Looking forward to 2022 – social liberation or fascism?

2021 has been an extraordinary year.
Capitalism has demonstrated it is incapable of protecting people’s life and living standards. Quite the opposite.
A system that requires 3% growth a year is a system that doubles the extraction of wealth from labour and mother earth every 25 years. It cannot continue.
A system based on the “concentration and centralisation of capital” (to quote Karl Mark who got it right 150 years ago) with the attendant growth of a 21st century oligarchy and grotesque inequality and cannot continue.
The system created globalisation of production, and “just in time’ methods of distribution that have paralysed systems of production and distribution across the globe.
The system has generated a deeper and deeper crises each decade for the last three decades. The unlimited creation of government, corporate, and personal debt to escape these crises has only led to permanent stagnation and now decline. The inflationary wave now unleashed could well be a final blow to the debt mountain and it will be working people that end up paying through their lost jobs, homes and lives in the deepest crisis we have yet seen.
The system extends its reach into every undeveloped corner of the globe in the search for profit, eliminating biodiversity and importing pandemics.
Living standards for working people outside of China (which is a story for another day) have been driven down for a generation. Casualisation and gigwork has become more the norm than any hope of regular life-time employment. We have all become debt slaves to survive.
A deep alienation from the system that repeatedly fails to deliver despite all the effort being made has led to widespread demoralisation, despair, drug abuse and death. The profit-driven, pharmaceutical industry-made opioid crisis has killed literally a million people in the US from overdoses in the last two decades with no one being accountable.
Social media is allowed to take over our free time and manipulate us in ways that lead us into a competition where we must sell ourselves and our emotions in a desperate search for meaningless “likes”. The successful are rewarded and deemed “influencers’ while the rest of us must fail like happens in any competitive capitalist market.
Our children are being objectified, commodified, sexualised in this emotionally empty and painful Verse.
In 2022 will we roar with anger and join a collective fightback across the globe to place the commanding heights of the economy in the hands of the people to democratically and collectively find a way out of the nightmare.
Or will the despair and frustration  take us into the dark hells of fascism, war and planetary annihilation.
The fight has started. We only need to look at Palestine, Chile, Bolivia, Sudan and so many other places over this past year to get a sense of hope. Even in the US – belly of the beast – there is a revival of socialism on a mass scale for the first time in a century.
We have a choice as to which side we want to be on but we must make that choice and time is running out.

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