Police brutality at home has the same object as conquests abroad: control by any means necessary to protect the fundamental power base of the status quo.
Today, as federal agents hunt for undocumented immigrants, breaking up families who have lived here for many years, many Americans are remembering the political efficacy and moral power of the Underground Railroad. It is time to put its lessons again into practice.
With the end of World War II came the Cold War and the Pentagon’s constant readiness to wage global war, even to the point that some believed the American economy could not avoid another Depression without war contracts.
World War II was a watershed in American growth at home and abroad, ushering in an age of corporate dominance, consumerism and conformity. The Cold War with the Soviet Union became a pretext for attacking anything that suggested communism or even nationalism, and the U.S. labor force went along with it.
Many Americans facing unemployment and home foreclosures today rightly blame the excesses of unfettered Wall Street greed. They rightly see the contribution to financial chaos made by the removal of regulations by a Congress, White House, and Supreme Court bought by corporate wealth.
Many of the same ultra-right families of the richest 1% in the U.S. currently attacking New Deal reforms protecting working families are the same families who attacked President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s for introducing these reforms.