Christmas message from raincoat optimism
At the moment, there are two political forces with global reaches in this world: western capitalist democracies and Islamic fascist theocracies. One is winning, the other is waning. Righties turned centrists have woken up to this, like John Gray (the academic, not the Labour councillor or the prick in the states who tries to have sex with non-smokers). Lefties turned neo-con lefties like Christopher Hitchens saw this as well. But there is a third way (and I’m not saying the two previous authors were not aware of this). The way of socialism. Socialists the world over would do well to remember that our beef is with capitalism and islamofascism in equal measure. That one is doing better than the other is beside the point; that one is given so much dominance while the other is a useful tool with which to beat enemies under the radar is, also, beside the point. Truth is absolute, not resting on relative morality or the awkwardness of lily-livered liberals (in which I include anarchist twats like Kit Withnail).
Capitalism is a system loose enough, socially, for lefties to dip in to without foregoing our own political prejudices. Fascism, of any order, is not. In some decisions there is not a “them and us” but a serious question of proximity, for which we hold a nose peg to the force which we consider the lesser of two evils.
Principled people did this with Libya, saying a No-Fly Zone was the correct course of action, even by leaders of countries we felt did shit for their own people. My tribe, the Labour left and the Labour Representation Committee (LRC) did not vote correctly on Libya, instead giving air space to Tankies and wankers, but that’s not to say principles are dead. Principles are alive and well, but let us not be complacent; our principles must never be sidelined for fitting in with the crowd – there’s a good deal of people in our tribe need winning over, and fast!
Alex Callinicos, a cunt in the SWP, took his opportunity as a known idiot to say that in order that fascism and totalitarianism is defeated, the West must first defeat capitalism. Saying this around the time that we, the politicos, were debating whether or not to take action, as a united set of nations, was farcical, and no more should the swappies pretend a moral high ground to the Stalinists, which they try to shit on every time they meet.
No, instead they should sit and think. There’s something. Honestly, I don’t think we should sit on our hands and wait, because given the state of the left in the UK we would be waiting a long time. We should not be making decisions on the basis of how little lip service we’re obliged to pay by being third fiddle in the world, fought by Capitalism and Islamism. We should be working out what it is we want to replace these two redundant epochal-potentials with.
The knee-jerk reaction against action in Afghanistan and Libya should be noted; but, of course, it won’t be. It – the history of now – will be rewritten for us on the left by those without recourse to reason or pause for humanity.
The years to come won’t bring any less complex motions, and that should give us fear. The left in this country often have it right economically, and are failed by counter-revolutionary forces; evil, almost above our control. But our regard for history knows too many bounds.
Here’s to those who sit outside this hysteria.
Happy Christmas. Against Capitalism and Islamism. With equality.