A few closing thoughts for the evening… on immigration. The Republican chiefs — beholden to the same business interests as Democratic chiefs for big chunks of campaign cash — are now being hoisted on their own petard by the demands of capital accumulation. One of those demands is cheap, throwaway labor inside the US to keep wage floors low. (Gotta keep that inflation beast outside the door.)
A lot of pundits these days are saying (with reference to Guiliani, etc) that Republicans are at their core Christian conservatives who vote primarily against reproductive freedom for women. That’s true of one bloc; but the organizing principle of the Republican Party ever since Dick Nixon has been white supremacy, white supremacy, and white supremacy. So when big biz and white supremacy are not in conflict with one another, everything is hunky-dory.
But now big biz is facing the white supremacist call for sending all those brown workers back to the deeper than deep south; and big biz is shitting bricks… to coin a phrase. They know that this would be a disaster for productive capital inside the US, when all those jobs have to be given to people with full citizenship (who can seek political and legal redress); and finance capital knows that dumping 20 million people primarily back into Mexico would crush the Mexican economy and exacerbate the social tensions that are already brewing there (stolen elections, and rebellions in Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Guerrero… oh yeah, in Mexico City, too).
[Not all undocumented Latin@s in the US are Mexican, but the majority are; and the sheer weight of these numbers is what concerns the politicos.]
Revolution in Mexico is not seen as a minor matter by the chiefs of either party, given the left-shift of Latin America already in process.
Of course, on one is talking about these millions of “illegals,” at least not in any real way. Like what uprooting them will do to these whole families, which include a lot of kids. That’s why the left has consistently defended them, as people… because no one else seems inclined to do so.
Republicans are tip-toeing around immigration to mollify their white-supremacist base, while Capital tells them they absolutely cannot expel these workers. And now Democrats tip-toe around the war, with a big chunk of their base wanting out of Iraq yesterday; and Capital telling them we will have to cede our control over the entire oil patch if we leave.
How ’bout that!
Don’t know about anyone else; but I’ve made up my mind for the 2008 elections. NOTA. They can all rot in hell.