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Democracy instead of heroism

November 17, 2013
I’m reminded of one of my mother’s sisters and her husband. When they visit my mother they eat unhealthy food. Then they feel guilty for eating the food (they eat healthy at home). So then they go on a walk to “burn off the calories” – in other words they cleanse the guilt by “burning it away” through the healthy activity of walking.
The problem is that reality doesn’t work like that. Calories can of course be “burned off” with exercise but the effects of saturated fat, sugar, sodium, etc. are permanent. They aren’t “burned off”. So this cleansing must necessarily go hand-in-hand with fundamental insanity, with reality kept at arms-length through denial.
So let’s translate this metaphor to the big issues of reality. The major problems of reality are high-capital (often corporate) domination of decision making, global warming, and the possibility of the rich and powerful permanently leaving earth so as not to have to face the consequences of their actions. All of these problems have one solution – democracy.
What do liberals do in the face of these problems? They recycle, vote a certain way, “live clean”. So they cleanse the guilt of benefiting materially from the global economic system (the core reason why they are unable to experience reality) by “doing what they can” aka “fighting the good fight”. But an unfortunate newsflash which is invisible to the blind and insane reads – blindness prevents victory.
It’s possible, not easy of course but possible to create a democratic world. For regular people to seize corporations away from a small ruling body beholden to investors and make them beholden to the people and places they impact. For regular people to end the system of high capitalism in favor of egalitarian capitalism, or whatever system the people decide upon.
Since there’s no victory using liberal techniques, the outcome liberals actually want is a dead and devastated world in which they delude themselves into believing they “fought the good fight” and therefore can smile during the death of the world. This is why liberals are narcissistic and utterly selfish – because despite the passion with which they pursue their own delusion reality always is knocking on the door to their souls.
There’s another trap, promoted by liberals, progressives, and other people who are well meaning which lionizes martyrs and heroes. So Martin Luther King, Jr. is awesome, Chelsea Manning is awesome, Edward Snowden is awesome. According to this thinking, the solution is for more people to become like them. For more people to do good things which results in them being hunted down, assassinated, or imprisoned.
The reason these people have to be heroes in the first place is that the system is world-destroying and corrupt. The solution is not for more individuals to become heroes, the solution is for individuals to band together into democratic political organizations who assert political power in accord with democratic principals.
The problem is, “banding together into democratic political organizations” isn’t sexy. There’s no front page headlines, no CNN waiting breathlessly for the next Snowden scoop, no Martin Luther King, Jr. national holidays waiting for people who are democratic. There’s no GLORY in democracy. There’s just truth, justice, and saving the world as a possible outcome of a lot of hard work, not the typical Wikileaks “wham, bam, thank you ma’am” orgasmic leak of documents.
Glory, martyrdom, and heroism is a trap which is just as destructive as the Rupert Murdochs of the world.
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June 8, 2008

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Why there is no Left within the United States

May 23, 2008

The United States is a rich country. All countries with vibrant democratic lefts have an impoverished majority.

Also, the United States is a corrupt society. Even many of the poor have bourgeoisie values, as the United States is a rich country, and thus relatively speaking there is no “poor” in the US.

The primary reason for the rising rate of incarceration in the US is the elite’s prediction that the US will have a long-term economic decline alongside increased inequality, thus producing increased poverty, thus leading to a democratic society, thus leading to an empowered majority. They are attempting to preempt this inevitable movement through mass incarceration. They are exploiting the racism that they have carefully built by primarily targeting poor blacks (thus not raising the anger of racist whites (the vast majority of whites)) – but as the rate of poverty in the US increases state terrorism will more and more fall on the poor of all races. Whites who now point their finger at the “black criminals” will soon find themselves “criminals” as well.

How tragic it is that the left in America talks so much about “American poverty”, when billions of humans live in worse poverty than almost anyone does in the US. Tragic in the sense that this lack of education and conscience is exploited by the same forces that will further impoverish Americans. The sooner the American left joins a global socialist movement, the better off everyone will be. Right now most of the American left stands in starry-eyed wonder at the prospect of stealing from the criminal class – taking the blood money that the American criminal class extracted from non-Americans and passing it to the American poor. That’s what they call “social justice”. Billions of non-Americans most likely have another name for it.

Stopping ruling class monstrosities

May 11, 2008

This is a response to a post on Dissident Voice, here.

It’s going to be stopped in the same way every other vast criminal system is stopped – by massive populist organizing. Either the American people are going to join political groups that cause systemic change in political institutions or they are going to live in a fascist state with increased global and domestic terror and poverty. The 3rd option is that America is destroyed through war (terrorist strikes are a form of war), the multinationals and attached ruling class relocate with most of their wealth intact, and they continue the imperialist project from a new geographic center. A greatly weakened America would then start a rebuilding process possibly in a democratic fashion, if for no other reason than that there are not vast taxpayer dollars for the ruling class to steal thus there’s much less resistance to democracy.

The problem, even in this “good case scenario”, is that the world is hardly more democratic than America. So if America becomes relatively democratic, similar to much of South America today, they become subject to imperialist control from sources of elite power in Europe or Asia. So the only real solution, the only lasting solution, the “final solution”, is for a global democratic movement, unifying local movements, that takes democratic control of ALL global political institutions, in particular institutions of wealthy countries. While such a movement has started, it needs to be much, much stronger to have any effect on global politics. If, say, even 10% of Americans joined such a movement, it would gain tremendous strength and momentum.

Part of the problem is that even progressive sites like this aren’t filled by people who want global democracy, which is global socialism. Most progressives in America want wealth redistribution only *within* America – to take the blood money obtained by the American ruling class from exploiting non-Americans and redistribute it to “poor” Americans, nevermind that “poor Americans” are wealthy compared to the average person in the world. That is to say, 95% or more of Americans who congratulate themselves on being “good people” are in fact simply trying to get the criminal’s money transferred to himself. Stealing second-hand.

The percentage of Americans who want global democracy is probably 2-3% tops. More would want it but are apolitical. Therefore America is politically useless on the global democratic scene, far weaker than many South American countries and probably weaker than 90% of all countries.

America’s role in the world from a progressive standpoint is to provide money and a whole lot of condescension and holier-than-thou while “helping” poor people. Meanwhile at home they “fight” the criminal class to get money transferred to themselves for “justice” and “equality” and so that apparently they can continue to “help” poor people who they have contempt for in the same way as does the criminal class itself.

The first solution is for progressive America to face the reality of what it is and to realize that nothing can be done in America until progressives reform their own morality. Sites like this prove that instead of that project progressives prefer to complain about how bad the actions of other people are.

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January 22, 2008

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