[Marxism] Taking the High Road

Bonnie Weinstein giobon at comcast.net
Mon Mar 26 09:39:09 MDT 2012


Taking the High Road
By Bonnie Weinstein
March 2012
http://www.socialistviewpoint.org/marapr_12/marapr_12_06.html

Working people are not only battling an economic war—one which has  
condemned us and our children to a second-tier life—but we are also  
under constant assault as human beings. On the one hand, capitalism  
judges people by how much wealth they own, relegating the poor to  
worthlessness; and on the other hand, blames the individual—their  
character and personality—for the poverty and hardship they find  
themselves in.

It’s our own fault say the capitalist mass media—the TV and radio  
shows; the magazines and newspapers. You have failed because: “You  
didn’t make the right choices;” “You got pregnant too young;” “You  
didn’t work hard enough in school or on the job;” “You’re too fat; or  
too Black;” “You don’t ‘dress for success;’” “You are stupid and  
ignorant;” therefore not entitled to a good-paying job and a decent  
life. You simply are not worthy!

Poor women are stereotyped as sexually loose and poor men as deadbeat  
dads, lazy, drug dealers and/or pimps, and on and on. It permeates  
our culture and warps our own vision of ourselves. And it comes down  
hardest on the poor and the young.

‘Do you want to be a millionaire?’

Meanwhile, superficial symbols of wealth are advertised as the things  
we “must” buy, use and own in order to succeed. The message: we must  
look like we’re successful if we want to succeed. Little toddlers are  
dressed up like Vegas call girls, with fake breasts, butts, wigs and  
tons of makeup and are taught to parade around a stage to compete in  
a reality TV show called “Toddlers and Tiaras.” How perverse is it to  
cover up the most beautiful thing in the world, youth, with  
artificial accoutrements designed to hide the distinguishing features  
of the individual child?

Our teenagers are supposed to be vying to be “The Next Top Model” or  
the next “American Idol.” The underlying message is that you, too,  
can become the next millionaire if you only make the right choices  
and work hard enough for it. The other side of that coin, of course,  
is if you don’t achieve these things, there’s something wrong with YOU.

At the very same time, the battle of day-to-day life—its injustices,  
perils and hardships—are to be thought of as inevitable and, most of  
all, beyond our control. And that fighting for justice will only make  
your life more difficult!

It is a huge contradiction designed to blur the real truth. Working  
people have the right to all the good this Earth can offer and, we  
have the power to have it, too.

Criminalizing even the youngest children

Just this past January, in yet another example of the criminalization  
of the normal activity of young children, a six-year-old boy was  
suspended from school because, according to the school principal, the  
boy “committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or sexual  
battery.” What did the little boy do? He was playing tag during  
recess in the school playground and allegedly tagged the upper thigh,  
or perhaps the groin, of another child.11

The police occupation of the schools

In a TV news story that first aired on RTAmerica (RussianTelevision  
America) and is now available on YouTube, titled “School police  
increasingly arresting American students?”22 “A new study shows that  
by age 23, 41 percent of young Americans were arrested from the years  
1997-2008.” And on Brasscheck TV also linked to the same video is an  
article about reports on Texas’ “school-to-prison pipeline” released  
by the public interest law center, Texas Appleseed. In the article,  
“Criminalizing Youthful Behavior” by Texas Appleseed,33 the report  
points to the growing police presence in Texas public education  
“coinciding with increased Class C misdemeanor ticketing and arrest  
of students for low-level, non-violent behavior that historically has  
been handled at the school level—sending more youth to court and  
increasing their chances of academic failure and future justice  
system involvement…”

The report found:

• “Most Class C misdemeanor tickets written by school police  
officers are for low-level, non-violent misbehavior that do not  
involve weapons, yet ticketing can have far-reaching financial and  
legal impacts. Fines and costs associated with Class C ticketsâ 
€¦range from less than $60 to more than $500 per ticket. Failure to  
pay the fine, complete court-ordered community service or comply with  
a notice to appear in court can result in the youth’s arrest at age  
17. African American and Hispanic youth are disproportionately  
affected by this practice…

• “Ticketing has increased substantially over a two- to five-year  
period; and where the child attends school—and not the nature of the  
offense—is the greater predictor of whether a child will be ticketed  
at school.

• “African American and (to a lesser extent) Hispanic students are  
disproportionately represented in Class C misdemeanor ticketing…

• “It is not unusual for elementary school-age children, including  
students ten years old and younger, to receive Class C tickets at  
school…”

What does a child begin to think about him or her self when from the  
time they enter kindergarten till they graduate from college their  
experience is that they must endure police occupation and the  
harassment that goes along with it! In their schools; in their  
neighborhoods; the armed police are everywhere in order to “preserve  
order” and punish “criminals” of any age.

Obama: top police chief of the world—judge, jury and executioner

What working people are experiencing here—the police occupations and  
the giant prison industrial complex that accommodates it and  
imprisons more than all other countries put together—has an analogy  
to what working people the world over are experiencing at the hands  
of the U.S. military and it’s imperialist allies, its partners in crime.

While workers here have not yet felt the depth of devastation and  
bloodshed the U.S. war machine is capable of—that has brutally killed  
millions of people in Iraq, Afghanistan and everywhere it targets its  
“War on Terror”—these actions stand as a constant reminder of the  
lengths to which this bi-partisan government will go to preserve the  
wealth, property and privilege of the one percent.

The U.S. commanders of capital have bestowed upon themselves the  
right to kill or indefinitely imprison anyone without due process or  
habeas corpus. And this is certainly not a “theoretical” situation  
but one that is being acted out by their bipartisan government day in  
and day out.

It has gone way beyond the prescience of George Orwell’s 1984.

With their drones, bombs, target killings by secret forces such as  
the “Navy Seals,” etc., they don’t even have to get their hands  
dirty. Resorting to war, murder and assassination to preserve the  
wealth of the commanders of capital—the one percent—is about as low  
as a human being can get. No other species on the planet is as  
tyrannical as these vicious hoarders of wealth. It is a spit in the  
face of humanity and human civilization. It is the corruptor of  
conscience, kindness and community.

Taking the high road

The world socialist revolution, by uniting the masses of working  
people—the 99 percent—in defense of our basic human right to life,  
liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the high road. It is the road  
of the future—the only road that will enable us to have a future.

It is a road of cooperation, not competition; of production for need  
and want, not for profit; of peaceful solutions to problems and  
conflicts that benefit everyone. It is the end of war and tyranny. It  
is the beginning of endless possibilities for good and the betterment  
of all. This is the side the working class and our allies stand upon.  
It is humanity’s highest road to freedom.


1 1“A Touch During Recess, and Reaction Is Swift,” By SCOTT JAMES,  
January 16 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/education/boy-6-suspended-in-sexual- 
assault-case-at-elementary-school.html?scp=1&sq=Six%20year%20old%20boy 
%20charged%20with%20sexual%20assault&st=cse

2 2”School police increasingly arresting American students?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl-efNBvjUU&feature=player_embedded

3 3”Criminalizing Youthful Behavior,” by Texas Appleseed http:// 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl-efNBvjUU&feature=player_embedded



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