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

Monday, November 14, 2016

It’s Class, Stupid, Not Race

Click here to access article by Marshall Auerback from CounterPunch
The establishment, especially the Democratic Party establishment, keeps enforcing what divides people rather than what unites people by embracing identity politics and ignoring class. Yes, a huge majority of women were offended by Trump’s “locker room talk”, but a large chunk still voted for him, and larger numbers of Hispanics voted for Trump than Romney.  Doesn’t that suggest that identity politics has reached some sort of limit?  Why not find common ground on the issue of class?
No longer will the ruling capitalist class have a minority, articulate, and more liberal appearing and personable figure like Obama lead their government. Now that Americans have rejected their new minority figure, a woman, they are retaliating with their alternative choice: a racist, misogynist, narcissistic, and ignorant rich guy to serve their interests. It might be good for the political education of the general public to see what our masters are really like by having their "brownshirts" at least appear to run the government. 

However, Auerback is rather vague about the system that inevitably created the class structure of our society--capitalism. He seems to suggest that the Democratic party erred in not emphasizing class rather than identity politics, rather than the fact that the Democratic party is an integral part of capitalist "establishment" and therefore must avoid any discussion of class.