Witch Hunts and Mobs

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DDHave you read your emails today? Did you get one finally from Hillary Clinton’s State Department? Or receive a subpoena from Republicans in Congress demanding access to your email account to ensure you didn’t receive secret cables of analysis regarding Russian economic policy on energy, China’s cooperative enterprises in Argentina, or Turkey’s increasing bend toward dictatorship? The irony of state secrets is that they are information that many people already know. By observation or analysis, by comparison and deduction, few points of value depend on a secret system of information. Which is why several of the classified email chains were mainly gossip about Heads of State (one in Africa!), classified to avoid embarrassment.

The irony of state secrets is that they are really information that many people already know. By observation or analysis, by comparison and deduction, few points of value for state action depend on a secret system of information. Which is why several of the classified email chains were mainly gossip about Heads of State (one in Africa!), classified to avoid embarrassment.

So the presumptive Democratic candidate for President is embarrassed and pilloried because members of her State Department staff sought to deter embarrassment about embarrassing remarks about Heads of State.

Is it really worth pointing out that no one, no one globally has ever been indicted for–emails! Well, what about all those classified documents that were printed out and removed by people later indicted? Documents printed are not the equivalent of emails saved!

Maybe she was hacked. Maybe. So Hillary should be found guilty before any crime takes place? And giving the penetration by hackers of government and private servers, is it realistic to indict an American official for the illegal intrusion by foreign governments or criminals or cyber-terrorists? Emails and hacks aside, when $7 million and an FBI investigation finds nothing ( a couple hundred out of tens of thousands is a null set!) the focus should no longer be on emails, but the old-fashioned witch hunt that drove Congress to abandon its sworn duties for the private purposes of politics. Their work only created a mob-driven, media-fueled passion for power and hate that is seldom stopped by reason and truth.


 

Paul Krugman today in the New York Times writes about racism and its political taint  on politicians and policy. Even if no Congress member or American leader were racist, racism as a system would remain intact. More, it would flourish! Its built-in denials and justifications would become an ordinary part of the public order and a familiar social meme (witness Donald Trump). What gives racism and its band of merry supporters such high appeal is it combines twin goals: a system of economic oppression and social restriction; it meets economic and psychological demands for appropriating wealth and labor in support of an ideology that justifies injustice, curtails freedom and robs workers through fear. Last night, former Congress member Joe Walsh (IL) twitter post showed the worst of the system: “This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you.”

Be clear: every American grieves the horrible loss of lives of police in Dallas. But Walsh has jumped to blame those not responsible. while conjuring the appeal of a “Real” America.(He ignores the videos from Baton Rogue and MN–these killings,(police murders!) are not his “Real.”) This is the old meme of “second amendment remedies” that Sharron Angle (NV) called for and now Iowa Senator Joni Ernst supported, among others.

At the other end of the calls for racial violence (through intimidation, physical restraint or armed violence) are economic and civic proposals, whose “authoritarian impulse lurks behind democratic norms,” Paul says. What most Americans miss is that racism–the system–is the steer’s neck: twist it and it bends the entire economy and social order toward poverty and lost civil liberties. It is not China, India or Malaysia who is the enemy of jobs–but a homegrown system that weakens us through our own denial and deflection. Racism, however it frames its privilege, reduces us all.