I sometimes wonder if progressives have grown so used to being on the losing end of the neoliberal corporate coup that they haven't the confidence to fight to win. Leopold makes valid points but you can tell he feels like we will lose. Like Ghengis Khan (Khan of Khans) whose mere mention of his approach caused whole cities to surrender, the left is being convinced that they can never win against the powers that rig the game. The sixties were not about asking for the powers that be to change for the better and when they didn't respond for everybody to give up and stop marching. I get that sense from this article that is what Leopold expects may happen and we all go back to being unhappy about losing our freedoms and ranting about Citizens United etc. but doing little else. To paraphrase Descartes - We complain therefore we are progressives!
We won in the sixties because we thought of ourselves as a free people who knew justice and the powers that be hadn't yet tamed us! We were involved, we were in the streets and that scared them because they knew they lied and were still lying. They knew that segregation was unfair and that all people should have equal civil rights and they realized that people would not stop until segregation was over!
That will for justice hasn't changed but the streets have been empty a long time. It takes some tragedy like a young man shot 59 times by police but who hadn't committed a crime to get people into the streets. Here and there a march about the war in Iraq or the environment but nothing prolonged. So the powers that be kept pushing and taking away our freedoms because they weren't afraid anymore that people would resist them. That process is nearly complete but then along came Bernie. And for the first time in a long time they got a bit scared that they just might not have a free hand in setting up a fascistic oligarchy that they control.
In America today there is being set up a new class structure where equality is something for the little guy! There is an oligarchy class which is taking control and exerting that control over other citizens which never existed before. History had robber barons etc who were wealthy and corrupt but we have a corporate fascism being set in place which will exist independent of individuals. A class with privileges that is based on super wealth and they make it legal. For example six banks too big to fail and why doesn't anti-trust laws come into play?
Maybe we should call it the - Wealth and Everybody Else class system. Who owns the corporations who data mine your every move? Who controls the daily total information awareness aspect of corporate surveillance in the Surveillance State? Corporations do that's who. Not you. Add to that government surveillance (the government of the ruling elite class that can rig elections) and what can a poor guy do? That is what they count on... The Con of Cons, the mere mention of which causes surrender.
They can do this because they have IMPUNITY ( and often legal immunity too). They fear nothing from the public. They believe that we have been tamed or soon will be. The step by step isn't yet complete. A few more steps to go. They believe in money and power and wave the flag as they send you to fight! You to pay taxes and they to stash theirs offshore in tax havens. They close factories and outsource jobs as if their making extra profits somehow was patriotic. They do all these things because they don't fear any penalty from doing them. The rigged game extends beyond this election.
They never would have even tried to do this kind of stuff in the sixties because people wouldn't have stood for it!
Will we? If we let them get away with rigging this election right under our noses and in full view of the population then they will come away knowing two things... One that they won the big one - the one last chance for someone honest enough to reverse the decline of American democracy ( and roll back the advancing corporate coup) and secondly... They won't let it ever get so close ever again! They could still lose now and they know it! That is why the oligarchy that is subverting democracy is going all out to keep the people's choice from winning this one last time. That scenario won't happen again. They aren't fools.
It is now, Mr. Leopold, that people must fight if they would be able to fight later. If the rigged game gets away with denying the obvious people's choice then we will not get another chance like this. Forget worrying if we will fight in the future because the fight is really and truly now. They have made Americans afraid of their own freedoms and taken power unto themselves instead - beyond patriarchy and close to undemocratic autocracy except in name. If we let them get away with this rigging the game then there will be sad and serious trouble that always comes whenever people feel badly cheated. They have gone too far and we have seen too much. Those are risky seeds to have planted for any nation.
Those who have rigged the game are risking far more than they have honestly let themselves see. They reek of denial of the risk they create for trouble and unrest that they have been so openly disdainful of the ideals of democracy and justice. They believe they have tamed the wild beast and abuse it like a dog. A mistake that.