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Israel on its own

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

If Israel did not receive aid from the west:
-The gap between rich and poor would grow. Because Israel lives off of the money America sends it, most of the Jews there get a free ride. But if that started to change, it is inevitable that some Jews who feel disenfranchised would ally against the ruling class. There would be “proletariat” Jews who see the Palestinians as their ally and see the bourgeoisie as the enemy.
-Palestinians would be doing more than suicide bombing a few people. They would be resisting and because Israel would be weaker, they would have more success.
-The Media would have less funds to support the official ideology.
-Without a free ride, Israel would have to produce its own wealth. If it used a market economy, which most Israeli Jews prefer, the market would open cracks for Palestinians to sneak in. Just like illegal Mexicans are used in the American market and Black Slaves used to be used. Cheap labor is a feature of capitalism and it would occur in Israel if America was not paying the bill. This would threaten the Jewish identity of the state, but it would happen if Israel did not get a free ride.
-Jews would start to leave Israel and go back to America / Russia / Europe / Wherever else. Employment, security and weaker media propaganda would all play a role.
-It is inevitable that eventually Israel would stop pretending to be a state for “The Jews” around the world and would start being a state for its own people (Jew and Palestinian). Without the free ride which allows it to to fight perpetual wars and due to the employment of Palestinians in industry and return of many Jews to Europe/America, Israel would become Palestine. It would have to rely on its own market system so it would have to employ Arabs and other Gentiles who live in the area.
-In summary, Israel is based on a text that comes from the bc era, but if it did not have a free ride, it would have to face reality and change its game. It’s easy to “experiment” with an abstract idea of Jewish unity on land that was stolen when America is paying the bill.

Closing Comment
Even though Israel is objectively pretty parasitic in its behavior, it is “friendly” towards the capitalist system to the extent it gets a free ride and the surrounding countries are hostile. People who support imperialism in the West do have reasons, however corrupt, to support Israel. American imperialism would continue even if Israel had a revolution and went away.

Class Conflict and Identity Politics

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

I reached a huge milestone in my understanding of the world when I realized that issues of identity politics are simply used to advance material goals. This applies as much to liberal Americans who trumpet “freedom and demoracy” and use it to invade countries as it does to National Socialists and Zionists who hide behind identity politics as well in a more explicit fashion. It applied to Christopher Columbus when he invaded countries for “Christianity” but really wanted Gold (nod to Howard Zinn) and it applied to Muhammad as well who clearly invented the the Koran based on millennial outdated myths (the Torah and Gospels) to gain influence over the people of Mecca and Medina.

Historically, why was Slavery supported? To advance Southern agrarian economics!

Why was Slavery opposed? To support Yankee imperialist industrial economics!

Why did Hitler obsess over Jews? To create a false racial theory (“aryan” and “semite” are linguistic terms) so that he could explain the economic depression, send the Germans to war (military industrial complex) and take over Polish land and then argue that the Jews were responsible for the war because they were “controlling” (lol) America and Britain (Poland’s allies) and crashed the economy to begin with.

Why did Britain and America oppose Germany? Aside from self-defense (Pearl Harbor bombing, the proximity of Britain to Germany), the Americans and British wanted to advance capitalist imperialism in a way which was more eloquent than German Nazism. Pragmatically, this is why Israel became propped after 1948! A zig-zag by an opposing capitalist power to support Imperialism by using Jews as the useful idiots instead of using them as the scapegoat!

Why has the ruling class in America rejected racialism? First of all, labor (non-whites gained economic strength), but secondly the Cold War because the ruling class realized that if it did not drop its racialism, then non-whites would revoke their alliance to the bourgeois class and Marxism would appeal instead. Besides, there are a host of ideologies available that include non-Whites which could attract them if America continued to support racialist policies. Just as antisemitism caused Jews to side (temporarily) with the Soviets against the Tzar, racialism could cause non-Whites to abandon American politics. It’s interesting that as soon as Jews had an opportunity to join the bourgeois class, many of them abandoned proletarian politics and switched to Zionist-American politics! As scumbag “Prak Stal” wrote, “use the latter then kick it away” (I don’t plagiarize he only invents that).

