Baltimore is the New Beirut!!

Baltimore is the new Beirut. It is a city on fire with the justifiable rage of young men of military age who for two long have received little or no respect from a police department that for such oppressed youth is little more than an occupation army. The enormous disparities in wealth that exist today are a direct results of the policies of both Republican and Democratic regimes in Washington, D.C. the nations capitol forty miles south of Baltimore. The effect of these loathsome policies geared as they are to serving only the interests of the 1% of the US population that owns and controls the lion’s share of finance capital has been to produce an utter catastrophe for the American people that is ongoing and unfolding in an utterly unexpected sort of a way. The result of the US ruling class’s decision years back during the Nixon regime to create a special privileged class of Black entrepreneurs, business people, and political class that they, i.e. the US ruling class could do business with has created a situation where today the standard of living for African-Americans as a whole is lower than it was before the time of president Linden Johnson’s so called “War on Poverty.”

This is a period encompassing fifty years. It is a period as well that has seen America decline as both an economic power and a world power to the point that it has reached today where the US ruling class and its governing power structure of both elected and non elected officials has become increasingly irrelevant in global affairs. The point needs to be made as well that it was this same power drunk 1% of the US population that saw themselves as the new masters of the universe that bought about the de-industrialization of America. Steel mills and manufacturing plants of all sorts were closed down permanently as the owners of these industries sought a higher rate of return on their investments by moving manufacturing jobs overseas to such low wage countries as China, India, Mexico, South Korea, Indonesia, and elsewhere.

The thinking of the 1% was that they could used a vastly expanded US military budget to produce the kind of global fighting force that would enable this 1% to establish a truly global empire under the iron heel of Washington. To quote from the national poet of Scotland Robert Burns- “The best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.” In light of the ongoing global and domestic catastrophe that the policies of the 1% have produced Bobby Burns’s quote seriously understates what is really perhaps the most monumental crack up of a dominant world power in all of human history or at the very least since the fall of the Roman Empire of the West in the 4th Century C.E.

What is happening today in Baltimore is the result of these same policies and what is now ongoing in Baltimore will spread to every major and minor city in the nation as the organized fight back of the American youth who have been victimized by police oppression begins to ensue. This is a fight to the death that will ensure the destruction of one side or the other. There is no turning back now the fuse has been lit! Since the word “revolution” is a word that seems to have lost all of its original meaning, I will try not to use it too often to describe this ongoing struggle. I am however at a loss as to how to describe this situation that is indeed a revolution in the making that the 1% will do everything in its evil power to either subvert, co-opt or destroy.

Its those very elements of the deep state put into place since the events of 9-11 were conveniently used to justify that will be put into full service in an effort to go after whatever leadership element the agencies of the deep state may perceive as being in control. Certainly there is a real tactical advantage to knowing how to make good use of spontaneous events such as the one now unfolding in Baltimore and the fight back of African-Americans more generally who in essence are the spearhead of this new revolution or whatever else you might want to call it. The idea that an injury to one is an injury to all is the essential measure of social solidarity that gives meaning to both life and the determining events of history. This vital sense of social solidarity that African-Americans are still capable of is something that the majority White culture traded in a long time ago for the solidarity of the wolf pack that as even a child knows is no solidarity at all but merely the ideology of the fool who imagines himself to be a king in his castle supreme in his/her isolation from the real events of life that merely pass him/her by because they have become mere encumbrances to the truth and indeed reality itself.

The curiously interesting and highly thought provoking fact is that the armed agents of the state in the form of police departments all across the country shoot and kill significantly more White youths than African-Americans.

The fact that Whites feel so secure in their splendid isolation from each other and indeed from life itself means that they just don’t give a rats ass about such things as long as it does not effect them personally and their ever present belief in the system and that man must truly be a wolf to man in order for the whole thing to work. Such is the logic of capitalism that has been inculcated into these socially retarded imbeciles. The sense of contempt that the world rightly feels for such people is wholly justifiable and inevitable. There is also a measure of Divine justice, or Poetic justice, or whatever else you might choose to call it in regard such atomized, isolated, and self-absorbed fools being held in such justifiable worldwide contempt.

