Debunking the Pendulum Theory

Democrats and other anti-Trump politicos sense that their prey is in distress. There is growing optimism about the opportunities it presents for the Left.

For instance, some are saying that Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement is an opportunity to seize a moment (see Joe Ware's article in Counterpunch), that in four years, the issue of climate change could be the major topic of the 2020 presidential election, and they believe it would bode well for progressives. 

Others are pushing the moment to pass single payer health care because Trump has been unsuccessful in killing off Obamacare.

Both would be welcome changes, but neither will happen if the Left depends entirely on the momentum of the pendulum.

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's Call to Social Revolution

 

At the commencement for Hampshire College, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor delivers a powerful speech, calling for defiance and social revolution against the status quo. An excerpt:

History, struggle, solidarity, and hope. Unto themselves they don't guarantee us a better world, but without them we don't stand a chance. There are never guarantees that we will win in our movements, but really we have nothing to lose but our chains, be they mental, physical or spiritual. A life of activism and struggle can be exhilarating, frustrating, challenging, but always interesting. Keep reading, keep questioning, listen more intently, and learn from the experiences and mistakes of others. Another world is possible, a world free of racism, sexism, transphobia, religious bigotry, a world free of borders is possible, if we are willing to fight for it. 

View the entire address below:


Praxis: Breaking Free From Neoliberalism

Gustavo Gutierrez, the author of Theology of Liberation, said:

But the poor person does not exist as an inescapable fact of destiny. His or her existence is not politically neutral, and it is not ethically innocent. The poor are a by-product of the system in which we live and for which we are responsible. They are marginalized by our social and cultural world. They are the oppressed, exploited proletariat, robbed of the fruit of their labor and despoiled of their humanity. Hence the poverty of the poor is not a call to generous relief action, but a demand that we go and build a different social order. (Emphasis, the author's)

The failure of neoliberalism and its prominent purveyors is its insistence on ignoring the obvious, that it is impossible to reform an unjust system of economics by utilizing the economic, cultural, and social apparatus that is itself the cause of that injustice.

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Finding a Voice and Keeping It

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During election off-years, the majority of the voting public is not focused on the next elections, but on the past ones. They are associated with one of the two parties of the duopoly, and if they are doing anything at all, they are busy raising millions of dollars from large corporate donors and billionaires while trying to find ways to discredit, marginalize, and even delegitimize the victors of the last election, that is, if their candidate lost.

If they happened to win, they spend the next two years, or four, reassuring the public that their ELECTED ONE is doing everything right and is flawless in character and virtue, while tossing away all traces of contradiction with the platform upon which their candidate won.

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