Human cost of
the wolf philosophy
Book pages 97-99
The personal encounter with the constant whining, restlessness, and snotty
noses of those children who cry incessantly because they go to bed hungry,
seems almost a relief and infinitely preferable to the empty eyes and dead
silence of those children whom hunger has made so apathetic that they are no
longer able to cry.
I wonder if anyone can really imagine how such a hunger
throughout history has been stamped into the mind of black America.
does it have upon the soul of a people who must look on all the time as mothers
relinquish their children to the grave?
Or see mothers die at a brutal rate:
13,600 black women yearly die in childbirth. Only 3,481 would die if they had
access to white health care and fewer than 2,000 if they had Scandinavian
And what shall the rest of the world think of a society which
spends billions of dollars on rolling steel gadgets while condemning its
children to rank only 15th lowest in child mortality, letting 17,686 babies die
unnecessarily in 1977?
What doesn't it reveal about the priorities of that
society, that it has fenced in the automobile cemetery in the background, but
not the human cemetery in the foreground?
Priorities that for instance
permitted General Motors to buy up and destroy the electric trolley systems in
American cities in 1936 in order to sell more cars - a conspiracy for which
GM's chairman was only fined $1.00 (one!) by a federal court, though it trapped
Americans forever in concrete spaghetti mazes, like that of Los Angeles, which
eventually caused 500 deaths a year from its annual 460,000 tons of car
Invisible for most people, the laws of our system constantly manipulate the
We get in the incessant Horatio Alger propaganda, with stories
about Rockefeller and "the self-made man," a lesson in the possibility of
The enormous amount of poverty and suffering necessary to create a
Rockefeller is left out of the picture.
The road to success is portrayed as a
road with obstacles which a determined man with the necessary qualities can
The reward is waiting in the distance.
The road is lonesome and in
order to achieve success one must adopt qualities like a wolf: eat or be eaten,
for one can only succeed at the cost of the failure of others.
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