Curing Utopia Phobia
by Saab Lofton
"Democracy has failed because so many people fear it. They believe that wealth and happiness are so limited that a world full of intelligent, healthy and free people is impossible."
--from the book, Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace (1945), by Dr. W.E.B. DuBois
DuBois must have been a prophet as well as an intellectual, because the aforementioned quote captured the essence of the Reverend Pat Robertson perfectly. In his book, The New World Order, Robertson expresses a definite fear of a world full of free people.
"We all could indeed craft a world society where there was a wise administration of law, an end to war and oppression, and a guarantee of the basic necessities of life for every Human." Robertson wrote. "Indeed people have dreamed of such an age for at least three thousand years. Because the philosophers and dreamers leave out the two ingredients that are guaranteed to sabotage their beautiful dreams --the corruptible nature of man and the presence of spiritual evil --these dreams usually are impractical."
Because of the Religious Right's belief (belief, NOT fact, mind you) that the entire Human race is "corruptible", Robertson evidently assumes that any attempt to achieve the kind of world peace one can glimpse in reruns of Star Trek ...
... would SUPPOSEDLY fall from grace. Now, it'd be one thing if the Religious Right was legitimately concerned that an anti-Christian, one-world dictatorship might result from attempting world peace. But if there's ever a one-world DEMOCRACY ...
... and most of the planet is poor, guess how the Earth would vote when it came to, say, free universal health care? That's right; Earth's rich, white minority (Robertson's target demographic) would be stuck with the bill! Judging by the following from The New World Order, Robertson is clearly aware of this:
"Imagine that you, a citizen of the United States, are assessed a tax on your income to pay for a project in Africa that you totally disagree with. Since you are 'rich' [note Robertson's quotes, as if we don't know what the fuck rich means] the representatives of the United Nations from the poor countries will now have a claim on your assets. This type of wealth-transfer legislation is not futuristic [hence my Star Trek reference], however, but already on the books of the present United Nations."
It's just a wee bit suspicious that Africa of all countries was used in Robertson's example and I suspect the reason why his predominantly white fan base would "totally disagree" with the hypothetical "project in Africa" is because said project would surely have SOMETHING to do with raising the African standard of living. Like an eco-friendly jobs program; a Greenpeace version of FDR's New Deal, for instance ...
... obviously, free health care (and socialism in general) would increase the black population as it did in Castro's Cuba -- and since the progeny of, say, Michael Jordan and Gwyneth Paltrow is statistically more likely to look like Tiger Woods than Leonardo DiCaprio, there'd surely come a point in the future when the closest thing to a "white man" would be someone who looks like rapper Ice T. While most whites are fairly decent people simply trying to get by and wouldn't have a problem with what is called ethnic miscegenation, all too many WOULD, and Lord knows how far THOSE whites are willing to go to maintain today's status quo*.
As DuBois said in 1938, "Most men in this world are colored. A faith in Humanity, therefore, a belief in the gradual growth and perfectibility of men [i.e., the very basis of Gene Roddenberry's utopian series Star Trek] must, if honest, be primarily a belief in colored men." My contention is that Robertson lacks said faith, and as a result, he might conspire against a multicultural future as much as any Ku Klux Klansman would.
As we all know, the ties between the Religious Right and the Republican Party are strong indeed. In 2000, Dubya visited Bob Jones University, a religious college most known for the ban it once had on so-called interracial dating. When CNN's Larry King interviewed the school's president, Dr. Bob Jones III, Jones attempted to rationalize the ban. "We stand against the one-world government, against the coming world of anti-Christ, which is a one-world system of blending. So we say, OK if they're going to blend this world and interracial marriage is a very definite sort of blending we said, let's put this policy in here."
Now compare Jones' quote with what George Kennan, director of policy planning in President Truman's State Department, said in 1948. "We have 50 percent of the world's wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its population. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Out task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity."
A pattern of relationships, indeed! Let's face it, all too many whites view the 21st century as their last stand*, which is why the current chaos in the Middle East is thought to be a prelude to the Biblical Rapture. Except actress Halle Berry is half white and half black and she won an Oscar, so there's NO, as in less than ZERO, reason to believe the tanning of Humanity -- or sharing the wealth for that matter -- will result in the end of civilization!
Jesus! Is the fear of Hell so blinding that it's keeping y'all from seeing such an obvious CON?