[Marxism] Class and race and gender

Ian Pace ian at ianpace.com
Wed Jun 23 08:40:12 MDT 2004

To give a good example of how easily certain ideologies of gender and race
are appropriated for the purposes of serving imperialism, the appalling
article below should suffice.  The qualities of machismo, racism,
discrimination against gays, etc., in Latin America (but also in North
America and Europe) are absolutely vital for us to address, but when removed
from questions of imperialist hegemony, this is the result.


Why the Left Fears Condoleezza Rice
  Lowell Ponte
  Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004

Condoleezza Rice is a "true illiterate," said a patronizing Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez.

This Marxist thug added that he had asked his comrade Cuban dictator Fidel
Castro to mail America's National Security Advisor samples of Cuban books
now being used to teach Venezuelan children literacy to "see if she learns
to respect the dignity of the people and learns a bit about us."

Apparently President Chavez is both a racist and a puny macho sexist to make
such stupid remarks. His stunted manhood is threatened by criticism from
this powerful woman.

Condoleezza Rice, who recently called on Chavez to accept the democratic
vote of Venezuelans in a legitimate election to recall him, is, as many have
noted, "the most powerful woman in the world."

Dr. Rice understands collectivist terrorist murderers like Chavez better
than do most Americans, and not only because she is a highly regarded expert
on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Most of us awakened to the threat of terrorism only on September 11, 2001.
Rice as a 9-year-old African-American girl in Birmingham, Alabama, in
September 1963 felt the ground shake from a racist's dynamite bomb going off
in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church only blocks away from the church
where her father, John, was pastor.

Among the four black girls murdered in that hate crime that shocked our
nation's conscience was Rice's 11-year-old friend and schoolmate Denise
McNair. She remembers their funeral and how small their coffins were.

"If you've been through homegrown terrorism," said Dr. Rice, "you recognize
there isn't any cause that can be served by it. ... Because what it's meant
to do is end the conversation."

Racism is a collectivist idea that denies human dignity by defining
individuals as members of mythical collective racial groups. Socialism and
Marxism are collectivist ideas that deny human dignity by judging
individuals only as members of mythical class groups and by declaring all
human beings to be slaves whose lives and labors belong to the collectivist
state, as in Castro's Cuba and increasingly in Chavez's Venezuela. The
indoctrination of this dehumanizing idea, as we shall see, is what Chavez
means by Marxist education.

But first, let's look more closely at the "illiterate" Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
Leftists such as Hugo Chavez have tried to silence or discredit this
 "uppity" powerful black woman with insults. The Leftist media inside the
U.S. have tried either to ignore her or to diminish her with the most
vicious, loathsome and toxic kinds of racist satire, mockery, denigration,
insults and ridicule.

Jamaican singer-limboist Harry Belafonte, an outspoken supporter of Fidel
Castro and the Democratic Party, called Rice a "Jew" and a "slave who lived
in the house" and "served the master."

Leftists engage in such verbal terrorism against Bush administration
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of State Colin
Powell out of fear, wrote distinguished African-American journalist and
liberal Clarence Page.

The Democratic Party depends on blacks for 18 percent of its votes. Its
survival depends on keeping those voters as a solid, owned bloc of slaves,
chained by dependency and fear, down on the plantation of the Democratic

A powerful, successful Republican role model such as Condoleezza Rice could
show young blacks an alternative to dependency on Democrats.

What if African-Americans notice that Democrats (the party of the slave
owners, the Klan, Jim Crow and Bull Connor) talk about helping them but hold
them down? And at the same time, the Republicans (party of the Great
Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, who freed their ancestors from Democrat slave
owners) have advanced blacks to the highest echelon of actual power in the
Bush administration.

To prevent African-Americans from opening their hypnotized eyes to this
self-evident truth and reconsidering why they vote for a party that chains
and exploits them, Dr. Rice has been targeted for every kind of insult and
attack possible. She must be politically assassinated.

This is why Leftists have been using character assassination against Dr.
Rice to "end the conversation" about how little the Democratic Party has
done for blacks ... and about how much the Republican Party is now doing.

