Fuck the Colonists

Article excerpts: > Today [September 29, 2022], the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit heard oral arguments related to the Trump administration’s illegal approval of more than 370 drilling permits in the Greater Chaco region of northwest New Mexico. > Attorneys with the Biden administration defended the Trump administration’s illegal drilling permits, even as President Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland have embarked on the “Honoring Chaco Initiative,” a new collaborative process to address the need for landscape-level management reforms. > With Chaco Canyon in northwest New Mexico at its center, the Greater Chaco Landscape is held sacred by Indigenous Nations and Tribes throughout the Americas. For years now, the Greater Chaco region, its peoples, and its cultural fabric have experienced an onslaught of increased drilling and fracking for oil and gas in the region, negatively impacting public health, air, water, climate, and cultural resources. More info: https://wildearthguardians.org/brave-new-wild/show-on-home/the-biden-administration-needs-to-stop-defending-illegal-fracking-in-the-greater-chaco-region/

> Yet, in chapter 31 of Capital, “The Genesis of the Industrial Capitalist,” Marx already points to the need to consider the colonial relation as underlying the capital relation. Indeed, he is crystal clear on this issue: > >> The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the indigenous population of that continent, the beginnings of the conquest and plunder of India, and the conversion of Africa into a preserve for the commercial hunting of blackskins, are all things which characterize the dawn of the era of capitalist production. These idyllic proceedings are the chief moments of primitive accumulation. > > Hence, for Marx it is not the various enclosures of the commons in England, discussed in the early chapters of part VIII of Capital on “So-Called Primitive Accumulation,” that constituted the chief moments of primary expropriation and the genesis of the industrial capitalist, but rather the plunder of the entire world outside of Europe, centering on the “extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the indigenous population,” encompassing the robbery of the precious metals, the lands, and the bodies of the indigenous. > Relying on Howitt as his source, Marx wrote: “Between 1769 and 1770 the English created a famine by buying up all the rice and refusing to sell it again, except at fabulous prices.”19 In a footnote, he added: “In the year 1866 more than a million Hindus died of hunger in the province of Orissa alone. Nevertheless, an attempt was made to enrich the Indian [colonial] treasury by the price at which the means of subsistence were sold to the starving people.”20 > > The plunder was enormous. “The treasures captured outside Europe by undisguised looting, enslavement and murder,” Marx wrote, “flowed back to the mother-country.” **The colonial system “proclaimed the making of profit as the ultimate and sole purpose of mankind.”** The slave trade, in particular, was to play a central role in the industrialization of England and the growth of cotton manufacturing. Counting the slave ships plying the Liverpool trade in the years leading up to the Industrial Revolution, Marx observed: “In 1730 Liverpool employed 15 ships in the slave trade; in 1751, 53; in 1760, 74; in 1770, 96; and in 1792, 132.”21 > Beyond extirpation and enslavement, **Marx’s critique was focused on the extensive robbery that characterized the primary expropriation underlying the accumulation of capital in the mercantilist era and beyond, which was central to the development of capitalism.** > Thus, with respect to the white settler colonies—once the original indigenous inhabitants of the soil had been annihilated or expatriated—a debate arose in which all the English classical political economists took part over the detrimental effects to capital of a high land/population ratio. **This state of underpopulation in relation to the land, and thus the relative abundance of the latter, encouraged the direct working of the soil by a class of small farmers populated by the incoming immigrants, thus blocking the development of a propertyless proletariat needed for capitalist industrialization.** > Marx here focused on the work of Edward Gibbon Wakefield and other nineteenth-century proponents of “systematic colonization” in the English white settler colonies (principally the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). Wakefield insisted on the need for the state to generate high land prices through state land sales and land speculation so as to **exclude new waves of immigrant settlers from immediately moving into the frontier and setting themselves up as subsistence farmers or small proprietors, forcing them rather into the position of proletarians.** > It was in this context of “the modern theory of colonialism” advocated by Wakefield and of the political economy of settler colonialism that Marx was to declare on the closing page of volume 1 of Capital: > >> We are not concerned here [at this logical point in the argument] with the condition of the colonies. The only thing that interests us is the secret discovered in the New World by the political economy of the Old World, and loudly proclaimed by it: that the capitalist mode of production and accumulation, and therefore capitalist private property as well, **have for their fundamental condition the annihilation of that private property which rests on the labour of the individual himself; in other words, the expropriation of the worker**. > This should not be read, as Coulthard understandably does, as meaning that Marx was actually unconcerned with the realities of colonial institutions and the treatment of indigenous populations, since his other writings, including Capital itself, belie such an interpretation. Rather, Marx’s critique, based on Wakefield, suggested that the removal of the indigenous population from the land, to be replaced by small farmers, **would lead eventually in the white settler colonies to the progressive expropriation of the small farmers too as a condition of the genesis of industrial capitalism.**

