Five Hundred Years of Injustice … The Legacy of Fifteenth Century Religious Prejudice. When Christopher Columbus first set foot on the white sands of Guanahani island, he performed a ceremony to "take possession" of the land for the king and queen of Spain, acting under the international laws of Western Christendom. Although the story of Columbus' "discovery" has taken on mythological proportions in most of the Western world, few people are aware that his act of "possession" was based on a religious doctrine now known in history as the Doctrine of Discovery. Even fewer people realize that today – five centuries later – the United States government still uses this archaic Judeo-Christian doctrine to deny the rights of Native American Indians.. – Steve Newcomb /Indigenous Law Institute
Dominant Social Theme: The American Indians gladly gave up their land once they understood the superiority of the White Man's ways.
Free-Market Analysis: We came across this posted and scholarly article (excerpted above) at the Indigenous Law Institute. It's not a new article from what we can tell, but we find it timely within the context of some of the issues that we're now dealing with regarding Jews, Zionism and Israel. It speaks to analysis of the plight of American Indians (AKA: Native Americans, no offense intended) within the context of the larger American Leviathan.
Given that we have spent the past few days discussing the "Jewish problem," as it is disingenuously called, we ask ourselves why the level of rhetoric isn't generally as heated when it comes to what happened to indigenous American as to Palestinians. Both were apparently kicked off land unjustly and both are penned in "reservations" currently.
And yet … there doesn't seem, these days, to be any great urgency to rectify the wrongs done to native Americans, certainly not in the mainstream press. We read about the Palestinian cause almost every day, but we can't remember the last time we read a prominent mainstream article about the injustices done to American tribes.
What's the reason? Could it be that the issues of Israel and Zionism and Jews (and Palestinians) is something of a power-elite promotion – designed to spread divisiveness and even preparations for war in the flash-point of the Middle East? There are ongoing terrible injustices around the world (not just to the Palestinians) but somehow the Palestinian issue stays "on the boil" year-in and year-out.
Again, just for the record, we're not anti-Palestinian. We believe, as do even some Jews, that Israel ought to be turned into a secular state. The issue of a right of return is a more complicated one have to do with direct versus indirect (second/third generation) injuries – but then again it's more complicated from the standpoint of American Indians, also.
Discussing these issues is important, in our view, because the alternative press's problematic insistence on demonizing ALL Jews (or even all Zionists) is bound to have an impact on OTHER issues discussed that are both important and truthful. Many people in America and Europe may be accepting of certain larger truths about Money Power but discouraged by constant, heated attacks on Jews and Zionists generically. Throw everyone in the kettle and some may not try the soup. Here's some more from this article (excerpted above):
In a country set up to maintain a strict separation of church and state, the Doctrine of Discovery should have long ago been declared unconstitutional because it is based on a prejudicial treatment of Native American people simply because they were not Christians at the time of European arrival.
By penalizing Native people on the basis of their non-Christian religious beliefs and ceremonial practices, stripping them of most of their lands and most of their sovereignty, [American court rulings] stand as a monumental violation of the "natural rights" of humankind, as well as the most fundamental human rights of indigenous peoples.
… It is high time to formally renounce and put an end to the religious prejudice that was written into U.S. law by Chief Justice John Marshall. Whether or not the American people – especially the Christian right – prove willing to assist Native people in getting the Johnson ruling overturned will say a lot to the world community about just how seriously the United States takes its own foundational principles of liberty, justice, and religious freedom.
This is a passionately written article and reminds us that the injustices of the world are manifold, beginning with the never-talked-about issue that many today – billions – live on just a few dollars. Surely that's an injustice. It's a form of gradual genocide.
The reason for all this poverty, war and racism has to do with Money Power in our view and with a kind of cartel or Mafia that wields this money power. Many directly involved are admittedly "Jews," but many may not be.
However, what is equally true in our view is that the alternative 'Net press seems increasingly exercised about "Jews" in general – including all "Zionist Jews" and even World Jewry. We're on record on this issue: The problem is not GENERALLY with Jews or even with Zionists.
The problem is with a specific group – a mafia, a cartel – that has managed to control the awesome power of money creation vis a vis central banking and now wants to use Money Power to take over the world.
To this point, others seem to respond that the problem is NOT the cartel but World Jewry or Zionism. And the implication as well is that any Jew who lives in Israel – or supports Israel as it is currently – is also to blame.
And yet … if this is the case, why aren't all who live in America to blame for the tribal mess, which surely can be seen as paralleling at least in part the Palestinian tragedy? Is it because Israel is a theocracy and America is not?
No … our position would be the two situations DO have similarities. But one gets "ink" while the other does not. Why? Is there a reason? Do powerful interests want it that way? Are Jews – generally – supposed to be stigmatized? Is it perhaps … possibly … an elite promotion of some sort, an unrolling dominant social theme? And are those who espouse it actually playing into the hands of this divisive and cold-blooded cartel? Could this be the case? Could it?