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On Socialism, Tribalism and Capitalism

I spoke last week about doing a little explaining on socialism, tribalism and capitalism …
 
Many people get upset when debates arise over these subjects but I find that in almost every case it is because they are misinformed or programmed or both. The fact is that there are some points that can be taken from all in order to create a better system. I want to address the main negatives first.
 
Socialism – In the strictest definition “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole”.
 
On the whole when done by local communities this isn’t a bad thing – when it becomes a state run situation there is potential for misuse, misappropriation and corruption as with any other national system.
 
Capitalism – defined “an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.”
 
The problem with unbridled capitalism as we have in the United States is that these corporations are able to lobby in Washington and convince or bribe Congress to pass laws that help them earn even higher profits while not protecting the working class in the least. The reason we have skyrocketing health care and insurance costs for example is due to the pharmaceutical and medical industry charging astronomically high prices. The reason the U.S. stays at war is because the Arms manufacturers make huge profits for doing so. The reason we incarcerate more of our citizens that any other country despite calling ourselves the land of the free is because we have a for profit prison system.
 
Capitalism has always failed and it is built to fail when safeguards that protect the common people, environment and animals are not put into place. Humans have a tendency to be greedy and hungry for power and capitalism feeds this need. For a healthy economy to exist the wealth must be distributed more equally, when it isn’t we see conditions like we have now with nearly half of Americans in poverty. If you want to stimulate the economy you have to make sure there is expendable income for those that spend and do so in large numbers.
 
The top 400 richest Americans control more wealth than over 150 million lower and middle class Americans. This is a recipe for disaster and that disaster is being seen.
 
Tribalism – The dictionary definition – “Tribalism is the state of being organized in, or an advocate for, a tribe or tribes. In terms of conformity, tribalism may also refer in popular cultural terms to a way of thinking or behaving”.
 
For ME, tribalism means living with groups of like minded people that have each other AND the collective best interest at heart. In short WE look out for each other as well as all things. The Native Way of Life is this – You protect Mother Earth because she gives US what We need to survive – We protect the animals because they also help protect Earth and manage its resources. They also provide for Us when We need and WE do not misuse this sacred relationship.
 
Tribalism is a little like socialism when practiced in the way I Am speaking of but it is the ONLY way to long term sustainability. We lived here for thousands of years in peace and harmony with the Earth and its creatures and in return had all we needed. We could drink from virtually any creek or stream, could catch and eat fish without fear of toxins and had the freshest air imaginable.
 
We cannot afford to sacrifice the environment nor other creatures for our own selfish comforts. IF We do not turn away from the cycle of destruction We have been in for well over 100 years We will not be able to exist on this planet and nor will We deserve to.
 
I urge you to read the post I wrote awhile back that tells how the U.S. got to this point ….
 
Storm
 
Storm Wolf

Why Do Presidential Candidates Ignore Indigenous Issues

Okay… Here’s My issue with every Presidential Election of My lifetime …

We hear talks about immigration – about terrorism – about African American rights – Hispanic rights – About Gay Rights… But NOT One WORD about INDIGENOUS Rights … WHY?

Why is nothing said about an entire country of people who had MASS genocide committed against Us that NO ONE in the world acknowledges even though it IS the single greatest genocide in the history of this planet and IS ongoing?

Those who at this very moment are fighting against Big Oil companies to not only protect their OWN lands and water but the water of nearly 20,000,000 people …

Why is the focus on foreign countries – on Palestine, on Syria – when in THIS country the very people that lived here for multiple thousands of years are not even mentioned much less included in the political arguments?

Don’t get Me wrong – I stand with the Palestinian people – I stand with the Syrian People – Because I don’t believe ANY other nation has the right to overthrow a government and install their own puppet dictators anymore than this one has….

I can speak like this because I have the blood of the Indigenous in My veins and I also trace back to Rollo the Viking, 1st Duke of Normandy who conquered Europe and whose progeny, My ancestors were French and Spanish royalty for over 600 years …

Here’s My issue … Many here in this current Amerikkka think that they have some kind of right to this country that was stolen through lies, broken treaties and mass genocide…

They call people coming in from “south of the border” illegal immigrants when in fact many of them have relatives that have lived here for hundreds of years before the borders were changed to suit the colonialists. To quote what some of My Hispanic brothers and sisters say “We didn’t cross the border the border crossed Us”

To be fair – ANYONE of European descent is an illegal immigrant to this country – The document used to explain it away called the “Doctrine of Discovery” had a clause that stated that IF there was a civilization already in place that they could not overtake it – much like the “Prime Directive” in the Star Trek series…

So to call for a wall to be built – to call a large percentage of the population illegal immigrants when in fact EVERYONE of European descent is an illegal immigrant in the truest sense of the word is offensive …

It is high time that someone acknowledges the heinous crimes perpetrated against Native Americans that is STILL ongoing today …

It is time that this nation recognizes that it doesn’t treat the Indigenous People of this country with the respect and concern deserved and stop going around the world telling other nations how inhumane they are to their people when the Indigenous are living in less than Third World living conditions while fighting their own country for something as simple as CLEAN water.

I don’t want to hear any politicians speaking about illegal immigration until they admit that THEY themselves are illegal immigrants in this nation that was illegally taken, raped and pillaged for its resources at the expense of the 80-100 million Indigenous People that were exterminated to make it more “comfortable” for them…

The ONLY ones I have seen do anything are Bernie Sanders and  Jill Stein… Are the rest really that blind to these issues?

Storm Wolf