SOLO- US Press Release: How can one simultaneously criticize and embrace racism? Ask Barack Obama!

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Submitted by mvardoulis on Wed, 2008-03-19 21:27

SOLO- US Press Release: How can one simultaneously criticize and embrace racism? Ask Barack Obama!

Irvine, CA. For Immediate Release

March 20, 2008

"All I wanted from Barack Obama was someone whom I could have a traditional socialism-vs-free-market disagreement," says SOLO-US spokesman Michael Vardoulis. “I would much rather be criticizing Senator Obama for his being a New Deal leftist in the ancient and economically disastrous school of FDR. I would like nothing more than to be able to challenge America's first Afro-American candidate with a legitimate shot at the Presidency for nothing more than the typical crippling left-wing statism of the typical Democratic Party candidate. But he is that and an accomplice to racism.

"I am truly disappointed that Senator Obama has tried to convince the American people that he wasn't aware of the racist views and conspiracy theories of his Pastor of twenty years.

“I am also disappointed that within the same speech he purports to reject the bigotry of Reverend Jeremiah Wright while refusing to disavow him.

"Unfortunately, Barack Hussein Obama has proven himself to be far more tolerant of racism than any American President ever should be regardless of their ethnic ancestry or time in history," adds Vardoulis, "and all the while ironically attempting to criticize America's racism.

"Senator Obama is condemned by his own words when he criticizes 'a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism—or in other words, the politics of his 'former' Pastor whom he won’t repudiate.

“Senator Obama goes so far as to equate Reverend Wright with his white grandmother, who I've no doubt had no pulpit audience of thousands from which to preach her brand of racism and whom Senator Obama had no choice in being related to. Worse still, Senator Obama tries to excuse Afro- American racism as a legitimate response to historical white racism as if one is somehow less evil than the other, while also admitting his former pastor's comments 'reflect the complexities of race in this country that we've never really worked through.' Take note, Senator Obama: the 'complexities of race' in this country have not been ‘worked through’ largely because of demagogues like your 'former' spiritual leader Reverend Wright, his Afro-American hate-filled contemporaries like Louis Farrakhan, and his 'caucasian' hate-filled corollaries like David Duke. None of these acknowledge what Frederick Douglass identified and Russian immigrant Ayn Rand further clarified: Racism is an evil, irrational and morally contemptible doctrine, regardless of who is espousing it!

"Explaining the origin of black racism against whites no more justifies racism than explaining the origin of white racism against blacks. Slavery was, as Obama put it in his recent speech, 'this nation's original sin', but there is no excuse to allow that 'sin' to perpetuate its tribal and collectivist evil with yet more racism. In Rand's essay on racism she makes a very relevant statement concerning so-called 'race' or 'minority- majority’ relations which if fully grasped by the American people, would cause the 'complexities of race' to be 'worked through;' in essence 'perfecting' the union as Senator Obama put it. Again, Senator, take note, 'The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.'

“Until the rights of the individual regardless of so-called 'racial' identity are held supreme by our government (and its President), no arbitrarily defined 'racial minority' will be protected, and the evils of racism will never be 'worked through' by the American people," Vardoulis concludes.

Michael Vardoulis
SOLO - US Coordinator
(949)600-6440 xt 110

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It takes...

mvardoulis's picture

...a true paranoid delusional conspiracy theorist to believe AIDS was manufactured for genocide. And it is not drugs, but the WAR on drugs, which is 'wrecking' the black, Latino, and any impoverished, arbitrarily-defined 'communities' to the benefit of the *political* power structure (i.e. not necessarily 'white'). The reprehensible truth about racists of all 'ethnicities' is there is just a little bit of truth to their complaints, but from there begins a descent into the lowest forms of collectivist-tribal cultism.

Good observations from Christopher Hitchens!

Hitch on Obama

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Christopher Hitchens gets stuck in. Has a good go at the weasel-worded media:

This flabbergasting process, made up of glibness and ruthlessness in equal proportions, rolls on unstoppably with a phalanx of reporters and men of the cloth as its accomplices. Look at the accepted choice of words for the ravings of Jeremiah Wright: controversial, incendiary, inflammatory. These are adjectives that might have been—and were—applied to many eloquent speakers of the early civil rights movement. (In the Washington Post, for Good Friday last, the liberal Catholic apologist E.J. Dionne lamely attempted to stretch this very comparison.) But is it "inflammatory" to say that AIDS and drugs are wrecking the black community because the white power structure wishes it? No. Nor is it "controversial." It is wicked and stupid and false to say such a thing. And it not unimportantly negates everything that Obama says he stands for by way of advocating dignity and responsibility over the sick cults of paranoia and victimhood.

