Thursday, 4 May 2017

On the Left being relevant for the left behind

On the Left being relevant for the left behind


And then there was Nuttal and Lepen. When Harold Wilson won the 1964 election over half the electorate worked in traditional blue collar working class jobs. When Tony Blair won in 1997 the uumbers had fallen to about 30% of the electorate. The traditional left agenda was abandoned and we saw the emergence of a market based liberal elite, sovcially liberal and yet market based ..
The corporations that grew, the globalised agenda and the deskilling of the traditional blue collar job created a large section of the electorate, alienated from this economically conservative, yet socially liberal elite.
Throughout Europe the radical right began to capture the vote of the traditional blue collar voters. In the UK it took longer to happen. It was not till 2005 that UKIP began to emerge as a major party. This process has continued in earnest since then. In the first Welsh Assembly elections it was Plaid that surged in the traditional Labour area. It will be a different story tomorrow the de-skilled, the abandoned, the left behind will tell a different story. Listen to the voices you hear in the pubs and elsewhere, globalisation, the victimisation has led to a simple message getting through ..the culture of blaming the other, the migrant, the poor and the single parent. “Someone told me a story the other day about this migrant”
Its persuasive, its simplistic and dangerous. I even heard some one in my political circles from Swansea moan about the behaviour of single parents In my Philosophy classes I have heard a growing intolerance , a lack of understanding of the experiences of others. Its one thing to have lived a life of middle class professionalism with economic certainty to be a middle of the road liberal. Its easy to defend “freedom of speech” to sing of Voltaire and to allow others to disagree with you. But its very different when you are a refugee, fleeing from a military coup, when the men come in the night to lock you up, when your husband is locked up in Chile and you wait outside the prison for him to be released . Its very different the value of experience and taken for granted assumptions. Its easy to forget the fear that happens.....I have for much of my life been a person who has been such a member of the liberal elite, a first generation middle class intellectual. And yet over 30 years I have set with the dispossessed the broken and the abused. I am a different person now I have existed without a bank account, been homeless, been in a cell , been prosecuted and experienced the world of the other and I know that middle class liberal agenda offers nothing for many in our society. It a false and tawdry thing.
I understand why the radical right is rising its prophets are billionaires like Trump, public school boys like Farage. These are the authoritarian populists who are infinitely far worse than any unthinking middle class elite. The danger is real we are being led Pied Piper like to the abyss.
In Germany in the 1920s the Nazi Party gained its support from the same sections of the German electorate. The established parties were taken by surprise. The Nazi party had no policy, those policies it expressed were incoherent, contradictory, vague, it blamed others,and seethed dislike. I am not saying that UKIP is the Nazi Party. I am saying that it could have been the BNP it could have been far worse,,,but it is bad. Listen to the “left behind” you will hear some interesting things and you will realise why we must reclaim the “left “ behind for the Left. Campaigning in Neath on the Green party stall, talking to people you hear a critique of the large corporations, the distance of the ruling elite and you hear Green party policy, you hear Ecosocialism from Taxi Drivers, from the left behind and yet the anger and bitterness aimed at the other is the poison that must be drawn. Marx has never been more relevant, never more perceptive and more valid in his description of false consciousness.
The middle class liberal that I have been for part of my life is responsible for much of this. We have been responsible for this and we have much to atone for..if we do not I hate to imagine a small state based on England Wales..lets call it “ Mayania”. Wales is the last English colony, we are outside Europe, squashed between the paranoia of President Trump and
of the English state. Let us draw ourselves up for the future and wake up.........
“ Any large company composed of wholly admiarable persons has the morality and the intelligence of an unwieldy, stupid and violent animal. The bigger the organisation, the more unavoidable is the immorality and blind stupidity” Carl Gustav Jung

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