The 2020 presidential election was a contest between the two Janus-like faces of American capitalism. On the one side was the angry, raging face of new right populism fueled by the money of extractive industries, state and local banks, hard industry, and Chambers of Commerce. On the other side was Joe Biden.
On October 8, Senator Mike Lee tweeted the following: “We’re not a democracy.” Senator Lee, in this particular case, is correct. The Constitutional Convention of 1787 intended the United States to be a nondemocratic republic which would protect the interests of a very small group of people over the majority of the citizenry.
Franz Fanon (1925-1962) was a well-known psychiatrist and philosopher. In “The Wretched of the Earth”, he argues for decolonization, presenting us with a moral imperative to invent and carry out a new direction for humanity.
Neoliberalism, as defined by David Harvey in his book A Brief History of Neoliberalism, is “a theory of political and economic practices that proposes that human well-being can best be advanced by liberating individual entrepreneurial freedoms and skills within an institutional framework characterized by strong private property rights, free markets, and free trade.”
A few weeks ago, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton appointed “The Commission for Racial Justice & Equality” to look at ways to address systemic racism. While that commission has created a number of subcommittees to look at various aspects of the matter, it has left one overarching issue to the vagaries of history. Lexington was one of the two largest slave markets in the South. Even more important was the fact...