Ramiro Funez: “United States” Never to Reunite
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ramiro Funez, political commentator, says clashes between supporters of Biden and Trump have made clear that the social and political divisions are “crises bringing down the US empire”.
Speaking in an interview with FNA, Ramiro Funez said, “The supporters of these parties engaging in clashes are being duped into supporting the interests of their financial and ideological overlords. Each believes their own vision of society will best manifest the American Dream. However, what they do not realize is that both sides of the coin only offer poverty, war, disease, political instability, drugs, distractions, and subversion of the human spirit.”
“[The] election season calamity, a symptom of growing political instability, is rocking the foundations of the so-called American Dream like an earthquake”, he further added.
Ramiro Sebastián Fúnez is a Honduran-American journalist and political activist. He is the co-founders and co-editor of Anticonquista, an anti-Imperialist analysis outlet for the Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora.
Below is the full text of the interview:
Q: Considering election-related clashes, are Americans now living in the United States, or Disunited States?
A: The corporate empire known as the "United States" has been divided since Day One. This empire is built on the backs of Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian, Muslim, and Arab peoples. Not only are Global South nations subjected to sanctions and imperialist war, their people are also harassed, exploited and attacked within the United States. Systemic police violence is killing thousands of Black people. Indigenous peoples are forced to live in modern-day concentration camps, known as "reservations." Latino immigrant families are being kidnapped, separated, locked up and sterilized in ICE detention camps. Asians are being blamed for COVID-19 and are getting attacked on the street. Muslims are being subjected to islamophobic attacks from the US government. Arab peoples are also being racially profiled. Meanwhile, the US is supporting wars abroad against the people of Yemen, Iran, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and countless other countries. This corporate empire known as the "United States" can never reunite because it was never united. In reality, it is based on the subjugation of poor and humble Global South nations.
Q: What do we learn about the ruling class by watching the clashes between supporters of Biden and Trump?
A: Clashes between Democrats and Republicans reflect the broader struggle within the US ruling class. Both parties are like the two heads of one snake. Both are imperialist, racist and islamophobic parties, each using their own method of attack. The liberal democratic wing runs Silicon Valley, social media and the NGO industrial complex. The conservative republican wing runs the prison and military industrial complexes. Both heads of the snake are fighting for scraps of food (i.e. control of global markets) in a desperate attempt to nourish itself. The supporters of these parties engaging in clashes are being duped into supporting the interests of their financial and ideological overlords. Each believes their own vision of society will best manifest the "American Dream." However, what they do not realize is that both sides of the coin only offer poverty, war, disease, political instability, drugs, distractions, and subversion of the human spirit.
Q: How do Americans perceive the old notion of the “American Dream” after the 2020 election crisis?
A: The illusion known as the "American Dream" has been unveiled. The year 2020, which is symbolic of clear vision, has exposed the multiple and interconnected crises bringing down the US empire. The house of cards is crumbling before our own eyes. Poverty and unemployment are skyrocketing. Homelessness is rising. Police killings and foreign occupations are intensifying. Infrastructure is crumbling. Meanwhile, the United States — the richest and most powerful country on the planet — has the highest COVID-19 infection and death rates. To top it off, the myth that true political change in the US comes from the ballot box is being dispelled. Election season calamity, a symptom of growing political instability, is rocking the foundations of the so-called "American Dream" like an earthquake. Millions of immigrant families (including my own) are now realizing that the United States is a crumbling empire. If we want futures marked by peace and prosperity, we should not look to Washington and Wall Street. We should look to Tehran, Beijing, and Caracas.