California's first U.S. governor: "That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races until the Indian race becomes extinct must be expected." (Info about California genocide)
CW: This post talks about the genocide of the people of California as well as slavery. Today, while researching about this, I came across a [speech](https://governors.library.ca.gov/addresses/s_01-Burnett2.html) by California's first U.S. governor, [Peter Hardeman Burnett](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Hardeman_Burnett). I think the speech is worth reading to see the mentality of settler-colonialism. A basic background about the California genocide can be read [here](https://www.history.com/news/californias-little-known-genocide). In just 20 years, 80 percent of California’s indigenous population had perished, "And though some died because of the seizure of their land or diseases caught from new settlers, between 9,000 and 16,000 were murdered in cold blood—the victims of a policy of genocide sponsored by the state of California and gleefully assisted by its newest citizens." In addition to this, the California Act for the Government and Protection of Indians provided for "apprenticing" or indenturing Indian children to Whites, and also punished "vagrant" Indians by "hiring" them out to the highest bidder at a public auction if the Indian could not provide sufficient bond or bail, effectively legalizing a form of slavery targeting Native Californians. ([Source](https://web.archive.org/web/20190413154937/http://nativeamericannetroots.net/diary/1862)). Below are some quotes from the governor's speech. > Since the adjournment of the Legislature repeated calls have been made upon the Executive for the aid of the Militia, to resist and punish the attacks of the Indians upon our frontier. With a wild and mountainous frontier of more than eight hundred miles in extent, affording the most inaccessible retreats to our Indian foe, so well accustomed to these mountain fastnesses, California is peculiarly exposed to depredations from this quarter. > We have suddenly spread ourselves over the country in every direction, and appropriated whatever portion of it we pleased to ourselves, without their consent and without compensation. Although these small and scattered tribes have among them no regular government, they have some ideas of existence as a separate and independent people, and some conception of their right to the country acquired by long, uninterrupted, and exclusive possession. They have not only seen their country taken from them, but they see their ranks rapidly thinning from the effects of our diseases. They instinctively consider themselves a doomed race [...] **Our American experience has demonstrated the fact, that the two races cannot live in the same vicinity in peace.** > **The love of fame, as well as the love of property, are common to all men;** and war and theft are established customs among the Indian races generally, as they are among all poor and savage tribes of men, as a means to attain to the one, and to procure a supply of the other. When brought into contact with a civilized race of men, they readily learn the use of their implements and manufactures, but they do not readily learn the art of making them. > **The white man, to whom time is money, and who labors hard all day to create the comforts of life, cannot sit up all night to watch his property; and after being robbed a few times, he becomes desperate, and resolves upon a war of extermination. This is the common feeling of our people who have lived upon the Indian frontier.** [...] **That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the races until the Indian race becomes extinct must be expected. While we cannot anticipate this result but with painful regret, the inevitable destiny of the race is beyond the power or wisdom of man to avert.** Governor Burnett set aside state money to arm local militias against Native Americans. The state, with the help of the U.S. Army, started assembling a massive arsenal. These weapons were then given to local militias, who were tasked with killing native people. State militias raided tribal outposts, shooting and sometimes scalping Native Americans. Soon, local settlers began to do the killing themselves. Local governments put bounties on Native American heads and paid settlers for stealing the horses of the people they murdered. Large massacres wiped out entire tribal populations. In 1850, for example, around 400 Pomo people, including women and children, were slaughtered by the U.S. Cavalry and local volunteers at Clear Lake north of San Francisco. More from Governor Burnett's speech, on race. Note: "Though Burnett himself had enslaved two people, he opposed calls to make California a slave state, instead pushing for the total exclusion of African-Americans in California." ([Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Hardeman_Burnett)) His reasoning is detailed below: ::: spoiler Additional quotes from Burnett > In my former message to the Legislature I recommended the necessity and propriety of excluding free persons of color from the State. > That there are excellent and intelligent person of color is doubtless true; but our legislation must regard them as a class, and not as individuals. >The practical question then arises whether it is not better for humanity, and for the mutual benefit of both classes, that they should be separated? Is it not better for the colored man himself? I am sure, that were the question put to the more intelligent portion of this class, they would unhesitatingly say at once: "Either give us all the privileges you claim for yourselves, or give us none. Make us equal, or keep us separate." As all experience has demonstrated that it is for the mutual benefit of the parties to separate even husband and wife when they cannot live happily together, so it is the best humanity to separate two races of men whose prejudices are so inveterate that they never mingle in social intercourse, and never contract any ties of marriage. >That this class is rapidly increasing in our State is very certain. If this increase is permitted to continue for some years to come, we may readily anticipate what will then be the state of things here, from what we see now occurring in some of the free States. We shall have our people divided and distracted by those distressing domestic controversies respecting the abolition of slavery which have already produced so much bitterness between different portions of the Union. When those who come after us shall witness a war in California between two races, and all the disgraces and disasters following in its train, they will have as much cause to reproach us for not taking timely steps, when they were practicable, to prevent this state of things, as we now have for reproaching our ancestors for the evils entailed upon us by the original introduction of slavery into the colonies. ___ :::

