America's Genocidal Trolley Problem

Joe Biden has killed (at least) twice as many people as Trump from COVID, while cutting all relief funds and just telling people to go back to work sick. But liberal Democrats don't give a shit because it's their guy doing it. In the same way, Biden has continued caging children at the border, continued the trade war with China, and started all the wars they said Trump was going to start. And liberal Democrats don't give a shit. These people will really support a genocide as long as it's branded blue. Americans truly are cattle in cattle cars, driven by foxes and wolves, in the most genocidal version of the trolley problem.

The Trolley Problem

Liberal Democracy™ is a version of the trolley problem where 'pulling the lever changes the color of the trolley from blue to red.' That's it. The trolley runs over people no matter how hard people vote. There's a lot of debate about what sex acts to perform inside the trolley, but running over peasants is a constant.

Liberal Democrats are actually the worst. While Republicans are transparently evil, Democrats actually believe their own bullshit. People like Samantha Powers will write books about genocide and then commit one. Secretary of State will play 'Keep On Rocking In The Free World' in Ukraine, while an unelected President press gangs all the men into slaughter. Stephen Colbert and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez will mutually masturbate about how 'empathetic' Joe Biden is, while he massacres children every day. Liberal Democrats might do bad, but they feel bad, which makes it all good, apparently. As the sage eyeballslicer said, “A liberal is someone who opposes every war except the current war and supports all civil rights movements except the one that’s going on right now.” Truly sage advice from a rando.

America is caught in the midst of a genocidal trolley problem where they get to change the color of the trolley, but never the killing. Democrats keep pivoting to a 'center' that Republicans keep yanking rightwards, making them a uniparty with different sexual positions. The war/death/profit machine keeps going irregardless of who's tooting the horn and blowing off steam with random cultural bullshit. While we're riding this trolley metaphor, let's look at the original meme I modified. This contains a deeper understanding of what actually rules America. As DJ Shadow said in his tone poem ‘Why Hip-Hop Sucks In '96,’ “It's the money money money money.”

The more canonical meme says, “You can stop the trolley at any time, but doing so would disrupt the trolley service, causing the company to lose profits!” Now note that money, in aggregate, hasn't ruined America. Americans actually live like shit and their GDP is both illusory and unequally divided. Their society cannibalized by the same capitalists cannonballing the world. As Aimé Césaire said,

No one colonizes innocently, that no one colonizes with impunity either; that a nation which colonizes, that a civilization which justifies colonization—and therefore force—is already a sick civilization, a civilization which is morally diseased, which irresistibly, progressing from one consequence to another, one denial to another, calls for its Hitler, I mean its punishment.

In BDSM America, a small cabal of military-industrial fuckwits has lobotomized the country while literally atomizing civilians abroad, making their profit off planetary penury and ruin. As the old war criminal Eisenhower said, after he left the turd on America's doorstep,

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Well, that happened. As ambitious as it was for a practicing segregationist to talk about liberty, whatever actual democracy America managed to form after black people liberated it is now gone. When I read “an alert and knowledgeable citizenry” from 1961 I just lol in 2024. Americans are the most propagandized people on Earth—the most ignorant and also arrogant—a bunch of bloody-minded children sold endless military toys that only work for killing children. They don't get it, they think that giving their thumbs-up or thumbs-down in the Cable-TV Colosseum is power, and it isn't. It's just a pantomime staged by the military industrial multiplex that's been relentlessly propagandizing them post-war. American swords were never beaten back into plowshares after World War II, because there's easier money in blood than food. So now all the American people get is endless media circuses without the bread.

The Property Party

It all comes down to money for a minority, which is really the founding principle of America. The American revolution was just a bunch of slave holding white guys that didn't want to pay taxes. That's it. Everything else was marketing. It was never about 'the people', that was just a tagline to sell the thing. At founding a fraction of inhabitants could vote—property-owning white men—which is how the system still works to this day. It's working exactly as intended.

Thus the question is not how many people a President Red will kill vs. a President Blue. America's business is killing, and business is good irregardless of the paint job on the President. They're both ultimately on the same team, which is Team Property. As Gore Vidal said (shout-out to my homie Tor Guttorm Syvertsen):

There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently … and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.

This pithy insight leads to a deeper understanding of 'Israel'. 'Israel' is just a piece of real estate with a good location, location, location, near the oil. America inherited 'Israel' from the British (it's all one White Empire to us underneath) and they like it and they wanna keep it. That's about all there is to it. 'Israel'—far from controlling America—is imperial property and they (it, really) will defend their property rights, no matter how many people bleed. Hell, if it bleeds, it leads. This is precisely how the military-industrial multiplex feeds.

The property party—meaning the inchoate corporate AI that has ruled White Empire since the VoC—simply cannot process human life as anything more than a number in its calculating machine, and not a particularly interesting one. A human life is just a '1' that has to be multiplied by many dollars to even be perceived by the beast. Beyond actuarial tables, life has no actual value, as you can clearly see.