(And the same Marxist tactics are being used against Latino Republican
candidates, one of whom days ago was smeared by a desperate, racist
Democratic National Committee official and Howard Dean operative as a "house
Mexican for the Republicans." This is yet more evidence of Dean's implicit

So, who is Condoleezza Rice, this bright black woman whose mere presence
strikes terror into the hearts of Leftists?

Condi, as friends call her, was born November 14, 1954, in what his 1963
Letter from a Birmingham Jail Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would call
"probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States." During
the Civil Rights struggle it came also to be called "Bombingham," with
racist explosives killing not only Rice's friend and three other girls but
also shattering the home of black civil rights lawyer Arthur Shores and
terrifying the African-American community.

"Rice's father went to police headquarters to demand an investigation,"
wrote Dale Russakoff in the Washington Post Magazine. "They didn't
investigate," Condoleezza Rice has said. "They never investigated."

The police commissioner in Birmingham who would not investigate was Bull
Connor, a Democrat who perfectly embodies everything that political party
has always stood for. When civil rights protesters arrived, Connor unleashed
his dogs and fire hoses on them.

"John Rice," writes Russakoff, "then did what black fathers all over
Birmingham were doing - what Alma Powell remembers her own father doing
then, when she happened to be home with her babies during her husband's
[Colin Powell's] tour in Vietnam: They got out their shotguns and formed
nightly patrols, guarding the streets themselves."

One of the many dirty secrets of the Democratic Party is that its passion
for gun control began, and continues to be, from a desire to disarm
African-Americans and thereby make them powerless and dependent. Russian
expert Michael McFaul, writes Russakoff, "remembers [Condoleezza] Rice
telling him she opposed gun control and even gun registration because Bull
Connor could have used it to disarm her father and others" in 1963.

Condi Rice remembers many lessons of how her mother and father stood up to
segregationists, refusing again and again to accept the inferior place into
which the white Democratic bosses of Birmingham tried to push blacks. She
remembers learning from her grandfather that "You have control, you're
proud, you have integrity, nobody can take those things away from you."

Her grandfather's aunts were among the first nursing graduates of Tuskegee
Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington. By hard work he would put his
children through college, and they would marry into other African-American
families with passionate faith in the power of education.

"My family is third-generation college-educated," says Dr. Condoleezza Rice,
winner of the NAACP Image Award. "I should've gotten to where I am."

Both her father, the Rev. John W. Rice Jr., then pastor of Westminster
Presbyterian Church and dean of historically black Stillman College, and
mother Angelena, a science and music teacher at a local black high school,
were committed to providing the best education possible for their daughter.
Her name, Condoleezza, comes from the Italian musical notation "con dulce"
or "con dolcezza," meaning to play "with sweetness."

Condi began piano lessons at age 3 and by age 4 was accompanying the choir
at her father's church. She learned to read music before she, by age 5,
could fluently read English. When the local superintendent of Negro schools
decided that Condi was too young to attend first grade, Angelena took a year
off from work to teach her daughter at home. Condi was soon mastering figure
skating, French, ballet, Latin and a host of other advanced skills.

Playing Bach and Beethoven even before her feet could reach the piano's
pedals, Condoleezza pursued becoming a concert pianist. At age 13 her family
moved to Colorado, where her father became a University of Denver assistant
dean. She enrolled there at age 15, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum
laude, at age 19 when most other youngsters are just beginning college.

But by then she recognized that she lacked the skill to become one of a
handful of pianists able to reach the top of that profession and would
probably end up "teaching 13-year-olds to murder Beethoven for a living."

One day she found herself in a classroom fascinated by Josef Korbel, former
Marxist Czech diplomat, as he expounded on the Byzantine nature of Soviet
politics and Stalin. "There was so much intrigue," Rice says. "I decided I
wanted to study the Soviet Union."

"It was like falling in love," she told Essence Magazine. "I just suddenly
knew that's what I wanted to do. ... Soviet politics, Soviet everything."

Korbel, who became Rice's mentor and career booster, is the father of
Clinton administration Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Condoleezza went on to earn a master's degree in international relations at
Notre Dame, then a Ph.D. at the University of Denver. The year she completed
her doctorate, 1981, she was offered a teaching job at Stanford University.
She is author or co-author of several scholarly books, including "Uncertain
Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army: 1948-1983," "The
Gorbachev Era" and "Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in

Her expertise on the Soviet Union soon earned Rice an advisory position with
the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1986 and, with the recommendation of Brent
Scowcroft, a place on President George H.W. Bush's National Security Council
in 1989.

