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Response to patrice (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:41 PM

2. I don't like it when people talk about what other people "knew"

Probably King would agree though that if the oppressor hates or has contempt for the oppressed that it would be very easy for the oppressed to hate or have contempt for the oppressor. And King was against hate.

These days though, I am not sure about the concept of "oppressor". I like this concept of the triple evils.

"The Triple Evils of POVERTY, RACISM and MILITARISM are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated, all-inclusive, and stand as barriers to our living in the Beloved Community."

Except that further down "racism" seems to be expanded to "bigotry" and "militarism" expanded to "violence".

But if poverty is the enemy then that does not point to any group of "oppressors".

Some might say that the 1% are oppressors, but that seems fuzzy to me. I mean, if the cut off for being a member of the top 1% is $350,000 a year, then you would have somebody who makes $360,000 a year as an "oppressor" and somebody who makes $340,000 as a non oppressor.

Others would point to an even smaller group of "oppresors" - those who make a living off of their investments. But many fairly low income retired people are making a living mostly from their investments. Further if somebody is making, say $70,000 a year from their investemnts, they are an oppressor, but somebody making a salary of $5 million a year is not?

But again, it sorta depends on whether the enemy is "poverty" or if the enemy is some shadowy group of oppressors, or some larger group, like the usual suspects - white people, males, Christians, heterosexuals - or just those who are all four.

This online community seems more concerned with spewing hate on the "groups" we supposedly oppose than in proposing solutions to things like poverty and war. Or we get fixated on people. We are gonna solve these problems, not by carrrying out certain policies, but by electing certain people to office - Democrats, progressive Democrats. Once we elect Warren as President and fill the Senate and House with a bunch of Tammy Baldwins and Alan Graysons, the rest will take care of itself.

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