In the Middle of the Road: The Failings of Liberalism

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The trouble with standing in the middle of the road is that you WILL get run over. Liberal beliefs have been systematically failing the working people of this world and this is because they sit between capitalist power and the needs of working people and they are incapable of supporting either block.

Advances by the Working Peoples

In "Terrified when Thinking about our Future" Grant Peterson touched on how Chris Hodges states that there has been a failure of the liberal class to protect the interests of the working and middle class and how the liberal class can never protect the interests of working people.

Truth is every advance won by the working class over the years has always been made through the course of struggle and even-though individually working people may have no personal desire to struggle against their bosses, they may want the easy life - to get through the working day and get home to their family or friends, in reality each person employed considers themselves underpaid, underutilized, under appreciated, and of course under the thumb and irrespective of what job title they may have they have little or no job security and could be finding themselves looking for another job tomorrow.

Permanent War: The Barrier to Struggle

"The patriotic moods that accompany... war make hopeless the very execution of class struggle" stated Leon Trotsky **1** in 1935 and today to a large extent we can see this in how this is being applied by the capitalist class trough its permanent war on terror at the current time. Every soldier that has served in any part of the Middle East is instantly called a hero, even though militarily they have never performed a heroic act during the time in the war zone. This is a tactic used by the capitalist class in order to split opposition to their war because opposing it is seen as equal to opposing these heroes. Yet we MUST oppose the war on terror as it is being used to limit the rights of each and every citizen who may be seeking to improve their lot (even though they do so within the confines of the law and constitution).

War is the international product of capitalism at a time when its international agreements or treaties have broken down, as they have done in respect of the struggle between capitalism and reactionary Islam, where the western capitalist class has found many of its former allies (rebels it once funded) have turned against the west in the the name of Islamic fundamentalism, yet these so-called terror groups have more in common with Western Capitalism than they may realize, as both groups wish to stop advances like freedom for women and the freedom of thought and consciousness (even if the capitalist class could never admit such openly, they show it by their actions in the name of national security.

Working people must circumvent this barrier to their struggles and must understand that the capitalist class are morally ind intellectually bankrupt and it is the duty of the working class to inflict a revolutionary defeat on capitalism

Sense of Betrayal

Wind the clock back to a period of economic prosperity it was easy to see that capitalism carried with it the hopes of prosperity for the working masses of the world even the Republican and other Conservative parties were granting reforms that were improving the lot of the working peoples, yet since September 2001 we have witnessed the stripping away of our civil liberties in the name of the war against terror and according to C Wright Mills **3** "it is much safer to celebrate civil liberties than to defend them" and further Chris Hodges **3** states "The death of the liberal class means that there is no check to a corporate apparatus designed to enrich a tiny elite and plunder the nation"

Of course what neither of these liberal mouthpieces realize is that politically if you stand in the middle of the road you will get run over, increasingly there can be no middle ground actions must be carried out either for or against the interests of the capitalist class.

Hodges is clear "the death of the liberal class means a new and terrifying political configuration. It permits the corporate state to demolish, without impediment the last vestiges of protection." This is where that must be a call to arms for the working people of the world to pick up the struggle, the struggle not only for your limited liberal rights, but for the right to control society. It is time to bring down a capitalist system that has at the heart of its goals the need to rape and pillage the natural resources of this planet in the name of profit and at the same time has no interests for the rights of the majority of humankind as we witness a permanent war against terror.

Today that war against terror is focused on fundamentalist reactionary Islamic factions, but that machine is also being utilized to limit the freedom of the people inside the capitalist nations, the right to freedom of speech, the right to organize, the right to oppose the government are all being eroded in little steps as we live and breath.

References and Image Credits

References:

  1. from The ILP and the Fourth International, 18th September 1935 by Trotsky
  2. from The Power Elite by Mills, 1999.
  3. from Death of the Liberal Class 2010 by Hodges

Image Credits:

  • Occupational safety by Brodosplit.hr
  • Americas Permanent War by nexusilluminati.blogspot.com
  • American Dream in tatters by fijourney com

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author avatar M G Singh
26th Dec 2014 (#)

Excellent post

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Dec 2014 (#)

Great page Grant. The Democrats, for the most part, have been co-opted and bought off by big money interests, so they no longer represent the working person. Unions have been crushed, so there is no one representing the interests of the middle and working class. Democrats have been playing "Republican lite" for a long time, and that's no way to win and no way to represent the people.

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author avatar Grant Peterson
28th Dec 2014 (#)

This is something which we can see has been happening since the 1980's, when "Yes man politics" was first conceived, since that time the conservative wing of the capitalist class has portrayed the concept that opposition to their views as being unpatriotic and anti-democratic.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Dec 2014 (#)

Thought provoking, thanks Grant. Whoever is elected to power the irony is the boss remains the same - the power centers - and if that is true in liberal democracies like in western countries, it is more so in poorer countries still grappling with the democratic political system.

The welfare of the poor and deprived majority should be the cornerstone of political and government setup, but they are overlooked and left to fend for themselves. Though this has communist undertones - from each according to ability and to each as per need - will prove best for all. And natural resources of the land should belong to the people and not sold to few leading to corrupt practices - siva

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author avatar Grant Peterson
28th Dec 2014 (#)

It is true that you have to look through the person in power, the President or Prime Minister, in order to understand who is in actual control. As a Marxist I do believe that society should be organized on the lines of "from each according to capability and to each according to their needs"

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author avatar Retired
27th Dec 2014 (#)

Looking at this from a European perspective, we still have strong parties on both the left and the right, although the left-leaning parties tend to be more social democratic than socialist. There are also parties in the middle, such as the British Liberal Democrats, but they do tend, as Grant indicates, to be squeezed.

