Another world is possible, I hope
Another day, another revelation of what the enforcement of “order” under our present-day global socio-economic system looks like. The “peace officers” are simply continuing to “keep the peace”.
The cost of “peace” is disproportionately borne by the poor — not only Native American, Black and Latino but also white. Stopped and frisked, hounded, incarcerated, ostracized, ghettoized, killed.
The bodies of the marginalized are the “cost of business”. Millions gone, their memories forever erased by brutal wars waged by the imperialist powers in Libya, in Iraq, in Syria, Afghanistan, increasingly everywhere.
Societies destroyed, families torn apart, hell on earth.
“We came, we saw, he died”
Merchants of death.
Yes the “peace officers” from that “shining city on a hill” are enforcing “order” on peoples everywhere. Bringing “freedom” and “democracy”. Making the world safe for the expansion of profit.
And then there’s the millions who die — starving, from curable diseases, from harsh living conditions — all needlessly. Others take their own lives — as hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers have done — as life becomes increasingly unbearable. Year in, year out. Silently, almost justly, as the gods of the market have pre-ordained. Only the deserving receive the kingdom. Only the right-eous.
Its not enough that we are destroying the earth, the womb from whence we came and we shall return to. We also must visit violence on each other and sanctify selfishness as the ultimate good.
Capitalism was borne of violence — the brutal colonization and occupation of the Americas and genocide of the Native peoples, the enslavement and deaths of millions of Africans, the colonization of vast swathes of the planet.
It was borne of violence and so by violence shall it be sustained.
Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.
For the defense of privilege — be it wealth, racial/ethnic hierarchies, nationality, gender, sexuality — can only be sustained by violence.
And so we hope for a better world.
And hope does not disappoint.
Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent result of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism.
Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty.
Fr. Oscar Romero.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Another world is possible.