Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism (must-see)

Martin Luther King Jr

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Previously published Jan. 17, 2016

“What they truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Address Delivered at the National Conference on New Politics, August 31, 1967

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change on Jul 6, 2015

Transcript

from the archives:

Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence By Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chris Hedges: The Great Black Depression

An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind by Rev. John Dear

Seven Ways Racism Is Built Into the System by David Swanson

Cornel West: The Betrayal By The Black Elite, interviewed by Chris Hedges

Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation and Apartheid South Africa (must-read/listen)

The Radicalization of Martin Luther King + MLK: Where Do We Go From Here?

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17 thoughts on “Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism (must-see)

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  13. So good to see the prescient analysis of Dr. King, the most conscious and conscientious voice in American political history, radiated out again and again. Thank you!

    And, in order to fully honor his masterful insight and foresight, let’s be clear on what he seemed the three evils persistent in our society and underming its integrity. These are racism, militarism, and *materialsm.*

    It is that last one that is often mischaracterized as poverty, or as it is here, capitalism. Dr. King provided gave us piercing and essential analysis of both of these phenomenon, yet they were not elevated to this core list. Perhaps he would say they derive there from. Nonetheless, he insisted that we confront materialsm as a fundamental threat to the body politic, yet those of us on the progressive left have a tendency to leave it out.

    In my own view, it is our objectification of people, our sibling creatures, and the earth herself in the deluded interest of acquisition that may be the most persistent of these. So confused we are about the causes of true happiness and our radical interdependence, with one another and the whole of life, that we tenaciously resist freeing one another from the daily violence of the excess/deprevation economy while actively destroying the very basis for all life. Let’s encourage each other to look hard at the fullness of Dr. King’s moral call.

    • I love quoting MLK on the giant triplets. He is one of the few who ever connected all 3 as being indivisible. Militarism, Racism and Materialism. It has been my observation that all 3 are connected through the common language of supremacism. All those who are caught in the intertwining vines of the triplets approach their worlds with an arrogance which always asks the same question, “Why am I better than you?”

      Then, come the various rationalizations which all serve to support the basic premise, and all demand deference and rely upon hierarchy. “I am richer than you”, cries the materialist and so you must defer to my superior position in life. “I am stronger than you”, cries the militarist and so I will crush you if you get in my way. “I am whiter than you”, cries the white racist and my race is superior in every way. It is our very nature.

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