After eight years as your President, I still believe that. And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea –- our bold experiment in self-government. It’s the conviction that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy, can form a more perfect union.
Sloterdijk proposes that “erotic” urges, or “wanting” urges, are the only urges that are allowed under current consumerism. The idea that there are desires or needs that cannot be satiated through a purchase of some kind, the idea that some things need to be earned and cannot be acquired with capital undercuts modern consumerism and threatens to weaken the hold of the governing powers. Attachment to money as a panacea keeps us trapped. Most Americans do need more money; but they are stopped from having enough from corporate structures designed to disproportionally benefit those who run them. Those at the top, those in control, pay themselves more than they could ever spend because personal wealth matters more to them than caring for those they employ.
When talking about racism, we have two levels of racism. We have structural racism and interpersonal racism. Structural racism describes how the system is stacked against you because of your race, and interpersonal racism describes the inability for someone of one race to empathize with someone of another. I agree with the liberals that we can’t really have structural racism against white people (some white people would disagree, but I’d argue they’re on the receiving end of classism not racism) however I agree with the conservatives that you can have interpersonal racism against white people. It is possible for a person of color to be unable to empathize with the pain of a white person because of race. As we just saw in that video.