With the leftist Lula set to win Brazil’s presidency, far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro is sowing doubts about the election process. So now, Bernie Sanders is putting Bolsonaro on notice and insisting the US oppose any government that takes power illegitimately.
Is part of the problem is the failure of the left to maintain its legacy of revolutionary transition beyond capitalism? Like the Mullah Nasrudein story, ‘they stole my donkey’, the left has let its focus on radical change slip away into hot air chatter and the new toy of the fascist virus. Modern civilization has never completed its democratic transformation which requires disentangling from capitalist domination, class oppression in economic voodoo, and a genuine social democratic fix, probably only possible via a comprehensive socialist action. The latter has itself been squandered by the mediocre platforms of the conventional left, stuck in the dated slogans of Marxist orthodoxy. Liberals demand adherence to democracy, but the right seems to have figured out that the current system, being undemocratic behind its slogans, doesn’t require any such adherence. The path to social transformation needs a new defining standard no doubt one that upgrades the critiques of democracy by the early socialist before the Leninist distortions took hold.
The people of Rojava pose a core threat to any existing government—especially those with imperialist ambitions—by showing the world a viable model of peaceful multi-ethnic coexistence, grounded in lived political, cultural, and ecological autonomy.