Thursday, November 22, 2007

First Genocide, Then Lie About It: Why I Hate Thanksgiving

This article by Mitchel Cohen, published by Counter Punch, recounts the horrific crimes committed by Europeans settling the 'New World' (new to Europeans). He starts with "The year was 1492. The Taino-Arawak people of the Bahamas discovered Christopher Columbus on their beach" recounts the brutality of Columbus as "When some refused to be taken prisoner, they were run through with swords and bled to death" and the story goes on from there.

'What Columbus did to the Arawaks of the Bahamas and the Taino of the Caribbean, Cortez did to the Aztecs of Mexico, Pizarro to the Incas of Peru, and the English settlers of Virginia and Massachusetts to the Powhatans and the Pequots. Literally millions of native peoples were slaughtered. And the gold, slaves and other resources were used, in Europe, to spur the growth of the new money economy rising out of feudalism. Karl Marx would later call this "the primitive accumulation of capital." These were the violent beginnings of an intricate system of technology, business, politics and culture that would dominate the world for the next five centuries.'

Thanatocracy, the regime of death.

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