I disagree with the central premise of this blog post, that it’s in the economic interests of the American working class to shut down the borders to immigration. I think the idea that the working-class can use the bourgeois state (and its militarized borders) in its interests is fundamentally mistaken.
Nevertheless, I do think that in the wake of the utter defeat of the left in the English speaking world over the past year, it asks some of the right questions. Corbyn, Sanders and the movements behind them have failed. There is a class contradiction between the middle-class professionals who make up most of DSA’s membership and the working class. The more closely you look at the Sanders campaign the more you realize how it was sabotaged by careerists brought on after 2016.
So where do we go from here? Honestly I don’t think the left in North America and Western Europe is going to be the driving force behind any revolution. Western Europeans and North Americans are far too dependent on our “imperial privilege,” on military spending and transfers of wealth from the periphery to the imperial core to genuinely want to bring the whole system down. The yellow vests movement in France was an interesting explosion of middle and working class rage, but in the end I think it’s going to be the workers of the global south who will bring down neoliberalism.
Fuck Denmark. Long live Venezuela.
The Socialistic bourgeois want all the advantages of modern social conditions without the struggles and dangers necessarily resulting therefrom. They desire the existing state of society, minus its revolutionary and disintegrating elements. They wish for a bourgeoisie without a proletariat. The bourgeoisie naturally conceives the world in which it is supreme to be the best; and bourgeois Socialism develops this comfortable conception into various more or less complete systems. In requiring the proletariat to carry out such a system, and thereby to march straightway into the social New Jerusalem, it but requires in reality, that the proletariat should remain within the bounds of existing society, but should cast away all its hateful ideas concerning the bourgeoisie.
— Karl Marx
Long haired preachers come out every night
Try to tell you what’s wrong and what’s right
But when asked about something to eat
They will answer with voices so sweet
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