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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Trump Election: Life Have Mercy On Us

Click here to access article by Christopher Black from New Eastern Outlook.

Blogger across what passes for a left in the US and Britain continue to hysterically expound over the Trump election and what it means for the future. Although I don't agree with everything that Black writes in this article, my differences are mainly one of nuances. The election of Hillary Clinton would have elicited much the same concern for our future, except that Trump made so many outrageous remarks, mostly racist, and his reports about his misogynist past behavior have elicited even greater anxiety among Americans who are concerned about social justice issues. 

Based on sixty years of adult activism, I am convinced that an underlying deep capitalist state, which is found in major capitalist think tanks such as the Council on Foreign Relations and Brooking Institute, makes all major decision about our future. To discern what they decide is always difficult at best because it usually takes some time before anyone can determine what they have decided. Thus, we don't really know what the election of Donald Trump as the formal head of the capitalist government precisely means for our future. But we can be certain of one thing: as always, the government will continue to act in support of one tiny class of people and against the interests of the vast majority. Black's article confirms that point of view.
In reality the world stands on edge because the dominant ideology in the west offers no solutions to the crisis because it is itself the crisis. Capital cannot rule for the benefit of the people. It does not matter what brand of capitalism they are selling. It produces for profit not for need. The only way out of this crisis is for working people to start to once again sit down with each other and discuss what the cause of their problems is, and what needs to be done to change that.
I have advocated a much more specific course of action: to bring about real change in our futures, read my commentary for this post.