Apparently we’re in another crisis.
Both the left and the right often use capitalism’s regular crises to legitimize political changes. (That’s politics). With enough crisis-borne anxiety within a population, politicians can gain as much power as they want. And they do.
Many political movements will escalate the crisis so an imagined New Order replaces the Old Order. Citizens can smell such misanthropy. They can smell when they are being played. The Crisis Button gets pressed too often.
If it wants to get back into government, the left must show they are ready to govern. In a crisis that does not mean patronizing charm, soporific calm, or conservative quietism. But in a democracy nor does it mean promising the overthrow of the order of things. Overthrow within crisis only perpetuates crisis.
A difference is this. The left understands the need for the state to regulate markets and to improve society. The right does not see the need for such plans.
Within a crisis, the left needs to show that it has a plan that can stabilize the crisis (within the powers of the remaining state). That you can allay our anxiety better than the others. Show us we can face it and we can change it. The left needs to show us it can handle crisis better than the right.
If the left wants to gain power other than through public fear – and it should – it will need to gain confidence. The left must re-convince themselves that they are superior governors. To each other, they must look like they can govern. First regain themselves, then they’ll regain the people.
The left will look like it can govern when it it looks like it has a plan: you look like you know what you’re doing.
The plan tells citizens that they have a vital role in a greater effort.
The plan invites the greater good. The plan will defy fear, and generate public confidence. That greater good gives meaning to our lives, and obliterates the anxiety from crisis.
It’s cliche to say that the best way to predict the future is to make it happen.
It’s a cliche of leftie governments because it’s true. Especially in a crisis.
If the left want to get back into government, they have to show that they are ready to govern.
With a plan – and not with amplifying apocalypse – the left will defy the fear within crisis, gain the people, and show they are ready to govern again.