Don’t Let #piggate Distract You Too Much: The Tories Are Still Fucking Us

Just to make things less fun, the truth is that politics is ridiculous and we’re all basically doomed. Capitalism has run rampant, and braying poshos and sociopathic financiers are firmly in the driving seat. Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror is coming true, our leaders are financially illiterate, (and the whole concept of finance is also based on lies). Dystopia looms, as usual. The way things are going, the best we can hope is that the human race dies out before we destroy the rest of the planet as well.

I was going to use this post to ennumerate the many reasons to hate the Tories and the political system as a whole. But what’s the point? Everyone knows that disabled people are dying, gender equality is being set back, and of course a lot of people don’t have anywhere to fucking live.

Parliamentary democracy won’t ever change shit. Even the pretty weak appearance of Jeremy Corbyn, heading a Labour Party that is still mainly centre left/neoliberal has caused  the apparent threat of a military coup on top of rabid media attacks. In the Times today, it was claimed that the left wing are literally fascists, due to the influence of ‘deracinated Jew’ Karl Marx. I couldn’t make this weirdness up. If you step outside the bounds of corporate respectability (and by respectability, I mean giving them as much money as possible) then you will be taken down.

The massive inequalities in the system make true democracy impossible in its current state. However, this fact seems to have led to a total loss of energy to do anything. There must be a way to oppose the Tories, without also endorsing their power-hungry rivals or the faux-democracy of Parliament. We have to work out a sustainable way to live. Abolish the political class, power hierarchies and material inequalities. Then we’ll have a real chance of a future.

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Don’t Let #piggate Distract You Too Much: The Tories Are Still Fucking Us

2 thoughts on “Don’t Let #piggate Distract You Too Much: The Tories Are Still Fucking Us

  1. ad123 says:

    “Abolish the political class, power hierarchies and material inequalities. Then we’ll have a real chance of a future.”

    The problem here is that power is a real thing that exists, and is required to enact change. You can’t abolish power hierarchies without gaining more power than the current hierarchies have in the first place.

    In which case you either need a massive amount of personal power (maybe nice idealistically but dodgy in practice because humans are fallible and might abuse it) or a large amount of collective power.

    Collective power is nicer but not easy to accomplish, and fundamentally requires getting people to share your views. Getting enough people to agree with you earnestly without propaganda and manipulation is tricky and difficult, and is a serious problem to be addressed. People are complex and their beliefs come out of a complex set of ideas that require understanding to have a discourse with.

    What we need is careful dialogue that seeks to understand those of differing opinions and carefully build a case for change from the ground up, rather than diatribes than only preach to the converted.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts, they are similar to things I spend a lot of time considering!
      I think that “power over others” and “power to act” don’t always have to be the same thing. As well as there being the difference of consent. Eg. Politicians get power over me just because I was born here, while many people would gladly delegate certain types of power to others, especially those proven to have specialized expertise. I don’t mind that nuclear engineers have power over Sellafield, or chefs have power over my dinner. Definitely I expressed it too vaguely in my post. ‘Abolishing hierarchies’ could mean any number of things!

      As for collective power, the adversarial political system, and over-simplified ideas of left vs. right, make it seem impossible for people to reach agreement. But the majority just want a comfortable life, stability, all the stuff in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, really. It isn’t that complicated. The majrity have just been disempowered and divided. To steal an irritating cliche, the 99% do have much more in common with each other than with the 1% super-rich.

      What we need is careful dialogue that seeks to understand those of differing opinions and carefully build a case for change from the ground up, rather than diatribes than only preach to the converted.

      ABSOLUTELY! I’m trying to learn how to facilitate grassroots change and community organizing but I know I’m nowhere near there yet!

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