Why is there mass immigration, outsourcing of jobs? Again, economics!

People who believe that “moral principles” guide racial policy are idiots. Internet “white race spokespeople” who speak of the “rights” of races to survive and liberals who speak of the “rights” of minorities are mistaken. Under capitalism nobody has any rights, but simply privileges which are granted based on both present and outdated material conditions but hidden behind bullshit ideology. The cold truth is that I will be more honest. Socialism does not believe the “bourgeiouse” has any rights! When you realize the sham of human rights activism, you realize that society is latent with racial double standards because of capitalism primarily, rather than Catholicism or organized Judaism (any resemblance is coincidential). “Human rights” are simply tools used to rally segments of population behind propaganda. The Media does not care about the truth when it under-reports Black Crime (I like thugs) and Judicial system does not see Black or White, it sees Green (dollar bill). “All men are created equal” did not always mean Black men but still emotionally this stirred many American revolutionaries against the British Imperialists. “Human rights” are a propaganda tool, whether used by American colonial Whites (but not Blacks) or used by a biased Media that makes stupid narratives around crime cases to make it appear as if “white supremacists” are frequently attacking Blacks when data shows otherwise.

Another comment. Have you ever seen Abraham Foxman’s salary? Norman Finkelstein (the most skilled writer on the Zionist question) explains the money politics behind victim whoring very well!

The people who I fought with on forums are idiotic morons who are living in a false world in which identity politics are legitimate instead of covers for material politics. They believe “The Jews” and Nazis actually were/are sincere in their identity politics and not simply using them to exploit the stupid. Hell, even Jim Giles made fun of the “white money movement” (note that Hunter Wallace is no longer part of it).

The Economy and Lowball Job Offers

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Link to City Data

Above is a good debate on city data forum about the recession-influenced economic environment, lowball job offers and the interests of employers and employees. You can see comments that indicate class struggle.

The problem with this is that it will hurt the employers in the long run and either they don’t realize this, or they do but only care about short term savings.

You can lowball a candidate, and they might accept it for financial reasons, but it can almost be guaranteed, that once they find a new position or the market gets better, they will leave for a better opportunity. Why spend the time and money to bring someone on and train them, just for them to leave in less than a year? Most people don’t come up to speed until 3-6 months later. And once they leave, more time and money is spent on recruiting and hiring again. This might be fine if you were hiring entry level anyway and don’t expect people to stay long, but if your hiring experienced people, especially for senior or experienced roles, and try to lowball them with entry level pay, then personally, it will hurt the employer more than anyone else.

My friend’s company did that a few times and it has already backfired. For one position, they were hiring an experienced financial analyst. After about 3 months of interviews, they finally found someone who everyone liked and thought would be a perfect fit. When they made her an offer, they lowballed her with the salary – $5K less than her old job, and well below what they originated budgeted for. The hiring manager said she was not working so tried to take advantage of it. She wound up turning down the offer and accepted another position that paid her the same as her previous salary. So they lost out on a candidate everyone liked to save on a few thousand dollars that they had a budget for anyway – and had to start new interviews all over again.

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Yes, its happening all over the US, and like the others have stated, the employers that are taking advantage of the employees at this time, will hurt. Employees will leave, or demand higher pay. Within a year the $15 hour jobs will be $20, and those that took them will either get that raise, or leave, and when they leave, their replacement will want that amount, plus the employer will lose the time that has been invested in the previous employee, as well as the time it took to interview. I know it sucks right now, I wouldn’t look at a job offer below $20 per hour a year ago, now, there’s hardly any out there. I go to an interview and talk with other candidates in the lobby that are applying for jobs at $40k per year, when last year they were making $70 and $80k. When the jobs open up, and they will, those higher dollar people will disappear, leaving a big gap in the workforce. Employers are going to want people to come and work for them and expect loyalty and trust when we as the workers of America, remember the way we are being treated right now. This recession has brought out the true colors of a lot of business people which won’t be soon forgotten.

