The Crisis of Imperialism and the Future of Humanity


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Analysis of root causes of today's economic crisis and the way forward. This presentation was developed by Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee (APSC), white people organizing solidarity with the African liberation movement. APSC works under the leadership of the Uhuru Movement, led by the African People's Socialist Party. For more information, visit or

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    1. 1. The Crisis of Imperialism and the future of humanity
    2. 2. Omali Yeshitela African Internationalism: Key to understanding imperialism’s crisis
    3. 3. We believe that a united world without oppressors and the oppressed is possible and necessary
    4. 4. To get there we have to begin by acknowledging the truth
    5. 5. Yeshitela: Capitalism is parasitic, built on slavery, colonialism, genocide, conquest…
    6. 6. Creating a pedestal of prosperity and democracy for white people.
    7. 7. Oppressor nations live at the expense of Oppressed nations
    8. 8. Struggles around the world: Gaza, India/Pakistan, Somalia U.S. war, terror, counterinsurgency: Response to resistance by oppressed
    9. 9. U.S. backed Israeli slaughter in Palestine Obama’s response: “No comment”
    10. 10. Republicans, Democrats: same parasitic capitalist ruling class
    11. 11. Imperialist imposed poverty, starvation, displacement worldwide
    12. 12. Colonialism, poverty, oppression inside the U.S.
    13. 13. Struggle for self-determination: Oppressed peoples taking back stolen resources, land, power
    14. 14. Struggles for self-determination inside U.S.: African, Indigenous anti-colonial movements
    15. 15. Struggles for self-determination strike the critical blow to imperialism/parasitic capitalism
    16. 16. This is the basis for the current economic crisis
    17. 17. Economic crisis marks end of U.S. hegemony as “sole superpower”
    18. 18. Parasitic capitalism sinking in uncharted waters Stock market lost nearly half its value in 2008
    19. 19. 2 million “prime” mortgages in default currently, almost a million more than last year. Miami homeless Africans moving into foreclosed houses.
    20. 20. Food stamps: $23/week 573,300 jobs lost in November 1.2 million jobs lost in last 3 months, already unemployed, no longer looking or “underemployed” Not to mention prison population
    21. 21. <ul><li>Homelessness, tent cities skyrocketing </li></ul>
    22. 22. But nobody talking about this. Obama always talks about “Middle class”
    23. 23. Detroit, Cleveland other U.S. African cities: >a third in deep poverty
    24. 24. U.S. manufacturing at lowest level in 60 years
    25. 25. TWO-THIRDS OF U.S. GDP CONSUMERISM! <ul><li>But now everybody’s broke! </li></ul>
    26. 26. $8.5 trillion spent in desperate US bailouts
    27. 27. Bailouts only save lifestyles of these guys
    28. 28. Bailouts have no effect on economy as a whole
    29. 29. <ul><li>Now everybody needs a bailout! </li></ul><ul><li>States and cities </li></ul><ul><li>Steel industry </li></ul><ul><li>Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Medical industry </li></ul><ul><li>Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Homeowners </li></ul><ul><li>The unemployed </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>The NBA! </li></ul>
    30. 30. Bailout gave unprecedented powers to Treasury Dept. <ul><li>Changed no laws so bankers still committing same crimes </li></ul><ul><li>GMAC – subprime auto loans </li></ul><ul><li>Ponzi schemes abound </li></ul>
    31. 32. U.S. National Debt: $10,676,487,036,342.00 <ul><li>Plus total government liabilities = $53 trillion! (social security, medicare) </li></ul><ul><li>$400,000 per each family of four </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. debt as much as GDP of whole world–$66 trillion! </li></ul>
    32. 33. China, Japan and others finance U.S. debt
    33. 34. But U.S. power is shrinking
    34. 35. China tired of financing $$ Unrest because of unemployment in China as U.S. consumer economy tanks
    35. 36. Parasitic capitalism based on endless resources stolen from enslaved colonized people
    36. 37. Now capitalism outsources factories, jobs because they need cheap labor too
    37. 38. The capitalists will sell you the rope to hang them with-Lenin
    38. 39. Oppressed peoples are becoming clear: capitalism is dependent on colonial labor and resources!
    39. 41. When Africa is reunited and liberated, it will have the most powerful economy on the planet!
    40. 42. This is why the U.S. is setting up AFRICOM with military bases all over Africa
    41. 43. Bailouts, stimulus packages will deepen economic crisis
    42. 44. Obama can’t fix it <ul><li>Same plan </li></ul><ul><li>Same parasitic players </li></ul><ul><li>Same parasitic capitalism </li></ul>
    43. 45. Building roads and capitalist “green economy” won’t cut it
    44. 46. Capitalists can’t fix it <ul><li>Their only motives: </li></ul><ul><li>Profit </li></ul><ul><li>Greed </li></ul><ul><li>Self interest regardless of price to others </li></ul>
    45. 47. UN, IMF, others predict 2009 collapse of US dollar
    46. 48. Predictions with dollar collapse:
    47. 49. U.S. economy in ruins? “Never,” say most North Americans. But without a host the parasite must die.
