Aaron Russo and the Movement

Posted: 04/09/2011 in Education, Finance, Insight, Struggle
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I listened to this Q and A session from Aaron Russo, and began to understand where he (and Alex Jones) are coming from. To understand what I am talking about it is not necessary to watch the film – you choose. Firstly this discussion talks of getting rid of the Federal Reserve, and he wants to mobilise people into a democratic movement that will make it a condition of their voting that the government will take control of the Federal Reserve. This talk has made me ask a few questions about politics. As a brief aside, if you could get rid of the Fed wouldn’t they first find a replacement?

Let’s begin with the audience. I think of them as an “Audience of the Lost”. They might have had various political affiliations but these affiliations were not apparent. These were people who had begun to see the workings of the corporatocracy, were angry and wanted to do something. So they joined Aaron Russo, maybe Alex Jones’ following is the same. I see these people as lost, lost because they are nailing their sail to the masts of Aaron Russo, and also lost to the movement. What are their actions?

Aaron Russo made a telling comment when asked about Michael Moore, he said that he was divisive. This says a lot to me but it also opens up a number of questions. Firstly Aaron Russo is making a film which is a mobilising movie for a national campaign to defeat corporatocracy. This is very egotistic – if it was on the left I would have called him a Trot. The second question is that why does he think that in terms of the movement Michael Moore is divisive. I am assuming here that Michael Moore is a socialist, for the sake of this discussion please accept that. The only way that Aaron can genuinely perceive that MM is divisive is if he thinks more Americans are in tune with him – and Alex Jones etc. The question is whether they are so egotistical that they cannot see the importance of the movement, or that the movement is so weak. If the movement is so weak, is it still correct to promote a Marxist position?

Aaron believed in organisation and mass movement. He believed that the only way forward was a democratic approach that would mean that who they voted for must close the Fed. This is a good organisational democratic approach. But it ignores all existing organisations. There has just been a strike at Verizon so trade unions are not dead but they are evidently weak. Trade Unions as organisational vehicles are important in two ways. Firstly they are part of the voting process, and secondly by withdrawing labour they hurt the corporatocracy where it counts – the money. But trade union politics are dubious. How many trade unionists accept the underlying political reality of the pervasive power of the corporatocracy? The rationale for trade union strength is collective bargaining, organising together about money – a UN-accepted human right. This is greed, better greed than the corporatocracy, but it is still greed. Aaron is utilitarian, he recognises the political reality of the corporatocracy, and is trying to fight it for the people. Very positive, but it is still dominated by ego.

So the question is whether the trade union movement and socialism can still be called the mass movement. Maybe, maybe not. What is important about the notion of the mass movement is that people work for and within that movement. Egos need to be subservient to the desires of the movement, and we must try to work together. Now clearly there would be leaders but the desires (and ego) of those leaders are secondary to the needs of the movement. Leadership of the movement has to be continually established by ongoing elections and accountability, and if the leader’s ego takes them far from the movement then the movement needs the structure to remove such egotism. This is a very idealistic view of the movement, but it is this movement that is worth working for. It is the people – unity. So how much is this theoretical movement anywhere near the reality of grass roots politics now? This is a very big question, and as I am outside the movement – retired and not in a trade union – I am not properly equipped to answer. But for me it is what the struggle is about so I have to assume it still exists.

Now the movement is not uniform – who would want it to be? What it is is disparate, pulling in different directions. So communists, socialists, trade unionists, Aaron Russo, religious people who want a better world are all working in the movement against the corporatocracy even if they are unaware of it. Consider the monk. He genuinely wants a better world and believes Buddhism is an approach for this. I agree. But then his lack of insight and awareness makes his political analysis support the corporatocracy. But he is part of the movement, a movement that needs educating – working with and educating. Sadly the monk will not accept he needs educating. And neither would Aaron Russo, but we are all people together in struggle. The real issue is that whilst the movement is so disparate the corporatocracy takes control and we have war and suffering. What religions want is the movement, but they do not recognise it – they want a Movement for Good – Unity is dynamic. The struggle is Movement for Good occurring in all arenas although in politics there is the greatest power. Investigating this notion of movement is important in understanding politics, grass roots and otherwise.

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