Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Capitalist Exploitation of Land and Bodies

New book:
Not "A Nation of Immigrants": Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion (Hardcover) ...

Most of us have heard America referred to as a “melting pot” or a “nation of immigrants.” While these self-congratulatory phrases paint a rosy picture of our past and present, they obscure or downright ignore some of the core tenets of this nation: white supremacy, settler colonialism, and capitalist exploitation of land and bodies. ...

This book is one of our eight selected titles for our 2021 Fall Reading Challenge. ...

This is not in the book, but perhaps the greatest capitalist exploitation of bodies is going on right now, in the form of immigration for cheap labor, and the student loan program.

Today's teenagers are convinced that they must complete a college education, or they will never own a home or share in the American dream. To pay for college, they must incur large debts that may take a decade or more to pay off. The debts cannot be removed by bankuptcy.

Capitalism works by dividing the people into an investor class, and a debtor class. Large punishing debts are what keeps the debtor class working productively. It starts with student loan debt, then credit card debt, and finally mortgage debts. Employer-based health insurance and child support orders are also very effective at turning citizens into wage slaves. The debtors are kept working to payoff the debts, but with new purchases and refinancing, hardly anyone becomes debt-free.

The above book is correct that the USA is not really a nation of immigrants. That is just a slogan concocted to perpetuate the importation of cheap labor. The USA was created and built by White settlors and native Whites.

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