The “Left” is now badly splintered. The Left used to be all about standing up for the workers – the working class – against the oppressive class of exploitative owners that employed and more or less owned the workers. The Left was above all for blue-collar workers.
Today, the “Left” is mostly about liberal social values, virtue signaling, negative liberty (fear of strong government), identity politics, love and light, unconditional love, unqualified tolerance, subjectivism, relativism, “all truths” (everyone has their own path and own truth … anti-compossibility) and unrestrained self-expression.
A brilliant documentary highlighting the current crisis in the Left is “The Century of the Self” by Adam Curtis.
Wikipedia says, “To many in politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly, the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests?
“The Century of the Self asks deeper questions about the roots and methods of consumerism and commodification and their implications. It also questions the modern way people see themselves, the attitudes to fashion, and superficiality.
“The business and political worlds use psychological techniques to read, create and fulfill the desires of the public, and to make their products and speeches as pleasing as possible to consumers and voters. Curtis questions the intentions and origins of this relatively new approach to engaging the public.
“Where once the political process was about engaging people’s rational, conscious minds, as well as facilitating their needs as a group, Stuart Ewen, a historian of public relations, argues that politicians now appeal to primitive impulses that have little bearing on issues outside the narrow self-interests of a consumer society.
“The words of Paul Mazur, a leading Wall Street banker working for Lehman Brothers in 1927, are cited: ‘We must shift America from a needs to a desires culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things, even before the old have been entirely consumed. […] Man’s desires must overshadow his needs.’”
We now live in a decadent and frequently degenerate society where all that matters is the satisfaction of primitive desires … a lowest common denominator, animalistic society.
Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Hardly anyone looks at the stars now. They are entranced by life in the gutter.
The causes championed by the middle-class Left, all of whom are comfortably off, do not resonate with the working class, who struggle to put food on the table.
The working class are completely alienated from the agenda of the Liberal Left and many find it actively horrifying. Therefore, they are turning more and more to the right and to “traditional values”. They feel safe and secure with the traditional. They are unnerved by the increasingly exotic beliefs of the Liberal Left, beliefs which seem divorced from reality and more related to a world of unicorns, elves, otherkins and starseeds. Nothing like this planet of brutal, talking apes.
The Left ceases to be the Left if it is not standing up for the 99% against the 1% and seeking to end the power of the elites. These days, the Left spend all of their time munching avocado toast, sipping skinny lattes, and engaging in a champagne-socialist lifestyle in the swankiest parts of town while they celebrate how tolerant and open minded they are. These people have nothing in common with the working class, so the working class don’t feel in any way represented by them.
The right – with their hatred of the Other – have managed to get the working class onboard by selling them the message that things will be better for them if the Other is kept out. The Liberal Left, meanwhile, is all about welcoming the Other in, no questions asked, even if the Other subscribes to extremely dangerous religions such as Islam.
The Liberal Left is for the well-off middle class and has nothing to do with the working class. The Labor Party in the UK went down to a disastrous defeat because the party was viewed by many of the working class as an out-of-touch, London-centric, metropolitan elite, much more interested in rarefied, preachy SJW issues than anything connected with helping the poor. Hillary Clinton lost to Trump for exactly the same reasons, and the next Democrat presidential candidate will lose too if they keep playing the same old game. You have to help the workers, not sermonize to them.
Meritocracy must always be for the working class and for the overthrow of the super-rich elites. There can be no new society until the workers are freed from the lowest rungs of Abraham’s hierarchy of needs and no longer have to struggle with basic survival. That’s the root of all of their problems.
The class war has never gone away. It has yet to be won. The Liberal Left is not fighting the good fight. It has gone off in an entirely different direction based on absurd postmodern tropes and the ludicrous ideas of gurus such as Ken Wilber, and pointless religions such as Buddhism, which are about withdrawing from life rather than optimizing life. The Liberal Left spend their time meditating, doing yoga and being mindful, and no time at all engaging with the working class to bring about the Revolution.
The last people who would ever man the barricades are the Ignavi of the Liberal Left. Kumbaya!
There is now an enormous opportunity for a political party that truly stands up for the working class and is truly on the left. The liberal middle classes do not belong to the left. They are bland, banal centrists – Last Men, every last one of them. Fuck their avocado toast and their posh coffees! Fuck their Ken Wilber mind-rot. Fuck the Beatniks and the Hippies. Fuck the Love and Lighters. It’s exactly this drivel about unconditionally loving your enemies that is preventing the righteous Revolution from occurring.
Don’t kid yourselves. The 1% are the enemy. They always have been. We cannot have a New World until they are defeated once and all for all.