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

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Britain: The End of New Labour’s Reign of Terror? Jeremy Corbyn, Quo Vadis?

Click here to access article by Dr. P. Wilkinson from Global Research

The author reviews the history of the Labor Party since WWII and finds that there were many tendencies to compromise its radical politics. This was rationalized by especially the Fabian socialists as a gradualist approach to wear down capitalist rule. However, what has occurred is a gradual deterioration of any form of radicalism, instead the Labor Party over time has evolved into a party that has completely supported imperialist policies of the US. 

He concludes his analysis with this statement:
Jeremy Corbyn will have to face this monster, not only in the House of Commons but also in the mass media and the Internet. He will have to face the decades of Anglo-American political and economic incest, not that only manifested in the past century’s wedding of US plutocracy with British aristocracy. He will have to face the overarching military control over Europe exercised through the NATO command structure. Not least of which he will have to contend with the power of Finance Capital, entrenched in multi-national corporations and their “independent” agents, the central banks and multilateral banks—IMF, BIS, World Bank et al.

To do this it will be necessary to sandblast the layers of deception that make “markets” seem natural and rational while presenting human needs as irrational and even irrelevant. To do this will undoubtedly create conflict with Britain’s liege-lord, the US.
I hope Corbyn has superhero powers, because he will need them to overcome these forces unless he and, most importantly, his followers adopt a truly radical organization characterized by bottom-up authority structures along with working class media and even educational institutions.