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Mumia Abu-Jamal: Emerging fear states

2017/01/25

rosa_luxemburgFor the Rosa Luxemburg Conference in Berlin. Meine Freunde, Bewegung!

What is happening in America, in Europe – there is study and reflection.

On the surface we see a rightos thrift, as fearful, resentful publics empower forms of politics, that promise safety, especially regarding terror attacks. They have blown up and bloodied world capitals recently. If we look closer however, we see how economic insecurity, driven by the investor class, has waged an austerity war against working class and poor people. For economical insecurity begets political insecurity.

If we couple this with rich people taking office, we see how the super-rich are no longer content with renting or buying politicians. They cut out the middle-man and wage class war themselves. Thus we have Berlusconi for example, the media magnat in Italy and Trump, a real estate developer in the US. They run to enrich themselves and their class in naked expressions of crony capitalism.

Why are we seeing this now? Because neo-liberalist parties like the social-democrats and the democrats in America, have advanced austerity plans and supported globalist policies that have advantaged investors over workers. They do this because they receive vast sums of money from investment-donors. And these donors are repaid with business policies that enhance their bottom lines. By doing so they may have enriched party coffers, but they weakened the social positions of their voters, who must content with lower wages and higher prices.

This has led to working class estrangement, a growing disenchantment and even desperation among workers, as jobs, especially manufacturing jobs are taken abroad, for sites with lower labour costs. That desperation born of NAFTA, for example or the North American Free Trade-Agreement, led many to flee to those who promised more and better jobs, like Trump, for example. Thus those who benefited from the jobs being moved in the first place, capitalists, are now expected to replace them, with better pay to boot.

Does that make sense?

Workers who expect the same political forces, who have impoverished them, to suddenly enrich them are playing in the dark. They hope for that which will never come. Betrayed by their erstwhile neo-liberal allies, they turn in desperation to rightous demagogs who promise jobs, bread and glory.

One would think that they learned from Germany’s example, or Italy’s example of several generations ago. Hitlers national-socialist workers party, known as Nazis for short, promised glory and stained the nation with infamy. Similarly Mussolinis fascist party brought Italy discredit and destruction. People turn to these type of figures in times of economic dystopia, when normal governments seem incompetent or unable to cope with challenges facing them. When living conditions fall to dangerous and desperate levels and when tomorrows seem more fearful than hopeful. We see this in the vast anti-austerity movements, like the recent Brexit vote in England.

Neo-liberalism and his anti-worker globalisation projects, set the stage and nationalist publics are eating the meal. Socialists and real-leftists have been side-lined and undermined by not serving the interests of workers. For not opposing the capitalist globalists with sufficient vigour. Here is referred not to revolutionary or even radical political formations, for they rarely hold political offices in government. And when they do, they but yield to the politics of pragmatism.

I mean the parties in power in the capitalist west, like Labour in the UK, like the democrats in the US and like the social-democrats in the European states. All of whom embrace neo-liberalism or politics of pragmatism, that serves the market or more accurately the investor class. And because they serve that class, they must betray the working class, the poor, the impoverished, the oppressed. They serve as elegant, highly intelligent, persuasive servants of capital, who build more prisons, neglect schools, armed cops with weapons of war, sell health care to the highest bidders and the like or posing as representatives of the people.

Neo-liberalism as typified by the likes of London’s Tony Blair, or Washington’s Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, really means conservative politics of service to the market. Millitary and police repression and the subjugation of labour, are done with class, with a smile, with soft words, politeness. For years political writers have called this the third way. A kind of centering between right and left.

That’s nonsense, for it is really rightist in movement while leftist in speech. It supports mass incarceration, a racist institution in America, and war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It supported the destruction of Libya, while sending more weapons to Israel. It is in essence kinder, gentler conservatism, which opened the door to the coming of Donald Trump. Here the politics of illusion have given rise to the politics of fear and emerging fascism.

time for real left to organize and rise!

Danke, viel Danke. Thank you all.

From imprison-nation. This is your brother Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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