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 No.2865622

Umair Haque (previously) writes about how the last days of the Soviet Union were filled with "forced apathy" (an inability to care about what was going on because just surviving took everything you had) and "self-referentialism" (an obsession with domestic affairs to the exclusion of everything else going on elsewhere in the world)>

Haque also remembers those days for the "one party rule" and notes that while the US is dominated by a single party (one that cheated its way into control over the presidency, the Senate, the Supreme Court and many state governments), it is technically a two-party system, but any Democrat who offers real progressive policies is marginalized and backstabbed by the Democratic establishment.

Other similarities include "power seeking" or structural corruption (think of the establishment's refusal to enact popular programs like universal health care or network neutrality) and the silencing of dissenting voices and the lack of a real public discourse on the failings of capitalism and the ways that other countries solve their problems.

Friends across the world often ask me: “why don’t Americans do more to fix their crumbling society?” They’re aghast, astonished. I tell them the reality of American life: Americans would, if they could, but they can’t, mostly. Apathy is forced on them by a predatory kind of capitalism that forces them to live something like poor people in a rich country. Breadlines — insulin lines — what’s the difference, really? Americans are forced into being apathetic, weary, drained of energy and ideas and time, by a fatally broken political economy which makes them more and more of them live at the edge of ruin, more and more so every day — but that forced apathy, my friends, is the kind of trap that has led societies throughout history to collapse, whether the USSR or Rome.

What happens if you do try to change the system, though? Well — how exactly are you going to do it? The second way American collapse resembles Soviet collapse is through one party rule. I mean this in a subtle way. It’s true that one party controls most of America’s government — and its society, too — and that party has imploded into the kind of extremism that makes dictators proud. Still, think about the opposition for a moment. What do you notice? They don’t oppose.

https://boingboing.net/2019/04/15/insulin-lines.html

 No.2865634

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>>2865622

>Haque also remembers those days for the "one party rule" and notes that while the US is dominated by a single party (one that cheated its way into control over the presidency, the Senate, the Supreme Court and many state governments), it is technically a two-party system, but any Democrat who offers real progressive policies is marginalized and backstabbed by the Democratic establishment.

this one is not true. While republicans might have all this power on paper they do nothing to actually execute.

During the Bush era and even with Trump they have had at multiple times the house senate and presidency. The republicans could have written any tax code they want, repeal Row v Wade, conduct gerrymandering and voter suppression on unprecedented levels but yet they twiddle their thumps and the culture of the country continues to go more liberal.

In reality the democrats are the single party as the republicans are the controlled opposition


 No.2865638

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The Profound Institutional Crisis of the West

by Guo Ji

From: English Edition of Qiushi Journal

Vol.3 No.4 October 1, 2011

>In fact, the financial crisis has presented the Western world with more than just an economic problem. It has also raised issues pertaining to politics, society, and the direction of national development. The blow of the financial crisis has taken the shine of the Western model of economic, political, and social development, a model which Western countries pride themselves on and spare no effort in promoting to other countries.

>According to Western scholars and former high-ranking officials, the West is currently suffering from a lack of officials with strategic foresight, a lack of thinking and planning of a systematic and comprehensive nature, and a lack of major philosophical ideas, “all aspects of society are brimming with shortsightedness, utilitarianism, and superficiality.” In fact, Western society is seriously confined by the shackles of its own ideology. Few politicians and scholars are able to look at the problems of the Western institutions and systems with a relative degree of objectivity. Few are able to rationally analyze the situation that the West is currently in or consider what can be learned from other countries. And the “leaders are infatuated with their superficial edge in the balance of power, and do everything they can to cater to the self-conceit and fears of the Western public.” Rigidity of the mind will inevitably lead to rigidity in systems. The current predicament of the West reflects a loss of vitality in its systems.

>The fact is the shortcomings of Western economic and political systems have been fully revealed by the financial crisis. An increasing number of knowledgeable people have voiced the following opinions: the capitalist system has veered too far astray, resulting in a structural crisis. In turn, this will spread economic, political, social, and cultural chaos, spelling the end of the line for the current system; the financial crisis has ended the dominance of the “Washington Consensus” by highlighting the inherent instability of the capitalist system. American style capitalism has fallen out of grace; capitalism, which seeks to maximize profit through the accumulation of capital, has become stranded; the five “ways out,” namely, neoliberalism, globalism, borrowing, fiscal deficits, and military expansion, have not only failed to bring about success, but have actually intensified conflicts. In some ways, capitalism has reached its limits. The hegemony of the Western political model and ideology has come to an end; the rise of China and other emerging countries is about more than just the emergence of new economic and political powers, it also involves competition between ideas and models across international borders. It is undeniable that Western countries are coming under increasing pressure to change their systems.

http://english.qstheory.cn/magazine/201104/201112/t20111229_132675.htm


 No.2865723

>>2865634

I know /leftypol/ wants to be noticed by /pol/-sempai for hating liberals, but I fail to see how the Democrats are not the controlled opposition

I mean your arguments against the Republicans being the ruling party are:

>Republicans haven't enacted their pet social projects like banning abortion

>Republicans haven't declared an outright dictatorship

Consider the fact that Democrats have failed or at least royally fucked up:

>Obamacare

>Closing Gitmo

>Ending the Iraq War

>Bringing war crimes charges against the Bush administration

>Impeaching Bush

Meanwhile Republicans have been able to accomplish:

>No Child Left Behind

>The entirety of the War on Terror

>The Iraq War

>Limitless surveillance

>The 2000 general election

>Bush tax cuts

>Trump tax cuts

The list goes on

But yeah clearly the Democrats are in control because the gays can marry


 No.2865725

the choice is between a democratized economy and a privatized government - the former gets a Venezuela the latter world beaters like China


 No.2865754

>>2865723

The Democrats were never against the war on terror, that was always a discussion about how the plan was to be executed. The same goes for the surveillance, they just want to spy on nazis instead as their excuse. Your list for arguments against the Republicans suggests that you need to go outside


 No.2865790

>>2865754

>Your list for arguments against the Republicans suggests that you need to go outside

peak projection. republican kikelovers can go fuck themselves and leave this forum.


 No.2865791

>>2865725

what a retarded take


 No.2865815

>implying any of the two parties are not anti-worker trash

top burger hours


 No.2865817

>>2865634

Who's to say that Democrats or Republicans aren't two controlled opposition parties that have the exact same beliefs but must put on a mask to court boomers of various sorts?


 No.2866100

>>2865622

US politics are a dance of masks.




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