Rosa’s Choice Revisited

Last week, some of you will remember that I vowed to stop writing these sorts of “purely political” pieces.

I can’t say that I was surprised that I didn’t get called out for breaking my promise today.

After all, whatever my self-delusions, not included among them is that my virtual friends hang on my every word desperately awaiting each new status update as a guide to how they should think, feel and act. In fact, I don’t imagine more than a handful of friends read what I have to say at all.

Furthermore of those who do, I’m perfectly aware that I’m mainly preaching to the converted, and only a tiny fraction of those who are.

That said, if, contrary to fact, it were the case that what I had real influence, it strikes me that it would be my responsibility to circulate the basic line I take here.

The reason goes something like this:

A century ago, we were faced with Rosa Luxemburg’s choice between socialism and barbarism.

For the 22nd century, that’s far too optimistic in that we’ll be lucky if we get barbarism.

What we’re virtually certain to get is the climatological onslaught Oreskes and Conway document leading to the encroaching extinction of the species experienced by our grandchildren’s generation.

And so it is now obvious that our having any chance at a decent survival now relies crucially on our rejecting the belief in what Noam pegged as “The driving force of modern industrial civilisation (which) has been individual material gain, . . . accepted as legitimate, even praiseworthy, on the grounds that private vices yield public benefits in the classic formulation.”

In short, as Naomi Klein said, it’s capitalism vs. the climate.

It follows that the price of our defeat at the hands of the neoliberal right now is not just misery but the virtual certainty of extinction.

But as Facebook friend Ikoi Hiroe observes “make no mistake: the right is winning, and winning hard. and there is a real reason for that. . .  .(T)o say the left has no fault for this loss is an egregious mistake.”

The linguistic games of the postmodern multicult faux left, their insistence on creating a gated community which the overwhelming majority of potential allies run screaming from, their high dudgeon denunciations, all this has simply become intolerable. I’m not sure when this nightmare will come to an end, but, damn, it has to. And soon.

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