Indian Appropriations Act of 1871 (U.S. History)
> The Indian Appropriations Act of 1871 declared that Indigenous people were no longer considered members of “sovereign nations” and that the US government could no longer establish treaties with them. The act effectively made Native Americans wards of the US government and paved the way for other laws that granted the federal government increased power over the land and lives of Indigenous peoples. > Although it promised not to “invalidate or impair the obligation” of previous treaties, the act was the first step toward the elimination of Indigenous sovereignty, which was completed in 1898 with the Curtis Act, and the invalidation of previous treaty obligations, a power finally granted to Congress in 1903. One of the first arrangements to be made in the post-treaty era was the Brunot Agreement, in which Utes under Ouray ceded Colorado’s San Juan Mountains to the United States. > By the end of the nineteenth century, indigenous nations within the United States had gone from having the rights due any other foreign country to having almost no right to exist. This process had been under way before 1871, but the Indian Appropriations Act of that year incorporated it into official government policy, opening the door for its rapid acceleration. > Even though most federally recognized tribes today have some form of self-government, the fight for Indigenous sovereignty denied in the 1871 Act continues. In New Mexico, for example, Indigenous people are resisting government-sponsored energy drilling near sacred sites on public land; in North Dakota they have protested government-imposed oil pipelines across treaty-protected land. Meanwhile, in Alaska and Colorado, tribes are lobbying for the power and resources to combat disproportionately high rates of sexual assault and other violent crime on federal reservations.

quotes from "More About 'Nationalism'" (Lenin, 1914)
# Summary Lenin argues against the All-Russia National Association's claim that granting the Russian Empire's oppressed nations autonomy will threaten the "integrity" of Russia. He shows that a country does not derive its strength from being either "federalist" or "centralist". Strength and unity can only exist on the condition that there is equality between nations, which means the end of imperial and colonial relations (i.e. the end of the bourgeoisie's "own state"). # Quotes (with emphasis added) The All-Russia National Association's argument: > The following is a press report of a paper read at this congress on February 2. >>“Savenko, a member of the Duma, read a paper on ‘Mazeppism’, as the Ukrainian movement is called in the jargon of the nationalists. Savenko expressed the opinion that the separatist tendencies [i. e., for secession from the state] among the Byelorussians and the Ukrainians were particularly dangerous. **The Ukrainian movement constituted a specially great and real menace to the integrity of Russia.** The immediate programme of the Ukrainians was federalism and Ukrainian autonomy. >> >>“The Ukrainians linked their hopes of autonomy with the defeat of Russia in a future war with Austria-Hungary and Germany. On the ruins of Great Russia an autonomous Poland and an autonomous Ukraine would be founded under the sceptre of the Habsburgs and within the boundaries of Austria-Hungary. >> >>“If the Ukrainians really succeeded in tearing their 30,000,000 away from the Russian people, **it would mean the end of the Great-Russian Empire.** (Applause.)” Lenin's points out a contradiction in this assumption: > Why is this “federalism” no obstacle to the integrity of the United States, or of Switzerland? Why is “autonomy” no obstacle to the integrity of Austria-Hungary? Why has “autonomy” even cemented the ties between Britain and many of her colonies for a long time to come? > > Mr. Savenko has presented his case for “nationalism” in such a ridiculous light that he has made it extremely easy to refute his ideas. **The integrity of Russia, if you please, is “menaced” by the autonomy of the Ukraine, whereas the integrity of Austria-Hungary is cemented by universal suffrage and the autonomy of her various regions!** Is not this very strange? Will it not occur to those who read and hear this “nationalist” propaganda to ask why it is impossible to cement the integrity of Russia by granting autonomy to the Ukraine? Lenin explains why self-determination of oppressed nations is essential to class struggle: > **By persecuting “subject peoples”, the landlord and bourgeois nationalists try to split and corrupt the working class the better to be able to dope it.** The class-conscious workers retaliate by demanding complete equality and unity for the workers of all nationalities in practice. > By persecuting the Ukrainians and others for their “separatism”, for their secessionist strivings, **the nationalists are upholding the privilege of the Great-Russian landlords and the Great-Russian bourgeoisie to have “their own” state.** The working class is opposed to all privileges; that is why it upholds the right of nations to self-determination. An important condition for a truly democratic, united worker's state is the self-determination of oppressed nations: > The class-conscious workers do not advocate secession. They know the advantages of large states and the amalgamation of large masses of workers. **But large states can be democratic only if there is complete equality among the nations; that equality implies the right to secede.** > > The struggle against national oppression and national privileges is inseparably bound up with the defence of that right.

