A few days ago a lefty I respect a lot wrote on facebook that America “is in the grip of a full blown revolution”.
Not just because there is no economic driver for change, which is Marxism 101, comrades.
It’s mainly because the USA has been through this cycle of racism/death/protest/riot/no change many, many times.
Unprovoked violence against it’s own citizens is normal. The murder of four students at Kent State University was 50 years ago.
Using the army to quell unrest is not Trump’s invention. Tanks on American streets is a regular occurrence.
And sometimes, the army shows more discipline, restraint and empathy than the other branches of the armed services. Take this brutal assault this morning in Buffalo, NY. It’s the military who go to the victim’s aid.
There’s trouble every day. Always has been, always will.
Because capitalism is even more entrenched in America than racism.
There was capitalism in the American colonies before slavery. Capitalism was there after slavery and during the Jim Crow century. Capitalism dominated the US after the victories of the Civil Rights movement in the sixties.
Capitalism is here now, as our world dies choking.
Racism is just a symptom.
Capitalism is the disease.
So what are you going to do about it, citizen?