Honorable Mister Shabbaz

mvardoulis's picture

I've been a fan of yours for some time now, particularly after your trip to Mecca where your views on achieving harmony between the 'races' became far more individualistic. If I had a time machine, I would love to go back in time and encourage you to meet up with a certain Russian immigrant at some point after your trip to Mecca, who herself was pushing forward a controversial and essential message during the same time.

Even before your famous trip to Mecca, was it not you that said in a 1963 speech regarding the concept of what is now called Affirmative Action something to the effect that "...laws forcing white men to become hypocrites provide no solution to the problem, but when a white man extends his hand to a black man in friendship, voluntarily, then that is the solution to the problem."? This concept of 'race relations' you expressed here is very individual in nature as well as voluntary and reminds me of a gentleman who was with you just two weeks prior to your brutal and tragic assassination, Mr. Richard B. Boddie, who is in many ways my mentor and who evolved your teaching to the place it logically was headed anyway - libertarianism; that is, the pursuit of a color-blind society where as Rand said INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS ARE DEFENDED instead of arbitrary 'group' rights. It was Mr. Boddie who said "Citizens are deceived en masse, but enlightened one at a time" which is a statement owing just as much to Frederick Douglass and Ayn Rand as to yourself. I'm sure you'd agree, Malcolm, racism is a primitive mindset chosen *by individuals* to embrace the ugliest and lowest form of group-think tribalist collectivism "en masse" (i.e. practiced in arbitrary GROUPS), but individuals can just as easily find the 'enlightenment' of individualism and think beyond the notion of 'group'.

White racism against blacks, like all other forms of racism (institutionalized, government-supported or otherwise), is reprehensible. In an age where there is a clear and 'enlightened' path of individualism which transcends historical racist evils, racism is also inexcusable, especially for a Presidential candidate. Mind you, this goes for all Presidential candidates past and present, and those who have held the office as well. Abraham Lincoln, credited with 'freeing the slaves' was himself a racist (not to mention a totalitarian control freak), so I pull no punches when I hold a color-blind standard for those who seek 'higher office'.

There is just no excuse to perpetuate the evil of racism with more racism. Though Dr. King began to get more entrenched in 'modern' liberal collectivism until HIS untimely death, he at least kept that important concept at the center of his messages right up until his tragic assassination. Again, if I only had that time machine and could have arranged a few meetings with my favorite Russian lady....

My upcoming column for the world's best libertarian - objectivist magazine "The Free Radical" features some of the men (of color) with whom you've inspired and whom have taken your (and Frederick Douglass') ideas to their logical conclusion and furthered the cause of individual liberty. When it comes out, Malcolm, I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'll gladly send you my copy if you're not already a subscriber!


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El-Hajj, so the race riots, which left many dead and many lives destroyed in the US in the 1960s, were simply "retaliation", against many who didn't commit racist acts? Is it reasonable for a black man to kill a white man because of events hundreds of years ago that involved neither, than it is for the white man to kill the black man?

Retaliation is one thing; racism, murder, and destruction are completely different. MLK would be ashamed of what happened to the just movement he led, after his murder. (But whose blood was shed in the riots of the 1960s: MLK's murderer, or the lifes of thousands of innocent people, who had nothing to do with racism?)

"Socialism may be dead, but its corpse is still rotting up the place." -Ayn Rand

Leave it to the Theist

Landon Erp's picture

Thanks Reed, you caught something I missed. But probably shouldn't have given the picture

Did anyone on the SOLO staff give someone permission to set up an account as Malcolm X?


Never mistake contempt for compassion, or power lust for ambition.

El Hajj Malik - I thought

reed's picture

El Hajj Malik -
I thought you were dead.

Are you serious or just posting these ideas for a stir?


Mark Hubbard's picture


Welcome to SOLO.

Racism is a form of collectivism that arises from not treating individuals in their own right as that, individuals, but treating them, rather, as representative only of a group. And this lay at the heart of all atrocities visited on individuals throughout history.

Racism, collectivism - they're all the enemy of us living free lives, as individuals.




El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz's picture

Mr. Lees: "Racism is practiced by individuals, not by "whites" or "blacks" as a collective."

Surely you jest?

You're all about collectivism

Mitch's picture

aren't you El-Hajj?

Racism is practiced by individuals, not by "whites" or "blacks" as a collective.

