In 2013, the so-called “left” disqualified itself by either:
1) Demanding that our political class invent cleverer excuses for not solving our social problems than the excuses they currently offer –
2) Claiming that solving our social problems directly, i.e. by solving them, was not “realistic” –
3) Organizing behind politicians who weren’t going to solve our social problems anyway under the pretext that said politicians were better than the “other” politicians who weren’t going to solve our social problems.
*** so as capitalist breakdown continues, we have no options and no plan. ***
We are entering into a period of inconclusive struggles between a weakened capitalism and dispersed agencies of opposition, within delegitimated and insolvent political orders. The end of history could be thought to begin when no project of global scope is left standing, and a new kind of ‘worldlessness’ and drift begins. This would conform to Hegel’s suspicion that at this spiritual terminus, the past would be known, but that a singular future might cease to be a relevant category. In the absence of organized political projects to build new forms of autonomous life, the ongoing crisis will be stalked by ecological fatalities that will not be evaded by faltering growth.
Classic orator Frederick Douglass (1818-1895):
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
ps while you’re reflecting upon the various issues that have come up in 2013, here’s a short WaPo piece on “11 telling stories about 2013 school reform“…