Just another false dichotomy

The best way to divide a population is to offer up a series of false dichotomies that draw stark lines in the sand and force people to choose sides. A useful example of this is the line that’s been arbitrarily drawn by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement on the issue of racism. Many people who haven’t studied economics are easily misled into thinking that the BLM is only about ending racism. It’s not; the movement embraces various communist economic goals. And many more people are easily misled into thinking that people who refuse to embrace BLM are, therefore, racist. They’re not, because it’s possible to oppose racism without supporting communism.

Those of us with an understanding of basic economic ideologies realize that some of the BLM’s stated goals align with the form of state communism advocated by Karl Marx. The connections are easy to spot. One of the BLM founders, Patrisse Cullors, was quoted as saying, “Myself and Alicia (Garza) in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists.”

This year, the Black Lives Matter movement backed off quite a bit from its Marxist rhetoric, as noted by Canadian news magazine, The Post Millennial: “With little fanfare,” the article states, “Black Lives Matter removed a section of text that had been under a section (of its website) called ‘What We Believe’ that sought to engender the destruction … of the nuclear family structure.” But scrubbing websites doesn’t mean BLM has suddenly disavowed Marxism.

In fact, the BLM founders have been openly quoted as saying, “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another.” This is literally “communism,” a lifestyle of communal living in which property is shared and private property is, thus, abolished. Marx included the removal of the nuclear family as necessary to his vision of state communism because the nuclear family defined a basic unit of private property ownership in society.

Another aspect Marx saw as a necessary tenet of communism was central banking, specifically, “Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.” Marx didn’t invent central banking, but he saw the potential for centralized control in bringing about what Ron Paul called the “essence of socialist economics”: government allocation of resources. In the case of central banking, that means government allocation of money.

Remember, the only time the dollar held a stable value was during the “free” banking era of the 19th century (see below). When central banks constantly inflate the money supply, the value of the dollar falls consistently, eroding purchasing power and opportunities to acquire private property.

How does the idea of central banking connect to the Black Lives Matter movement? An article at populardemocracy.org entitled “Do Black Lives Matter to the Federal Reserve?” describes the alignment: if you support BLM then you also support the ‘Fed Up’ campaign, which opposes any move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. “At its core, the Fed Up campaign is about answering two questions… “Whose recovery is this?” and “Whose Federal Reserve is this?”

Leah Downey, writing in Foreign Policy, notes that, “The U.S. economy needs reform, and the Black Lives Matter movement shows how it can be done… The genius of the BLM movement is that it is not just about cultivating anti-racism among individual Americans… Rather, it calls for the United States to change its existing infrastructure.” The answer here is put forth as public banking, and Downey calls for the Federal Reserve to “give every American a public bank account (perhaps via the post office).”

It’s absolutely true that the Federal Reserve has made black Americans poorer. But that’s because the Federal Reserve has made everyone poorer. Rather than demanding an end to the Federal Reserve, however, the BLM movement advocates an expansion of the Federal Reserve. Central banking is necessary to a communist state, therefore it would only make sense that the BLM would align with efforts to expand central banking.

Free markets and a stable currency, however, would benefit the black population much more than a communist state. How do we know this? The United States has been socialist since its founding. Socialism is the transfer of costs and benefits from individuals onto society and with everything from public education to Medicare, even back to its first tariff in 1789, the U.S. has embraced socialism. The U.S. has also adopted several communist policies such as a national postal service, state funded police forces, and its three iterations of a central bank. With all of these socialist and communist policies in place, you would think the supposed benefits of socialism and communism would have appeared by now. But oppressed groups claim to be more oppressed than ever. For example, how have our current socialist and communist policies prevented a level of systemic racism in our state-funded police force? They clearly haven’t.

Communism does not liberate the oppressed. Communism is the definition of oppression.

So in opposing communist economic ideals, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be automatically painted as racists. It’s exactly the opposite. Because, oddly enough, it’s possible to oppose racism without supporting communism.

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