the reality of the greatness of this empire. Let’s continue to advance this farce that democracy defined is bourgeoisie power in force as long as that power has black, brown, yellow, and queer faces mixed in with it. Lets pretend that all the problems in this empire are solved through one bourgeoisie election. Or, maybe it’s the next election. Or, the one after that. Or, after that. It doesn’t matter. The point is now you can feel good. You can feel accomplished. You can feel calm and secure. Instead of living and even dying violently fighting for your dignity, you have the benefit now, again, to live and die quietly, in your sleep, living in the dangerous fantasy world that many of you have always preferred.