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I can't agree with you more on the point of what the "real issues" are! The true dividing line is "poverty" aka geoeconomics; hence the author's reference to China and its' potential global dominance (1893), and how it's manifested today.
Divisions by color, race, culture and or religion is just subterfuge manipulated by the global oligarchs, and their puppet politicians, to keep the tribes divided and fighting for crumbs amongst themselves.
Wars are fought with child soldiers in Myanmar, Congo, Colombia, Syria and Iraq, spurring terrorists attacks that drive up the stock price of arm manufacteuers (Did anyone here notice how arms companies' stock prices doubled while the US and North Korea engaged in a pissing contest over the last year? Any of you poets see your stock portfolio benefit from it all?)
As to the point of this thread ... those same oligarchs dictate what's good art; what stories get told and when ... all to the benefit of their bottomline.