Fear and loathing, and denial in America.

Hatred, i.e. loathing, along with its companion, fear — you cannot hate without fear — is the strongest emotion humans have. Evolution has made it the emotion that most often precipitates an immediate, thoughtless, violent reaction.

Hate/fear is the emotion that moves us and saves us when a predator attacks.

Donald Trump repeatedly taps into white people’s hate/fear of non-white, non-Christian, non-America-born people with his support for white supremacists, his talk of Mexican “rapists,” Muslim terrorists, Christmas elimination, and most recently, Critical Race Theory (CRT).

He has convinced a large segment of the white Christian population that despite having most of the power, most of the money, and most of the votes, they are under dire threat from minorities.

Trump is, in every sense of the phrase, a hate monger.  Bigotry and racism are the children of hate/fear.

Trump has assembled a long record of comment on issues involving African Americans as well as Mexicans, Hispanics more broadly, Native Americans, Muslims, Jews, immigrants, women, and people with disabilities.

His statements have been reflected in his behavior—from public acts (placing ads calling for the execution of five young black and Latino men accused of rape, who were later shown to be innocent) to private preferences (“When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor,”) per a former employee of Trump’s Castle.

Trump emerged as a political force owing to his full-throated embrace of “birtherism,” the false charge that the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama, was not born in the United States.

His presidential campaign was fueled by nativist sentiment directed at nonwhite immigrants, and he proposed barring Muslims from entering the country.

Bigotry and racism are common in America and in every other nation. They are human failings. But we never should feel acceptance for these twin horrors. We should oppose them wherever and whenever we can, else they devour us.

Today, they debilitate our nation. They weaken us. They remove potential producers and consumers from the economy.

Chest thumping and flag-waving do not make America great. The Trump followers who attempted a coup in Washington waved dozens of American flags. They were traitors to America.

Greatness comes from how we treat the least powerful among us.

Ask any thinking person, and they will tell you they oppose bigotry and racism. Even Donald Trump claims that. But they merely deny the obvious. One would have to be totally uninformed not to know that blacks and Latinos in America — and to a lesser extent, other minorities — receive unfavorable treatment by the law.

Those who argue against that truth are insincere. For them, no amount of fact will undo their prejudices.

Children are not born bigoted. They must learn it.

They must learn it from their parents and extended family, and they must learn it from their friends. “Learn” is the operative word.

The only cure for learning is re-learning. To cure bigotry, children must be taught the evils of bigotry. They must be shown the meaning and the implications of bigotry.

Where can this learning take place? Clearly, not in their homes, because that either is where they learned bigotry in the first place, or for whatever reason, their homes have failed to provide anti-bigotry learning.

Now, we have the Republican party, the party of white supremacists, and Trumpism, claiming the teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) is racist. Their hypocrisy is not to be surpassed.

CRT is not an accusation as the Trumpers claim. CRT is a revelation of reality. It is a reality that bigots fear.

Critical race theory is a study in academia based on the concepts of systemic and institutional racism. Systemic racism refers to how the government has discriminated against Black, Indigenous and other people of color through unjust policies concerning housing, employment, criminal justice, education and more.

From the conception of slavery in America, to the Jim Crow laws that segregated Black people, to the disproportionate criminalization and brutality against Black Americans, racism and white supremacy have persevered in the U.S. through law.

Even if some discriminatory laws or policies are no longer in effect, they can still impact families for generations.

“From who lives where to the disproportionate consequences of COVID,” Crenshaw said, “these are all current ways in which racial disparities are produced.”

Only a bigot or a fool could deny that the law in America too often has supported racism.

Slavery once was legal. Blacks were not counted as full, legal humans for voting purposes. “Separate but equal” was enshrined in the law. Racial gerrymandering has grown nationally, especially in the south. Today, the Republicans are doing everything they can to reduce black voting. Police brutality against blacks is commonplace. Drug laws emphasize drugs most often used by blacks.