quotes from "National-Liberalism and the Right of Nations to Self-Determination" (Lenin, 1913)
# Summary Lenin explains why Mr. Mogilyansky's skewed defintion of self-determination is chauvinistic. # Quotes (with emphasis added) Mr. Mogilyansky's understanding of self-determination: > Evading a direct answer, Mr. Mogilyansky had asserted that his views had “nothing in common with the repudiation of the right of nations to self-determination”. Now *Rech* officially declares that Clause 11 of the Constitutional-Democratic Party programme gives a “direct, precise and clear answer to the question of the right to free cultural self-determination”. > > The word we have underlined is particularly important, since it was not “cultural” self-determination that was discussed in Mr. Mogilyansky’s first article, or in Mr. Dontsov’s reply to it, or in Mr. Mogilyansky’s polemic with Mr. Dontsov. The question discussed was the political self-determination of nations, i. e., the right of nations to secede, whereas by “cultural self-determination” **(a meaningless, pompous phrase, which contradicts the entire history of democracy) the liberals really mean only freedom of languages.** Mr. Mogilyansky disapproves of self-determination because he wants to preserve Tsarist Russia's borders: > On the main issue *Rech* states: > >*“Actually, the Cadets have never pledged themselves to advocate the right of ‘nations to secede’ from the Russian state.”* > > Splendid! Thank you for being so candid, and for making such an explicit statement of principles! Lenin explains what "cultural" self-determination would *actually* mean and why its important for the proletariat to be against it: > But stay your ire, gentlemen of the Cadet Party, should you be called national-liberals precisely for that reason. **Herein lies one of the root causes of your chauvinism** and of your ideological and political bloc with the Purishkeviches (or of your ideological and political dependence upon them). > > The Purishkeviches and their class **inculcate in the ignorant masses the “firm” belief that it is “right” to “grab ’em and hold ’em”.** The Cadets have studied history and know only too well what—to put it mildly—**“pogrom-like” actions the practice of this “ancient right” has often led to.** > > A democrat could not remain a democrat (let alone a proletarian democrat) **without systematically advocating, precisely among the Great-Russian masses** and in the Russian language, the “self-determination” of nations in the political amid not in the “cultural” sense. Self-determination of nations is essential to the socialist movement because it dismantles reactionary class relations: > Always and everywhere the characteristic feature of national-liberalism lies in its **taking a stand entirely on the basis of relations (and boundaries) determined by the Purishkevich class and protected (often to the detriment of economic development and of “culture”) by Purishkevich methods.** > > In effect, this means **adapting oneself to the interests of the feudal-minded landlords** and to the worst nationalist prejudices of the dominant nation, **instead of systematically combating those prejudices**.

