- It is already clear that the buzz words gay rights and the Confederate flag “will be used by the powerful to move as many disaffected people toward the Democratic Party as possible.” In reality, “the American flag is the global banner of white supremacy and oppression of LGBTQ people. Its Stars and Stripes are responsible for the genocide of indigenous peoples, enslavement of Africans, and the exploitation of the global working class.”
- Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity
- Let’s abandon the Democrats: On TPP, workers’ rights and income inequality, they are as bad as GOP
Danny Haiphong, Black Agenda Report
Tue, 07/07/2015 | “The capitalist class uses the Democratic Party as its liberal flank to help anchor its crisis-ridden system.”
One of the quintessential elements of fascism is the inability of a people to question political developments as they occur without repressive consequences. Yes, the Confederate flag could, and should, come down. The Supreme Court has affirmed gay marriage. Yet very few are questioning how these buzz issues are awash in the same tired liberalism that has dominated the US political landscape to no benefit of poor and working people. As a result, the system that rules over Washington remains unnamed and unchallenged. Even worse, these buzz issues will be used by the powerful to move as many disaffected people toward the Democratic Party as possible. The end of Obama's Administration is near and the ruling class is betting that the myth of the liberal paradigm will prevent the emergence of a radical challenge to its rule. It is from here that the struggle to build a revolutionary movement in a post-Obama US should start.
Of course, actively opposing the gay marriage ruling or the campaign to take down the Confederate flag would be a grave mistake. To do so would only serve the ruling class's interests by pinning radicals into the confines of the (neo) liberal ideological trap. However, there should be no fear in explaining to people in the streets, workplaces, and schools of the US how none of the buzz issues of the day challenge the fundamental power structure in the US. Washington is ruled by Capital, and we shouldn't hesitate to say so. That is, the owners of multinational corporations and Wall Street financial institutions control the state and use it for their profit seeking interests. With this in mind, a proper assessment of whether a policy change presents a challenge to the prevailing rule of capital lies in the question: who benefits?
Danny Haiphong is an organizer for Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST) in Boston. He is also a regular contributor to Black Agenda Report.
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Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report
- The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.
- Chris Hedges | America's Electoral Farce
Let’s abandon the Democrats: On TPP, workers’ rights and income inequality, they are as bad as GOP, Erik Loomis, Salon
- Two-party system is hopeless for creating progressive change.
- Let's take a page from marriage activists and fight.
- Excerpted from "Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe"