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Why socialism is the only road back home
PUBLISHED MONDAY OCTOBER 1,
s your mind spinning from
the contradictory political and economic news jamming
your inbox? Not to mention horrific accounts of murders,
child trafficking, opioid epidemics and political fraud
both at home and abroad? Why do I think Socialism is the
only road back home? And what is home anyway?
Houses have become places
where renters are ripped off by frequent evictions so
the landlords can brush the place off, smear a little
fresh paint around and re-rent at exorbitant prices.
Young over extended owners are prone to face the reality
that the bank owns their abode when lay-offs occur or
unexpected an unexpected family illnesses arise. Nobody
except the very wealthy or the old folks who have paid
off their mortgages can call home their Home without
crossing their fingers or knocking on wood. Of course
some will say but things have always been this way and
thatís true. Just not so much. And for some, many
People living rough (the absolute homeless) are increasing every day.
I was born in 1928 the
year before the great depression of 1929. This
crippling, murderous depression lasted until Theodor
Roosevelt was elected and started implementing back to
work programs. Things got better and then employment
opportunities opened up further for the preparation and
duration or World War Two. Post war there were massive
government programs in the US and Canada to help
returning veterans reclaims their jobs from the women
folk and return the world to its proper capitalistic,
Successfully, I might add. And First Nations people who had not profited from the massive amounts of money made during the war by the banks and munitions factories, or even the economic wage growth for the average Jane and Joe, did not even get their long term needÖclean water on their reservations and the right to cut down trees on their own lands for their own use.
and remain, oh, you know, what earlier governments
called out loudÖThe Indian problem.
I have come to believe the main reason that First Nations people remain a thorn in the side of Canada (and for that matter, all over the world) is because they have traditionally made poor capitalists. Some have changed now, but I am speaking traditionally. On first contact with West Coast Indigenous people the European invaders were shocked to discover that the people were socialists. Oh, they didnít call them that. The invaders were trying to shake off feudalism themselves.
They thought the Potlach custom that the Indigenous people practiced were kind of wild parties thrown in order for whoever was throwing the bash to give away a large part, if not most, of their things. The things consisted of tools needed for hunting, decorated clothing for the cool, wet climate, baskets or bowls for cooking and eating, ceremonial paraphernalia, knives, axes, blankets, whatever was considered valuable.
knew they would become the receivers in the future. The
invaders did not understand this at all and when
organized, firmly outlawed the practice.
To this day, when the
Capitalist brain stem is confronted with a society
organized around sharing it begins to scream and to
vomit. It vomits up the bile of dog eat dog, every man
for himself, every man a rugged individualist, every
woman a prey (the young for sex, the old for fraud)
winner take all and the man who dies with the most toys,
the most money, who has eaten all of the earth he could,
leaving behind a world that is poisoned with plastics
and chemicals, and who has most ruthlessly fertilized
the wide earth with the remains of the war dead, this
will be judged the greatest man in this regime of mature
capitalism. The fellows following in his footsteps steel
their nerves and plow ahead, knowing they have a high
bar to hurdle and canít be judged weak on war and
But First Nations arenít the only ones longing for some kind of economic system based on sharing instead of destroying. Their rights to Potlach have been legally returned to them. I think the rest of us also need a Potlach.
While Indigenous people can practice their Potlach now they still must live their lives, as the rest of us do, within the capitalist system. It is we, the rest of us, who have to change in order to bring about a home for all. We have to change our larger economic system. Capitalism makes everybody sick.
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