Can any honest, thinking person deny it? Yet the white population is being told that educating our children about the true history of these laws constitutes a threat to white America.

CRT constitutes a threat only to ignorance and systemic bigotry.

By fomenting hatred and fear, Trump has gained millions of votes among the ignorant and the frightened. The GOP is following his lead.

From the 11/6/21 Chicago Tribune:

The GOP is supercharging a message over race and education that helped catapult Republican Glenn Youngkin to a win in Virginia’s governor’s race Tuesday. (By Thomas Beaumont, Aaron Morrison and Will Weissert Associated Press)

Republicans plan to forcefully oppose race and diversity curricula — tapping into a surge of parental frustration about public schools — as a core piece of their strategy in the 2022 midterm elections, a coordinated effort to supercharge a message that mobilized right-leaning voters in Virginia this week and which Democrats dismiss as race-baiting.

Coming out of Tuesday’s elections, in which Republican Glenn Youngkin won the governor’s office after aligning with conservative parent groups, the GOP signaled that it saw the fight over teaching about racism as a political winner. Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the conservative House Study Committee, issued a memo suggesting “Republicans can and must become the party of parents.”

“Party of parents” is a euphemism for “First scare ’em then pretend to protect ’em.” 

Those “parent groups” who voted Republican are the same parent groups who taught their kids to be bigots. The home and the neighborhood are the primary places where bigotry is learned.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced support for a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” opposing the teaching of “critical race theory,” an academic framework about systemic racism that has become a catch-all phrase for teaching about race in U.S. history.

“Parents are angry at what they view as inappropriate social engineering in schools and an unresponsive bureaucracy,” said Phil Cox, a former executive director of the Republican Governors Association.

Democrats were wrestling with how to counter that message. Some dismissed it, saying it won’t have much appeal beyond the GOP’s most conservative base. 

They pointed to Republicans’ use of the “defund the police” slogan to hammer Democrats and try to alarm white, suburban voters after the demonstrations against police brutality and racism that began in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd.

The Democrats and Republicans have widely different agendas. The Democrats speak of improving healthcare, expanding Social Security, defending voting rights, and lifting people from poverty.

The GOP Fascist Party Of No Ideas preaches “change nothing,” fear everything, anti-vaxing, cut taxes on the rich, and hatred of immigrants and non-Christians.

This is the fascist party that denies global warming, refuses to take action against air and water pollution, tries to eliminate health care and other benefits for the poor, fights against plans for clean, renewable energy, but instead aids the use of coal, and tries to hinder electricity-producing “windmills.”

This is the fascist party that ignores species extinction in favor of immediate business profits, and fights against a minimum wage, and paid family and medical leave.

We are caught in a battle between compassion and fear, and sadly, but predictably, fear now is winning elections. The electorate has changed from “us” to “me only,” and from planning for the future, to “now-only.”

Evolution has not rewarded compassion with the same urgency as hatred and fear. We don’t have a powerful, knee-jerk, instant reaction to morality as we do to terror.

Decency simply is not as strong a survival motivator as loathing. And the immediate present always is more powerful than the future of the human

Perhaps, part of the problem may be that whites understand the pain the law has inflicted on blacks, and now fear that the blacks will retaliate. Who better to understand the effects of hatred than fearful haters?

My own fear is that as the white voters lose population dominance, white fear will grow, and increasingly, the laws will be twisted to countenance racism.

Our right-wing Supreme Court, together with right-wing lower courts and a right-wing Congress, will need only a right-wing President to make the transformation complete.

America will indeed become a bigoted racist nation, not just ideologically, but legally. The Statue of Liberty will be a cruel joke.

And we will have no way to return.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all
  4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
  5. Salary for attending school
  6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
  9. Federal ownership of all banks
  10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.


At what point did conservatism morph into bigotry?

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When a black person commits a crime against a white person, you can depend on leading conservative voices to crawl out from under their rocks to change the situation from an individual criminal issue into an overall bigotry excuse — a good reason to “crack down” on every black.