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Do you think though that this economy of crap will bring down overall wages across the board? If people are willing to work for peanuts just to put food on the table, it will make a lot of jobs that once paid well just above minimum wage.

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Its seem the salaries of the early eighties has come to the years of 2000+…who would of guess it ….just above minimum wage ….low ball wages.

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I know that I have actually seen some wages advertised that would be lower than my unemployment check after taxes. I want to work, but do not want to work for less than my unemployment check. (Comment by metal gear : Now the conservatards can blame unemployment benefits)

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employers taking advantage i understand, american innate hatred of unions that i dont get. do people that post on this on CDF think the government the law and HR are going to protect and defend them?

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The problem with this is that it will hurt the employers in the long run and either they don’t realize this, or they do but only care about short term savings.

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I think that is true of many large US companies. The only thing that seems to matter is the next quarter…

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An upper manager in a major US corporation that I once worked for advised me that employees are not assets; they are expeditures. (He was not being cruel here, just trying to warn me of future events.)

Changed my whole outlook.

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Yes. The jobs that are gone aren’t coming back and salaries will drop as a result.

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Very true.

Companies have done everything they can to make sure everyone (cept the CEO) is expendable.

Skills Shortage Article – InformationWeek

Monday, March 12th, 2012

http://www.informationweek.com/news/global-cio/interviews/232601751

This is a very good article by Rob Preston of InformationWeek that validates important points that I am in agreement with. Basically, if the IT industry outsources everything to India and only hires Americans who have high experience, then where are the future workers going to come from? What happens in thirty years when no-one has experience?

He hit on points that I have hit on for years in private.

The Republican Race

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Whoever wins, all the candidates will be plagued with the same internal contradictions. That said, there are better and worse candidates. Personally, internal to our current economic order and political system, I am glad that Romney is prevailing over Gingrich and Santorum. Romney is simply a pragmatic businessman, whereas Gingrich supports imperialism even more than the average Republican and Sanatorium makes religious statements designed to distract people away from economics (this could come out of a Marxist textbook). Romney makes people think about the economy. I do not think Ron Paul has a shot at it.

“The Economist” – Blatant Neo-liberal Capitalism and Imperialism

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

From : http://www.economistdirect.com/

A magazine called The Economist is talking about “setting Syria free.” Spreading “freedom” means spreading capitalism. HAIL THE HEROIC BA’ATHISTS! Hail Saddam Hussein and hail Bashar al-Assad. Long live Secular Authoritarian role. Death to liberalism and a slower death to Islamic Fundamentalism!

Hail the Ba’athists (they have much in common with Stalinists)!

Congress – Least Productive Year

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Despite the lagging employment recovery of the recession, Congress has been less productive this year than any other according to Laura Litvan. It is “free market” politics. The internal contradictions that plague capitalism in no doubt find parallels in the Government which sets the legislation and power structure to maintain those contradictions.

Congress is ending what may be its least productive year on record after government shutdown threats, the collapse of debt-reduction talks and little action to fix the worst U.S. economy since the Great Depression.

Just 62 bills were signed into law through November this year, meaning that 2011 may fall short of the 88 laws enacted in 1995, the lowest number since the Congressional Record began keeping an annual tally in 1947. In 1995, as in this year, a new House Republican majority fought a Democratic president’s agenda.

This year’s partisan battles brought the U.S. to the brink of a government shutdown four times, caused a two-week furlough of Federal Aviation Administration workers and led Standard & Poor’s to lower the nation’s credit rating after it said lawmakers didn’t do enough to reduce the federal deficit.

“It’s been one of the worst Congresses in modern history,” said Representative Jim Cooper, a Tennessee Democrat. “We have failed to meet our minimum standards of competency and endangered America’s credit rating. We have failed to pass key legislation on time. And there is very little hope for improved behavior.”

Voter approval ratings for Congress are at record lows. Republicans, ranked lower than Democrats, insist both parties are to blame.