quotes from "The British Liberals and Ireland" (Lenin, 1914)
# Summary: This very short passage shows both the futility of relying on the ruling class for revolutionary action and the interesting dynamics between "opposing" groups within the bourgeoise. The British Liberal's "reforms" do nothing but delay the emancipation of Ireland and stifle Irish revolutionary sentiment. And instead of "fighting for liberty", the British proletariat are "impregnated with the spirit of liberal-labor policy". The British Liberals, as "lackeys of the money-bags", capitulate to the British Conservatives' reactionary cultural fear-mongering ("alien people of alien creed") without much resistance. # Quotes (with emphasis added): The inverse relationship between Britain and Ireland: > The appalling destitution and sufferings of the Irish peasantry are an instructive example of the lengths to which the landowners and the liberal bourgeoisie of a “dominant” nation will go. **Britain owes her “brilliant” economic development and the “prosperity” of her industry and commerce largely to her treatment of the Irish peasantry**, which recalls the misdeeds of the Russian serf-owner Saltychikha. While Britain “flourished”, Ireland moved towards extinction and remained an undeveloped, semi-barbarous, purely agrarian country, a land of poverty-stricken tenant farmers. Liberal reformism as a response to Irish revolutionary sentiment: > But much as the “enlightened and liberal” British bourgeoisie desired to perpetuate Ireland’s enslavement and poverty, **reform inevitably approached, the more so that the revolutionary eruptions** of the Irish people’s fight for liberty and land became more and more ominous. The year 1861 saw  the formation of the Irish revolutionary organisation of _Fenians_. Irish settlers in America gave it every assistance. > With the formation, in 1868, of the government of Gladstone—that hero of the liberal bourgeoisie and obtuse philistines—the _era of reform_ in Ireland set in, an era which has dragged on very nicely till the present day, i.e., just under half a century. Oh, the wise statesmen of the liberal bourgeoisie are very well able to **“make haste slowly” in the matter of reform!** Relationship between the British Liberals and the English Workers: > Reverting to the same subject in a letter dated November 30th of the same year, Marx wrote: “The question now is, what shall we advise the English workers? In my opinion they must make the repeal of the Union [the abolition of the union with Ireland] (in short, the affair of 1783, only democratised and adapted to the conditions of the time) an article of their _pronunziamento_. This is the only legal and therefore only possible form of Irish emancipation which can be admitted in the programme of an _English_ [workers’] party.” And Marx went on to show that what the Irish needed was Home Rule and independence of Britain, an agrarian revolution and tariffs against Britain. > Such was the programme proposed to the British workers by Marx, in the interests of Irish freedom, of **accelerating the social development and freedom of the British workers**; because the British workers **could not become free so long as they helped to keep another nation in slavery (or even allowed it)**. >Alas! Owing to a number of special historical causes, the **British workers of the last third of the nineteenth century proved dependent upon the Liberals**, impregnated with the spirit of liberal-labour policy. They proved to be, not at the head of nations and classes fighting for liberty, but in the wake of the contemptible lackeys of the money-bags, the British Liberals. Liberal solution to colonialism: > And the Liberals have for _half a century_ been dragging out Ireland’s liberation, which has not been completed to this day! It was not until the twentieth century that the Irish peasant began to turn from a tenant farmer into a free holder; but the Liberals have imposed upon him **a system of _land purchase at a_ “_fair_” _price_!** > He has paid, and will continue to pay for many years, millions upon millions to the British landlords as **a reward for their having robbed him for centuries and reduced him to a state of chronic starvation.** The British liberal bourgeois has made the Irish peasant thank the landlord for this in hard cash.... Lenin exposes social chauvinism: "Alien people of alien creed" > A _Home Rule_ Bill for Ireland is now going through Parliament. But in Ireland there is the Northern province of Ulster, which is inhabited partly by English-born Protestants as distinct from the Catholic Irish. > Well then, the British Conservatives, led by Carson, the British version of our Black-Hundred landlord Purishkevich, have raised a frightful outcry against Irish Home Rule. This, they say, means **subjecting Ulstermen to an alien people of alien creed!** Lord Carson has threatened rebellion, and has organised gangs of reactionary armed thugs for this purpose. >An empty threat, of course. There can be no question of a rebellion by a handful of hoodlums. Nor could there be any question of an Irish Parliament (whose powers are determined by _British_ law) “oppressing” the Protestants. > > It is simply **a question of the reactionary landlords trying to _scare_ the Liberals.** > >And the **Liberals are losing their nerve, bowing to the reactionaries,** making concessions to them, offering to conduct a _referendum_ in Ulster and put off reform for Ulster for _six_ years! > The haggling between the Liberals and the reactionaries continues. **Reform can wait: the Irish have waited half a century;** they can wait a little longer; you can’t very well “offend” the landlords!

