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Lumumba on May 21st.

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The municipal election for Jackson Mississippi will be held for the Democratic Party runoff on the 21st. The mayoral runoff will no doubt be decisive. I am naturally allied to the candidacy of Chokwe Lumumba due to his progressive and grassroots approach to politics. I am a Green Party voter which means I like the bottom up philosophy, the distrust of large powerful interests, and emphasis on sustainable economic foundations.Image

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Author: charlieali

not I but Christ

7 thoughts on “Lumumba on May 21st.

  1. Everytime I hear someone talking about “the people”, it means a disorganized mess that ends up with the same kind of hierarchical structure as that of…what? The enemy? The non-people? There is no “people” unless somone else is a non-people. But we are all equal, right? The Declaration, the Bible say so, correct? See a problem there?

    You quote from the Bible then list Jesus at the end of your “likes” list, as though this was equivalent to liking sushi or Radiohead or spending quality time with your dog .

    I’m smelling a little Marxist Theology here.

    • The “people” has a legalistic meaning which is sovereign in our system. Corporate entities have the upper hand due to the legal status our judges currently accord them and our elected officials enhance. In some states the term simply means that particular state government. The term often means the electorate of that jurisdiction.

      Jesus is the savior of my life. In his case the people are the whole of Judea and Galilee during his ministry on Earth and the whole of humanity in reference to his divine person.

      Karl Marx is an interesting theorist, but so is Hegel and Aristotle.

      Thanks you for your comments and I hope this clears up my meaning.

      • I do not believe the term “the people” is deployed in a legalistic manner when it’s used, for example,in phrases like “the people, united, can never be defeated” (which, sadly, is oftentimes incorrect). Employing your description of the phrase as having only (or primarily) “legalistic” meaning actually robs those words of their emotional and powerful grassroots effect. (The term “grassroots” itself, often found in close proximity to the colloquial “the people”, gives the lie to legalistic intent).

        “Liberation theology” is a (currently non-fashionable) subset of Protestant theology, specifically Catholicism. It’s based on Marxist principal, i.e. all efforts to spread the Word must be addressed primarily through engagement with the disenfranchised. It’s intended as a grassroots movement by and for the people. Hence my suggestion of overlapping beliefs.

        My whole point is, when Mr. Lumumba uses that phrase, it is not as a unifying device connecting rich and poor, black and white: It’s intent is to communicate an us-and-them mind-set.

        Mr. Lumumba is not the “unifier” he claims to be

  2. Free the land. The organic law is based on ‘theology’ in the sense that justice or a certain adjustment to fairness must be the foundation for a peaceful and lawful polity. ‘Power to the people’ and ‘Free the land’ are revolutionary slogans that are primal statements of an organizing polity that points to a formative democracy.

    • What is “organic law” and why do you place the word theology in quotations? Because you question the my usage of the word? Because you find the term as it is normally understood to be bogus? I ask thise because those quote marks have the ability to shade your entire response.

      As for “power to the people”, and “free the land”: in post-war America, in Mississippi, these phrases can be read as either a call to arms, or a call to arms.

  3. By ‘organic law’ I’m referencing the constitution. Clapp’s Random House Webster’s definition is “the constitution, charter, statute, or similar body of law establishing a government…” I used the work ‘theology’ in quotes to alert one to my special use of the term as a political faith or theory of government. Civic commotion or war precedes the establishment of government as in the case of the American Revolution and the Civil War…most property insurance covers that risk since political unrest is a human hazard in any society.

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