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Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo wrote
Does this deliberate upping the repressive ante have earmarks of a
global civil war? What the Chicago authorities are doing is being
repeated everywhere, and not just because of Trump and his ilk. Trump
appears to be little more than a harbinger and troubadour for worse to
Access to legal representation and the media are being attacked in the
streets as well, shutting off informed access to internal wars just as
they have done with our external wars, out of sight, out of the middle
class mind. Will we see less and less up-close filmed revelation of what
they want to conceal, as it even becomes possible, with the steady
gutting of civil liberties, that people's i-phones at the scene are on
flimsy grounds silently confiscated? While information is increasingly
confined to authorities, with surveillance rampant?
Social control is out of control from top to bottom. I see the alarm
expressed by a few major media outlets lately as the shocked gasp of
bourgeois liberalism as to what is to come - before they join their
confreres in the world of business as it must be.
To spell out some more of it that we may see but don't often enough
explicitly enumerate, and don't we know that these probabilities are top
of the destructive, containing forces' agenda in boardrooms, at Davos
What, after the election, when they no longer will get federal funds to
those millions strapped, evicted and hungry, as happened in the thirties
here and is happening elsewhere all over the world; but this time with
no growth in increased wealth through expansion of profitable
value-creating production, and instead more and more generation of and
sequestering of profits of fictitious capital, property speculation, and
debt manipulation? When state and municipal governments are failing;
when the first wave surges, then subsides and a second wave of Covid-19
strikes; when there is no end to savage racism against all with skins
darker than pink-skinned Caucasians and with little effective power;
when global poverty hits big with a new depression that leaves 1929 as
relatively minor occurrence?
What happens when the environmental meltdown begins to come home to
Americans and Europeans as forced migration deepens from impoverished,
starved-out areas of the southern hemisphere generally?
And when massive repression is increasingly resorted to through
capital's immense power in protecting the privileged from surges of
protest from every direction?
Is this, or an almost irrepressible part of it, not in our future?
If so, what do we plan to do about it? As to the environment, it has
gone to the point where mitigation is the only viable objective, and as
it slips further down the sluice ways still nothing's happening to
confront it, while the profit-generating panaceas of capital are still
in charge as solutions.
As to preservation of human lives, we seem to have options but for the
present we flounder, seemingly irretrievably.
Though objective conditions may point to solutions, if we read those
developments right, when do we see that happening? When do we start to
piece together the larger picture, rampant, globe-straddling
transnational corporate power aided by authoritarian, captive
governments and their ministrations, and begin to understand what
effective opposition will look like? Will it be too late, because we,
unlike capital, have not done our deep-shit homework? Looking back
fondly on glorious past revolutions and Trotskyist solutions, or
fulminating on Assad and his like, or remarking interminably on
manifestations of chaos, certainly won't get it.
Slants on the future are supposed to end on a hopeful note, but my god
that's become more and more difficult.
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