Keeping Corbyn Out

This is from the latest blog post from Jonathan Cook.

I consider it all worth reading, but in case you decide against, the final paragraph is worth some attention:

As long as we colluded in the manufactured consensus of western societies, the system operated without challenge or meaningful dissent. A deeply ideological system destroying the planet was treated as if it was natural, immutable, the summit of human progress, the end of history. Those times are over. Accidents like Corbyn will happen more frequently, as will extreme climate events and economic crises. The power structures in place to prevent such accidents will by necessity grow more ham-fisted, more belligerent, less concealed to get their way. And we might finally understand that a system designed to pacify us while a few grow rich at the expense of our children’s future and our own does not have to continue. That we can raise our voices and loudly say: “No!”

In a folorn personal conclusion it has to be said that Corbyn’s failure to properly endorse a further Brexit referendum looks quite likely to keep him out of office – and this when the majority of his own supporters are in favour of remaining.

If there is another ‘accident’ It has to be hoped it will be a Green Party one….

Comments

  1. Paul Wright -

    Jonathon Cook is right, Corbyn is a glad symptom, amongst others, that the Neo liberal world is beginning to crack. Say what you will about Corbyn, but the Overton window has shifted, and he is not cowed to return to Tory lite days. Many of us simply gave up voting until New Labour was knocked off its perch. At last change is coming.
    However the Gary Younge article in the Guardian yesterday points out the vast power of the elites and their propaganda media machines.It is terrifyingly illuminating that they are able, almost certainly, to replace one shallow, failed Etonian Cameron as prime minister with another blustering failed Etonian – Johnson, with consummate ease. This is a testimony to our utterly corrupt country. The fight has begun, and we won’t win it via the media as it belongs to the elites, but at grass roots level much is happening.

    One can only hope that Johnson blunderingly creates a chaotic parliamentary opportunity to break the present impasse, and delivers a general election. Bugger all can be achieved with Brexit until parliamentary arithmetic can be moved from stalemate. No use whinging it’s the arithmetic in the House, that calls the tune.

    We should be delighted that the opportunity for change is now here, I for one waited a long time to see neoliberalism begin to crack. Onwards and upwards.

    Thanks for blog, daily reading for me.

    Cheer up.

    Regards

    Paul

    1. Andrew Dickie -

      Paul, the worry I have is highlighted by Gary Younge.

      In 1991 we saw the Soviet Union and the Communism it espoused and propagated collapse from its own internal contradictions.

      In an echo of history, like a political equivalent of the thermodynamic law of equal and opposite reactions, we saw something very similar happen to turbo and rentier capitalism happen in the 2008 Great Financial Crash, which SHOULD have brought the whole structure tumbling down, as happened with Communism.

      I had night hopes of that, yet here, 11 years later, the “headless chicken” of vulture rentier capitalism is apparently still alive and well, and worse than that, the forces of this destructive economic model appear – with their refined instincts for survival – to have sniffed out what will work in their favour, dumped neo-liberalism, and are probably about to introduce Corbynomics and Peoples QE, while Labour is still fighting the last war of battling against neo-liberalism.

      That’s Richard Murphy’s view, anyway, see https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2019/07/07/its-time-for-the-left-to-move-on-from-neoliberalism-because-the-right-have/, where he effectively comes to Will Hutton’s conclusions from a different angle.

      Labour is in a position where it needs to strike decisively, or be knocked out of the game.

      Corbyn has indeed moved the “Overton
      Window”, but, as in battle, if you don’t back up an advance with further reinforcements, you find yourself having to give ground, and retreat. And I don’t want Labour to go back to “business as usual” – the Watson objective, IMO – which would be nearly as great a betrayal as the Remainers failing to act
      as Will Hutton suggests, and I agree, is necessary.

      1. Andrew Dickie -

        “high hopes”, not “night hopes”. Editing on a mobile is difficult. Apologies.

  2. Paul Wright -

    Thanks Andrew, I pretty much agree that Labour needs to be more emboldened, but the media are so,so powerful, and the left divided.
    For instance there is a lot of argument within the left, say, about MMT or the gospel purity of the Remain position. Personally I actually believe that Richard Murphy and Simon Wren Lewis have more in common than they do have in differences. A little more dialog on the bits we all agree on might not go amiss.

    What cheers me is the way Labour is becoming more democratic as an organisation, at branch level a lot is going on. I believe it will soon be possible for the party to move policy away from the executive and conference will be decisive in a bold and radical. Heres hoping.

    Laugh of the week- George Osborne as head honcho IMF, surely Grayling would be the man

    Regards

    P

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