“People have a right to be frustrated and disappointed, so next year may be a good year for challengers,” said Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Senate Republican leader.

Risks to Economy

The inaction by Congress poses risks to the economy, said Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research Inc. in New York. While the unemployment rate hovered around 9 percent most of the year, he said Congress did little to stimulate job growth. Lawmakers also were unwilling to make deep budget cuts or raise taxes to rein in the deficit.

“Usually gridlock is seen as a good thing from the stock market’s perspective, but clearly the out-of-control federal deficit needs to be addressed and there is no political will to do it,” Yardeni said.

S&P, in its ratings downgrade, said the government is becoming “less stable, less effective and less predictable.” Even so, the government’s borrowing costs fell to record lows as Treasuries rallied.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell from 2.56 percent on Aug. 5 to below 1.72 percent on Sept. 22. The yield on the 10-year note was 1.84 percent at 2:35 p.m. New York time today.

Voters Critical

The public is less sanguine. Seventy-six percent of registered voters in a Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Gallup Poll said most members of Congress don’t deserve to be re-elected, the highest percentage in the 19 years Gallup has asked that question.

A Dec. 7-11 Pew Research Center poll found 40 percent of adults blame Republican leaders for a “do-nothing” Congress, while 23 percent blame Democrats.

“It’s more likely that Republicans will be hit harder than Democrats,” said David Rohde, a political scientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

In a year dominated by budget clashes, Congress passed a few significant measures.

Congress approved free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The South Korea deal was the biggest since 1993’s North American Free-Trade Agreement.

Patent Overhaul

Congress overhauled the patent system, long sought by companies such as International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT), and extended the USA Patriot Act until 2015, providing law enforcement continued power to track suspected terrorists.

Such output pales compared with 2010, when Congress approved a health-care overhaul, the biggest rewrite of Wall Street rules since the Great Depression, a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia and ended a ban against openly gay men and women serving in the military.

This year’s trade and patent bills, while important, are sideshows in the broader economic context, said Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

“Those are not insignificant things, but none of them get to the meat of the economic crisis,” Baker said.

Most of President Barack Obama’s $447 billion job-creation agenda was opposed by Republicans and some Democrats who rejected his proposed new spending and tax increases on the wealthy to help pay for it.

Tax Credits

Congress approved tax credits for companies that hire unemployed veterans and canceled a requirement that federal, state and local governments begin withholding 3 percent of payments to contractors in 2013. This week, lawmakers are working to extend a payroll-tax cut for workers through 2012.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said a “fundamental divide” with Obama and a Democrat- controlled Senate stymied House Republicans, who sought to repeal the president’s health-care overhaul and create a Medicare voucher system.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio heralded a shift toward cutting the size of government after Republicans forced $38.5 billion in budget cuts this year and Congress agreed in August to reduce deficits by $2.4 trillion over a decade.

Social Security ‘Conversation’

“For the first time in my 21 years here there has been a serious conversation about dealing with the entitlement programs” such as Social Security and Medicare, Boehner said at a Dec. 14 breakfast sponsored by Politico.com, a political news web site. “We are talking about real change,” he said, adding that he wasn’t surprised the public has a low opinion of Congress.

Democratic leaders see it differently. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters today it was a “year of missed opportunities and made-up crises.”

The nation has “been engrossed in a year of manufactured crises, with multiple threats of a government shutdown and an increase of uncertainty for business and in our markets as a result of the debt ceiling being held hostage,” said Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

Independent analysts say that on the matter that dominated — deficit reduction — the results are murky.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the $38.5 billion in spending cuts in this year’s budget, agreed in April to avert a government shutdown, cuts the deficit by just $352 million this year, with most savings coming later. Some money cut from programs wouldn’t have been spent anyway, so it wouldn’t do as much to curb a $1.3 trillion deficit, the CBO said.

