By Victoria Lynn Hall
Anti-imperialism makes you look like a radical, because it makes you reject even the politicians who are considered “radical” in mainstream discourse since they are all imperialists. In reality there’s nothing radical about opposing the mass slaughter of innocents. It’s normal.Caitlin Johnstone
One of the many reasons I began supporting the Marianne Williamson for president campaign in 2019 was because of her proposal for a US Department of Peace. I’ve always been for peace and I think most people would say the same. Who doesn’t want peace? But does that mean we are against war? Should the American Revolution or the Civil War or the World Wars not have been fought? Is war sometimes necessary in our quest for peace? How do we oppose violence without more violence?
I’ve had these questions since I was a kid but when I asked the adults in my life I always got the same answer, “It’s complicated.”
I began searching for my own answers which lead me to studying the civil rights movement and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which led me to Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence , which led me on a spiritual path of self examination which, along with some personal trials and tribulations, led me away from most worldly or political concerns for much of my life.
It was Marianne Williamson’s work that brought me full circle from my inner, spiritual work back to the path of social and political concerns, first with her book, “Healing the Soul of America” and then by following her own political activism, culminating in my support for her 2020 presidential run.
And yet, it was somewhat startling to realize, I still didn’t have the answers to my questions about war. In fact, I felt even more ignorant of world affairs. On social media I could defend and promote Williamson and her stance on most of the issues with genuine knowledge and insight but I purposely stayed away from anything related to foreign policy. The words of the adults in my childhood then became my own mantra; “It’s complicated” was now my defense and excuse for not challenging myself to investigate the ugly realities of war and violence in the world and our government’s role in it.
It wasn’t really until after Williamson retired her campaign and I began listening to Jesse Crall’s podcasts on Patreon that I began to contemplate these matters. I still can recall how I felt when what Jesse was saying about United States imperialism and regime change efforts began to register with me. I distinctly remember heat rising into my chest and a need to calm my breathing as I scribbled notes about sanctions and drone strikes and horrific statistics on the deaths of civilians, including children, as well as that sinking feeling in my stomach when my own research confirmed these facts.
That research wasn’t my only confirmation. It also just made a tragic amount of sense and connected the pieces of the puzzle that I already had with the almost unfathomable truth that war wasn’t about peace at all. It was about power and money (or as Jesse says, “Foreign policy is economic policy.”).
Once I understood this I realized that it really wasn’t that complicated at all (as the truth rarely is) it was just enormously depressing and disheartening.
Perhaps I am not making a compelling case for anti-imperialism by admitting that but the only compelling case that can be made for being an anti-imperialist is that it is to be against needless human suffering.
However, I don’t expect you to take my word for that, nor do I intend to detail the reasons and evidence on which I built my own conclusions. There are truths we all must come to on our own, that will become woefully obvious once we are ready to know them. Still, I do hope more people will endeavor to educate themselves in this direction and fear dire consequences if they don’t.
With that hope I share the following resources that informed and educated me:
Jesse Crall Podcasts on Patreon:
Ask Jesse Podcasts for Amplifire Project:
The Empire Files:
And as always I am here to listen and answer any questions you might have. Feel free to write me at Victoria@AmplifireProject.com or leave a comment on this post.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.