Way forward

Posted: 06/02/2018 by mandtao in Democracy, Struggle, War
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In listening to Russell’s attempts (Under the Skin) to find a way forward, I have been critical – mainly because they are academics. But if I am being critical then I should have an answer. I clung to an old position of class analysis, blamed the 1%, but was never fully clear. I should be.

Systemically there is no way forward. If we look at history there has always been the 1% as monarchy etc and the 99% in servitude. In truth servitude has improved with the advances in civilisation, as in technological advances, but the basic system and oppression is still the same. The 1% are not people who know where to go so they just accumulate, the rest of us in general don’t know where to go and continue in our servitude doing what we can.

Ultimately this comes down to the 4 Noble Truths, that the world is suffering and around us there is conditioning. We are conditioned or we are not. And for 100% there is conditioning and conditioned. Except that it is not for all 100%, for some there are paths. These are people who nature has given the ability not to be conditioned – I can only be as vague as that. They use words like awakened and being conscious, and somehow with this awakening they are able to step outside the world of conditioning – systemic or otherwise – and with this level of consciousness they have peace in a life of suffering and exploitation. But these people do not have a system, there is no awakened party; these are simply individuals who have been fortunate.

For those less fortunate there is only servitude, the “awakened” are subject to similar aspects of servitude – they still require money but for them this awakening has taken the sting out of servitude because of the lack of conditioning. Now in truth most “awakened” discover a niche in which the servitude is much more tolerable, but outwardly this niche appears the same as for the usual servitude. An awakened doctor still has to perform the same daily routines as any doctor, but with a different mindset that servitude is dominated more by compassion than by the system of conditionality.

It is only for these “awakened” that there is not servitude, whatever the outward forms.

But the way forward as considered by Russell is not concerned with these “awakened” necessarily, in the case of most (politically) he is looking at a revolution for ordinary people – the 99% against the 1%. And if we look at history this is not going to happen, however much we would like it to. The apparent freedoms that we now have compared to serfs is only that – an illusion. There is greater productivity if the delusion of freedom is maintained, however the 1%-class are still motivated only by accumulation and the power and influence that comes with that. It suits that class that there appears to be civilisation, there appears to be human development, but such civilisation and development only exists within the class structure – whatever form that class has taken.

The interrelationship and interdependence of the two classes is such that their interests are mutual, but understand this – the 99%-class have no control. Can they ever have control? This is really the question that Russell is asking.

Ever, I cannot answer. For the immediate future one can analyse. This is what the academics are doing within the system, within a system that says that formally their analysis must be limited because they cannot target the 1%. There is no change whilst there is a 1%, no matter what analysis these people put their intellects through – new ways of looking etc.

And at the same time there will be no immediate change because there is no conceivable way in the immediate future that the 99% can be united against the 1%. This is the reality of the class struggle within our society at present, there is no possible unity.

The key to this is understanding the control through military and policing. Whilst these are usually understood in terms of the nation-state, governments are controlled by the 1%, they control the military, and the military fight the wars-for-profits that maintain the 1%. With those profits we are maintained as wage-slaves, and the suffering continues.

Crimes against profits and the class-that-profits are treated with more severity than crimes against people. Occupy is a clear example of this, in western countries Occupy was defeated by governments and policing. Yet Occupy had popular support. Where are the Occupiers now? Continuing the struggle within local communities.

Private security is now on the increase for two reasons. Firstly the profits are more easily accumulated if that security is directly controlled by the 1%. Not being military I don’t understand this, but it appears the boundaries between private security and government security are blurred, and the gun-ho nationalistic military can still delude themselves that they are “patriots” whilst working for BigWar. In my day BigWar was looked down on and called mercenaries.

At the same time the development of such private security closely linked to existing corporations means that the 1% have control of a new military to ensure their continued exploitation.

And with increased technology there needs to be fewer and fewer military. The 1% buy the technology, have to indoctrinate fewer people to man that technology, and they are protected.

The near future holds little hope. The interdependent relationship has helped the 99% develop. Without our labour there are no profits, without us the 1% cannot accumulate. That is true for now. But with increased roboticisation production can become independent of humans. But then the conclusion would be that there would be no wage-slaves and no consumerism, and that means no profits. Part of the 1% wants the technology that improves the means of production, yet at the same time with that technology there are fewer consumers and that affects their profits.