She returned to Stanford in 1991, becoming provost of that great university
in 1993, with oversight of its $1.5 billion budget. She has also served on
the boards of Notre Dame University, the San Francisco Symphony, the
Carnegie Endowment for World Peace, San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED, and
other institutions. She co-founded the Center for a New Generation to help
educate gifted minority students, as she was and is.

When they first talked, she and George W. Bush, both big sports fans and
devout Christians, hit it off immediately. "America will find that she is a
wise person," the president-elect said when announcing her as his pick to
become National Security Advisor in December 2000. "I trust her judgment."

Rice is part of a tiny Bush inner circle of brilliant advisers - including
Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State George Schultz and
Pentagon analyst Paul Wolfowitz - nicknamed for their superior intellects as
"The Vulcans," in the spirit of Mr. Spock and other Vulcans in "Star Trek."

Now, at age 49, Condi Rice has already become what Business Week magazine
called probably the most influential National Security Advisor since Henry
Kissinger in the 1970s. When she, as one of two top foreign policy advisers
to the president of the United States, criticizes or challenges Hugo Chavez,
it is no wonder that this nasty little Marxist tyrant shakes with fear and

Chavez knows perfectly well that Dr. Rice is not illiterate. In fact, she is
an expert on Marxism, the Soviet Union and the kind of tactics Chavez and
his ally Fidel Castro are now using to subvert Venezuela as well as several
other Latin American nations. Her expertise is helping shape the hard line
that President Bush has taken against Fidel Castro at this week's summit of
Western Hemispheric democracies in Monterrey, Mexico.

The difference between the Marxist indoctrination of Chavez and Castro and
the kind of education that lifted Condoleezza Rice and her family is clear.
An enlightenment Western education of the kind that informed America's
Founders is one that respects and empowers individuals.

One of the only three things Thomas Jefferson wanted inscribed on his
tombstone and wished to be remembered for was the founding of the University
of Virginia - and what it represented: universal education to empower every
American with the basic tools of literacy.

Jefferson wanted all to be educated, not to teach conformity but so that
every citizen could read the revolutionary pamphlets of future Tom Paines.
Jefferson understood that revolution is a never-ending process, that each
new generation must rise up and rein in the tendency of government to take
more and more power from the people.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization,"
wrote Jefferson, "it expects what never was and never will be."

Dr. Condoleezza Rice is a living symbol of the liberating power of
education, determination and self-respect.

Hugo Chavez is also to some degree educated. He reportedly in 1975 earned
master's degrees in military sciences and engineering from the Venezuelan
Academy of Military Sciences. He also studied for a master's degree in
political sciences at the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas but reportedly
never graduated.

Like so many on the political Left, Chavez has the education of a technocrat
and the soul of a machine. His is a mind without beauty, without love,
without any depth of human compassion or comprehension, without respect for
the unique talent of each individual. No wonder one wife divorced him and a
second left. No wonder he has imported more than 10,000 Cuban operatives and
tons of Cuban textbooks to indoctrinate the children of Venezuela with
Marxist racist-like ideas of class hatred and class war.

To understand the Left, here and in Cuba, ponder the documentary "90 Miles"
by Juan Carlos Zaldivar, aired on the PBS show "POV" on July 29, 2003.

"In 1980, I was a thirteen-year-old communist living in Cuba," Zaldivar's
personal story begins. "The Revolution was the biggest thing in my life.
Bigger than religion, or anything else."

This documentary follows his reluctant move with his family to the United
States via the Mariel boatlift and his comparison of Cuba and the U.S.

As you would expect from the Public Broadcasters of Socialism, this
documentary is not entirely positive toward America. It shows Juan's father
"bitter," disappointed with his inability to become rich in the U.S. and
"defeated by the American dream for which he sacrificed everything in 1980."
It takes viewers back to Cuba and depicts people there as relatively happy.

