Social Darwinism and Barack ObamaBy George Boykin
Consider Darwin's attitude about the black race. Darwin dreamed of a future for mankind when the black races of man will become extinct, thus enhancing the chances for the evolutionary advancement of the more "civilized" races of man.
Descent of Man, Charles Darwin, Chapter 7: "On the Races of Man: Sub-species"
Charles Darwin is relevant because his racist theories of white supremacy and the need for ethnic cleansing provided Marx and Engels with the "pseudo-scientific" rationale for the foundation for socialism.
Darwin's racist viewpoints in Descent of Man can be summed up as follows:
•1. The strongest live and the weakest die.
•2. A race war would be beneficial to the white race.
•3. Blacks occupy a sub-species between Apes and Caucasians
•4. The extinction of blacks to advance the white race is good.
•5. Different sub-species have different characteristics such as mental capabilities
•6. Christianity is a damnable doctrine.
•7. Social Darwinism must include racial extinction
•8. "Lower class" races should not normally be cared for; they should not multiply and should become extinct.
In recent years, much has been written about Margaret Sanger and her wicked contribution to the annihilation of the black family and her program of genocide against the black race.
Less well known is that a pernicious form of eugenics is being used to sort races and classes into deserving and undeserving groups as the determinant for which groups will and will not be the beneficiaries of government legislation and policy. Social Darwinism as this malevolent expression of eugenics is called, having the intent of driving blacks from the labor force, was a prime feature of the Progressive Era.
Reform-minded economists of the Progressive Era defended exclusionary labor practices on grounds that the labor force should be rid of unfit workers, whom they labeled "parasites," "the unemployable," "low-wage races" and the "industrial residuum." Removing the unfit, went the argument, would uplift superior, deserving workers. Thus, although Progressives were advocates for labor, they also depicted many groups of poor workers, particularly black Americans, as undeserving of uplift.
Defectives, or unfit workers, were those workers who, owing to presumed hereditary deficiency, earned less than what American reformers called a "living wage." The difference between actual wages and living wages was the shortfall that must be met by charity, by the state, or by other members of the worker's household. By this logic, reformers called workers who earned less than living wages "parasites." They argued that a worker's standard of living, not his productivity, determined market wages. Making wages a function of living standards opened the door to the eugenic claim that black Americans were hereditarily predisposed to low standards of living. Thus, for Progressives, race determined the standard of living, and the standard of living determined the wage.
For labor reformers, low-wage black American workers threatened American wage levels. According to Progressive ideology, races compete and racial competition is subject to a kind of Gresham's law [bad stock drives out good stock].
The task for Progressive economists during the early 20th century was, therefore, to promote laws that would exclude black Americans from the labor force. The foundation upon which blacks were to be excluded from the labor force was statutory minimum wages. And, Progressive economists championed minimum wages with a passion.
Eugenically minded Progressives advocated minimum wages precisely because they would cause job losses. They argued that minimum-wage-induced job loss was a social benefit because it performed the eugenic service of ridding the labor force of black workers. The minimum wage protects deserving workers from the competition of the unfit by making it illegal to work for less. By 1914 eugenics had been adopted in America as a valid field of study and was even taught in high schools.
This thinking, which emphasized "expert" opinion and advocated sweeping governmental power, fit perfectly within the Progressive worldview. As for reconciling white supremacy with egalitarian Jeffersonian democracy, when the racist Progressives championed "the working man," "the common man," or "the people," blacks were specifically excluded from the mix.
Thus, armed with the intellectual firepower for eliminating black Americans from the labor force, it did not take long for racist eugenics-based economic theories to work there way into official public policy.
Enter Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States and a false messiah of the black elite. FDR was infected with that pernicious socialist ideology of the "Great Man" elitism coupled with a penchant for authoritarian snob rule. Despite his seizure of virtual unlimited executive power, FDR utterly failed to do anything of a positive nature for black Americans. Rather, he used that power perversely to visit great harm and misery upon black Americans.
