March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 1963

Connecting the dots on Martin’s legacy: poverty and racism here, militarism there.

In the official commemorations in Washington today, we refused to connect the dots that Martin connected. We refused to see the connection between the poverty and racism here to the militarism there–though of course the policies of America the Empire are already implicated in racial assumptions of billions of people in the world (majority of them Muslims today) being less than fully human, less than fully deserving of the same right to live, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that we cherish as the cornerstone of our own experiment.

A drone prepares for takeoff. Quoted from The Yale Undergraduate Journal of Politics.

Drone debate reveals moral hypocrisy of both sides

At the end of The Godfather Part II, Michael Corleone famously remarked, “If anything in life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it’s that you can kill anybody.” America’s current drone policy has made the fictitious mobster look like a prophet. The Bush administration began using the nimble humanless aircrafts, authorizing about 50 non-battlefield drone strikes. This paved the way for what we’re now witnessing. Of course, the Obama administration has taken this to a whole new bloody level. The President has authorized five times as many drone strikes leaving nearly 4,000 dead.