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Friday, July 4, 2014

Long way from 1776 promise─ Kishore

Equality and the Fourth of July
Editing, excerpt, brief commentary for TIN by Carolyn Bennett

This is why the greatness of papers and people of the past must be perceived as promise, potential, seed awaiting our fulfillment on behalf of all people──not merely for the Jeffersons and Madisons, or even the Lincolns and Douglasses. Joseph Kishore writes poignantly, powerfully, truthfully on the wish and reality of America this July 4th.

“The Declaration of Independence marked a major turning point in history, not only for the people of what would become the United States of America, but for the entire world. In announcing their irrevocable break from the British monarchy, the founders sought to realize in practice the great progressive conceptions of the Enlightenment.” But “The American Revolution,” he says, “was a bourgeois democratic revolution. Neither it nor those who led it could transcend the social conditions of the day. As such, the historical event could not live up to the ideals that its greatest proponents laid out. Nevertheless, the American Revolution—and, in particular, the Declaration of Independence—resonated in every subsequent progressive episode in American history. Indeed, it was to ‘the proposition that all men are created equal’ that [America’s sixteenth president] Abraham Lincoln [1861-1865] would refer four score and seven years later in delivering his famous address on the battlefield at Gettysburg in the midst of the Civil War to abolish the barbaric institution of slavery—the Second American Revolution.”

Inequality faces Do-nothingism

Existing today is recklessness, a rabid madness assailing the social, political and cultural well-being of America (and not only America) as leaders and a partnering cabal makes a mockery of principles seeded in the great declaration of 1776.

Amid disastrous conditions, Joseph Kishore continues, “There are vague, insubstantial and insincere calls for ‘something’ to be done; some among the wealthy speak nervously of ‘pitchforks’ on the horizon.” But the something rising from any quarter amounts to nothing. Faced with a massive growth of social inequality, official discussions around this phenomenon are virtually silent on “the fundamental cause of inequality, capitalism.”

Within the framework of the existing political and economic system in the United States, Kishore says nothing can nor will be done “to reverse the ever-more extreme concentration of wealth.”

Patrician/Fraudster-class rules

“…The aristocratic principle has been reborn,” Kishore says; and “if the current rulers could, they would reestablish titles and ranks of nobility, the official proclamations of privilege—and no doubt there are some who are already conspiring to do so.” 

A U.S. president becomes a multi-millionaire solely on the basis of his political career. The Congress of the United States is populated by scores of multi-millionaires. On the nine-judge U.S. Supreme Court sits eight multi-millionaires. Media, paid millions annually for their faithful service, peddles propaganda that serves the interests of the state and the corporate-financial elite; and the “American aristocracy grows rich largely through financial fraud.”

No aspect of American policy escapes the aristocratic principle. “Globally, it finds expression in unrelenting militarism, a criminal foreign policy based on plunder and conquest. With increasingly reckless abandon, the American ruling class has launched a series of wars, leaving disaster and chaos in its wake. More than ten years after the invasion of Iraq laid waste to one of the most advanced societies in the Middle East, U.S. troops, drones and military aircraft are once again heading back—even as [Washington] stokes war with Russia over Ukraine and China over energy-rich regions in the South Pacific.”

Answering the begging question what to do, Kishore concludes, “The fight for social equality today requires the conscious struggle to put an end to capitalism and establish a socialist system based on public ownership.” He says “it is the international working class that [must be] the true inheritor of the egalitarian ideals and revolutionary traditions” called to mind on Independence Day USA. 

Promise awaits fulfillment

“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all …  are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among [us], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.…”


“Equality and the Fourth of July,” Joseph Kishore at World Socialist Web Site, July 4, 2014, http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/04/pers-j04.html

Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America, in Congress, July 4, 1776


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