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From the Archive: Living for Change: If Not Now, When?

From the Archive: Living for Change: If Not Now, When?

Grace Lee Boggs

[Editor's note: The following essay by Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015) was first published by Common Dreams on August 23, 2010. With the passing of Boggs announced on Monday, we share in the mourning of those who knew her best and the untold number of people who were influenced and inspired by her life dedicated to social justice and a better world. Read more of Boggs' writings for CD here and visit the Boggs Center for more information about her extraordinary life and work.]


Sigh. Times have changed. The motto of this generation: “Stand in Solidarity to protect the status quo of the bourgeoisie, the middle class alone!” Since B. Clinton, liberals have moved well to the right. In fact, on socioeconomic policies (which have everything to do with the overall quality of life and the nation’s ability to thrive), today’s liberals are to the right of former Republican presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, and even Reagan. They so strongly believe in the success of the corporate state that they think everyone is able to work, there are jobs for all, therefore no need for poverty relief. If our media are correct, this generation merely wants to maintain a pep rally for the the middle class, ignoring the dragon at the door.

Sounds like the mantra being repeated by ALL parties in the current Canadian election. Apparantly, the Middle class needs as much help as it can get. I suspect that’s because, as you say, the middle class has been supporting the corporate elites…publically, or in secret, for years now…while fancying themselves the change agents…or the social justice crowd.

Part of that illusion includes the fantasy that everyone can be middle class; ie: live in a big suburban home, have two cars in the garage, and enough money left over at the end of the month to start a stock portfolio!!!

Even as a fantasy…there’s not much excitement in it. But the degree of naval gazing, and downright narcissm, seems to be a growth industry. So sad, because there has to be better things to do with our lives…as the planet burns.

God bless you Grace, and thank you. See you down the road… :slight_smile: