“It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back—we have more people than they do—by far! Boycott Major League Baseball (MLB), Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck,” —statement by ex-president Donald Trump.
Every day Republicans prove this is not about the money. Their actions are not about capitalism. Their efforts are not about money nor honoring the sacrifice of the boys in grey, it never has been.
The Republicans have walked over to the Confederate vision after opposing it during their early years. They don’t view themselves as being part of the union or the United States. race not class
For a portion of the United States, this is about continuing white male hegemony, all of it.
If you’re a marginalized identity in an over-industrialized place such as the US, you want control of your life. Everyone does.
White male hegemony as a philosophy is a frightening idea because that can cut across not only class but political ideologies.
Believing that your success or failure is rooted in something as impersonal as neoliberalism and capitalism is a soothing idea.
This impersonal, seemingly scalable barrier is why people immigrate to Western countries. The farm boy migrates to the big city with an idea. The midwesterner moves to the metropolis permeated with tall buildings following a business card. There is the unspoken pinkie swear promise that you can, with hard work rise above your designated station in the US.
Capitalism has a simple formula. You work hard in school, graduate. You put in a bit of sweat equity and you get more out. It is exploitation. And in theory, anyone can do it.
The liberal marginalized person believes that with hard work, dedication, a thorough understanding of the formula, and the little luck that comes with the occasional praying to the right higher power, they too can succeed at capitalism, the good kind like Sears and the bad kind like Gordon Gekko.
Anyone can, because it’s not about race or gender. It is about working hard, because everyone likes money, right?
We all want to believe that it’s just about “show me the money.”
That is what we have been taught in the schools that exist because of liberal economics. Schools that exist because neoliberalism demands that our society use meritocracy to mine for the best, regardless of race, gender, and national origin, so that the US can be the best at everything and make the most money.
Conversely, if you are a far-leftist you also believe it is just about the money and where you begin. Ann Richards once said of George Bush, Senior “He was born on third base and thought he hit a triple.” It is not personal that this is all about capitalism. It makes the fight against the system more streamlined. Meritocracy is simply a ploy to string you along and to give you faith in the failing system. Most people aren’t talented or lucky enough to scale the wall. Ordinary people shouldn’t be doomed to starvation and homelessness.
The left believes the rich are simply selfish and greedy. Oppression is just a tool to make it easier for them to be selfish and greedy.
To create a better world, capitalism must be destroyed. Capitalism is the root of all problems. From chattel slavery to colonization, it was all about money and acquiring stuff. We need to get rid of imperialism and capitalism, which are the real problems. Everything else, racism, gender inequality, heterosexism, anti-Semitism, all goes away with the death of capitalism and imperialism.
Everything else is a symptom. race not class
But the average white leftist and leftist of color do have a common belief that they share with the neoliberal, race, ethnicity, and gender are just things and distractions. No one who really cares about money is concerned with race, ethnicity, and gender. Race, is a social construct made up for the masses.
Racial essentialism is the lowest level of political thought that is used to manipulate. Concerning yourself with it means you don’t understand how the world actually works.
Racial essentialism and identity also is something that mainly people of color and women, obsess over not white men. White men would never, ever destroy the entire country owing to racial essentialism because it is illogical and emotional.
No one would actually risk losing money over racism, because the formula for capitalism and imperialism is to accumulate more stuff. No one would lose their stuff to be racist, because really this is all about stuff.
Remember what Marx said! This is all about enriching capitalists, no one would be anti-Semitic, anti-Black, or anti-Asian, just to preserve white male hegemony.
Both those two scenarios are fantasies everywhere, but in the US we’re getting an up-close and personal look at how it was NEVER about the money, especially in the United States.
For Republicans, it has become to be about white power.
Republicans ran up a $27 trillion debt. Republicans stopped calling their economic policy neoliberalism, because it would imply that they agreed that women and Black people could be part of the Inteligencia and instead embraced weird protectionist policies that limit profits.
White Americans who follow Republicans lose money by voting against policies that will help them financially, because it might help Black & Chicano people and white people who might be transgender. And really the focus for them is Black people, white people continue to be hyper-focused on Black people.
In 2010, David Stockman who was President Ronald Reagan’s director of the Office of Management and Budget wrote the New Times oped “How my G.O.P. destroyed the U.S. economy.” race not class
For the Republican Party that was taken over by the dead-ender neo-Confederates and Dixiecrats in the 1960s and 1970s, this has never, even kind of been about the money.
And for many working-class white people, this is not about money or economic anxiety.
It has always been about white power.
We’re never going to stop the far-right and the white supremacy flavored individualism infecting segments of the left viewing them through the lens of economics, this is about hegemony, white hegemony. race not class