Visions of the future

Let’s not channel “irrational exuberance” over our victory in the 9th Circuit re the Muslim Ban. Yes, it was beautiful. Yes, it was totally predictable. 45 doesn’t care if the courts approve his plan or not. To 45, it’s all about building the movement. His governing style is to throw shit against the wall and see what sticks. His political style is to keep throwing his carnivorous base chunks of red meat. 45 is a symptom of the imminent collapse of capitalism.

The concentration of wealth is systemic, another symptom of the collapse. No society can survive the levels of inequality that are being generated  throughout the world. Sooner or later, the increasingly impoverished masses will rise, one way or another.

I think it might be useful for the left to coalesce around a vision of the future that we all share, a long-term vision which may seem utopian at first until you realize we have no choice if we want our species and our planet to survive. Here’s a couple of hallmarks I’d like to see:

  1. A system with the objective of everyone in the world equally sharing of the planet’s resources. Yes this will take time, but it should be our goal.
  2. A system that empowers people exactly where they are to lead their families and communities to the next level of connection.
  3. A system which honors and supports environmental healing at the expense of profit.
  4. A system which embraces complete disarmament of all nations, states, and municipalities (including police).
  5. In short a system which ends the oppression of one group of humans by another.

This future is in our graspl Everybody’s reading 1984 these days, but I say let’s bring back Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time  A beautiful book that projects a wondrous future.

What’s your vision for a new society?

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