The political scene in Great Britain is confused by the fact that neither main party (Conservative or Labour) is all-powerful, and for the past five years we have had a coalition government because the Conservatives have needed to rely on Lib Dem support. A sizable number of British MPs do not belong to the two main parties - apart from the Lib Dems there are members belonging to Nationalist parties from Wales and Scotland, the MPs from Northern Ireland (which has its own political parties), two ultra-right wingers from UKIP, an ultra left-winger from Respect and a Green MP.

I think that an important reason why British politics is relatively diverse (although many European parliaments show even greater diversity) is that it is far more difficult to buy votes here than it is in the United States. Political parties and candidates are strictly limited over what they are allowed to spend - especially as election time nears - and access to the airwaves is controlled and apportioned so that everyone gets their fair share and the populace is not deluged by political broadcasts.

If you can get proper control of the political process, and not allow it to be dominated by the highest bidders, other voices can be heard and the voters can exercise real choice. When than happens, there is a chance that the "squeezed middle" may not get quite so badly squeezed!

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author avatar Grant Peterson
28th Dec 2014 (#)

In reality John The British Labour Party has spent a lot of time making it look as if it is just another version of the Conservative Party and no longer really stands for anything that the working class needs, they have been betraying their origins for much of the last hundred years.

As regards election spending, here in Canada parties are also limited in what they may spend at election time, but this does not stop them spending money on campaigns long before elections are declared, the next federal election is later in 2015, but the Conservatives have spent a fortune on their campaign against Trudeau.

Stand between the working class and the capitalist class at the current time and you will be mowed down in the traffic.

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author avatar Retired
29th Dec 2014 (#)

Trudeau? Has he risen from the grave to have another go? Or is this the next generation?

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author avatar Grant Peterson
30th Dec 2014 (#)

The next generation

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
30th Dec 2014 (#)

Interesting post Grant, Happy and prosperous New Year!

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author avatar Ptrikha
30th Dec 2014 (#)

Are you in a way hinting to what happened in Russia in 1917? Well the extreme version of Communism also failed due to the over reaching power of Governments, and the officials as we saw in USSR and Eastern Europe and even many of the state controls we have had in India even for the economy failed to yield desired results.

Perhaps, we need a path different from socialism and capitalism and something that promotes harmony among different sections of society. Yet, will the people at the top of power pyramid yield?

Highly unlikely!

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author avatar Grant Peterson
30th Dec 2014 (#)

The Russian path to socialism must never be repeated, your comment raises so many issues that it is not easy to address them all in the form of an answer - perhaps I may do so in the form of another article. It is clear that we need revolutionary change, but such a change needs to have the working people of the world taking control of the ortgans that control their lives. No person at the top will yield unless they are forced to by the almighty will of the masses.

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author avatar Vickie Collins
11th Jan 2015 (#)

Fairly new member and just now reading this. The interesting thing in the US is that all the hyperbole about "support our troops" that the conservatives preach and yet they have no problem with cutting benefits to those same soldiers. I have long since decided that "support our troops" is a rallying cry against those of us who want to see things at home taken care of especially the working class over against constant unending involvement in foreign wars where we tend to make things worse instead of better.

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author avatar Grant Peterson
11th Jan 2015 (#)

The3 implication being clear, if you do not "support our troops" you must be a traitor. Trouble with that logic is that it is limiting, it is not the fault of the soldiers the state of permanent war that we see today, that is a clear policy of the capitalist class and one that is used to trample on the rights of working people everywhere. Thank you for your view.

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author avatar Vickie Collins
17th Jan 2015 (#)

Certainly, Grant, you and I are in agreement. The soldiers obviously have not been the ones that declared war. However, take the Iraq thing for example, we marched in there determined to make the world a "safer" place and got rid of someone that had a lid on some very nasty people, as we are now finding out with ISIL, and here we go, another excuse to get involved in another war. Sadly it seems like every time,we make it worse in some way when we do this - especially in the half baked unthought out way that we have tended to do it, as a country. And yet, as we are both saying, those of us who say "wait a minute here" are labeled traitors and discounted by those advocating for war and the many that they unfortunately have scared into being on their side.

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author avatar Grant Peterson
18th Jan 2015 (#)

In a sense those labeled traitors are the real patriots of the human race. Yet the warmongers will always keep the upper hand as long as capitalism reigns supreme.

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author avatar Jenny Heart
11th Jan 2015 (#)

Great information with excellent photos to compliment your article

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author avatar Grant Peterson
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Jenny, I learned a long time ago that everything we do looks better when it is presented well.

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author avatar Retired
18th Feb 2015 (#)

Nothing has hurt the working class more than the decline of labor unions. For too long workers have allowed the Corporate Power to use wedge issues to divide and conquer the working population. Working folks need to reassert control over the Democratic Party and push the limousine liberals who are tied to Wall Street into the background where they belong.

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author avatar Grant Peterson
14th Apr 2015 (#)

agreed!

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