The Red Deal III: Indigenous Action to Save our Earth
This may help with understanding what "land back" means, in concrete terms (I haven't finished all of it yet). There are more resources on the Red Nation [website](http://therednation.org/).

This article follows observations and advancements to Marxism made in the anti-colonial struggle, contains numerous quotes from various thinkers and leaders in regard to the conditions of their struggle, and explains a bit about dependency theory.

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Not really supposed to represent a specific independence war, but clearly the main one in mind is Algeria. As I said in the one I made before "I have communication problems if this accidentally represents something bad then I didn't mean to".

CW: This topic is truly disgusting and horrific, and deals with violent dehumanization. At the same time, I believe it is important information about the mentality and behavior of settlers and the kind of things that settler society is made of. I have put some of the more detailed content under spoilers. I found this article while learning about Mangas Coloradas, an Apache tribal chief who was tortured and murdered by the US military when he approached them trying to call a truce. An illustration and "analysis" of his skull appears in the book written by the people discussed in the linked article. Photo of Phrenology Institute building: ![photo of phrenology institute building exterior](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/3dc0ed66-6f45-4383-aa8a-c10b0faccd3c.png) > As Fowler & Wells grew in popularity, they began soliciting and receiving skulls from “friends of Phrenology.” Skull and human remains collecting was a robust industry at the time, thanks in part to demand from medical schools and natural history museums, but Fowler & Wells became another lucrative destination. In the 1875 catalogue, after noting the “large sums” spent on skulls, Wells continued: “Travelers, captains of ships, soldiers on the frontier, have brought home specimens of the skulls of the different nations of the world, and contributed them to this collection.” Here, “contributed” probably meant “sold to.” > Fowler & Wells did not appear to mind how their skulls were acquired, as long as they added to the Cabinet’s overall effect. Their cold detachment also made the racism of the collection seem “scientific,” and masked the violence that produced it: Orson described Mangas Coloradas’s skull as “one of the best contributions to phrenological science possible,” for example, saying nothing of the trauma and suffering inflicted with his murder and mutilation. References throughout Fowler & Wells publications to “Indians,” “Eskimos,” and others suggest that Mangas was one among many indigenous people whose remains were stolen and displayed in the cranial collections, to say nothing of those from Africa, India, and other parts of the colonized 19th-century world. A more detailed (cw: torture, murder, mutilation) description (from Wikipedia) of what happened to Mangas Coloradas when he approached US military leaders during a truce, and how his skull ended up being analyzed by these phrenologists: ::: spoiler spoiler In January 1863, Mangas Coloradas agreed to meet with U.S. military leaders at Fort McLane, near present-day Hurley in southwestern New Mexico. Mangas Coloradas arrived under a white flag of truce to meet with Colonel Joseph Rodman West, an officer of the California Volunteers. Armed soldiers took him into custody, and West is reported to have ordered the sentries to execute the Apache leader. That night Mangas Coloradas was tortured with heated bayonets, shot and killed, as he was "trying to escape." The following day, soldiers cut off his head, boiled it and sent the skull to the Smithsonian Institution. [Actually to Fowler's Phrenology Institute] ___ ::: The section about him in the book, written with the absolutely disgusting enthusiasm of the phrenologists: ::: spoiler spoiler ![pages of phrenology book](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/7973b36a-9322-4166-85d2-460c7006d284.png) ___ :::

The attitude from the wider western world on the thousands upon thousands of stolen cultural artifacts in this museum is beyond disgusting. I have seen no end of Brits online claiming that they're doing the world a favor by hoarding these items for "safekeeping" because the developing countries they were stolen from are not responsible enough to safeguard their own culture. With the death of the queen, the discussion around the monarchy and its stolen jewels also follows these imperialist talking points. "We stole these jewels from others who stole them as well, so we have every right to keep them." is the go to line. Who made them the keepers of the world's treasures? What gives them the right? Ask any of these questions and they instinctively will point to the destruction of cultural artefacts in Afghanistan and Iraq by terrorists and looters, WHO ARE ONLY THERE BECAUSE OF WESTERN MEDDLING IN THE FIRST PLACE. How do we deal with these types?