    48. 50. Why not? For 500 years white power has destroyed colonized economies, lives, resources !
    49. 51. Asked by London Times to a Southern newspaper editor in 1860s
    50. 52. <ul><li>A: “The ships would rot at her docks; grass would grow in Wall Street and Broadway, and the glory of New York, like that of Babylon and Rome, would be numbered with the things of the past.” </li></ul>
    51. 53. “ Without slavery grass would grow on Wall Street…”
    52. 54. Impoverished European workers poured into the US for jobs, democracy, opportunity in 18-1900s
    53. 55. Access to pedestal of white power required one thing: Complicity in slavery, genocide The foundation of the capitalist economy
    54. 56. Fears of white people: They will do to us what we did to them!
    55. 57. Such as…
    56. 58. And…
    57. 60. And…
    58. 83. So, for millions of people food shortages & currency deflation are ordinary
    59. 84. Imperialism needs imperialist peace to continue its exploitation
    60. 85. 500 years of resistance has rocked imperialist power
    61. 88. 1712 and 1741--enslaved Africans waged major organized uprisings in New York city--were well organized. Twenty percent of New York’s residents were enslaved Africans. The white people called them “conspiracies” meaning they were well organized.
    62. 89. 1521 Aztecs resist Cortes and Spanish invasion. Bernal Diaz and Cortes--found Tenochtitlan (at the site of today’s Mexico City) to be the most splendid and beautiful site they had ever seen. Markets, cleanliness, birds and flowers, artists, poets, street theater, prosperity. Then slaughtered the people and destroyed the city within a few years.
    63. 91. Anti-colonial movements of 1960s
    64. 92. 1960s U.S. Black Power Movement: Urban African workers in U.S. • Anti-colonial movement
    65. 93. Black Power Movement of the 1960s shook the U.S. to its very foundations. Was an anti-colonial movement inside this country, struggle for political power after voting and civil rights were won. Defined African people as a colonial people, part of the overall African liberation struggle. Black Power Movement of the 60s
    66. 94. U.S. counterinsurgency against national liberation
    67. 95. COINTELPRO U.S. counterinsurgency against Black Power Movement
    68. 96. As part of counterinsurgency US set up Neocolonialism
    69. 97. Mandela & owner of DeBeers diamonds: Neocolonialism facilitates the ongoing looting of Africa’s resources
    70. 98. Neocolonialism: last stage of imperialism
    71. 99. Real problems in white society sitting on pedestal We want to see world without any oppression
    72. 100. GLBT and Women’s oppression
    73. 101. Workers
    74. 102. Environmental destruction
    75. 103. Disability rights
    76. 104. Domestic violence
    77. 105. Substance abuse, alienation
    78. 106. But we have fought for our rights at the expense of the African and oppressed communities
    79. 107. Our goal cannot be to become an equal opportunity oppressor… Sitting comfortably on the pedestal of the oppression of African and colonized peoples!
    80. 108. Women’s, Gay Liberation sparked by Black Liberation
    81. 109. Women’s Liberation?
    82. 111. The colonizer Cecil Rhodes was gay!
    83. 112. Our goal is to end the system of oppressor and oppressed!
    84. 113. Our oppressive ruling class is the same parasitic capitalist class responsible for war destruction, suffering and oppression around the world
    85. 114. The ruling class does not care about gays, women or working people
    86. 115. White people on the pedestal gives them a base of support for their imperialist plunder
    87. 116. When they no longer need us we are dispensable
    88. 117. A system built on the backs of the enslaved will be overturned by the leadership of the slave
    89. 118. In this time of crisis it’s every capitalist ruler for him/her self. They take the money and run
    90. 119. Do we fight for dying white power?
    91. 120. Or join the rest of humanity?
    92. 121. Life at the expense of African, oppressed peoples is no life at all!
    93. 122. Those who created the problems can’t solve them
    94. 123. Parasitic capitalism has got to go!
    95. 124. The African Revolution: liberating Africa and the world!
    96. 125. Africans are one people around the world
    97. 126. Africa’s resources for African people !
    98. 127. African Socialist International African workers lead the struggle to liberate Africa and African people
    99. 129. Uhuru Red, Black and Green: Sustainability and dual power for the African working class
    100. 130. African People’s Solidarity Committee A place where white people can be part of changing the world!
    101. 131. Uhuru means freedom!