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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:22 PM

What do racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry have in common?

Besides the fact that they are all forms of bigotry, of course.

The answer, which is so obvious yet so uncomfortable to talk about for many, is that all these forms of bigotry serve as ideological justification and rationalization for America's social hierarchy and the privilege it bestows upon the few at the expense of the many.

Furthermore, these are not merely Republican or right-wing prejudices. Bigotry and the mentality of privilege can be found regardless of political or ideological affiliation. But I guess we're not supposed to talk about that...shh

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Reply What do racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry have in common? (Original post)
YoungDemCA Nov 2012 OP
yardwork Nov 2012 #1
iemitsu Nov 2012 #2
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #3
LancetChick Nov 2012 #4
flvegan Nov 2012 #5
sigmasix Nov 2012 #6
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #8
socialist_n_TN Nov 2012 #10
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #7
sigmasix Nov 2012 #9
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #11
sigmasix Dec 2012 #14
pampango Nov 2012 #12
Behind the Aegis Dec 2012 #13

Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:35 PM

1. Thoughtful post.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:37 PM

2. I have no problem talking about the ideaologies that underpin our society.

All of the above have served, and do serve, to promote the idea that some are better or more deserving than others, and there are, no doubt, many who would publicly invoke these ideas to defend the terrible inequalities that are the American reality.
People who think like that can be found in every corner of the country, every age, gender, ethnic group, and income category has individuals who defend the indefensible. But in the last election, I think that the bulk of the bigots who voted, cast their lot in with the Republicans.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:39 PM

3. They're all used by the rulers to divide the ruled against each other.

 

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:57 PM

4. There is also a neurological connection.

Heart Drug Propranolol Makes People Less Racist: Study

Propranolol acts on the amygdala, or fear center, so to speak, which is the very part of the brain that was shown in a U.K. study to be enlarged in people identifying themselves as very conservative when compared to those identifying themselves as very liberal. So... conservatism, it seems, can be treated? Hey, I'd like to volunteer my froth-mouthed ultra conservative sister if anyone wants a Guinea pig.

Conservatives Big on Fear, Brain Study Finds

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:13 AM

5. Ego.

You're welcome.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:38 AM

6. exploitation is easier

There is another function of bigotry and other fear-based world views; making the exploitation of the "other" morally acceptable.
Bigotry, racism, homophobia and misogony also seek to describe who the "other" to be exploited should be. Exploitation of the "other" is a common theme through-out human history- wouldn't it be nice to finally be rid of out-dated, unsustainable social and economic models?

I wonder if mode of thought can make an individual one of the class of "others". Teabagger activities and legislation seem to have this end as thier aim. America is just another group to be divided and exploited by the criminal super wealthy, and hate-filled teabaggers are the principal agents of the moral acceptance of this type of exploitation.
Fear-induced world views almost always lead to the ultimate forms of human exploitation expressed through-out our history in the form of slavery, ethnic and religious "cleansing" and political pograms.

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Response to sigmasix (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:03 AM

8. Hey, I think I like you. Stick around. n/t

 

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Response to sigmasix (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:36 PM

10. Yep. We Marxists call it imperialism.....

It's all right for capitalists to steal from these groups because they're less than human. Fucking capitalists.....

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 03:00 AM

7. The concept of the other goes to the very heart of our social and cultural structures.

 

It is the hardest truth to learn or teach, and it is also the most important thing to acknowledge and overcome, assuming that human evolution is the goal.

There's no escaping it and there's no getting around it, at least none that I've found.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:13 PM

9. humans are special

Human beings are different from other Earth life forms in a very important way; we have achieved the ability to disregard the pressures of evolution. We can control the next steps of our own evolution in ways that could lead to a different way of ordering our societies that doesn't include exploitation of the "other".
There is no obvious answer to the problem of systemic and cultural exploitation- but I'm convinced that we are on our way towards newer understandings of our world and the role humans play as part of it. We will eventually have a more complete understanding of our genetic heritage, which will lead to increasing verisimilitude in human sciences like psychology and sociology. If instead, we continue to rely on the leadership of the elite and disregard our intellectual qualms, we will never become all that we are capable of- elitists protect thier social position even more than thier money.
I don't believe that exploitation is the human norm, just a very useful (to cultural and political elites) social arrangement for controlling and feeding the masses. This is an old conversation among America's civil society that has yet to be finished in a satisfactory way. Americans sense that these arrangements are unsustainable and unfair, but have difficulty in articulating thier unease because of all of the cognitive noise that is pumped into our body politic from the right wing and mainstream media. The voices supporting exploitation don't have to be correct or even coherent, they just have to be noisy enough to drown-out any attempt to have a conversation about the issue. All of the noise from the media about this subject is understandable, given that American news media has been taken over by the exploitation experts.
Reversing exploitation is not the answer; destroying it is.

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Response to sigmasix (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:53 PM

11. Absolutely. That capacity to determine our own evolution is what I was referring to, but I did fail

 

to spell that out in detail. Natural evolution will take thousands of years and I resorted to assuming the reader would fill in what I meant. Thug bad writer.

I also agree with you that exploitation is not the norm. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that most human societies for most of our existence did not followed this pattern. Unfortunately, we neglected to record that in any definitive way that survives, so we are left with only the last 4,000 - 6,000 years of explicit history to go by. It is ironic that the more harmonious a civilization is, the less likely it will leave enduring evidence of its existence.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:15 AM

14. linguistic die-offs

There is evidence that suggests the reason for the demise of Native American and pacific island languages had nothing to do with the success of Indo-european practices of exploitation and colonialism. Evidence supports the notion that the populations that spoke these languages were more acutely susceptible to Indo european diseases than was believed by past historians. This would explain why the languages of other exploited and colonialised populations in Africa and Asia have continued to exist- some to thrive- while aboriginal Australian, pacific Island and native American languages have died-off in the last 500 years.
The historic evidence points to the notion that the more genetically and ecologically isolated linguistic groups were less capable of sustaining existence under human disease vector pressure. A good example of the human ability to affect the evolution of languages without conscious direction of a particular aim.
If a couple boat-loads of europeans from the 1500s could have wiped-out between 10 and 25 million North American natives and the languages they used, imagine what 21st century humans with cutting-edge science and research can do to identify and eliminate linguistic tools of exploitation and oppression. A democratization of the language can take place if we have the scientific discipline and political will to overcome the road blocks to advancement erected by the elite. When the elite begin to see the possibility of losing thier social and political power due to the failure of old linguistic class defense mechanisms, they will use every cognitive and social weapon available to them to divide the sentiments and charity of the exploited classes. On this issue we cannot allow these types of manipulation to work- especially now that we are begining to understand the cognitive and social reasons behind the exploitation model.

I'm looking foward to more in-depth articles and discussions about the role language plays in our social, political and class distinctions- especially as it pertains to modern American attempts to expand human liberty and the knowledge and fruits of freedom.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:38 PM

12. They come from a fear of 'others' based on a random characteristic of how (or where) they were born.

Liberals are much less likely to be bigoted towards people based on such random birth characteristics than conservatives are. You are right, though, that it is not unheard of for liberals to suffer from this bigotry sometimes. When liberals judge people harshly it is usually (and should always be) based on actions in their adult lives rather than accidents of birth.

Nice post, YoungDemCA!

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:49 AM

13. "these are not merely Republican or right-wing prejudices."

Boy, howdy, did you nail it with that sentence!

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