Automatic Spending Cuts

The debt-reduction measure adopted in August relies on automatic spending cuts for about half of its $2.4 trillion in savings over a decade. A congressional supercommittee’s inability to agree on at least $1.2 trillion in cuts kicks the debate over specifics into next year. To achieve the rest of the deficit reduction, lawmakers must stick with annual caps on spending for a decade.

Based on experience, Congress won’t stick with the deficit- reduction deal for more than a few years, said Stan Collender, managing director of Qorvis Communications in Washington and a former House and Senate budget committee aide.

“Budget deals are always modified, seemingly in seconds after they’re enacted,” he said.

Merit and Capitalism

Monday, October 31st, 2011

One of the favorite arguments of the swindlers who justify their own exploitation is the idea that capitalism is a system of “merit.” If you “work hard,” you get ahead. The people who are unemployed, underemployed, disgruntled or otherwise unhappy with their own situation should blame themselves. Oh yeah, and we don’t hire the the unemployed.

Take a look at monster.com or careerbuilder.com. I realize that a true job search entails far more than this, but I am proving a point. Everything is “this much experience, that much experience.” Is this merit, or is this seniority? What if a guy with a year of experience can do the job better than someone who has ten years? The people who look to hire others will never know because they have already narrowed the pool of competitors.

This is merit. You shoot a gun to start a marathon and the person who crosses the finish line first wins. When “Yuki Kawauchi” finished third in the Tokyo marathon despite working a full time job and not being a professional runner, nobody said “but your background isn’t a proper fit for the medal” or “your previous times weren’t fast enough, so your performance shouldn’t count.” No, he was not judged on his paper qualifications but on his performance. But I do not see merit in our corporate culture. What I see is that people are rewarded by how they look on paper to an extent, but really it is also “who you know” more than “what you know.” Our corporate culture has become so corrupt that employers even look for ideological matches now and search the internet for digital dirt. They are more interested in your facebook updates than your skills. But we never stop hearing about how capitalism is about merit.

A company has a good fiscal year and they make money, largely on the backs of employees. A company has a bad fiscal year and they lay off those employees who brought them the good year. Is this merit, or is this a case of people who have power and people who do not have power!? What competition did the owner “win” that made him the owner!? Does he have to defend his title every month? Does he cost less than the individual salaries of the people he is laying off in masses?

It is a fact that employers hire off of whims and that bosses often hire workers so they can later blame them if something goes wrong. I guess that is merit too. Hire someone, then screw up, then blame your employee.

Then you have the fact that a good idea has more potential in an established market monopoly than in someone’s garage. Let’s imagine that I had thought of the theoretical framework behind the ipod or Windows Operating System in a garage. Because I would not have possessed any means to bring the thought to reality, it would have been nothing more than a short day dream. Yet if someone such as the late Steve Jobs had the idea, he could have actually done something about it because he was rich and powerful and had access to the connections to do what he needed to do.

This article is mainly empirical. That means that this article is highly colored by my own views and I am not including citations or research. However, I think I am right! Capitalism is not a system of merit. It is a system of networking. I dare you to go to monster.com or careerbuilder.com if you doubt me. There are so many damn prerequisites that it gives the impression that today’s employers are more concerned with how someone looks on paper than how they actually perform. Capitalism isn’t meritocracy in any way. Free market? That means you are free to be a moron. Free to be incompetent! Even if your customers continue to support you, maybe they are idiots.

Then when you consider that the Government is funded by big business and protects big business, the revolving door makes American capitalism a global problem as the employing class controls the military as well. Of course the people who fight their greedy wars are the people who are unemployed through the fault of the mismanagement of the employing class. Seems like the system does not have a lot of “merit” to people who were not brainwashed by it, such as the Iraqis and Palestinians (granted religion is a form of brainwashing).

Real American People (northeast) Revolting

Friday, October 7th, 2011

I thought it was funny that the one lady said it was happening “all over the country.” Then she said she was from Jersey city as an example, as if that’s not right next door to New York City. If people outside of traditional America who live in Chicago. San Antonio, Seattle and Los Angeles are protesting, then that is fine. But the Northeast (America) is leading the way and that is what I am most concerned about.

