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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.

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  1. December 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Well said Carl!

  2. December 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Merry Xmas :)

  3. Edgar
    December 26, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I have written a little xmas ditty to rival the nauseating Military wives, the latest attempt to normalise militarism, in prepartion for the coming police state. Call it my attempt to counter the trend:

    The SAS are a bunch of murdering bastards
    Probably Pedo’s too.
    And they will be coming soon, to a village near you.
    Lock up your daughters and lock up your sheep.
    Because they’re into beastiality
    If the rumours are to be believed.

    (chorus)

    Fucking kids for business interests
    Fucking kids for business interests
    Yeah, they are fucking kids for business interests
    Fucking kids for business interests
    Fucking kids for business interests
    Yeah, they are fucking kids for business interests

    The SAS are a bunch of racist bastards
    Probably sexist too.
    And they will be coming soon, to a village near you.
    Lock up your daughters and lock up your sheep.
    Because they’re into beastiality
    If the rumours are to be believed.

    (chorus)

    Fucking kids for business interests
    Fucking kids for business interests
    Yeah, they are fucking kids for business interests
    Fucking kids for business interests
    Fucking kids for business interests
    Yeah, they are fucking kids for business interests

    Still a work in progress, look out for it next year!

  4. Chris
    December 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

    “At the moment, there are two political forces with global reaches in this world: western capitalist democracies and Islamic fascist theocracies.”

    Not so. Despite the incessant media attention, Islamist theocracies are a marginal force at most compared to authoritarian capitalist regimes. China is the most obvious, but there are many, especially across Africa and Asia. The upheavals of this year in North Africa and the Middle East have been against these regimes. Not necessarily with the aim of creating “western democracy” but certainly some sort of democracy and an increase in liberty.

    • December 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      I already countered the “marginal force” theory in the message

  5. Matthew Wood (@mrmrwood)
    December 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Carl,

    I too was in favour of a no fly zone in Libya basically because I think people dying is a bad thing (and I suppose, to put it crudely, this is what you think too). However, the ‘intervention’ in Libya ended up not as a prevention of war but as regime change, and the continuation of a war that went on for months all because France and Britain (primarily) lent support to one armed side – with lethal consequences.

    Maybe they did stop an immediate massacre in Benghazi – although that appears to be an at least questionable assertion now – but the continuation of the war just proved that the West is not a genuine force for peace in the world. Humanitarian intervention once again proves to be a cover for the pursuit of deeper objectives: the installation of a friendly regime, with some modicum of ‘democratic’ legitmacy, that France, Britain and their allies can do business with – as opposed to the volatile (though in recent years, friendly) dictator they had previously.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean I am/was pro-Gaddafi, just that I support genuine peoples’ movements (which the NTC is not). I am also unconvinced of the ability of the international community to act in the interests of ordinary people so long as it is dominated by capitalism and powerful capitalist states. The Left can still support the prevention of genocide, but I think that Libya shows it is possible for this word to be invoked incorrectly and to be hijacked for other aims.

    I am also unconvinced that Islamofascism is a real force in the world outside of a few countries. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate (but still religious and conservative) political party, which, if it wins power in the upcoming elections will probably ally itself with America, just like Egypt’s rulers of the past. Okay so they will have some rhetoric about Israel etc. but so did every other Egyptian ruler from Nasser onwards.

    Surely socialists are now facing war between capitalist states (economic war, at least at first, then maybe later some real war). Is it not up to us to establish our third (or fourth?) way between authoritarian capitalism of China, neoliberalism or even the kind of neoliberalism with modest social democratic characteristics that we see in Blairism.

    Anyway, merry christmas and a happy new year

  6. December 27, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Hold on – Gaddafi was an “Islamofascist”? I have no firm idea of what this term means but I’d guess it’s a peculiarly violent form of Islamic authoritarianism. One that espouses offensive jihad, perhaps? I don’t think that was true of the Michael Jackson of the Maghreb – he dealt with Al Qaeda like the Western client he was. A particularly brutal imposition of sharia law? Again, I don’t think that was true of MG – Libya was severe, don’t get me wrong, but it had nothing on the Saudis and others. I suppose my point is that if you try to lump all forms of Islamic authoritarianism together you’ll find that you’re taking on a hefty proportion of the species – from yer actual jihadists to yer average Egyptian or Pakistani who’s fairly oblivious to our existence but happens to think that women should be swaddled in cloths and that adulterers should be stoned. It’s all disagreeable, of course, but there’s nothing useful we can do about the latter. That’s why we’ve got to be clear on what’s dangerous and what’s merely disgusting.

    Hope it was a good Christmas.

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