George Monbiot provides a very good summary of everything I think of contemporary politics in his recent piece in the Guardian.
During our last federal election, I had quipped that it didn’t matter who you voted for because the conservatives had already won. A few months later, I discovered that one of my friends had misunderstood me to have believed that a Conservative victory (not the capitalization, indicating a specific political party) was a foregone conclusion. What I meant was more like what Monbiot says in the linked article.
Despite my normal tendency towards optimism, I’m not so sure that he is right that it is sowing the seeds of its own destruction.
Because this sort of debate in the US tends to quickly dissolve into a strict dichotomy between Soviet style state socialism and US style neoliberalism, I will state for the record that I’m not a fan of either. And I don’t think they are the only choices.What I’d really like to hear is imaginative, creative thoughts on where we might go and what a better system might look like, even if we don’t have all the pieces in place or have no idea how we get there from here.