Mar 11, 2014
When We Fight Back
Posted on Nov 24, 2011
By Scott Tucker
Socialists, however, do not advise you to vote by rote. In every big election, the Democratic Party threatens apocalypse if the Republican Party wins. 2012 is no different. No sane person argues that “worse is better.” No. Worse is worse. And worse is what we are getting as the two big corporate parties are polarized in Congress and yet keep each other in business. Is there not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democratic and Republican parties? Sure. But that question long ago became a partisan weapon, blunt as a caveman’s club. That question does not demand an answer, it only demands us to stop thinking we have the right to rebel against “our two-party system.” The two party system is not an act of God, and in fact has no foundation in our Constitution. That system of politics, much like the economic system of capitalism, is a human creation. What we create we can also change.
The Democratic and Republican parties rig the rules of the electoral game to shut out and shut down anti-capitalist and socialist campaigns for public office. The professional pols in both corporate parties have as much shame as the UC Davis cop who held up his red can of pepper spray like a prize toy. And then strolled at leisure down a line of students sitting with arms linked, spraying them in full view of cameras. Gosh, that guy may not get rich, but he earns a living keeping the corporate state safe from college students. The same students scared of being buried alive by debt upon graduation.
The open criminality of the corporate state is founded upon such a cunningly complex system of dodges, tricks, traps, loopholes and tax shelters that any good corporate lawyer can be hired to convince us that this system is not criminal at all. No, the financial system is a marvelous Gothic cathedral of legalism, complete with gargoyles gazing down on the peasants. Even the Genius of the Market may be found ensconced in a sunlit rose window.
Many loyal Democrats barely register the brute fact that Bill Clinton and Tony Blair just teamed up to take positions in a new “would be” hedge fund corporation. The morals of Bill Clinton are too well known to be belabored, though Bill belabors his morals anyway through the Clinton Foundation, established to “strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.” Yes, global interdependence! As my mom used to say, “You can’t keep that dog on the porch,” but the man who pointed his finger in our collective faces and swore, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” has now gone bounding off after a scent resembling myrrh and frankincense. Bill is now hunting for humanitarian awards the way a hound hunts for hamburger on a kitchen counter. Tomorrow to fresh fields and pastures new!
And if you believe that pitch, you’ll believe damn near anything at all. You’ll believe campus cops armed with pepper spray and truncheons were just defending themselves from menacing hordes of unarmed college students planted on the campus quad. You’ll believe philanthropy pops from the womb of hedge funds the way saviors appear after virgin births. You’ll believe I’m Greta Garbo. But seriously, you must not ever believe that billionaires who pretend to be concerned about hygiene in encampments of public protest are public servants. They serve themselves richly and the public poorly. Sooner or later we, the people, will wage an open political struggle not merely against the “excesses” of capitalism, but against the whole system of war and empire. Better sooner.
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