Sunday, 22 May 2011

The Class War and Upholding that System

As I write this post on my continuing theme ‘class war’ I am sure you are all aware of the Spanish situation where tens of thousands of protesters continue to occupy Madrid’s Puerta del Sol and have gathered in the main squares of another 162 towns and cities across Spain in protest over unemployment, government austerity measures and a political system that serves only the banks and big business.

Calling for “Real Democracy Now”, the protests are also known as the M-15 movement, after the day they were first called by social network and Internet groups, drawing a massive response from younger workers, students, the unemployed and broad sectors of Spanish working classes.

The protests continued in defiance of the Madrid Electoral Board, which banned demonstrations in the capital ahead of Sunday’s municipal and regional elections.

On Thursday, Spain’s central election commission passed a resolution forbidding rallies and mass meeting throughout the country for Saturday, which was designated as a pre-election “day of reflection”, and for Sunday, when the vote takes place for municipal and regional governments.

So as I say tens of thousands of Spaniards angry over high unemployment rates have taken to the streets in seven day’s (at time of writing) of protests before Sunday's local elections, and here again as in other countries including our own we see the young at the forefront of struggle, a pattern of similar if not the same characteristics and a driving force that asks the one and same question do we have any kind of future?”

The ideal self image

In its ideal self image, politics sees itself as building a better world for all. But even granted the serious-mindedness of any such intention in practise, it is mostly about the pursuit of conflicting interests that’s why I personally hate the world of politics, and what a strange and foreign thing to say from someone who has now been involved in that world for over a quarter of a century. The political process is about the winning of power to secure those interests. I must have been very naive when I was young joining the Labour Party. I remember it as if it was only yesterday, but of course it was yesteryear, anyhow through the years I eventually realised that politics in the conventional sense was ceremonious and very much following accepted customs and proprieties in the established political world, two parties may oppose one another but in reality they compete to run the same system, the system of capitalism, therefore the two political parties have much in common really, in as much as upholding that system come what may.

Politicians’ are said to be ‘all the same’ and what is ‘all the same’ is now held by many in low esteem. Labour Party members of whom there are many good comrades, open genuine and sincere comrades, should give reality to substance and do more to realise that their leaders make promises and then like other political higher-ranking leaders often break them whilst hopes remain unfulfilled for those the votes were extracted from in the first place, and time after time.

So optimism gives way to failure and disillusion. At the beginning of the 21st century with fewer people voting there has been a withdrawal from the political process. Some may think that this may be a passing phase but what seems continuous is a mood of creeping cynicism which has spread from politics to a culture of pessimism in which book, drama and film depict moral decline, violence, social breakdown and the rule of brutal regimes.

To be continued…  

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