The decline of the West and the rise of the BRIICS, Africa, Asia, and Latin American as the new dominants of the emerging multi-polar world spell the end of White domination in the would be imperial homeland as African-Americans and other minorities who are the new majority take power away from the old order and establish a new order based upon newer concepts of fairness and justice that have evolved and taken shape while White America supreme in its splendid isolation from life took a nap. If its true that every man will have his hour then it is safe to assert that the White man has done had his! That ain’t no jive but just a clear and honest assessment of the facts. That being the case there are about as many folks of the Caucasian persuasion in the world as Chinese so things should not go too badly for the new has beens of history. Since the ruling 1% in America chose to de-industrialize America and move those skilled often all white union jobs to Asia, Latin America, and Africa; the shape of things to come may be hard for some folks to accept but knowing full well that history moves in a positive direction despite all appearances otherwise, the future should be interesting if nothing else.

A final point that perhaps needs to be made in this essay is a point that has been made previously by such groups as the Revolutionary Communist Party and its chairman Bob Avakian that this revolution will be an African-American led revolution and therefore if White radicals should hope to play a progressive positive role in it, they will have to adjust their expectations and accept that fact or step aside and allow others to take their place. Leading from behind is an old and established revolutionary tradition that helps to guarantee the survival of the leadership cadre if one exists as it should for all such revolutionary movements are in need of leadership just not the kind of traditional concept of leadership that obtains with those uneducated to the actual practice (or praxis) of revolution in the real world as opposed to such fantasies as Hollywood spews out for the edification of the masses and the enrichment of the few.

A final point that needs to be made is that what is happening now in Baltimore seems like the  direct result of the feminization of America and a war which seems to have  been under way for some time now against not just African-American youth, i.e. men and boys of military age but all working class youth throughout the nation. The demonization of young men and mere boys as “criminals” and “thugs” has become such standard fare that no one even bothers to question it and just takes it for granted that the organized thugs of the state in the form of these various police forces around the country have the right to hunt them like wild animals in something akin to a sport. The jocularity of such police departments around the country who make a regular practice of hunting the youth of the nation as a paid sport, has become epitomized in the banal banter of the numerous network TV shows that glorify this obscene industry based upon inhumanity and outright cruelty to the youth of the nation who have the right to defend themselves by any means necessary.

The following is a list of the six Baltimore PD officers responsible for the lynching of Freddy Grey along with their present yearly salary and the date that they joined the Baltimore Police Department. This information was provided by Chelsea Monae of the Real News Network, 231 North Holiday Street, Baltimore, MD. 21202. My thanks and appreciation to the Real News Network for sharing this important information with me and to the public.

Lieutenant Brian Rice, 41. Member of the Baltimore Police Department since 1997.
• Annual Salary: $88, 026.00
• Gross Pay: $83, 846.38

Sergeant Alicia White, 30. Member of the Baltimore Police Department since 2010.
• Annual Salary: $57, 797.00
• Gross Pay: $59, 456.05

Officer William Porter, 25. Member of the Baltimore Police Department since 2012.
• Annual Salary: $44, 104.00
• Gross Pay; $51, 412.68

Officer Garret Miller, 26. Member of the Baltimore Police Department since 2012.
• Annual Salary: $44, 773.00
• Gross Pay: $51, 076.65
Officer Edward Nero, 29. Member of the Baltimore Police Department since 2012.
• Annual Salary: $44, 773.00
• Gross Pay: $51, 421.40

Officer Caesar Goodson, 45. Member of the Baltimore Police Department since 1999.
• Annual Salary: $64, 757.00
• Gross Pay: $105, 194.77


About charlesknause

I was born in Camden, N.J. (now the poorest city in America) in 1950 and grew up in a beautiful old Victorian town in South Jersey called Collingswood. I now live in Ormond Beach, FL where the weather suits my spirit. My personal life was impacted at an early point in my life by a psychiatric diagnosis that changed my life and put me on the workers scrap heap. I have refused to accept such a miserable fate and today consider myself a social activist dedicated to changing the way that people who have been diagnosed with a serious psychiatric disability are perceived by society and the people in their community. I have a B.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and 18 graduate credits in Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University in DeLand, FL as well as 24 graduate credits in an MSW program at UCF. I am a member of the Volusia County Behavioral Health Care Providers Consortium where I function as an advocate. I am a daily reader of the World Socialist Website and an occasional contributor.
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