“Resistance alone, however, is not enough. It must be accompanied by an alternative vision of a socialist and anti-capitalist society. It must reject the Democratic Party’s attempt to ride anti-Trump sentiment back into power.” But the enemy is not the “corporate state”, the enemy is capitalism that produces corporate states and the degree of fascist governance necessary to rule and profit. Without the destruction of capitalism nothing will ever change for the benefit of anyone other than the 1% owners.
Trump will only be allowed to accomplish what the permanent shadow government of his fellow one percenters will allow. I see no indication that our owners are ready to trade in their “inverted totalitarianism” for an outright dictatorship, with all the expense and violence necessary for its maintenance. Indeed they have already begun to rein in Trump and will destroy him if necessary. However this does not mean that our owners are not prepared to further destroy what’s left of economic and environmental regulations, workers rights, and social programs to pay for the rising cost of the empire’s wars to continue our owners dominance of the world’s economies and resources.
Democracy exists to the extent that the majority is willing to fight for. So do protest the attempts to further erode what little democracy we are still allowed. Any attack on any minority must be protested and even more important, perhaps, is preserving net neutrality and existing independent information sources.
Do we “have the power to make the country ungovernable”? Probably, but if there is no leadership by a unified socialist front than it will only accomplish a change of some owners, probably worse than the ones replaced.
Three months is not realistic. But resistance and continued protest to maintain the present level of Trump’s unpopularity is doable. We must maintain the democracy that exists in the social gains that have been achieved for minorities, women and radicals. That is the base of resistance to history’s bloodiest empire, the U.S. Empire, which except for a few years has been at constant war for its entire existence. Constant warfare is the price of capitalism as capitalists cannot cooperate, they only know how to compete and destroy competitors.
It has always been time “not to cooperate” and subvert “systems of power”. Resist and subvert the consumer economy by being a bad consumer and enjoy the freedom that frugality allows the mind and person. Socialists have been fighting capitalism for a century and a half. There have been failures but as a movement in history socialism is still new and it’s power is evident in the fact that some of its failures have been spectacular.
Keep the eyes on the prize. Capitalism is at a dead end and is failing worldwide. The owners can gain some time through austerity economics and outright oppression but their days are numbered. Trump has already shown that he will do nothing for the ordinary person and will only serve himself and his fellow one percenters. I do not expect it to take long for the Trump supporters to become disillusioned. Where will they go? Hedges believes they will be seduced by the fascist “corporate power” but I believe that is only possible, over the long run, if their economic situation is improved. How long can either of the big business parties keep their game going when the economic conditions only worsen for most in capitalism’s dead end?
As I have written here before people do not demand change from knowledge or information. They will only act from fear and pain. The Trump election is proof of that. The revolution has started except in the fake mainstream news where one would never even know there were poverty or unemployment problems. But although people may be full of fake news in their personal lives they know all too well what the fake news ignores.
The majority of people down through the ages have never been that well informed. After a hard day’s work, or a hard day’s survival with no job at all, all most people want is a little entertainment and escape.
Knowledge and information are the domain of intellectuals. It is from them that leaders must come who can discern the growing areas of unrest, can unite and inspire those who are in pain towards a common goal of destroying capitalism.
The only thing that can threaten the control of the falling American Empire would be a global socialist political movement. One cannot predict exactly how that could happen or when but we are now in a revolutionary time. The unrest that propelled Trump’s victory will only increase as the elite, in their own best interest, will continue to “harvest” wealth from the middle and lower classes. Global capitalism faces growing challenges and increasing war and terrorism from a growing impoverished and war torn world.
This is not a scenario for any kind of national or global totalitarianism as many recently fallen and falling authoritarian leaders have found out. The world and the U.S. will continue into chaos and war while enough owners continue to prosper and foster it. What will come from all the coming political, financial and ecological collapse cannot be foreseen but the parameters are drawn between the extinction of the human race or a new dark age of barbarism… or a socialist world that would finally bring about an enlightened, civilized, age where all equally share earth’s bounty.
Throughout history the enlightened have always been a minority; it is when they reach out across all barriers to the majority that change can happen. With the great danger and trouble ahead there will also exist great opportunity. Capitalism is falling on its own as Marx wrote. Connect, educate and find ways to reach people perhaps by helping, not lecturing, them. Also seek to make protest a learning experience.
To work for socialism is the only choice left for those who would seek to prevent disaster. There are many ways to work for socialism starting with resistance and decreasing participation. In any way one can, no matter how small, work for replacing capitalism with socialism. Join a socialist party and work toward a unified world socialist movement. To do otherwise is a waste of time and one might as well be watching TV or playing video games.