Paralysis of the will | Boris Kagarlitsky

http://rabkor.ru/columns/editorial-columns/2016/07/29/paralysis/

The Congress of the US Democratic party in Philadelphia ended the great schism – and not just between supporters of Hillary Clinton and her opponents, but between Bernie Sanders and the movement that he a few days ago, headed and symbolized.

The Senator from Vermont, collecting across America thousands of people and ignited them with his vivid speeches in Philadelphia looked ridiculous and helpless. Making a call to support Hillary, he literally within seconds turned from a charismatic leader embodies the hopes of millions of people, in a pathetic provincial old, poorly understands what is going on around him.With a confused smile, he said that Hillary would be great President that the party has made a wonderful progressive platform, persuaded his indignant supporters of “living in the real world”, clearly demonstrating a complete lack of connection with the new political reality, outside of which he would never have become a famous national politician.

Sanders already few supports, it is at best regret. Should not too sharply criticize, say sympathetic to his grief, the young people, because, in the end, it was he who raised the banner of the movement, awakened us, brought together.

But they are wrong, attributing the Senator from Vermont’s own merits. Over the past 20 years, a candidate like Sanders, has appeared in nearly every primary, and then were eliminated in the early stages of the struggle.

Something similar happened with Bernie was not due to his special talents or achievements, and the fact that there is a fracture in American society, implicitly accumulated and suddenly burst out of the need for social change. These needs are objectively generated by the systemic crisis and contradictions of neoliberalism, which somehow must be resolved. It only required the occasion to this natural mood, especially acute among youth, has turned into a political movement. This occasion was the nomination of Bernie. The wave picked him up and carried him.

Until then, until he just gave speeches that accorded with the sentiments of the masses, all went well. But just then, when it was necessary to take political decisions and really show the qualities of a leader, the Senator from Vermont has demonstrated a complete helplessness.

Of course, it is not only the personal qualities of a particular person. What can now be described as the surrender of Philadelphia, Bernie, was preparing for almost the entire election campaign, left-wing intellectuals of his near and far environment. All of them — from Noam Chomsky to Michael Moore — unanimously repeated that the main danger is a brawler and a homophobe Donald trump that support Hillary, the only way to prevent the disaster that will inevitably happen if the Republican candidate wins the election.

Today these people are panicking, they have succeeded, to ruin the movement of Saunders, forcing him to surrender, and suddenly realized that the most likely outcome in this situation will be the winning trump.

Looking at electoral fraud, corruption machine of the Democratic party, fraud and lies, millions of people quite reasonably concluded that not trump is a “great evil” in today’s American politics. And the surrender of Sanders ripped out the last moral support of the political rhetoric of the Democrats. People who watched the elections, hoping for change and a sense of how deep the looming crisis, it became clear from these politicians is nothing good should not wait. And again even the best, most honest Democrats so shamefully surrendered, then all is hopelessly rotten.

If trump wins, it will be possible to confidently assert that his election was determined that Sanders and it was in that moment, when expressed support for Clinton, thereby betraying not only his supporters, voters and himself, but also American democracy. Now the moral duty of every decent American to punish the Democrats. All. Including Bernie. And they do not even voting for trump will stay home, will vote the candidate of the Green party, Jill Stein or the libertarian Gary Johnson. But they thereby open the way for Donald Trump.And this will be the beginning of a new era for America and for the world. Era when the neo-liberal consensus comes the uncertainty of risk and freedom.

In fact, we today know very little about trump, except for his politically incorrect statements that really have no meaning, because they do not require any practical action, but a funny project of construction of the boundary wall. But if trump really is even half as dangerous as the claim of liberal media, stop it can not dull support the “lesser evil”, but only the enthusiasm of the radical mass mobilization around an alternative agenda for change. Trying to offer Sanders and from what he gave at the Congress in Philadelphia.

You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs. And in conditions when the interests of the egg is to the left of the main ideological principle, no omelet they never will not be done.

The trouble is that the efforts of the politically correct eicosadienoic in any case useless. Eggs in the plot are somehow broken — the omelet just will not happen.

The policy of “the lesser evil” is just a recipe for disaster. In the period of the crisis of scrapping the principle of minimizing risk is not simply not working, and is always working on the worst possible option. In a situation of the more than probable victory of trump politically will survive are the ones left who did not support Hillary. The rest will go down with it.

Attempt to keep intact a mechanism that is not working, is fraught with apocalyptic disasters, and planetary. Calls liberal left to accept a lesser evil in the name of avoiding greater in conditions of the ongoing crisis lead us on from one misfortune to another.

The capitulation of the left, following one after another, is not accidental. At the heart of all lies their common cause — the rejection of those simple principles which actually formed the identity of the left movement.

These principles half a century ago were self-evident, but today will have to recall.

The first of these class interests. No, not abstract demagogy about compassion weak, inclusiveness and the rights of minorities, namely the specific interests of the working class. Including those “white men” who so despise liberals.

In fact, “white men” is a way invented to undermine class solidarity and discredit the labor movement. In practice about half of these “white men” are women, and not less than a third of them — representatives of other non-white races. But for the liberal discourse that doesn’t matter. Logic enterprises for the sake of common goals and objectives portrayed in this discourse as an attempt to “white men” to discriminate against minorities with their special, private interests.The fact that these private interests will lead not only to discrimination of the majority, but give birth to the “war of all against all”, the victims of which will eventually become the same minority doesn’t matter. The purpose of this policy is not to protect minorities, and to fragment the society, while providing the benefits of a liberal elite that controls the redistribution of resources between minorities becoming her clientele.

