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Posted by Lawrence "LAW" Watford - - 0 comments

THE MATIX: Socialist progressive vs. Capitalist conservative... Basically you're a loser no matter which side. The folly of a capitalist conservative calling the current collapse and chaos and degradation of the nuclear family a socialist progressive phenomena reflects a blindness or unwillingness rather to remove the plank from their own eye...

"This economic collapse was caused by Barney Frank and Franklyn Raynes and mandating banks give loans to people who couldn't afford them"... I listen to conservative radio, so I know the rhetoric... But that rhetoric chooses to negate the fact that the majority of people foreclosing aren't poor people who got loans - it's middle and upper middle class individuals who lost jobs as a result of capitalist policies that resulted from a war between the fiduciary responsibilities of corporations to their share holders and a concern for workers and their families... It also negates the fact that had the bundling and selling of sub-prime loans not become a huge CAPITALIST enterprise, then we most certainly would not have faced the collapse that we face, because the risk factor would've remained with the initial loan company and they would've been much more careful in issuing those loans.

Even further, In many ways the conservatives are right about progressive ideas of freedom and self-expression contributing to moral deterioration of the country... But by that same token, they can't negate the fact that much of this expression rest on our freedom of speech and that the way we receive much of this expression is commditized and traded on the NYSE, which makes it a capitalistic undertaking... You think The Real Housewives of Wherever are ruining society, or that Lady Gaga is debasing the American culture- well look at the parent company that owns Bravo or the major record label that's distributing Bad Romance...

the socialist agenda is now so tied to the capitalist agenda that it makes everyone as right as they are wrong - on both sides.... Sometimes they work symbiotically as in the examples above, but often times they work in reaction to one another - As in the case of how socialist affirmative action was a reaction to the conservative jim crow era policies that sought to keep blacks economically oppressed... So now those who oppose affirmative action are correct to describe it as "reverse discrimination" or 'taking a job away from a qualified white man to give it to a less qualified black...' BUT those who support it are equally as right to say "that given the countries history of workplace discrimination, it is necessary to have reasonable protections in place -however imperfect- that level the playing field"

As long as neither side agrees that the other has an equally valid point, then they will continue to argue and will never come to a conclusion that works for both and accomplishes a solution that alleviates both concerns.... Thus they remain trapped in the matrix....

This (as a side note) is why black conservatives aren't taken seriously and why, frankly conservatives have such a hard time with black voters.... The absolute refusal to see that history has a current affect on blacks has them refusing to consider what kinds of conservative policies can be tailored to address the specific needs of the black communities... That's for the most part... The subject of education reform is an area where this is changing with vouchers, charter school exploration.... But beyond that they fail to communicate or are unwilling to communicate an understanding of the fact that when you spend 200 years uneducating and then under-educating a particular group of people, then that's going to have consequences for that groups future status - especially when you acknowledge how integral race was as a foundational principle of this country...

As a result we are all deprived and left to the whims of liberal politicians and "race hustlers" who are the only ones putting forth any ideas that suggest any concern for the specific history and needs of poor/lower class blacks.

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