The latest episode of Millennials Are Killing Capitalism is a dialogue with Nick Estes that covers his movement summary “A Red Deal” (presenting the movement ideals of The Red Nation) and presents a history of colonialism and capitalism as drivers of environmental and social destruction.
In this episode we talk to Nick Estes about his book Our History Is The Future, the new collection he co-edited Standing With Standing Rock and we also talked about his latest piece A Red Deal, which is a synopsis of a movement document that he and his comrades at The Red Nation have developed.Episode 38: Nick Estes On A Red Deal And The History And Future Of Indigenous Resistance
Estes pulls together struggles against settler colonialism, imperialism, capitalism and the destruction of the environment and shares an outline of his vision of the path to liberation.
“A Red Deal” is centred on work that needs to be done by Americans but it is particularly concerned with universal well being and justice.
The terrorization of black, Indigenous, Latino, migrant, and poor communities by border enforcement agencies and the police drives down wages and disciplines poor people, whether or not they are working, by keeping them in a state of perpetual uncertainty and precariousness. As extreme weather and imperialist interventions continue to fuel migration, especially from Central America, the policies of punishment — such as walls, detention camps, and increased border security — continue to feed capital with cheap, throwaway lives. The question of citizenship — what right does a colonizing settler nation have to say who does and doesn’t belong? — is something that will have to be thoroughly challenged as a “legal” privilege to life chances. Equitable access to employment and social care must break down imperial borders, not reproduce them.
The militarization of first-world “humanitarianism” has to end. Internationalism, the making of just and peaceful relations with the nations of this world, must be based on solidarity that transcends borders and decenters the imperial core. The Green Party’s 2012 version of the GND platform envisioned cutting the bloated US military budget in half — which would still make US military spending the highest in the world and nearly twice as much as China’s. The US military, with nearly 800 bases worldwide in more than seventy countries and territories, plays no positive role in the world, even at half its capacity. The US militarization of the globe has to end. We can start by defunding the US military and reallocating its resources to the parts of the world and the people the United States has destroyed, destabilized, or dispossessed.A Red Deal