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The Philadelphia Syndicate is a collection of writers, businesses, artists, musicians, and activists based in Philadelphia, with connections to associates around the world via the internet. This publication is produced by members of the Syndicate's private online discussion forum for the purpose of giving exposure to the organization's thinkers to the public.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Found in a Philadelphia Bathroom

 

A Marxist/Liberal conception of social conditions dictates that ills such as poverty, violence, drug abuse, and similar circumstances, have a shared genesis – class.

Class, more specifically, the differential in power created by the relationship between the sexes, race, rich and poor, is the usual knee-jerk reaction as an explanation, as a root cause of that which the enlightened and altruistic wish to eradicate.

There, no doubt, is nary a thing wrong with wishing to help the weak, the wanting, and the wicked. Most of civil society in cultures within and without the European tradition see the alleviation of suffering, be it fiscal or otherwise, as a value, ideal and in many cases, a large scale program requiring the most powerful and pervasive component of a republic – the State.

Following the imposition of a welfare/warfare state during the Depression and WWII, the federal government has taken the role of being the largest provider of social services dedicated to the alleviation, and rather idealistically at times, the eradication of numerous social ills supposedly caused by lack of something quite easily understood – money.

The argument routinely goes, “in a nation as large and as rich of the United States, there should be no person that should go without the basic necessities of life.” That absolutist goal can only be conceived while assuming, either consciously or unconsciously, that human beings possess the ability to be infinitely perfectible. Without some degree of want or need, human nature itself would be unrecognizably altered beyond status of rational animal. This would be a Utopian place no doubt. As the fates would have it, persons such as Hillary Clinton, Ralph Nader, and other nattering patsies of the American left are those granted us by the collective wisdom of democracy. If the Democratic Party is the political institution charged with fighting the good fight against that which ails us, then heaven help us all.

After $ trillions in wealth transfer over the past four decades, we still have a culture of permanent destitution amongst large geographical and demographic segments of our nation. In the large, urban centers, such as Philadelphia where I live, decades of poverty have been entrenched and pervasive – with very little help from the Democratic Party, which has dominated the city for the past 60 years.

There is no way we can talk about poverty without talking about the plight of African-Americans, the most visible spectrum of our rainbow that has not been touched by market economics or public social services. The irony of African-American dependence and allegiance to the Democratic Party cannot be forgotten when examining the record of Jim Crow and the suppression of voting rights in the south. History has forgotten the lesson that it was the Democratic Party, which instituted Jim Crow in an attempt to the black man on the plantation. When I drive through the neighborhoods which border mine, some of the most lacking in American, and when I realize the control of the political system and the level of corruption perpetrated by the thugs who run City Hall and the Mayor’s office, I can not help but wonder if that very same party still keeps on the plantation those they pretend to represent and protect.

For these reasons, I cannot accept your nomination of Mayoral candidate for the City of Philadelphia.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey- Ed Hertzog- Are you the same guy that wrote the article- you have no right to an education - ? Just wondering. I liked that article and some of your sentiments here- although there were some grammatical errors.

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