Watch the video and ignore the writings about it. While Mark Dankuf does go off and blames “The Jews” for Wall Street, overall this is a very sobering report on events. Blaming the Jews comes from a misguided analysis in which special interest lobbies are seen as a cause rather than a symptom of society and from failing to identify the perverted twist of the profit motive. I must side with the females but I do appreciate the fact that Mark Dankuf is supporting the American people against the elite power structure. Americans (northeast) are protesting their leadership. Mark Dankuf is from Deleware, but I consider that to be mid-Atlantic while some Southerners argue that Delaware should belong to the South.

The talking points made about the two parties being a syndicate could have came right out of free media productions. This video has content similar to what we were saying back when Obama was elected. The sobering thing about this is that free media productions was in every way an innovative website. I, for instance, did not adopt these viewpoints whisper down the lane – but “discovered” them for myself. It is good to see that other people can look at the material conditions and independently draw the same conclusion I have in that I too wanted Obama to fix things, but I knew he could not. The problem is not an individual leader. The problem is the capitalist system. From the beginning both Besoshvilli and I knew that electing Obama would not bring parity against the elites who mislead America. The question was asked “Why did it take so long for Americans to wake up?” The answer is that the two party system is like Professional Wrestling and the Americans are just discovering that the apparent opponents are actually deceiving the crowd together. The recession has prevented the exploiting class from “buying off” the working class.

The female is correct that while Israel is an oppressor, American capitalism is the Octopus and Israel is just a tentacle. This fits well with my line in that I have always ridiculed the idea that Israel and the Jews control things on their own, but I have lately (as of about 2009) been more critical of Israel from a perspective against imperialism and for national liberation and the proletarian class.

I am happy that they are speaking out about globalization and imperialism. Imperialism exists today and it existed yesterday in America.

American History – A Race Realist Perspective

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

I believe in racial differences and refer to my scientific view of race as “race realism.” That means I study issues that are racial and ethnic the same way I would study anything else, avoid political correctness, do not feel guilty about my identity and do not believe “we are all the same.”

I also look down upon most other so-called racialists. I view them as a collection of people who want to be part of a country club, “drama whores” looking for attention, people with very limited knowledge, people who adopt the slogans of old ideologies without really understanding them and opportunists who exploit the situation. For each category, I could name examples that fit, but decline to do so here.

I often refer to them as “skinheads.” They are people who simply want to be a part of something and find a sense of community through posting on racist forums and perhaps attending “white nationalist” conferences. They are not approaching the issue from the same “piece the puzzle together” mentality that I am.

Both the race realists and the skinheads / white nationalists can see that early in American history, racialism was more acceptable while currently Whites jump out of their way to appear less racist than other Whites, even accusing each other of racism when there is none. Skinheads and race realists attribute a different cause to this change in attitude. Race realists if they truly are realists, like Marx understand the dialectical nature of history and the opportunistic nature of capitalism, politics and most capitalist politicians. Skinheads believe the founding fathers acted only out of principle, and that currently politicians only recently started to act opportunistically because Jews in the Media injected “bad ideology” into society. They do not understand that the media is not the cause of society, but an effect of society. People with a scientific socialist viewpoint do understand this.

Simply put, the founding fathers never really cared about race even though their legislation included it. It was the politics of convenience. Because European immigrants were culturally clashing and fighting with Indians and enslaving Negroes, it was convenient to appeal to white identity. Now that the mode of production has changed, the bourgeois class finds it convenient to condemn racialism. In both situations, the real motive is not belief but opportunism. Racialism helped maintain slavery which profited the people who had economic power, so it was maintained. Racialism now argues against immigration, which lowers the wages of workers, so it is opposed by the people with power who pay the workers. (Note that there are many reasons to argue against immigration other than race).

Skinheads cannot see that politicians are simply opportunists. They believe that the founding fathers somehow meant it more when they supported racialism than current American leaders do when they oppose it. The level of sincerity is the same. “The Jews” did not fake people out.


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