In response to the Great Depression, FDR brought in his "brain trust" of intellectual advisors. They blamed free-market capitalism for the economic free fall. (Does any of this sound familiar?).They worked to ensure that government would set the agenda for the economy. Their resulting New Deal had the practical effect of building public policy around Progressive ideology, which is rooted in racist social Darwinist labor theory.
For inspiration and direction, they used the economic programs of Italy's fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, as their model. Armed with near-dictatorial executive powers, Roosevelt proceeded to implement precisely the same type of economic system in the U.S as in Italy.
During his administration, schemes such as the National Recovery Act (Negroes Ruined Again!!), Social Security Act, the Minimum Wage, the FDIC, the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the Emergency Banking Relief Act the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Federal Securities Act, and the National Labor Relations Act all came into existence. All had the aim of taking control of people's lives, removing black American workers from the labor force to be rid of "excess" labor, confiscating people's property without due process and arbitrarily redistributing the nation's wealth by way of perverse crony capitalism in defiance of the limitations placed on government by the Constitution.
Minimum wage regulations made it illegal for employers to hire people who weren't worth the minimum because they lacked skills. Thus, between 30,000 and 50,000 African Americans in the South lost their jobs within just two weeks of the activation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (1938), which set a uniform minimum wage. In total, it is estimated some 500,000 blacks lost their jobs due to FDR's enactment of the minimum wage. The loss of 500,000 black American jobs is consistent with the intent of the social Darwinist economists who pressed for the minimum wage precisely for the purpose of eliminating black Americans from the labor force.
The Agricultural Adjustment Act (1933), while aimed at keeping crop prices high, did so by ordering the mass destruction of crops, as well as animals such as pigs and chickens. Blacks in the South who were actually farming the land as sharecroppers and tenant farmers were evicted without any compensation whatsoever. Less production also meant no work for thousands of poor black sharecroppers who, after being booted off the land, had no further prospects of employment elsewhere.
The Tennessee Valley Authority -- FDR's government-power-generating monopoly funded by the 98 percent of American taxpayers who didn't live in the Tennessee Valley -- was touted as a bold social experiment. But, among other things, the TVA flooded an estimated 730,000 acres of land behind its dams. A total of 15,654 people were forced out of their homes. Farm owners received cash settlements for their condemned property. Again, the tenant farmers -- most of whom were black -- got nothing.
The Wagner Act (1935), the crown jewel of social Darwinism under FDR, harmed blacks by making labor union monopolies legal, and making it illegal to hire non-union black workers. The Wagner Act, in making labor unions legal monopolies, extended discrimination against black workers to all industries where labor unions had legal monopolies.
Specifically, the Wagner Act granted monopoly bargaining power to unions selected by a majority of employees. Neither company-sponsored unions nor unions representing a minority of workers were permitted. By giving labor unions the monopoly power to exclusively represent employees in a workplace, the Wagner Act had the effect of excluding blacks because the dominant unions in the 1930s had the legal power to bar admission to blacks.
Barack Obama's petulant harangue the other evening for squandering even more taxpayer money on even more failed government programs was scary. The parallels between FDR's social Darwinism programs of the 1930s and those of Obama today are manifest. Barack Hussein Obama seemss to want precisely the same social Darwinist results as FDR -- to enrich his Big Labor, Big Education and Big Banker financiers through his perverse spin on crony capitalism while eliminating black workers from the work force.
Why is he refusing to suspend the minimum wage law to help alleviate the criminally outrageous levels of unemployment amongst black workers? Why is he aggressively enforcing union-favored Davis-Bacon prevailing wages and Project Labor Agreements on federally funded construction projects, which blatantly discriminate against black construction workers? This man is a thoroughly evil Progressive racist clothed in dark skin to provide convenient cover for executing his racist Progressive ideology with impunity. He must be voted out of office in 2012.
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