Everything Americans call Democracy™ (and try to export via bombs) is just a reality TV show atop rank oligarchy. They have these grand public bribery festivals called 'elections' where they vote on different paint job for the same snow job, and they call this freedom. American people are just so much cattle piled into so many cattle cars, and their parties are just so much branding on their dumb asses. Politicians are paid off right in front of them, journalists lie to their faces, and the people anoint this atrocity by voting 'harder' every election. This is all based on the faulty premise that Coke or Diet Coke, Genocide or Diet Genocide are real choices, and they just isn't. You have to think outside the trolley.

The 'Israel' Problem

I grew up in America and—despite choosing Benedict Arnold for Revolutionary Dress-Up Day in elementary school—believed what I was told quite fervently. I left America because I felt a vague inchoate horror manifesting as depression, but I couldn't put it into words until I was much older and far away (I live in Sri Lanka now, stamped RETURN TO SENDER).

For me, the big radicalizing event was COVID-19, but reading deeper since I see that wiser people had cottoned onto American evil since the cotton trade. For me, however, 2019 was when both the wheels and the mask came off simultaneously. America proved itself both incapable of basic health measures at home, and yet able to monopolize public health vaccines to kill us abroad. The 'city on the hill' was revealed as 'shitty and from hell,' at least to me. American Empire was revealed as a murder-suicide cult and I wanted the fuck out most fervently. This is a realization coming to many people in many ways now, as the atrocities just mount across the world. It's been one of those years when centuries happen for five years now.

For many, the Genocide of Gaza is (and should be) a radicalizing event of their own. Watching a live-screamed genocide in real-time for over seven months has been an atomic bomb of atrocity. I feel my eyeballs sliced anytime I read anything. 'Israel' has dropped multiple Hiroshimas worth of mostly American munitions on a population of mostly women and children. Idiotic Americans reply that this is no worse than all the civilians they've killed in Japan, Europe, Indochina, Iraq, etc, missing the very good historical point they're making. Colonial violence was always bad, and neither 'Israel' nor 'America' should exist any more than Nazi Germany. Hell, toss in Germany, which is back to being Nazis. There's now so much blood splattered all over the White Empire that general populations are beginning to connect the dots. It was all atrocities. Always has been. The extraordinary violence of 'Israel' just throws the ordinary violence of Empire into stark relief.

The trolley company (re: military-industrial multiplex) tries to deflect from the genocide they bought and paid for by pointing—in traditional European fashion—at the Jews. But this is a ruse, they have literally weaponized the word antisemitism to spread the worst antisemitism, the cynical cowards. The idea that this genocide is some 'Israeli' policy that Biden can't do anything about is a joke. It's thin propaganda for the thick minded. America's doing everything possible and without America, 'Israel' would have to stop.

America recently banned criticism of 'Israel' as antisemitic, is trying to give 'Israeli' soldiers US military benefits, and still cosigns on 'Israel's' loans, like the parent of a deranged and homicidal child who keeps running over people in his Bentley. Meanwhile they beat up their own children in college who dare complain about it. This is all atop of decades and military and diplomatic support that 'Israel' simply would not and could not exist without. 'Israel' is just a ventriloquist colony, with America's hand deep up its butt.

As an already old Biden said in the 80s (via), “Were there not an Israel, the United States of America would have to invent an Israel to protect her interests in the region.” As the astute leader of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has said, “According to some theories, Israel controls America. No sir, it is America that controls Israel. The story about the Jewish and Zionist lobby is—forgive me for saying this—a joke invented by the Arabs so that they do not have to fight Israel.” I'll remind you that Israel’ is America's property, inherited from the British, given carte blanche to be just as crazy as they're supposed to be, like a dog on a chain, scaring the Muslims into division and submission. 'Israel' is doing exactly what it's supposed to, while giving America plausible deniability. This is, in fact, the trolley company's favorite business model, dropping expensive bombs on poor people without air defenses. After the embarrassment of getting caned in Ukraine, Palestine is back to business as usual.

In truth this is what White Empire's rulers—that writhing cybernetic mass of carnivorous corporations and a craven comprador class—has decided will be normal. The cruelty we see in Gaza is, in fact, the point. As the surprisingly uncouped President of Colombia, Gustavo Pedro said (via), “The European Union, the United Kingdom and above all the United States—they all support dropping bombs on people because they want to teach a lesson to the entirety of humanity. They are telling us: look at our military power. What happens to Palestine can happen to any of you if you dare to make changes without our permission.” As the martyr Aaron Bushnell, recently honored by the brave Yemeni people, said,

I am an active duty member of the United States Air Force. And I will no longer be complicit in genocide. I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest. But compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers—it's not extreme at all. This is what our ruling class has decided will be normal.

Biden Time

The ruling class, the ruling AI, this is what they (it) have decided will be normal, and Joe Biden is the final death mask of American normalcy. An aw-shucks, ice-cream eating, segregation-supporting, white man from Scranton, Pennsylvania, paired with Obama to make white people comfortable. He was then dug out of the historical dustbin again to run against the even more garbage Trump and the people's Zionist, Bernie Sanders. Duly anointed as the Generic Democrat, the geriatric Biden was pushed over the line by a coalition of colored and progressive people who sadly believed his bullshit. However, Biden immediately reverted to his historically cruel mean once in office. Biden continued Trump's racist policies (against migrants, China, Muslims, and Russians for good measure), somehow cut social programs that Trump had enacted (as COVID relief), and started all the wars that Trump was supposed to. He betrayed his promises immediately, in fealty to the one true property party.

