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I went to the One Nation rally today–walked around as much as I could took photos and so on. The day was beautiful–this is the best time of year in the Washington area.
The focus of the rally was really on organized labor and the multi-cultural community and it very much reminded me Jesse Jackson’s old rainbow coalition. It was a pleasant outing with some a lot of speeches, Marian Wright Edelman speech struck me as important–the rest, with the exception of Harry Belafonte’s (rightly warning us about the spreading authoritarianism) speech weren’t much to write home about.
I liked the fact that labor unions were so well represented. It always makes me sad to see unions try to organize and represent people–it’s such an uphill battle for them and all the cards are stacked against them and they know it.
The rally wasn’t that large, it was, as the papers say, in the tens of thousands–for once they got the crowd size reasonably right.
The rally was overwhelmingly working class–not much in the way of better off suburban liberals at the rally. A few sons and daughters of said class, mainly radicals and reds were present–it is always pleasant to see the young people of all classes and races together but the turnout of white students was dissapointing.
I didn’t feel much “juice” at the rally. I think Obama has dispirited everyone. The vibe I picked up was tired and the focus and ideology of the rally was formless and full of platitudes. There is no inspiration on the left–it looks like and acts like a defeated movement. It’s nice for us to air out and see that unions can still move people around the country–you can see echoes of that great movement, which is moving in itself.
As I’ve said recently the left is, essentially dead. We need a new paradigm because the old reformist Left Democratic Party game is just getting increasingly silly. There is no “One Nation” and I felt so bad for people at the rally. Not only are the American people deeply and hopelessly split into small groups, clans, tribes and so on but the government has not the slightest interest in the welfare of the people who live in the geographical entity known as the United States of America. It’s over, ladies and gentlemen. There is no USA other than a convenient fiction that the mind-control mavens use to control the populace. We live in an International Empire ruled directly through fiat by an international oligarchy that uses mind control and fear to divide and rule.
Predatory capitalism is turning to Empire on the macro level and variants of neo-feudalism on the more local level. As I am trying to point out in most of my posts 42% of Americans consider themselves conservative (only 20% consider themselves as liberal) and let me make it clear that today’s conservative is way to the right of traditional conservatism. Modern conservatism has two interesting interests: 1) they want to cut taxes for the rich not because they (the conservatives) are stupid but because they see the rich as the natural leaders of society–they believe the aristocrats are the only ones that can provide order and jobs because they succeed because they have muscle–they are worth following, say conservatives, because they have proven their worth by out-fighting the competition; and 2) they want to eliminate the federal government’s influence on public life to military operations in support of the Empire for reasons that are more psychic and cultural than practical–though there is a practical component which most conservatives are too dim-witted to articulate (but their bosses believe this) and that is that an imperial army guarantees oil supplies and keep the shipping lanes open and that give those that command those armies dominant power over the world and the Empire. This Empire is, like all empires, based on military dominance and that will not change.
I don’t believe the left has any maneuvers left. Its organization is vulnerable–for example, if the unions are too militant in an industry the company will just pick up and move to India or Guatemala or somewhere else–then what? Better to keep things as they are win little victories while benefits and wages go down and your children’s education becomes shittier each year–the alternative is to be unemployed and that could well lead to starvation in a few years.
What about the largest component of the rally today, i.e., African Americans? What a tragedy! Did Civil Rights really do anything? I wonder. The new plantation system for oppression is called prison–I can go on and on about this but Black people make up 12% of the population but 44% of the prison population which is growing at astronomical rates. Think about it! Think of how the fuck they are going to make a living after they get out of prison! Racism is not dead in this country it has been reborn and maybe even worse than it was before.
We need to rethink everything brothers and sisters and start from another point. The old left paradigm even the class-struggle idea is dated. Class struggle was possible in the industrialized U.S. with it’s protective tariffs. But corporations now can largely ignore labor and it can ignore intellectuals because it controls the media so absolutely that now idea that is not approved by the Central Committee can get heard on the mainstream media except to be ridiculed. They airbrush people like Scott Ritter right out of the picture, for example and nobody not even the left rallied to his side.
Back to the drawing board I say. We must create alternative institutions or perish.