Are you saying that it is justified for a "black man" to be racist towards a "white man" because of some other completely unrelated white man's racism towards the black man?

From what I can see today, many individual "black men" have a racist attitude towards "white men" because of racism practiced by OTHER "white men" against OTHER "black men" many years ago. This collectivist attitude doesn't help anybody, least of all the black man with a chip on his shoulder.

White Racism and Black "Racism"

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz's picture

Mr. Vardoulis,

Usually the black racist has been produced by
the white racist. In most cases where you see it, it is the reaction to
white racism, and if you analyze it closely, it's not really black
racism. I think black people have shown less racist tendencies than any
people since the beginning of history.

If we react to white
racism with a violent reaction, to me that's not black racism. If you
come to put a rope around my neck and I hang you for it, to me that's
not racism. Yours is racism, but my reaction has nothing to do with
racism. My reaction is the reaction of a human being, reacting to
defend himself and protect himself.


El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Excellent observation, Callum!

mvardoulis's picture

Yes, the 'race' card is being used ever more effectively by the left, though when I mention in the press release that I'd wished for at least a non-racist black leftist to be running for President, I wasn't joking. I really do wish that Obama was just another leftist with an 'Afro American' background, it makes me sick that on top of being simply philosophically incorrect he's also an accomplice to racism.

I remember seeing footage taken less than five or six years before my birth of peaceful black protesters during the civil rights movement being assaulted by racial slurs (grotesque but not an initiation of force), fire hoses and attack dogs (which were). I was maybe ten years old, and I think that was when I first became genuinely enraged, and discovered the absolute importance of individual liberty as people like Frederick Douglass and Ayn Rand described.

Racism was the first thing I ever learned to despise, and from that, eventually all the other forms of anti-individual collectivism.

I think Sowell would make an excellent "black" Presidential candidate, given that I can't get my close friend Richard "Senator Chocolate" Boddie to re-enter the political arena since we've both abandoned the Libertarian Party.

I've heard rumors of Condi Rice being the running mate for McCain...? Anyone heard any truth to this, or find it worth discussing? Is it time for the ‘race card’ to be played by the right as well?

Great piece

Callum McPetrie's picture

Great piece, Michael. Isn't the race card so useful in leftist politics?

"Socialism may be dead, but its corpse is still rotting up the place." -Ayn Rand

Looking good at the moment ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Prof. Sowell, who would be

Jason Quintana's picture

Prof. Sowell, who would be an outstanding choice for "first black president", or better yet an outstanding choice for "first almost completely logical president" wrote a pretty good op ed about this.

"Senator Barack Obama's political success thus far has been a blow for equality. But equality has its down side.

Equality means that a black demagogue who has been exposed as a phony deserves exactly the same treatment as a white demagogue who has been exposed as a phony."

Unfortunately I don't think Obama's campaign is over. I think this was just a bump in the road for him.

- Jason

That's what I was afraid of...

mvardoulis's picture I'll kindly withdraw my request, and retire to my Monty Python DVD collection in an attempt to research the meaning on my own...

but I'd need an American

Mark Hubbard's picture

but I'd need an American translation of 'buggery' ...?


I wouldn't recommend that. Well, not while sitting down anyway.

I admire Churchill

mvardoulis's picture

And I love rum, even 'the lash' in certain circumstances, but I'd need an American translation of 'buggery' ...? Smiling

As far as what keeps California going, at least down south, you left out 'superficial glamour' ... we've had the world capital for almost a century!


Lindsay Perigo's picture

What keeps California going is dope, wanking and counselling. What they really need is a good dose of Churchill's prescription for the British navy—rum, buggery and the lash.

A certain 'funny stuff'...

mvardoulis's picture

...was legalized for medical use in California in 1996, which I had the privilege of working to help achieve. California has had a tug-of-war with federal restrictions ever since, with the current climate favoring the law as it was passed by voters back in '96. But, alas, that's another story...

Mmm. Lot's of funny stuff

Mark Hubbard's picture

Mmm. Lot's of funny stuff goes on in California, or so it's rumoured. Probably all that sun.

And thank YOU Mark

mvardoulis's picture

Though you'll inspire no blushing from me. Even with a cape. Eye

Not bad for a 'slow American' (we're especially slow here in Southern California) I take it? Smiling

Great post Michael.

Mark Hubbard's picture

Great post Michael.


mvardoulis's picture

Sandi, you're going to make me blush! Smiling

Glad you liked it.


Sandi's picture

Well said mvardoulis, (Mr Marvellous).

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