Unlike Trump, however, Biden gets away with it because he lies convincingly. Biden, unlike Trump, spouts what Hannah Arendt called 'pious banalities' while doing the same or worse actual evil. He pretends to feel bad or have good reasons while doing total evil, and that's sadly enough for enough people. As Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez in a deranged response to the question “Had it, or hit it? Joe Biden”—

Honestly, here's the thing. I think sometimes people want electoral politics to be—we overly identify with it. It's like if you vote for someone, they have to be the embodiment of you. And that's actually something I think Donald Trump provided to a lot of people. If you voted for him and if you were a Donald Trump person, it symbolized so much.

But I think what we have here in this situation is a more just honest thing. There are plenty of things that the president does that I completely disagree with. Right now, what's happening in Gaza, I can't— I just can't go on every single day seeing this. I don't associate myself with what's happening. But at the end of the day, we have to acknowledge that we just can't allow this fascist movement to grow in this country.

This is identity necro-politics. Politics is some private set of feelings which can't really affect external reality, so suck it up and support a genocidal maniac because he's not a Fascist™ like that guy, despite doing objectively fascist things. So Ocasio-Cortez decides to just 'not associate herself with what's happening' (a genocide) while campaigning for the guy doing it. AOC would still 'hit that' (implying a sex act, the one obsession inside the trolley) while Biden is literally hitting refugee camps and hospitals with American bombs. And then her and the white women on the podcast cackle ghoulishly. As the unfortunately racist but relevant Hannah Arendt said about liberals at the turn of Weimar Germany (into Nazi Germany):

What the spokesmen of humanism and liberalism usually overlook, in their bitter disappointment and their unfamiliarity with the more general experiences of the time, is that an atmosphere in which all traditional values and propositions had evaporated (after the nineteenth-century ideologies had refuted each other and exhausted their vital appeal) in a sense made it easier to accept patently absurd propositions than the old truths which had become pious banalities, precisely because nobody could be expected to take the absurdities seriously. Vulgarity with its cynical dismissal of respected standards and accepted theories carried with it a frank admission of the worst and a disregard for all pretenses which were easily mistaken for courage and a new style of life. In the growing prevalence of mob attitudes and convictions—which were actually the attitudes and convictions of the bourgeoisie cleansed of hypocrisy—those who traditionally hated the bourgeoisie and had voluntarily left respectable society saw only the lack of hypocrisy and respectability, not the content itself.

America is just speed-running the Weimar Republic into ruin. German liberals at least tried to enact some social programs before beating up the socialists. Biden is beating up protestors and doing the legislative work for fascism without even giving much in return. It's just a speed run into ruin, which liberals will surely decry once it's branded red, but it's actually their doing.

Blue Bloods And Red Bloodletting

The big question for the American heirs to German hypocrisy is what they will do if/when the trolley changes colors this November. Will they suddenly be offended at what they supported, ignored, or both-sidesed before? Will they oppose a Trump genocide just as they opposed a Trump pandemic? Because that guy is doing it, and committing the ultimate sin of embarrassing liberals? Will they co-opt the protests they previously derided or elided, turning the student slogans into pompous lawn signs like they did with BLM?

Again, I remember when liberal Democrats were outraged that Donald Trump killed (at least) 400,000 Americans from COVID-19. Then I saw them scrupulously not give a fuck when Joe Biden killed twice as many Americans, cut relief funds and all protections, and monopolized vaccine patents, killing millions globally. Liberals get mad if you even talk about this, because Biden's their guy and they're the good guys and just STFU about it.

In the same way, the same liberal Democrats are now piously unraged while Biden commits a liberal genocide in front of the whole world, massacring at least 100,000 Palestinians, many of them children. As Refaat Al-Areer—armed with just a whiteboard marker—said before they killed him with a guided missile, along with young children: “The Democratic Party and Biden are responsible for the Gaza genocide perpetrated by Israel.” The Democrats own this genocide in the sense that they bought it, and we have receipts. They'll try to make us forget with a paint job, but the rot goes deep.

If Trump gets elected, these same people will suddenly be opposed to the horror they liberally supported for years. Because a conservative is doing it. They'll suddenly be opposed to police beating up student protestors, because it'll be done with red sticks. These people are not really against fascism, they just don't want to appear unfashionable. This shit is a game to them, just a jousting of opinions, while real people bleed. Nothing has meaning. It's really just Red Team, Blue Team. Americans will endlessly debate what sex acts to perform inside the trolley, while people and planet are crushed underneath.

America's choices next election are Genocide and Diet Genocide and yet they still want people to bother with more futile lever pulling. They really don't get it. Hypocrisy doesn't make hegemony better, if anything, it makes people even deader. The only answer to a trolley that always kills people is not debating blowjobs while changing the paint job. It's tipping the whole thing over.