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Are the Left total pussies?

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

A question posed by Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism:

Why is There No Political Outlet for Anger on the Left These Days?

Poll ratings show approval levels for the major political perps, meaning the President, Congress, each of the two major parties, at levels so low as to be tantamount to loathing. But while the Tea Party has become a force to be reckoned with by tapping into this wellspring of discontent, those on the left who are unhappy with the lump of coal the Administration and the Democratic party has put in their stocking have no outlet.

We think she assumes what remains to be proven: That there is a possibility of a left alternative to the existing order within the bounds of the existing order; that there is a political alternative to existing politics.

Suppose there isn’t.

Suppose, for instance, that the only alternative to the existing political order is something that is not itself political, but a renunciation of politics itself. If the perfection of politics is universal suffrage, this alternative would consist of the ruthless criticism of universal suffrage itself – a criticism of the notions of The People, of Democracy, of self-government.

Such a view might state, “If there is to be government, then it must be Government of The People; but why is government itself to be tolerated?”

The most contentious questions of the time come down to this very issue. Who decides what person another may marry? Who decides whether a woman should carry a pregnancy to term? Are these to be settled on the basis of one person one vote?

Who decides when the working day shall begin or end?

Wall Street?

Washington?

If the politics of “the left” is the liberation of the individual from the organs of hierarchy and social domination, then government itself is also the enemy, not the means toward this end.

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