Mirror: > Many Americans think that Hawai'ians lived in huts prior to colonization. The US actually de-industrialized Hawai'i. Before 1898, Hawai'i already had electricity, mass transit, railroads. Iolani palace had electric lights before the White House. > Hawaii also had a higher literacy rate than the US, and Europe before colonization, the banning of our culture and language, erasure of our history, and ghettoization. Hawai'ians were also often bi- or trilingual, and world-renowned diplomats. > > https://cechambers.com/hawaii-highest-literacy-rate-in-the-world/ > Kalakaua, one of our leaders, had invented a sub-aquatic vehicle when Jules Verne was still dreaming up 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Hawai'i was a living Wakanda - an indigenous future: more technologically, economically, and socio-politically advanced than any Western Nation. > The sovereign country of Hawaii had Black citizens before the US Civil War. In fact, US slaves that stepped onto Hawaiian soil were considered free. Chinese were full citizens in Hawaii as US chained them up to build railroads & West Coast, w/terrible racism, lynching of Asians. > An example of actual equality, democracy, existing socialism without racial hatred, greater technological advancement in a POC nation - it put the US, the West, and Europe to shame, blew their 'White Man's Burden' out of the water -- which was why they illegally crushed Hawaii. > Hawaii's coup - backed by US gunboat diplomacy - to smash a Non-White country's building of an actual anti-racist, socialist, thriving country was the blueprint that would later be used on countless Asian, Pacific Islander, Latin American, African, countries across the world. > To push the country back into poverty, dis-educate its people, 'obliterate the history', de-develop its infrastructure, and plunder resources and cheap labor. > > (Homeless tent city is where I worked as social worker/STEM teacher for impoverished Hawaiians / AAPI at-risk youth) > But the US & Western imperialism's days are numbered. Hawaiians are learning our olelo (language) & history - despite US attempts to stop it - & we are building the prosperous, advanced, yet culturally Hawaiian world in solidarity w/ the rest of the rising Global South & allies. > Also, do follow > >@adamkeawe > >@jamaicaosorio > >@ihikapalaumaewa > >@kue_kawena > >for more on Hawaii #kanakatwitter > >@Veselekov is another PI indigenous dev > >Asian part of #AAPI : > >@LunaOi_VN - Vietnamese comrades > >@SpiritofHo > >@qiaocollective - left Chinese media > >@catcontentonly > > (Note these are Twitter usernames/hashtags since the original thread is on Twitter) > Help me do more indigenous education and make anti-capitalist anti-imperialist games at the Silver Spook hui (cooperative/commune) where we're trying to house and feed as is our kuleana (responsibility): > > patreon.com/neofeud > > streamlabs.com/silverspook (direct support)

This community needs are few finishing touches, and I'd like Lemmygrad to help with deciding on them. Firstly, a community profile picture is needed. What symbols, images, etc. represent either the concept of colonialism, or represent natives? What colours are commonly used for this purpose? Second, the community needs a banner. What images evoke decolonization, rage against colonizers, or solidarity between colonized peoples? Finally, the rules need to be set. What are some rules this community would benefit from having?

(Chief, especially honorary Chief, was a distinction for a war leader -- this was awarded to him during WW2)

