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The Future Is Up for Grabs

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/13/future-grabs

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From the article:

“…a global initiative with a mission to unite, organize and mobilize progressive forces.”

Yes. The only credible response to organized supranational capital is organized supranational labor.

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Yes, except this is certainly not “organized supranational labor”, whatever that it. It is an International of NGOs and reformists with a vague program to make social democracy more palatable. It hides behind the sloppy vacuousness of the term “progressive” the same way Sanders hides behind the label “democratic socialism.”

If I’d said “one big union” instead, would that have helped?

Believe me, I know how movements can be co-opted, side-tracked, divided and conquered. But that one big union has to start somewhere, and I don’t see much else right now that looks like a step toward cross-border solidarity.

“It’s a start. I believe in starts.”
–Joey “The Lips” Fagan

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I understand that and share your hopes, but this is neither big, nor working class, nor a union. I think we have to ask hard questions about the role of the working class in any political movement, especially now in this crisis. There will be many claiming the mantle, including those who urge voting for Biden and those joining DNC task forces on the environment. And the left groupuscules. We need more, and by that I’d concur with Joan Robinson that it has to be more than voting green or writing in Bernie. I’m in a rather more cynical/critical mood like Caroline.

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Understood.

Good luck to you, and confusion to the enemy.

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Thanks for the ray of hope; but didn’t George Orwell
describe this process of a future power grab in 1984,
when Winston Smith’s torturer said, “envision
the future as a boot stomping on a human face–for ever.”
We’re all Julian Assange now.

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Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.

We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.

A. Joy

What a lot of time wasting, strength depleting reformist waffle that is. It focuses on symptoms and not the causes.
Capitalism cannot be reformed and needs a self led majority social revolution, for it to be replaced by a commonly owned (not state-private-corporately owned), therefore classless, post-capitalist, production for use , free access society run by us all, locally, regionally, globally in self administration over resources (not government over people).

" The emancipation of the working classes must be conquered by the working classes themselves. We cannot, therefore, co-operate with people who openly state that the workers are too uneducated to emancipate themselves and must be freed from above by philanthropic big bourgeois and petty bourgeois."(1879 Marx and Engels )

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