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Emancipation Proclamation ♦ This Day In The USA ♦ January 1
by Davis Fleetwood
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On this day in the USA, 1994, NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, went into affect. The intended effect of NAFTA on capitalism is not unlike like the effect steroids on a bodybuilder: Temporarily pretty on the outside, while you testes atrophy shrink to the size of a garbanzo bean. Metaphor loosely translated: NAFTA increases the share of the pie that go to the richest 1% of in the world, and the rest of us get yellowish, tasteless legumes.
On January 1st, 1892, Ellis Island opened and over the course of the next six decades welcomed some 12 million immigrants who made their way over from Europe on crammed, disease-infected ships. Irish, Italians, and a 127 Chinese heard the siren song of Lady Liberty to:
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we are fast loosing ground in the Industrial Revolution, now that we have abolished slavery.”
So if you were male, and you could pass a physical, you got yourself a room on the lower east side and just like that, you were an American Citizen. Females, the elderly, and people with headache, stomach upset or erections lasting longer than six hours were sent packing back to the old country. The Irish and the Italians built bridges and railroads and skyscrapers, while the 127 Chinese went on to head up math and Science departments an top Universities all over the country to teach the silver spoon leeches some physics and before you can click your heels together and say “Manhattan Project” you have got yourself a handy dandy micro history of the 20th century. A century that saw the USA win the race of world military dominance, riding the crazy train of a Conscienceless Capitalism out of control combined with a religious outlook that has not gotten a new operating system since the middle ages that is now hurtling exponentially closer to a self fulfilling prophecy of Armageddon. And before you knew what was happening, the privileged class had circumvented the abolishment of slavery, and learned to get on getting on in a post civil war America with slavery 2.0: Cheap labor shoved into slums breaking their backs to preserve the “top-hat-white-glove” crowd justifying the pornographic hoarding of wealth with some Ayn Randian philosophy.
Do you think this is what Abe Lincoln had in mind when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect on January 1st, 1863? Of course not- Lincoln cared little about the cause of slavery- he was just trying to win the civil war by denying the Confederates free labor. Were slaves in Union States freed in 1863 by this famous proclamation?
That would have alienated the privileged class of the North. Do you think it is the American way to put a man’s face on the $5 bill for loosing a war?