Mirror in case they remove his account (go boost the original post though): > The US banned Hawaiian language, poisons our water, devastated our universal healthcare, overthrew our country, & illegally occupies Hawaii to this day. My mother's hands were broken for speaking Hawaiian in school. 100,000+ have been sickened by the US military's jet fuel. > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/77e52e27-8648-4f8f-8cca-16fc3d56392d.png) > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/a241c08f-79dd-453b-8612-a2096ffa7cce.png) > A year later, the US military still hasn't cleaned the jet fuel in our aquifer or shut down it's tanks, and all of Oahu's water supply could soon become unusable due to petroleum & salt contamination. > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/fd1c3500-fd49-4efc-a8bf-7e986db1031e.png) > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/5f7c9ca8-f9bc-499d-8880-0068d18c5ebd.png) > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/6ecdb3d0-1909-4e9d-82c4-4b4f1c040771.png) > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/9a49891c-b943-4cda-b841-cd2a1b5bba56.png) > Native Hawaiians / PI have the HIGHEST rate of incarceration in the US, and the lowest healthy life expectancy. Settler colonialism is ongoing. Still clearing the land of us for your resorts, and forced-laboring us to make your maitai umbrellas for 25 cents/hour in prison. > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/6facdf62-fdc0-4645-b47d-49241dba5f38.png) > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/429b6985-697a-4b03-9e91-11757d13ea68.png) > Hawaii also leads the US in the school-to-prison pipeline - #1 in rounding up children, especially Native Hawaiians. Part of the continued US attempt to destroy us indigenous people and lifeways. > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/eff89199-45ef-4e2c-b390-c46678009b6c.png) > Since US invaded our sovereign country, Hawaii also tops the US in police killings, disproportionately Pacific Islander. You're 6 times more likely to be killed by police if you're non-white in Hawaii. > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/54a3a4d5-51d8-40e0-be11-369828843c04.png) > Our Native Hawaiian children are also targeted by the US for child removal to prevent parents from passing Hawaiian language, history, and lifeways down to the next generation. CPS is a tool for cultural genocide. > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/bc18f327-4762-44f4-b140-6f4680311a76.png) > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/361dd441-ce2b-4812-8f98-db4f0137f3dd.png) > Hawaii is also by far #1 most economically unequal 'state' in the US. I worked with homeless/at-risk kids in that tent city in Honolulu, full time, while family & I lived in a Mazda Tribute, or my parents closet, eating spoons of peanut butter for dinner, due to cost of living. > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/43116f71-3db3-4683-b3ac-427eb7f398a7.png) > >![](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/3c961020-1446-4685-96c7-084b5dd1f79e.png) > If you appreciate the education, consider supporting what we do at the Silver Spook Cooperative so we don't become homeless Hawaiians in our own land AGAIN, by becoming a Patreon patron! Mahalo! https://ko-fi.com/silverspook > More on Hawaii that had the world's highest literacy rate, world's first Universal Healthcare, invented submarines before Jules Verne published 20,000 leagues, before the US invaded, banned our language and culture, ghettoized us, and buried the history. https://nitter.net/SilverSpookGuy/status/1572318242332606466?s=20&t=RW_jJ6pY2-JIulbzdBNc9w

When the meddling backfires in your face
![The story behind the construction of Cairo Tower](https://lemmygrad.ml/pictrs/image/df1eb6ad-1692-4447-97f1-b35e930bbd8e.jpeg) hope it's apropriate for this sub. ::: spoiler alt text Built from 1956 to 1961, the tower was designed by the Egyptian architect Naoum Shebib, inspired by the Ancient Egyptian Architecture.[1] Its partially open lattice-work design is intended to evoke a pharaonic lotus plant, an iconic symbol of Ancient Egypt.[8] The tower is crowned by a circular observation deck and a revolving restaurant[9] that rotate around its axis occasionally[10] with a view over greater Cairo.[11] According to documents published by Major General Adel Shaheen, the funds for the construction of the tower were originated from the Government of the United States through the CIA that represented by Kermit Roosevelt, which had provided around $US1-3 million to Gamal Abdel Nasser as a personal gift to him with the intent of stopping his support for Algerian Revolution and other African independence movements.[8][12][13] Affronted by the attempt to bribe him, Nasser decided to publicly rebuke the U.S. government by transferring all of the funds to the Egyptian government for the use of the tower construction, which he stated that it would be "visible from the US Embassy just across the Nile, as a taunting symbol of Egypt's, Africa and the Middle East's resistance, revolutions and pride".[12][14] The book also stated that the General Intelligence Service took full responsibility for everything related to the design and planning work, including the selection of the architect who was assigned to design, the construction work, and even providing the necessary materials for the building with the aim of giving the heroic character of the president.[8] However, its design was controversial as the Egyptians called it the "waqf Roosevelt" ("Roosevelt's endowment"), which was then mistakenly interpreted by the Embassy of Egypt in Washington, D.C. as the "waqef Roosevelt" ("Roosevelt's erection"). This prompted the Americans to react by calling it "Nasser's prick".[13] Because of that, a local Islamic group issued a fatwa to demolish the tower in the 1990s, stating that it "could excite Egyptian women", but this failed to be implemented due to its influence on national history and popularity among the nation and tourists.[15][16] Between 2006 and 2009, the tower underwent an £E15 million restoration project that included a new installation of light decoration. It was stated that the project used the LED lamp for its efficiency on energy consumption.[17] :::

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