From Podemos in Spain to Bernie Sanders’s bid for the nomination, recent left-populist campaigns inspired widespread hopes only to fall short. But overwhelming the fortresses of neoliberalism demands a long-term strategy — and mass mobilizations that last beyond the excitement of an election campaign.
For many reasons, democracy is associate with the word liberal. A liberal shows commitment to fundamental democratic values such as freedom of speech, the separation of powers, and the protection of individual rights. In this understanding, George W. Bush is as much of a liberal as Barack Obama. In the American understanding, however, only one More
The almost mysterious self-destruction of the american democratic system shows a strange dynamic and an outlandish de-classing of working class politics. It remains unforeseen and deadly in the context of democratic cliche mongering…The left has been sidelined but has in its focus on ideology, working class, and equality the basic tools to deal with the situation…given the opportunity…
Trump’s unique brand of right-wing populism has long been sold in “mainstream” discourse via a narrative that his supporters are angry as hell over mounting personal and economic insecurity, in an age that affords fewer and fewer opportunities to the “working class.” This story was popularized in part because of Trump’s rhetoric, and because of his higher support among those (especially whites) with low levels of education, who were angry (at the time of Trump’s election) at the state of the nation and economy, and who were opposed to corporate “free trade” agreements. But this narrative was always highly misleading. As social scientists have documented in recent years (see some examples here, here, here, and here), there is little evidence that Trumpeters are economically insecure relative to non-supporters.
We life in the age of rampant right-wing populism. And we also live in an age of a looming ecological genocide – ecocide.
Source: Ecocidal Populism
We have created a format to deal with this issue of transversality in our distinction of universal and working class. It is true that the working class focus has shifted and weakened but perhaps this was inevitable and allows a new perspective of a left based on the ‘universal class’. The set theory metaphor suggests the set of all subsets and the additional interesting fact that units are themselves sets: the set of individuals. A perspective of various leftist combinations of subsets allows for a unity in diversity and at the same time, the working class, perhaps the largest subset can retain its focal emphasis and yet embrace diversity and its own self-critique…
The considerable advances that the labor movements made in the period 1945–1978 (known as “The Golden Age of Capitalism”), and the considerable expansion of social, labor, and political rights that these movements achieved on both sides of the North Atlantic (North America and Western Europe), generated a response from the economic and financial establishments—as well as from the political and media establishments which they influence enormously—that had an extensive impact. These establishments developed the anti-labor movement policies, known internationally as neoliberal policies, that significantly reduced the powers of labor and weakened the rights that had been won over the previous decades. More