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And you're a cranky old capitalist

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Submitted by a Filipino liberal (Philippines), Dec 26, 2006 at 09:21

Who can't think of a good enough argument to defend the system, so you try another tack. "Diatribe", huh? And why do I get the feeling that any essay or speech that disagrees with you is a diatribe, while any that agree with you are automatically ranked among the greatest writings or speeches in the history of man?

And where's this "racism in non-Western countries" you make so much of? Can you give an example? If you're walking in a street in a developing country and people stare, would that fall into your definition of racism? Because some white, a Belgian journalist if I remember, who used her story - that when she was in South Korea people would stare and more than a few mothers would ask her to take a photo with their children - as evidence of racism on the part of non-whites against whites. Excuse me? That was racism? It sounds more to me like they thought of her as interesting and were curious. Sure, some people, including me, if that happened to me, would feel uncomfortable, but in no way is that racism. Some might even call it positive. For a black man walking down a street in a whit section of town in the 1930s, not only would he be stared at, but people would not ask for him to have a picture taken with their kids, they would probably lynch him, roll him in tar and feathers, and then maybe go after his family. Now that is racism.

And in the event that there are really some non-whites out there who hate whites (I do, but only the racist ones) then that would be because whites oppressed them first. What goes around comes around. You reap what you sow. Or do you think you're entitiled or something?

I've noticed a funny trend recently - the way whites try, more and more, try to show that non-whites are racist against whites. This is probably because in the past, it was mainly whites being racist against others, so they now try to show that non-whites are racists too to justify their racism. Sorry, but "they do it too" doesn't work, even if it were true. And also, it's a backlash against the shift in the balance of power, nonwhite countries are becoming stronger (thanks to their talent, not to Western "aid", so whites are getting scared, or at least angry about losing their position on top.

And lastly, I'd rather no one take over the Philippines, thanks. Not Muslims, and not Westerners. But Muslims never tried to take over the whole Philippines by force until now. The West tried and did in the past. Go figure.

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