The ruling White Empire are just Nazis that won. As Churchill was giving rousing speeches in the 1940s, he was killing millions of brown people in Bengal (whom he called “a beastly people with a beastly religion”). Today as Biden is giving drowsy speeches about freedom and sovereignty, he has stolen all of Afghanistan’s forex leading to the starvation of millions.
Nazis Then, Nazis Now
Same shit, different day, and all the talk of decolonization remains a branding exercise until these people are defeated. Indeed, the branding is all that changes. Instead of spreading Christendom and civilization, the branding is now democracy and human rights, all just different flags to wave over the same imperialism.
As a memo meant to put the training wheels on Trump’s Secretary of State read:
Like a Christianity they don’t follow, human rights concerns they wouldn’t swallow among allies or themselves become the pretext for imperial sanctions and war wherever they see fit. But it’s really just the same shit. Dehumanizing the people you want to hit or exploit, and finding a way to feel good about it.
Please compare Churchill’s 1902 statements about the rise of China to anything about the same ‘issue’ today:
I think we shall have to take the Chinese in hand and regulate them. I believe that as civilized nations become more powerful they will get more ruthless, and the time will come when the world will impatiently bear the existence of great barbaric nations who may at any time arm themselves and menace civilized nations. I believe in the ultimate partition of China — I mean ultimate. I hope we shall not have to do it in our day. The Aryan stock is bound to triumph.
How is this so different from Joe Biden today? Besides the openly Sinophobic campaign ads and policies, here he is speaking at a ‘security’ summit in Munich (I put security in quotes because it means insecurity for everyone else).
We’re at an inflection point between those who argue that, given all the challenges we face that autocracy is the best way forward, they argue, and those who understand that democracy is essential — essential to meeting those challenges. Historians are going to examine and write about this moment as an inflection point, as I said. And I believe that — every ounce of my being — that democracy will and must prevail.
So let me conclude with this: We cannot allow self-doubt to hinder our ability to engage each other or the larger world. The last four years have been hard. But Europe and the United States have to lead with confidence once more.
Substitute ‘civilized’ for ‘democratic’ and both of these guys are saying the same thing. ‘Barbaric’ for ‘autocratic’. Substitute ‘Aryan’ for ‘Europe and the United States’ and he’s talking about the same people. How is this anything but the ‘white man’s burden’ rebranded, spoken from the Aryan heartland once again?
The truth is that Germany only reckoned with its racist past because it was defeated, occupied, and forced to. And even then only partially, they’re still a subservient part of the White Empire now ruled from America.
America took Nazi scientists, Nazi leaders into NATO, and the Nazis themselves actually took ideas from segregationist America. It wasn’t that hard laundering and recycling the ideas back. The great sin Hitler committed was trying to colonialize white people.
As Aimé Césaire said in his Discourse On Colonialism:
“At bottom, what [white men] cannot forgive Hitler for is not crime in itself … it is the fact that he applied to Europe colonialist procedures which until then had been reserved exclusively for the Arabs of Algeria, the coolies of India, and the n — of Africa.” (via)
The truth is that this colonial imperialism has continued, occupying the Middle East, invading countries at will, sanctioning (besieging) places for centuries, couping or assassinating leaders they don’t like; using financial and military power to extract resources and labor from the colonies, and hitting them if they get out of line.
This ruling White Empire will no more decolonize itself than Nazis would. It has to be defeated, yet this seems impossible in isolated America. The only hope really is that it implodes from within, going isolationist, as it was sorta doing under Trump, albeit quite messily.
If there was to be justice for the people and the planet, White Empire would be defeated, occupied, forced to pay reparations, and have its military taken away for generations at least.
We know the solutions to climate collapse—a massive energy shift to renewables plus immediate degrowth in rich/western nations and transfer of wealth to poor countries. But we ignore the fact that this is all impossible with White Empire at the helm. The US military is the single biggest emitter in the world. You think these people are partners in progress?
The changes we need simply aren’t possible with pledges and commitments, which is why they aren’t happening. Instead we’re getting rebranding exercises on the same gravy train to hell. Joe Biden was supposed to be the ‘reasonable’ American President, the one who would listen to science, but what’s he actually doing.
Biden is proudly crowing about producing more, dirtier fossil fuels, and encouraging ‘allies’ to do the same. You cannot reform this. It has to be defeated.
It’s important to understand that the problem isn’t Biden, he’s just the personification of an Empire visibly dying. The problem is systemic. America is Thelma-and-Lousing off the climate cliff, with all of us in the back seat.
When I hear statements from White Empire, I wonder what the Nazis would have been like if they had persisted. Probably a lot like this. Their atrocities would be brushed off like British colonial or American atrocities against the world and its own people. We’d be talking about autobahns, or their media, or something else. If it sounds crazy, just think about the distracted and delusional age we live in.
We live in an age where America has been able to kill and starve millions of people and it just gets brushed off. They’re killing millions of people in Afghanistan and Yemen right now, and not a blink. Because they never forgot the cardinal lesson of white supremacy, don’t fuck with white people. That’s what Putin forgot, as you can see from the wildly unequal uproar over Ukraine.
Expecting climate action and human rights from these new Aryans (re, Americans and Europeans) is as futile as expecting good deeds from Nazis. They’ll keep doing good propaganda and bad things. As long as the Nazis that won keep winning, the planet will keep losing.
There is no decolonization without defeat. There is no revolutionary change with revolutionizing. Is all of this impossible? Yeah, almost definitely. But what’s the alternative? Politely dying?