|Brian Holmes on Wed, 9 Nov 2016 23:12:33 +0100 (CET)|
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|Re: <nettime> PTS post trump syndrome - the suicide of the west|
On 11/09/2016 11:04 AM, Felix Stalder wrote:
Austria is next, and the "soziale Heimatpartei" is ready and fired up. We will know if civil society remains stronger here on Dezember 4th. The political parties have already given up.
I agree with your analysis, Felix: the status quo for which the US left just relectantly voted has produced the problem against which it claimed to be the safeguard. For many years, in many different countries, the progressive-left elements of civil society contributed to "holding off the worst" by supporting parties which gave them no reasons to believe in a better future. With the Democrats in the US, one could at least have hoped that racial and gender discrimination would diminish - but the Obama administration has deported more people than any other, and Black Lives Matter has very clearly shown just where we are with racial discrimination. After decades of oligarchical politics geared toward financially driven globalization, a charismatic bigot has named and addressed the working classes, with clear and unprecedented success. The address was founded on racism, patriarchalism and nationalism, to the clear profit of the military, the extractive corporations and the police. An opposition based on the unlikely, indeed, hallucinatory combination of minority rights and extreme class privilege has collapsed. The chances of a traditional left surging up with a fresh address to its traditional proletarian constituency are, in my view, nil. What should progressive civil society do when it can no longer hold off the worst? The minority-rights position suggested, hypocritically and falsely, that our societies were rich enough to solve all the historical problems of capitalism, while continuing to concentrate wealth and power at the top. I think that when the holding actions fail, civil society has to work out an entirely new development program that can solve the real problems of the entire two thirds or even three quarters of the population who are being expropriated by the current form of capitalism: the so-called minorities *and* the so-called majority. Like it or not, such a program has be configured as an address to the majority: a multi-racial majority *including whites*, whose interests, crucially, are not indentifiable with the upper five or ten percent of the population. If such an address cannot be formulated in the traditional language of the classical left - and I don't believe that it can, because far too much has changed since 1968 for that to work - then there is a need for a tremendous process of invention, based on broad cooperation and really solid work. One thing stands out to me: Bernie Sanders could have swept last night's election. The establishment consensus of the hypocritical oligarchies has to be cleared entirely away, in favor of a new social-democratic populism with the governing capacities required to transform complex and highly stratified societies. all the best from all the worst, Brian # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: firstname.lastname@example.org # @nettime_bot tweets mail w/ sender unless #ANON is in Subject: