We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, June 30, 2016

#Brexit confirms: the neoliberal center cannot hold

Click here to access article by Jerome Roos from ROAR
While Brexit clearly hands victory to the bigots of UKIP and the Tory right, a victory for remain would simply have perpetuated the anti-democratic neoliberal masochism that produced the motivation for people to align themselves with these bigots in the first place. In this light, we have to stop seeing the rabid nationalism of the far-right and the neoliberal cosmopolitanism of the pro-EU camp as polar opposites — in reality, the former is the logical outgrowth of the latter; its deformed Siamese twin in flesh and blood. The only thing the pro-EU camp was able to offer British voters was a continuation of the structural conditions that led to Brexit, combined with fanatical fear-mongering over the consequences of that outcome.

Ultimately, the British vote to leave the EU, whether it eventually materializes or not (and there is no guarantee that it will), is symptomatic of a much deeper and much more debilitating crisis....
I agree with his analysis of the consequences of this British vote to leave the European Union (if it actually does), but I disagree that a positive outcome rests of one man's shoulder: Jeremy Corbin. I don't like individualism and I never will. We are all in this together, and together is the only possibility for our salvation: even if salvation in the end only means a modicum of self-respect as fully politically conscious humans.

An even more extreme illustration of political immaturity is shown by Dave Lindorff's take on Bernie Sander's prospects in his article "What is Bernie Up To?". He naively believes that winning a capitalist election would solve the many faceted dilemmas that we find ourselves in.

A display of political ignorance is one recently illustrated by Noam Chomsky. Jeffrey St. Clair amply criticizes this in an article entitled "Noam Chomsky, John Halle and a Confederacy of Lampreys: a Note on Lesser Evil Voting". 

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