If capitalism collapsed on a world-wide basis in 1929, as I believe, then we have to face the fact that it was saved by World War II – that the combination of militarism, socialized spending on armaments, the destruction of the infrastructure of Europe and Japan, and the drastic reduction of population in places like the USSR and Germany was what saved capitalism, and provided for its post-war regeneration. There is nothing in place – the UN lol? – to prevent the same scenario from repeating itself. Sooner or later the economic system will collapse again. We dodged a bullet in 2008, but may not the next time. Certainly the rise of fascism in Italy, Poland, Austria, Germany, the UK, France, and the United States are similar to the triumphs of such movements in the 20s and 30s. Mussolini came to power in Italy in 1926, before the collapse. Certainly as well the military dominance of the U. S. with its 800 military bases in 70 countries is prepared not just to protect superprofits, but to prevent the international uprising that is bound to come as wealth becomes concentrated in the current and former imperialist powers.
Which is to say that U. S. Imperialism – not Russia, not immigration, not drugs – is the primary obstacle to human progress at the present moment. If the last two centuries were the centuries of imperialism, this century will be the one to dismantle imperialism. Migration, immigration, are aspects of this effort. People who want an egalitarian world need to oppose all borders. Why shouldn’t the U. S.-Mexican border be at least as open as that between France and Spain. Or Africa and Europe. Mexicans might want to think of themselves as taking back Nevada, Utah, most of Arizona, about half of New Mexico, about a quarter of Colorado, and a small section of Wyoming, Texas, and California, robbed from their country in 1848.
So how do the people oppressed by imperialism demand its dismantling? Vietnam showed the way of course. Other countries are increasingly standing up to U. S. imperialism, from Cuba to Bolivia, with a host of countries in between. It’s too early to say where ALMO will lead Mexico, but one can hope. Sen. Cruz is saying we need to build a wall against Mexican socialism, lol.
I don’t know how we’re going to finally defeat U. S. Imperialism and resume our path toward human progress, but I know that this is where we should be concentrating our efforts.