Discussing on the Internet capitulation Sanders, one of his recent supporters, he noticed that the Senator from Vermont had to choose, what is more dangerous — homophobic rhetoric trump or the dictatorship of Finance capital, protected by Clinton. He came to the conclusion that homphobia rhetoric worse.

Admittedly, this is a very accurate description of the “real world” by Sanders…

The second historic principle of the left was a vision of historical perspective, based on which stood a strategy. This shared vision was in the 1930-ies in so many different politicians, like Roosevelt, Trotsky and Stalin. It was based on ideas about objectively urgent problems of development, the solution of which is the essence of historical progress. It is significant that the liberal left in the US continue to call themselves “progressives” (progressives), although the question of what, except, of course, some humanitarian activities have to be today historical progress, they are not even discussed.

Meanwhile, the question is more than clear. Overcoming neoliberalism is today urgent historical task — not because we don’t like this system or it does not meet our values, but because it has exhausted its possibilities of development and may persist only devouring resources necessary for the basic reproduction of society. In other words, the longer it continues, the more it will destroy itself, and to undermine the conditions of life for all of us.

Link historical perspectives to the class of interest is determined by the current response to simple questions — will you be creating jobs, ensuring not just survival, but cultural, professional, moral development of employees? Whether to strengthen trade unions, workers ‘ organizations? For two and a half decades left together criticize neo-liberalism, the world trade organization, the international monetary Fund for their policy of free markets led to weakening and desolidarization of the working class.However, for some reason stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the faithfulness of the inverse theorem: under capitalism, protectionism only leads to strengthening the position of workers in the labour market, the strengthening of trade unions and based on them political organizations. Western protectionism of the early twentieth century gave rise to the powerful German social democracy, and support the domestic industry, carried out by Russian governments Witte and Stolypin, created the most important social preconditions for the revolution of 1917.

Without a transition to protectionism in the old industrial States impossible and the consolidation of the labor movement in the countries of the global South, is no less in need of protection of own markets and own production. This is inconceivable without democratic regulation or the welfare state.

Campaign Bernie Sanders raised these topics, but when the question arose about the fact that the worst — flavored and antioksidantnoi homophobic demagoguery protectionist program trump or Packed in a perfectly politically correct vocabulary antisocial agenda of Hillary, the choice was made unanimous in favor of the latter. Millions of American workers, regardless of colour, gender and sexual orientation, will make a completely different choice.Voting for trump they don’t react to his controversial rhetoric, even if the rhetoric they like, and take an entirely conscious decision, based on their interests as wage-workers under capitalism. Scandalous rhetoric was needed to Trump only to attract the attention of the lower classes of society to send them a signal, highlighting themselves from the mass of similar shapes. Now starts the time for meaningful discussion.

Neoliberal policies must be dismantled, the social model changed. If protectionism becomes a fact, the preconditions for a new welfare state will be created, and with them there and ground for a new folk movement, already without Sanders and liberal left.

The third principle that has always been fundamental to left-wing politics was a struggle for power. It is for power, not for representation, the effect or for the presence of the dominant discourse. It is significant that just the attempt by Sanders to enter into the real struggle for power has caused outrage many left-wing radicals, who perceived this behaviour as something completely indecent.Conversely, when the Senator from Vermont has passed their position, he comforted himself and others the fact that the Democratic party has adopted the most progressive platform in its history, although anyone even slightly familiar with the device American States understands that such a program is not worth the paper it is written on. After all the levers of real power (not just in administration but also in the party) are those who will never allow the implementation of such ideas.

The struggle for power requires the relevant organization and mechanisms of mobilization, much more rigid than the network structure. But above all it requires the will and political independence.

That is why, no matter how frustrated and angry activists, devotees Sanderson, support Donald trump can become their output.

The main problem with trump is not that he is a homophobe, but the fact that he is a capitalist. Yes, his victory may be a necessary stage in the process of overcoming of neoliberalism and the dismantling of the corrupt political system, but it will not bring the celebration of the positive social programs. This task can be solved only by consciously built the organization — progressive in the historical sense. If she goes around Jill Stein and her Green party” or it will create activists out of the movement Sanders, as we will see in the near future.However, to form such an alternative must now, regardless of how big her chances of winning in the current political cycle. The political struggle requires patience and perseverance.

The rotation experienced by America and Western Europe, changing conditions of life and struggle for millions of people around the world opens before them new possibilities. But, alas, as evident to the opposite conclusion: the betrayal of SYRIZA, the surrender of Sanders and fluctuations Corbin is not an internal Greek, American or British politics… It’s the failure of which to pay have not only left in the world, but to all mankind.

The neo-liberal system, which is trying to preserve and strengthen Hillary Clinton, françois Hollande, and the like, have become so dysfunctional, so impressed by the natural processes of decay that every day of its existence undermines the basic mechanisms of reproduction of society.

If we are not willing to fight for it to be scrapped, it will still collapse in a natural way. The only alternative to it is not a new social order was not “another possible world”, which wanted anti-globalists, and spontaneously growing chaos and barbarism.

The paralysis afflicting the left movements in the era of neoliberalism must be overcome. The performance of the large global drama in which we all have still a role to play. We have to take responsibility for risky and dangerous decision, understand that it is impossible to be nice and pleasant for all, it is impossible to win without struggle and sacrifice.

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