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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Critical Race Theory = Marxist Bullshit

I've been doing some web surfing this afternoon via Google and YouTube. Critical Race Theory has been in the news and I wanted to learn something about it.

But first, here's an interview I found via YouTube featuring the infamous Harvard Professor, Derrick Bell:
Midway through the clip, Bell says this:

Racism is an important stabilizing function…serves as a stabilizing function in a society that is built on property. And in a society where a great many whites don’t have any property to speak of…certainly don’t have as much as those on the top…what this [American] society has given them from the time of slavery to the present is a sense of property in their whiteness, that their skin color enables them to somehow identify and live vicariously the lives of those on the top…
This is little more than Marxist economic theory blended with amateur psycho-babble. As the proprietor of a blog devoted to Property, Freedom and Peace, Prof. Bell's contention, that racism and property were directly connected in America (not merely in the warped mind of the racist, but also in America's cultural, social, political and legal institutions), perked my ears. I wanted to find out more about Critical Race Theory.

Another interview featuring Prof. Bell, including transcripts, can be found here. In this interview, Bell pretty much seconds everything he said in the first video. He seems to say that racism is permanently engrained in our American social conventions and legal system, and that there is virtually no way to fix it, which in my mind implies the only other alternative: ending American society as it is currently structured. (Transforming America? Hmmm.)

Continuing to search YouTube, I found the following series of videos which explain Critical Race Theory:
Wow, really heavy stuff. Not only psycho-babble but abstract, sociology-babble. In short, meaningless doublespeak. However, it does offer insight into what our kids are learning in college and why leftists and the Occupier movement talk and think (for lack of a better word) the way they do.

Here's another gem. This video features a talking moron named Robin Garcia who is a graduate student in "Cultural Studies." More on her shortly. In the meantime I want to focus on Dr. Phyllis Jackson who, apparently, teaches the course Ms. Garcia is describing.

Googling Dr. Jackson lead me to this article: The Black Panther Party...from a Sister's Point of View. The article begins:
Sis Phyllis Jackson is a professor at Pomona College and former member of the Black Panther Party. Through this interview, we better understand why this sister and many people joined the struggle, gave their lives for the struggle of liberation and came out better for it.
Make your own judgement of "Sis Phyllis." Now to Ms. Garcia and her video below.

In case you missed it, Ms. Garcia begins her presentation with the following words:
Our course, "Critical Race Theory: Representation and the Rule of Law," explores the way law constructs race, gender, class and sexual orientation in legal jurisprudence...the slides and visual images serve to connect the themes I mentioned with visual renderings they simultaneously produce their own narrative of the relationship between text and discourse and the production of individual subjectivities."
Sorry, it doesn't get any better. It's complete leftist gibberish. However, Ms. Garcia does quote extensively from something called "The Combahee River Collective Statement," which was produced by The Combahee River Collective which is "a collective of Black feminists who have been meeting together since 1974." If you want more you can read about the collective here.

Below is a quotation taken directly from the Statement in question [emphasis is mine]:
Although we are feminists and Lesbians, we feel solidarity with progressive Black men and do not advocate the fractionalization that white women who are separatists demand. Our situation as Black people necessitates that we have solidarity around the fact of race, which white women of course do not need to have with white men, unless it is their negative solidarity as racial oppressors. We struggle together with Black men against racism, while we also struggle with Black men about sexism.

We realize that the liberation of all oppressed peoples necessitates the destruction of the political-economic systems of capitalism and imperialism as well as patriarchy. We are socialists because we believe that work must be organized for the collective benefit of those who do the work and create the products, and not for the profit of the bosses. Material resources must be equally distributed among those who create these resources.
Well, at least these people speak plainly. There you have it: Marxist bullshit in the flesh. No wonder Maximum Leader Obama embraces it and its famous pioneer, Derrick Bell.

I rest my case.

As for racism and imperialism, here's a YouTube video that explains it very well, thank you. Any questions?

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