Revolution Not Reform: Moral Courage, Redefining Progress and the Myth of Social Democracy

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 William Hawes is a writer specializing in politics and environmental issues. He is author of the ebook Planetary Vision: Essays on Freedom and Empire. His articles have appeared online at CounterPunch, Global Research, Countercurrents(.org), Gods & Radicals, Dissident Voice, The Ecologist, and many more. You can email him at wilhawes@gmail.com. Visit his website williamhawes.wordpress.com 
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WILLIAM HAWES—The writers I value the most are the ones who educate about ecological issues and how they relate to structural poverty and misery for most of the world: Vandana Shiva, Robert Hunziker, Colin Todhunter. The environment and most of the developing world is in a state of collapse, and endless articles about Trump’s domestic agenda are not helpful as well as being out of touch, i.e., they are first world problems.

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The Best Definition of Donald Trump We Have Found

In his zeal to prove to his antagonists in the War Party that he is as bloodthirsty as their champion, Hillary Clinton, and more manly than Barack Obama, Trump seems to have gone “play-crazy” — acting like an unpredictable maniac in order to terrorize the Russians into forcing some kind of dramatic concessions from their Syrian allies, or risk Armageddon.However, the “play-crazy” gambit can only work when the leader is, in real life, a disciplined and intelligent actor, who knows precisely what actual boundaries must not be crossed. That ain’t Donald Trump — a pitifully shallow and ill-disciplined man, emotionally handicapped by obscene privilege and cognitively crippled by white American chauvinism. By pushing Trump into a corner and demanding that he display his most bellicose self, or be ceaselessly mocked as a “puppet” and minion of Russia, a lesser power, the War Party and its media and clandestine services have created a perfect storm of mayhem that may consume us all. Glen Ford, Editor in Chief, Black Agenda Report 

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2 thoughts on “Revolution Not Reform: Moral Courage, Redefining Progress and the Myth of Social Democracy

  1. This sensible article points out that all the efforts to change society by changing the system are doomed as long as resistance is directed towards changing existing political realities that are deeply ingrained without the help of a changed psychological reality. The rot at the root of this society where the closed minds remain oblivious to the absurdities of neo-liberalism keeps the public in thrall to the myths that this republic likes to propagandize of democracy, freedom of speech and the equality of human beings. Every minute demonstrates the opposite in a most cruel way while the public revels in self-hypnosis by thinking tomorrow will be a better day.

    Rational approaches are disdained, even by the so-called left in the US such as population reduction (by the once effective Chinese rule of one child per couple) or the understanding that the capitalist mind is a artificial reality that must be changed before one can even think of revolution and that no liberation is imaginable without a thorough retreat from instrumentalism, i.e. the conviction that everything under the sun and in human relations can be repaired by material means and tools. It ain’t so and thus the human soul shrivels in the process.

    On a more optimistic note, the large demonstrations against Trump, which are as fallible as trying to settle on Mars, can be turned around toward a protest against the system itself that produces such men. The deep dissatisfaction about the figure of Trump can and should be re-directed to the correct insight that Trump is only a phenomenon of what ails the nation and that the problems are much wider and deeper than that of a wayward president. As long as the public is concentrated and diverted to animus towards him, nothing will ever change. But since those demonstrations now occur (and the ones from Black Lives Matter and pro-feminist ones), they could be very effective as anti-establishment and pro-solidarity if their power is channeled into a more constructive goal.

    1. Yes, but with this, we would need to give some thought to how the media marketed to those who aren’t on the right, have powerfully split the “masses” apart by class and race, and maintained a daily campaign of focusing on the most divisive issues (at the moment, via the one-sided anti-Russian and anti-Israel diatribes). One year ago, most were caught up in trying to sell Hillary Clinton, with her long record of support for the hard right agenda, as a “bold progressive.” It would be interesting to see a broad survey that asks people just what they would want a revolution for/against.

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