Presentation on theme: "Is the US moving to the Right? And why?. Between non-revolutionary and pre-revolutionary situation Increased polarization Ruling class move to the right."— Presentation transcript:
Is the US moving to the Right? And why?
Between non-revolutionary and pre-revolutionary situation Increased polarization Ruling class move to the right
Ruling class moving to the right (all sectors from liberal to far right) Maintain control Maintain levels of profit with worse economic situation Prefer to maintain control without struggle –This is a symptom of more challenge to their domination
Working class becoming conservative fear of unemployment fear of deportation or incarceration Continuing passivity of former years
Middle class/petit bourgeoisie also becoming more conservative To defend economic interests and privilege they are scared of losing and have faith that the ruling class can protect Become base of support for far right
Attacks on Reproductive Rights/ Women Abortion legislation that limits access and funding Abstinence only sex-education Political de-legitimization of feminist struggles Co-optation of these energies completely into non-profits Progressive legislation allowing LGBTQ communities to marry and join the military incorporates queers into status quo and stifles queer resistance
States passed 83 laws restricting access to abortion, nearly four times the 23 laws passed in 2010.
Why? Maintenance of family as fundamental building block of capitalist society Repression of women to limit their role and political potential to organize Focus off of systemic issues (poverty, education) to put blame on individual choice and morality
Attacks on immigrant communities SB 1070 and copycat laws Ethnic studies attacks Move from physical raids to i-9 audits (electronic raids) Secure communities E-verify Physical violence War on Drugs
Secure Communities October 2010 May 2012
E-verify More than 404,000 employers, large and small, across the United States use E- Verify to check the employment eligibility of their employees, with about 1,200 new businesses signing up each week.
-Number of immigrant detainees have doubled to about 400,000 a year -half are held in private prisons Detention Centers
SB 1070 in Arizona -copycat laws in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah
Why such strong attacks on this community? Immigrants have revolutionary potential given their place in production, their numbers and the revolutionary consciousness brought from their countries of origin Because of their crucial place in production, it is necessary for capitalists to have control through fear of deportation and loss of jobs while still extracting huge amounts of surplus value from their work Useful to divide working class through racism, criminalization of people without papers as illegal Useful division of Latinos between good and bad- divides the group and families, detracts from systemic exploitation onto personal choice and culpability
Attacks on democratic civil rights Patriot Act NDAA Heightened surveillance (online, phone calls, gang injunctions)-also connected to SB1070 and S-Comm Stronger repression of some political militants and actions (Occupy, specifically targeting Anarchists)
Since January 2002, 779 men have been seized and brought to Guantanamo 600 have been released-most of them not charged As of September 2012, 166 detainees remain at Guantanamo.
Privatization of Public Education Charters Destruction of teachers unions and protections Sub-contracting to non-profits, philanthropists Standardized tests
Why? One of the last public industries that can be privatized for corporate gain –Not only save money –Makes money-off of testing, etc Hurting economy and low education priority has created material conditions of (even worse) public schools Way to have capitalist/corporate control over what is taught, how it is taught and who it is taught to
Tea Party Tea Party name (and specific consolidation) is new but not the demographic or politics Change in numbers over time – chapters – chapters Demographics of tea party supporters Used as a way to scare people with fascism in order to get people to vote democrat No solid leadership
Polarization is bad for the ruling class They want to rule without us knowing Polarization helps the working class see the only 2 options, their choice and that history and the current moment is that of class struggle Polarization is a sign of their weakness and our challenge
This polarization is not fascism There will not be fascism until there is strong working class resistance
These attacks and move to the right are still destructive As revolutionaries we must engage in this struggles –Passively accepting them will allow attacks to intensify –These struggles are crucial for building movement on the left –We must call out liberals for their passivity on these issues because of fear of something worse –Passivity guarantees something worse