Socialism is coming to the USA? Yup.
From what I’ve been observing on blogs, social media, et al., there is a general yet rightful disillusionment with D.C., caused by a growing federal debt, unemployment, lower real incomes, etc…. but mostly, this disillusionment with Washington comes from our government’s inability to govern itself.
The rallys #OccupyWhatever that are now on Wall Street, in Chicago, San Francisco, etc…, came about under the premise of this disillusionment. And while this basic disillusionment is rightful, and dissonance to a large degree may be necessary the “rallys” do not however voice the opinion of the silent majority that wants a reasonable, functioning and centrist government.
Instead it focuses is on creating noise around an otherwise undoubtedly socialist ideology. Is this a shifting mood in the American Populace?
In my opinion it’s a counter-argument to the the Tea Party ignoramus who initially got the ear of the working and middle class American that was / is disillusioned with the status quo. And now, that same demographic in the more socially-liberal part of the country, disenfranchised with the Democrats and Obama, is in turn turning into the Socialist American ignoramus?
For the sake of hilarity have a look at some of the diatribe on twitter.
The thing is, this American Socialist is a a funny beast, he’s primarily a Chomsky, i.e. a libertarian socialist; is staunchly anti-capitalist, educated, and angry. Worst of all, he’s failed in the current capitalist system, but instead of blaming himself for his lack of wealth, success, or power, blames society and holds many a misgiving towards it.
He works within the confines of today’s structure, and within it advocates a worker-oriented system of production and organization in the workplace that in some aspects radically departs from neoclassical economics in favor of democratic cooperatives or common ownership of the means of production.
Sounds good right, and sure, like all other forms of socialism will work to a degree in small societies, but once you reach scale, it’s tumble, fall and crumble, and rampant inefficiency. Reason here being that no matter how much any one person or group would like to put us above ourselves in terms of our own humanity, we are still, and always will be just that, and our natural state is to compete.
“It’s coming from the sorrow in the street,
the holy places where the races meet;
from the homicidal bitchin’
that goes down in every kitchen
to determine who will serve and who will eat.
From the wells of disappointment
where the women kneel to pray
for the grace of God in the desert here
and the desert far away:
Democracy Socialsm is coming to the U.S.A. “
– Leonard Cohen