And Zaldivar identifies himself as part of a politically correct minority,
gays - while never mentioning Fidel Castro's monstrous history of
imprisoning, torturing and killing people simply because they are

But in this documentary we find that in Communist Cuba "instead of going to
school, my class would join demonstrations that publicly humiliated the
people who were deserting [leaving]. They were called 'acts of hate.' We'd
build bond fires [sic]. ... And we'd make dummies out of uniforms that
people left behind. We would stuff them with their pillows and then we would
burn them. ... One afternoon, I saw a mob of my school friends chasing a
student and her mother. The mother was caught sneaking her daughter out of
school to take her out of the country."

In addition to such lynch-mob "acts of hate," Zaldivar says: In Cuba we had
to wear uniforms to school. In Miami, we could wear whatever we wanted. I
didn't like that. It created this atmosphere that there was nobody to answer
to. ..."

"I remembered how safe one feels in a crowd," he says of the Orwellian
groupthink in Cuba.

"During the first two years [in Miami], I was very outspoken," says
Zaldivar. "I was still spouting out communist slogans."

His father explains to him how Fidel and the Marxists too control over who
got what in Cuba. "You had to apply and they gave you a house," the father
says. "When they came to check me out, they saw pictures of saints on the
walls. So they never gave me a house."

His father had supported Castro's revolution, and continued to be a block
leader for it prior to deciding to leave for the United States. He was a man
insufficiently loyal to either system, viewers are left to conclude, and
fell between the two stools.

This columnist has also seen Castro's educational system firsthand, albeit
briefly. As a journalist in Cuba to do a piece for the Los Angeles Times, I
visited a Potemkin Village school shown off to foreign visitors. Oddly, the
pride of this school was its adjoining factory, into which young students
were marched to work half of each day, burning their hands with acid as they
manufactured batteries.

If such a thing happened in the U.S., it would be denounced as brutal
exploitation of child labor. Visiting Leftists to Fidel's factory-school, of
course, make no such criticisms of Cuba whatsoever.

And, needless to say, we were not shown how those who fail to conform and
succeed as Communists in Cuba's schools are required to live out their short
lives in the hot sun cutting sugarcane for 10 Cuban pesos a month - much the
way slaves lived in Cuba centuries ago.

This school had a black principal - the only instance in Cuba where I saw a
black person in a position of power. As Cuban-American author Humberto
Fontova (whose current best-seller is "The Hellpig Hunt") explained to me,
Leftist Hollywood movies about Cuba typically depict Castro's
revolutionaries overthrowing a blond, blue-eyed dictator Fulgencio Batista y
Zaldivar. Batista, however, in real life was a dark-skinned mulatto of black
ancestry from a poor farming family.

It is Castro who embodies the white Spaniard colonial ruling class and whose
father was a crime boss in Cuba ... just as Fidel is a crime boss today. And
under Batista, Cuba had the third-highest standard of living in the Western
Hemisphere, while today this Marxist prison colony is near or at the bottom.
This, notes Fontova, is typical of the lies America's Leftist media use to
brainwash Americans.

This is also typical of the lies in Cuban textbooks now being used by Hugo
Chavez to enslave the children of Venezuela - and of the Left-slanted
faculties that former Marxist intellectual David Horowitz has been fighting
to diversify at the University of Denver and other institutions of higher

Call it Red-ucation in the enslaving spirit of Karl Marx, not education in
the empowering spirit of Thomas Jefferson and Condoleezza Rice.

Here's one lesson to remember: A major 1986 textbook dealing with Marxist
education lists 15 significant nations that were then Communist. Today, 18
years later, more than half of those nations are no longer Communist. Guess
who is winning the global battle for hearts and minds.

A second lesson: As Condoleezza Rice so admirably teaches by example, we
must never permit the collectivist thugs, here or abroad, to stifle or end
the conversation.

Mr. Ponte hosts a national radio talk show Saturdays 6-9 p.m. Eastern Time
(3-6 p.m. Pacific Time) and Sundays 9 p.m.-midnight Eastern Time (6-9 p.m.
Pacific Time) on the Liberty Broadcasting network (formerly TalkAmerica).
Internet Audio worldwide is at LibertyBroadcasting.com. The show's live
call-in number is (888) 822-8255. A professional speaker, he is a former
Roving Editor for Reader's Digest.

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