Bigots with urging by the likes of the Ku Klux Klan, racist governors,  brutal sheriffs, national politicians and conservative media pundits like Fox and Breitbart, never let an opportunity for hatred go by without a call for violence.

And so it continues:

Facebook beating of disabled white teen becomes conservative rallying cry
By Kim Janssen, Contact Reporter, Chicago Tribune

A depraved attack on a mentally disabled white teen broadcast live on Facebook allegedly by four black Chicago-area residents became a national rallying cry Thursday for conservative pundits who tried to pin the blame for the attack — without evidence — on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Shown repeatedly on cable TV and shared tens of thousands of times online, the grotesque video of the 18-year-old being cut with a knife in the scalp and forced to drink toilet water led familiar right-wing talking heads including Glenn Beck, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and others to call for increased charges and to find fault with what they characterized as excessively permissive policing.

Note the joy on reliable Glenn (“Jewfish get stinky”) Beck’s face, as he relishes yet another opportunity to promulgate his conservative bigotry.

What are Beck’s examples of “excessively permissive policing? ” He has none. Perhaps he would prefer lynch mobs?

Beck urged his 1.1 million Twitter followers to “Stand up with me and demand justice in Chicago for the beating of a disabled trump supporter by BLM,” also accusing the media of “blindly encouraging” similar crimes.

Clarke, appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Wednesday, cited the case as evidence that “Rahm Emanuel has allowed Black Lives Matter and the ACLU to run the Chicago Police Department.”

“Blindly encouraging,” says Beck as he encourages mob action.

What normal human being would link Black Lives Matter and the ACLU to the actions of four black kids? Only a perverted, hate-mongering personality like Beck and his ilk.

And now comes the ever-reliable Newt Gingrich, to add more fuel to the racist fire:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News, “If this had been done to an African-American by four whites, every liberal in the country would be outraged, and there’d be no question but that it’s a hate crime.”

What makes Newt believe that liberals are not outraged by such a crime? Nothing. But he says it to rile up the mentally unstable, hungering for an excuse lash out.

And there’s more:

And after Chicago police, who are under a federal investigation of their policies and practices following their shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald, later Thursday charged four defendants with a hate crime, conservative author Mike Cernovich took a victory lap. He told his 185,000 followers that their activism had led to the charges.

“Sorry you are a loser with no impact,” Cernovich tweeted at an opponent who dared suggest that the case would have been charged as a hate crime without the conservative outcry.

Hmmm . . . A tweet calling someone a “loser.”  Now where have we seen that before?

See conservatives, it’s like this.  It is well known that American police hate whites, so even an atrocious crime like this would not have been prosecuted unless the conservative community voiced disapproval.

You believe that, right?

Police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said investigators believe the man was targeted because he had special needs, not because he was white.

Obviously, Mr. Guglielmi hates whites. (Oh, he is?)

Do white on black crimes elicit a “punish all whites” response?  (Hint: That was a rhetorical question.)

As we posted in “The long-term solution to rampant crime,” The problems of poverty and crime are so intertwined, there can be no long-term solution to one without a long-term solution to the other. To find the long-term solutions to poverty, see the Ten Steps to Prosperity (below).

Anyway, conservatism is a political movement that has to do with preserving (“conserving”) traditions — in the present instance, American traditions. This would include freedom of religion, political freedom, financial prudence, strict obedience to laws, a strong military and foreign policy, and democracy.

Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? 

So, exactly when did conservatism become America’s synonym for hatred and bigotry?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty


The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:
1. ELIMINATE FICA (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich can afford better health care than can the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE AN ANNUAL ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA, AND/OR EVERY STATE, A PER CAPITA ECONOMIC BONUS (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:

Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012

Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONEFive reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefitting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
Corporations themselves exist only as legalities. They don’t pay taxes or pay for anything else. They are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the government (the later having no use for those dollars).
Any tax on corporations reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all corporate taxes come around and reappear as deductions from your personal income.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and corporate taxes would be a good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.