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Inferiority as Refuge

Some insensitive people have been accused of complaining about some African Americans continuing to play the victim and that being the reason for their inability to advance socially and economically. I think “victim” is the wrong term and, for that matter, if/when they are victims, they are not playing. African Americans are being exploited mercilessly, but then so are women as a whole. Exploitation persists and is widespread.
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The Tally

Eight months ago, my husband and I bought an abandoned and dilapidated cottage in the historic Brunswick Villa neighborhood, a county enclave which, seventy-five years after it was built to house families of Navy personnel and shipyard workers, now sits surrounded by the City of Brunswick and still lacks centralized sewer services.

Now that we have preserved the cottage, we have had a total of six break-ins, three of which involved the theft of tools. And, on the Fourth of July, my husband was arrested and jailed after he cleared an illegal dumping site.

Having been arrested repeatedly in 1960 for taking the census in a New Orleans slum where white landlords didn’t want records of the squalid living conditions, and where local officials didn’t want him passing out information about how to register to vote, my husband is not deterred by an arrest for trespass based on the complaint of a neighbor who resents being asked not to dump trash alongside the road around the corner from her house.

Nor, for that matter, am I, a survivor of World War II in Europe, who lived in a bomb-damaged house posted as uninhabitable because the walls needed to be propped up by timbers to keep them from falling into the street, going to be deterred by broken windows and knocked in doors.

What we both find curious is that the burglars have taken only power and hand tools that are easily pawned and have ignored the shovels, rakes and hoes we use to help “Keep the Golden Isles Beautiful.”

Follow up to a police report

Re: Report G17-34235

Dear Chief Doering,

As you may or may not have noticed, I like to know what I am talking about before I make public statements. Consistent with that position, after having heard many citizen complaints about the delivery of public services in the Magnolia Park, Brunswick Villa and ARCO neighborhoods, my husband and I purchased a derelict property at 2091 Cate Street in January of this year. From the start it was obvious that the property and the adjacent Boys and Girls Club Facility, which has an entrance on Cate Street and on Johnston Street, had been used as dumping grounds for many years, if not decades. Indeed, the former owner of the property at 2091 was a major offender. And he had arrogated to himself a portion of the B&G Club property to build a concrete block storage building and dump waste from his roofing enterprise, including a ton or more of asbestos siding and roofing material.
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Economists are Presumptuous

You’d think that by now, given all their failed predictions, economists would have developed some modesty. But no, now comes Joseph E. Stiglitz arrogating and attacking the only real economy (one that is not controlled by financiers and speculators) that is still operational.
Well, maybe he’s just arrogating the term, “shadow economy.” In any event, his agenda is bound to fail because it should.

This Report attempts to address these aspects of secrecy and provide recommendations for overcoming the shadow economy and ultimately, closing it down. Section II explores the global phenomenon of secrecy-havens, the structures through which illicit funds escape detection, and the risks involved in that opacity. Section III describes the ongoing international efforts and emerging standards to reign in the shadow economy. In Section IV, we offer recommendations for all countries for closing the global channels of secrecy, and Section V concludes with a perspective on why such measures are
necessary for the survival of globalization.

http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/iez/12922.pdf

Cultivating Inferiority

The culture of obedience seems to have a partner that is cultivating inferiority. Perhaps the two go together. Once they are convinced they are inferior, people are easier to dominate.

However, because feeling inferior is psychologically and practically debilitating, the suppressed strive to overcome the impediments placed in their way. In other words, instead of just exercising their talents, they aim for superiority to compensate. And in that context, equality presents a threat. How can they overcome their inferiority, if they can’t strive to be superior?

If that’s the pattern, where does it come from? Heritage and habit?