In defence of socialism... or those whose concern for others outweighs any selfish consideration...
Those who lean to the left can seem whiny and sensitive, quick to
complain in shrill tones when most people just want to get on with their
lives. There is a natural tendency to over-compensate, as in the
hard-core feminists of the seventies who seemed to eschew their own
femininity. But there is justification for those who have been wronged
to feel anger. Women have a legitimate reason to feel excluded and
victimised by society, especially in the non-western world and the education of women
is the key element in rehabilitating any dysfunctional society, as has
been shown by many developing world NGO projects. But that is perhaps an
argument for another day.
We are in a process of gloabalisation
and we must learn tolerance and acceptance. We have no choice. As you
say, the reality overpowers any personal aspirations we might have, be
they for an impossibly egalitarian idyl, or for an old-fashioned
white-picket-fence homogeneity. The world is a soup and all its people
are necessary ingredients. We used to live far apart from one another.
Now we are together. You cannot change this reality, but be consoled, no
species is better equipped to adapt than humans.
believe that if mankind submits itself to the base instincts of greed
and willful ignorance we are double fucked. It is not easy to question
the morality of one's day-to-day actions and their likely implications
and it gives some of those who do it a big head. This can be
off-putting, but it is becoming more and more necessary to find a way
forward which includes all of humanity and not just the usual elites who
have misled so many times for their own gain. DDT was once considered
safe to use at home, now fracking is the Godsend. But there are easier
and safer solutions to all of our problems. We need to empower
communities and stop looking to the elites for ideas.
people with access to knowledge and resources, which are the result of
many generations of enlightened thought and hard-won freedoms, do
nothing to resist the calamitous trajectory of the human race, then
where we will find ourselves in fifty years time doesn't bear thinking
You might like Trump's willingness to rock the boat, but
don't be fooled by his rhetoric. He's just a very ambitious
establishment man with megalomaniac tendencies who will buy you with
promises and sell you to the highest bidder when he no longer needs your
support. This does not make him much different from a lot of other
politicians. It is his unapologetically racist, paranoid rhetoric that
sets him apart. The only one who cast a similar shadow in recent
history and whose populist appeal was as broad and inexplicable, was