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The Death Of The Left?

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In the Facebook group "Left Vs Right" an individual Forest Macallester posted the following:

“Real working class people have more important things think about than offending transsexuals or checking their privilege. So called "socialism" or "leftism" has lost its way.”

Is “the left” dead? One overwhelming feature of contemporary leftism is an intense fragmentation, perhaps paradoxically leading to a kind of general fungibility: Classes of antistatism- sub-classes, sub-sub-classes, endless taxonomies, theorizing of possible political worlds – anarcho-syndicalism or agrarian socialism? Centralized anti-capitalist modes of production or decentralized? So on ad nauseam.

Talk of “class” seems passé (when direly needed) even within the bounds of ‘leftism;’ endless debates on such issues at the periphery: is transsexualism bad for feminism in operating within biological essentialism? Complaints of “white hegemony” and “white privilege.” Insofar as Tim Wise is thoroughly Euro-centric, is he in fact a sublimated white supremacist? Etc. Etc.

Is Postmodernism (the Lyotard variation) to blame? How can a fragmentized, absent an evaluative, narrative-mythology or hegemony, “leftism” possibly prevail against the unrelenting monoculture inspiring machine of Globalizing capitalism? Comparatively, it seems, the demoralized ‘left’ is next to nothing.

Is it that the new ‘leftism’ is simply too passive, too uninterested in violence, unwilling to bunk the status quo order? Fascists have never had a problem with violence. Perhaps statist-nationalism is simply to powerful, too ingrained? And, it may be that persons, and Marx seemed to forget, self identify through the state as that mechanism to concretize individual identity through its collective concretization- and an identification that is absent “class.” In America, such a class-identification is already tainted, not befitting of a man.

Where do our brothers/sisters of the left go from here?https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=609795792389074&set=gm.10151852951733645&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

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The revolution will not be on facebook, will not be on facebook,

will not be on facebook, will not be on facebook.

The revolution will be no-like brothers;

The revolution will be live.

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Unfortunately, "revolutions" tend to be more destructive than the state of affairs they supplant. Marxism, for example, was anti-statist and everywhere (see Camus, The Rebel) only reinforced state centralization. This of course, is the great conservative lament: when the eschaton is injected into the actual world order, dystopia is just around the corner.

Carl Schmitt characterized Bakunin as that proliferator of "the dictatorship of the anti-dictatorship." So it goes :(

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Revolutions, by their very nature, involve relatively rapid change instigated by people with relatively little control over the starting conditions. They therefore tend to be chaotic and outcomes not as intended by by the instigators. Still, people with relatively little control over the conditions under which they live keep wanting to change things...

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Much as I detest the right-wing, xenophobic, racist and incoherent Tea Party, I have to admire their verve. The Left used to have that, but it is long gone. Will it come back?

My impression is that time and circumstance will change all in highly unpredictable and idiosyncratic ways. The growing income inequality gap in the U.s., which has only accelerated under the useless Obama administration, will eventually become too painful and consequential to ignore. Already Elizabeth Warren, as leftist as one can be in U.S. politics, is a fund-raising machine with legions wanting her to take on the odious Hillary in '16. In the longer run, global warming, resource depletion and overpopulation will wreak such unimaginable and frightening changes that it's impossible to speculate on what turn politics in America will take, but I'll do so anyway: It's likely to be religious and fascist. That's how this country is put together.

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as leftist as one can be in U.S. politics

Which is just slightly left of right. The "center" of US politics is somewhere to the right of Reagan these days. I really don't see any authentic left in US politics. What passes for it, the Democratic Party, is fascism with a smile, while the Republicans are just fascism.

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Should this have been foreseeable in 1776 and if not, when and how did it all go wrong?

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The French Revolution of 1782.

History repeats first as tragedy, then as farce... :shakehead:

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