Paul Jay on ‘theatre of the absurd democracy’, and organizing for a vibrant peoples’ movement as the focus for theAnalysis.news in the coming year.
Hi, I’m Paul Jay, and this is theAnalysis.news
I know it’s hard to remain optimistic as we head into 2022.
One thing that gives me hope are people that organize to change the world. In the coming year, theAnalysis.news will focus more on featuring organizers and methods of organizing. A vibrant people’s movement is essential to get us out of this mess.
The concentration of ownership and political power in a tiny handful of billionaires and corporations, especially the all-powerful and parasitical big banks and financial institutions, fronted by a stratum of corrupt political hacks, is the root of the problem.
Let me stress, it’s about who owns stuff, and not the political theatre of the absurd, claiming to be a democracy for the people. Clearly, the more you own, the more democracy you have. For most of us, even the paper-thin formality of democracy is disappearing.
All the critical issues facing us converge into the need for a broad, non-sectarian movement for a democracy of the people. I think this includes diversified and participatory public ownership in critical sectors of the economy, starting with banking and arms manufacturing. We need democratic public ownership to counter private concentrated ownership. In the coming year, we will further our discussion about what this might look like.
Here’s the rub. The climate crisis and nuclear weapons pose an immediate threat to human life. We can’t wait for a fundamental transformation of society for a change in policy. While we must keep fleshing out a vision of another world and organizing for it, we also have to work within existing institutions. Every strategy and alliance that provides an effective solution must be pursued. That will also be a critical theme of our work.
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