Recently I was talking with some friends about politics and many of my friends told me that they believed a socialist or communist revolution was impossible. They insisted the system we have is controlled by right-wing Republicans, the religious right, and a large constituency of duped people who don’t understand what socialism really means. They pointed out that the Democrats seem unable or unwilling to seriously take on these political forces. They also said they saw no real socialist presence that could seriously influence the country.
Many of these people are involved in various political actions groups, representing women’s rights, health care reform and opposition to the war in
But from my stand point, how can we just give up? If humanity is really stuck in this system, what hope for the future do we have for the next few generations?
There are forces at work that make the preservation and control of the mainstream US right impossible over the next century.
The right-wing seems determined to destroy the environment for personal gain. We keep hearing that global warming is a myth. “The liberals want to destroy our way of life for problems that haven’t been proven,” so they argue. They largely rely on scare tactics to convince people that they will lose many of their modern conveniences. For example they claim people will loose the ability to buy a new homes, there will be sky high gas prices (or shortages), the loss of the right to buy and drive large vans and trucks, higher prices for food and other needs due to over regulations.
But the reality is that the results of destroying the environment will mean weather changes that will be catastrophic, causing extreme climate changes throughout the country. Ocean levels will rise and flood out certain coastal cities. There are already increases in storms such as hurricanes. Agriculture will suffer as some parts of the countries endure huge rises in temperature.
Local farmers have resisted any “green” regulations on their farming practices. They have been warning people that any environmental regulations will raise food prices.
How much will food prices go up if scientists are right and farmers go broke because the land is too hot and dry to grow conventional crops? Food for the consumer will have to be imported from another state. That will be expensive. Can cities such as
There seems to be a growing polarization of politics in this country.
This is what I hear from the anti-Obama people:
“Obama is a socialist,” “the Democrats are a party of treason,” “The Democratic Party is trying to lead the
What I interpret in their opinions and statements amount to; ‘preserving your life is not my responsibility and I don’t care if YOU die.’
Are such uninsured people going to tolerate living in a country where a large section of the population feel that they should just go off and die to allow people the freedom to keep their earnings all to themselves?
The liberal left is fighting back. Al Franken, now a member of congress, Rachel Maddow, an MSNBC news commentator, are examples of liberal commentators who are trying to counter the right-wing propaganda machine with sharp commentary of their own. Michael Moore, an actual leftist, has made a number of films that have sharply attacked the George Bush regime, the
The internet seems to have inspired young Marxists and anarchist groups to develop new links and interaction between those who have similar agendas. The Marxist left seems to be on the rise. Foreign leftist advances have also inspired some leftists here. President Hugo Chavez of
Will the intense polarization of the
Problems in the near future, including but not limited to climate change, peak oil, and the recession, spell a growing turmoil that is not likely to end with peaceful change.
To be continued