Rich people exploit and oppress poor people. Always.
Rich nations exploit and oppress poor nations. Always.
When I say always, I do not mean that poor people and poor nations absolutely never benefit from the rich, but taken as a whole, the transactions between the rich and the poor are always to the advantage of the rich and to the disadvantage of the poor. So long as there are rich and poor, this will not change.
These are the two fundamental facts that always need to be kept in mind with regard to the world political situation. Anything that distracts our attention from these simple facts is not in the interest of the poor. Any real economic liberation must begin with the creation of an economic structure that does not permit enormous discrepancies between the wealthy and the less wealthy.
Upper-middle-class people who consider themselves progressives tend to focus a lot on identity politics. There is of course, a germ of truth in the assertions made by these progressives. Obviously Blacks and whites should be treated equally, as should men and women, and people of all sexual orientations. When real discrepancies are identified, the issue needs to be addressed and rectified. However the kind of emphasis that is now given to identity politics tends to ignore the Brontosaurus in the bathroom. It serves in large part, as a distraction from the most important issue, which is Social class.
A poor black woman has much more in common with a poor white woman than with a rich black woman. The interests of a poor black man and a poor white man are almost identical when it comes to economics, and in both cases these are not the interests of the wealthy of either race. Hopefully we will continue to make strides with regard to the liberation of people with the full range of sexual orientations, but the political interests of poor gay men and poor lesbian women are much closer to the political interests of heterosexual men and women then to wealthy gays or lesbians.
The wealthy, with few exceptions, look down on the poor whatever gender, orientation, or race they may be. They are seen as dirty and crude, and it is assumed that there lower position in society is due to their own inadequacies. Only those who have never had any contact with the wealthy can doubt this.
The wealthy have always maintained their privileged position by the strategy of divide and conquer. Men are pitted against women. One religion is pitted against another. One nationality against another. One race against another. One sexual orientation against another. They have been successful, and to this day they reap the benefits of their success. They get the poor, to serve their meals to them, To clean their houses for them and to to fight their wars for them. End in the economics fear they get the poor to provide them with goods and services without participating significantly in either the decision-making or the wealth that is created by their work.
If this long story of exploitation and oppression is ever to end we need a new type of identity politics: one that strives to overcome the false dichotomies that have been created by society’s – good women against bad men; good Blacks against bad whites; good gays against bad straits, or the other way around. Until the disenfranchised of all of these various identity groups cease attacking each other, and learn to support each other, the wealthy will have their way.