Trump’s politics is naive and skeptical, gullible and cynical. Trump’s relation with truth is like a generalization of conspiracy theory assumptions that see manipulative-conspiratorial activities at work behind ob servable reality. Beware pathological narcissists who are pathological paranoids!
The proclamation of a national climate emergency, the ban on oil and gas exports, the import of cheap medicines from Canada, the nationwide legalization of marijuana or the immediate halt to all construction work on Trump’s border wall are to be implemented by means of the so-called “Executive Order”
Bourgeois society is currently undergoing a multiple crisis. Profits and private indebtedness skyrocket while wages and investments stagnate. Why don’t governments loosen austerity measures and collectivize debt? Forms of solidarity economy and economic democracy are important building blocks for a transformation of the capitalist economuy, steps toward the unity of humanity in a classless society free of domination in which the state is left to wither.
to read the 40-page article published by the Rosa Luxemburg foundation in 2013, click on
Sen. Carl Levin (Dem, Michigan) was the chairperson of the subcommittee. States and communities, low and middle income taxpayers suffer when US multinationals practice tax avoidance by shifting profits to tax havens. Tax havens, mini-second or high-frequency trading, stock buybacks and insider trading are all nefarious and market-destabilizing.
Trump and the “dis-embedding”
The Birth of the I [Die Geburt des Ich (Krisis 1/2019)]
Aspects of Identity and Individuality
von Julian Bierwirth
Hardly anything seems as self-evident to us today as our way of existence as isolated individuals, as abstract individuals with particular interests and a delimited ego-identity. This way of existence is constitutively connected with the historically specific form of socialization of the modern, commodity producing society. …The formation i of the modern ego-identity is accompanied by a general “dis-embedding” of social relations and the increasing isolation in the process of assertion of capitalist modernity.
In the course of this process, which generated a specific form of insecurity in the individuals responsible for themselves, the idea of an object-like nature, understandable by laws and subject to human intervention, also emerged. In this way, the male, western and white human being became the subject. Women, blacks, and people from the economic periphery, on the other hand, were constructed as close to nature and not capable of reason – a process that in the postmodern social sciences is known as Othering.
While the historical development of the
commodity-producing order can be described as the enforcement of the
ego-identity and the subject-object-division associated with it, the
economic and social changes of recent decades are also reflected in a
crisis of subjectivity and the ego-identity in its traditional form. The
essay traces these changes and relates them to current political
challenges for an emancipatory practice.
and from Peter Samol, All the lonely people (2016)
Sigmund Freud was probably the most astute analyst of the subjective conditions of existence in bourgeois society. The psychoanalysis he coined represents the most mature theory of the sacrifices that our society demands of the individuals who have to live in it. However, Freud himself understood his approach as a scientific one, so that psychoanalysis atrophied into anthropology, where it could have been critical theory (Adorno)…
Narcissism is the result of the confrontation of the individual with the failures of social reality. The term refers to the turning away from this reality and the turning towards an inner world in which the individual has absolute, if only imagined, power.
As a result, bourgeois subjectivity basically knows only two states: on the one hand, the absolute feeling of powerlessness in the face of the heteronomy of one’s own existence, and on the other hand the fantasies of omnipotence including the illusion of absolute individual freedom, independence and unconditionality. The latter, however, demands a high price, because it leads to the immediate repression of human relationships and their replacement by more and more objectified, money-mediated relationships.
Convinced of his own magnificence, the narcissist suppresses the fact that he has little influence on the real world and deludes himself that he can be anything, while in reality there is only a great nothing in him. It is precisely for this reason that the narcissist represents the congenial subject form for capital, which in its endless and aimless exploitation movement also has only a complete emptiness as its content.
Thomas Straubhaar urges rethinking globalization and inequality. “We have believed too long in the theory that free trade, free entrepreneurship and little state automatically lead to balance and that everyone would be rewarded in the end… We need a new reconciliation of social and liberal values.”
Finnish Prime Minister Marin Calls for a 4-Day-Week and 6-Hour-Day for Her Country
“A four-day work week, a six-hour workday. Why couldn’t it be the next step? Is eight hours really the ultimate truth? I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. This could be the next step for us in working life.”
[This article published in Luxemburg December 2019 is translated from the German on the Internet, www.linksnet.de.]
The break with the old neoliberal and new authoritarian policies becomes a necessity in the face of the multiple crisis. An impending economic slump would exacerbate this situation. The “middle way” of post-ideological openness and left-wing liberal criticism is becoming powerless. Even those who advocate the preservation of liberal civil liberties and minimum standards of solidary living must take a stand against authoritarianism and neoliberalism, i.e. for a more radical left course.
Now is the moment of decision, at a time of interregnum, when different developments are still possible. A socialist project is necessary in view of the danger of barbarism. It is fed by the wishes and longings for the future, for concrete utopia. A socialist narrative is important here, but at the same time it must be very concrete, developed from the socialist interventions. The adjective socialist refers to practice and not to a finished blueprint.
The capitalist bourgeoisie needs and defends democracy as a form of social freedom only as long as it is useful to its own class rule. Their understanding of democracy & freedom is structurally limited-only he is a full-fledged human being who is also a citizen of property. The real barriers of bourgeois democracty must ber recognized and overcome.
The 26 community centers in Vancouver, Canada could revive democracy and freedom.
Erik Olin Wright spoke of smashing, taming, escaping and eroding capitalism as alternatives of a transformational left. We must resist the “selective perception” of the elite that ignores market distortions (tax havens, stock buybacks, micro-second trading and insider trading), market failures (housing and health care), state failures (reducing the state to an errand boy for the banks), and the attacks on the poor, seniors, disabled, children and students.