This is a dilemma I have no answer to. The 1% know they need wage-slaves to consume but they still push forward with roboticisation. They are winging it – as they always do. When I talk of the 1% I am not talking of a coordinated team of people working for their own interests. There is mutual interest and they are careful of that. But there is no strategy team. They have power and influence, and assume these are sufficient to maintain control. This is the case so far, but there is no plan, no strategy, simply accumulation. Reduce the accumulation, then they do something and the accumulation comes back. That is all. Humanity, human development, is at the mercy of accumulation winging it.

Yet somehow we do develop.

With the increased entrenched power of the 1%-class where does that leave the 99%-class? Where does it leave class struggle?

Nowhere.

People get together and win skirmishes but these victories are token and the war continues to be lost. If more people get together and start to win more skirmishes then the 1% control government, military and media to keep us down. Occupy was such a situation when the 1% were threatened. Occupy was crushed through media and policing, and because they were threatened there has been a right-wing backlash. Look at our unity now. We are more like 99 powerless 1% than a force to be reckoned with.

Ultimately the 99% is feared, only as a collective working together for each other can the 99% end the accumulation. But there are no signs this will happen, people are working together against their class interest now more than ever.

Does the 99% stop organising? Organising is community, it is people working together, it is the right thing to do. Don’t focus on the result because the result is beyond our control because of the power and influence of the 1% through government and media. By organising we help each other through the suffering, and we give purpose – participating in the community.

In the end however there cannot at the moment be revolution, changing the ruling-class, because the power and influence of the 1% is all pervasive. But mobilising around the issue of class awareness, around the issue that it is the 1% whose power and influence causes the problem is a sufficient process at the moment. Why are people out of work? Because the money that could be in circulation creating jobs is in the bank accounts of the 1%. That puts an end to the racist arguments about jobs, demand more jobs from those who have the power to give jobs. The argument has been put clearly for the wrong reasons in the class-oriented tax cuts in the US – trickle-down. Jobs are trickle-down but you don’t need tax cuts for jobs to trickle down, there just has to be the willingness of the 1% to provide the jobs that are necessary in society. Cutting back on jobs that are not there for direct profit is not the answer. What about the jobs for people, jobs that make society a better place to live, caring jobs. How many ordinary people begrudge those jobs – taking our taxes etc, when huge amounts of money are spent on defence procurement because they provide profits for the 1%. Demand jobs for the community, jobs for the environment, jobs for society; NOT jobs for the profits of the 1%. If these jobs were done there would not be demand for jobs, there would not be the tensions around “taking our jobs”. Provide jobs, end racism. Equally if there were not incentives to oppress women in the workplace it would not happen. Control the economy for the people not the 1%. This is awareness that would help society even though it would take much more than this to wrest control from the 1%.

Ultimately class struggle as a community activity is based in compassion, but unfortunately that compassion is often sidelined. For most within the mass movement there is a feeling of belonging and a sense of hope that they might gain something from being involved. But such people are not mass movement leaders. Few of these leaders benefit the movement. Firstly there are the opportunists whose rhetoric reflects the demands of the movement, but the interests of these opportunists are purely personal: Blair is perhaps the most extreme example of this. Within the movement there are leaders guided by ideals, usually but not always Marxist. Because they follow ideals they are divisive in the movement, they are not leaders of the movement but led by ideals. Yet out of this struggle come genuine leaders who lead by example and are led by mass movement consensus. These people have compassion. Unfortunately by the nature of the movement such compassionates move towards political parties and alliances. Once in such it is legitimate for such people to follow discipline, so again their compassion is frustrated. However in the end such leaders become awakened by their compassion – often without recognising it.

So in the end the struggle comes back to the individual. Struggling, organising is the right thing to do; it enables those around you. But it only works if it is part of your developing awareness, with your detachment from conditioning. As you release the suffering that comes from your own conditioning, so through community struggle you help others release their suffering. This release is not as a successful objective, a campaign that has been won, but simply the release of suffering that comes from community participation – compassion.

In addition I remember at the time of political activity, the rationale that I kept coming back to (not publicly) was the struggle to give people the time to be spiritual. But I now see that as a long-term objective, you need time to be freed up for spirituality; it seems to me that we are now more trapped in our work than previously when it was just our labour they used.

In the end I feel the struggle focusses on changing the individual but there are many ways this can happen; a compassionate individual has the class interest at heart whether they verbalise it or not.

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