This looks so much better on my site.
(after Guy Rundle, The Saturday Paper, July 15 2017)
Socialism is back.
Gone for ages, like your Aunt at a rave party ‑
a pause in the playlist and there at the end of the couch: ‘Oh hi.’ A little awk.
Came with Bernie Sanders (but who really considers voting rights and universal health care socialism?)
stayed with Jeremy Corbyn – triumphant despite arguing for re-nationalisation of the railways
(remember the 70s
in the street and
unsellable government cars?)
The Tories couldn’t believe their luck
a public ravaged
by skyrocketing inequality
for the first time in the Anglosphere
large numbers of people were willing to think.
(more or less)
the crash came at the end of
3 decades of
the invisible hand
and other gnomic doctrine.
tumbling markets made it clear
what was really at the root of the boom:
underwritten by China,
and by borrowing from our future
believing it would seed
|austerity||sucked the life||out of the economy and just kept going.|
|interest hit zero||0||0|
|trillions in quantitative easing||filled the gap||between relentlessly falling wages
the beginnings of the full-automation revolution (aka. robot apocalypse)
the rich became
the super-rich became
the mega rich
and just kept going.
|working people||got used to||lifelong debt.|
|casualised workers||cut off from||any prospects of improvement
(or a kind word).
|the middle class in pointless jobs||cut off from||meaning
(or a kind word).
The neo-liberal system has delivered little by way of
equality of opportunity or
gains from productivity,
but it has been good at PROPAGANDA.
|returned to the|
|paranoid political style,|
|focused on values, threats and|
|a barely concealed|
Thatcherite/Reaganite/Howardist politics was always magical.
The new left is chastened and circumspect.
- radicalism – no longer
- nor internationalism
- the avant garde abandoned
just a polite State busy
mandating spaces into which
expand/shrink/stay the same.
give the people
what they want,
will quickly fill
and this time
they will not falter
in their love.
Image: Pixabay; A piece on politics I’ve been playing with (for too long). And here’s Van Morrison with It’s All Over Now Baby Blue