School shootings and gun control
School shootings and gun control
Recently, there has been another school shooting in the United States. Twenty six people were shot in a Connecticut elementary school by Adam Lanza. The victims at the school were shot multiple times with a high-power rifle, some of them up close. All six adults were women. Of the 20 children, eight were boys and 12 were girls. All the children were 6 or 7 years old. He then killed himself. This shooting is one of many in the United States over the years, the most famous of which was the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. These shooting reflect the sick nature of imperial society. Violence is as American as apple pie. The United States is a society that wages war against the poor peoples of the world. It is no surprise that violent events like this occur from time to time in the heart of empire. Even though the First World society of the United States is extremely wealthy, it is sick, unhealthy and violent. These events are now being exploited by the Obama administration in an attempt to tighten the gun control laws.
Many in the United States see gun control as the first step by the state to enslave the population. This kind of view is often articulated by racists and other fascists who oppose the state from the right. Even though the imperialist system, including its state, has provided one of the most wealthy, liberal, hedonist societies in the world, fascists and social fascists see themselves and their First World privilege as constantly under siege. They traffic in all kinds of paranoid fascist propaganda, recycled anti-semitism, crackpot conspiracy theories, etc. These views have only increased in recent years. In recent decades, ideas once found almost exclusively on the “far right” have spread into anti-war and “social justice” activist circles. Along with this, the line between traditional “right wing” fascism and “left” social fascism has blurred in some respects. The “far right” and “far left” have much in common. They are both First Worldist. Both the “far right” and “far left” both attempt to agitate on behalf of First World populations. Both seek to preserve, advance and extend First World privilege, which they see as threatened by their state. So it is not surprising that there would be a crossover of rhetoric and ideas. This crossover can be seen with conspiracy theories about the Illuminati. Rhetoric and ideas once almost exclusively associated with White populist and racist organizations now find their way into hip hop music, for example.
Although there are various contradictions in First World society, including contradictions involving the state, the contradictions are not antagonistic. The First World state is part of the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie over the proletariat of the Third World. The First World state is not out to enslave its imperial population. Rather the First World state is part of a system that delivers wealth and privilege to the vast majority of the imperial populations. To see the state as out to enslave and pauperize its population is a First Worldist misunderstanding of the nature of the global class structure. There is no significant proletariat in the First World, including the United States. Both the state apparatus and the general population of the First World are comprised of the class enemies of the global poor of the Third World.
Ultimately, all enemy populations should be disarmed, including the populations of the First World. Disarming enemies is part of the role of the New Power. However, these populations should be disarmed by the proletariat when, in the future, the proletariat has the ability to do so. The imperial state, by contrast, seeks to disarm its population in the name of social stability, ending crime, and preventing arms from trickling into the hands of revolutionary and resistance movements. In other words, the current state seeks to disarm its population as a measure to strengthen and protect First World society, not to destroy it.
The United States is the top exporter of arms. Many of these arms end up in the hands of puppet dictatorships and death squads in the Third World. However, this will continue whether or not the United States passes more gun control legislation. Such legislation will affect private sales, not state sales. At present, Leading Lights should oppose gun control for the simple reason that attempts to restrict arms trafficking will hurt revolutionary and resistance movements (especially in the Third World) that may acquire weaponry through the private marketplace. In other words, such restrictions also hurt the Third World proletariat’s ability to acquire the tools it needs to liberate and defend itself.
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