Destruction of Progressive Politics

I am an unashamed Leftist and have been since 1964.

I also admit that when I realized that drastic change was not in the cards I became an unapologetic Progressive…..and in those years I have watched progressive politics become corrupted….corrupted to the point that it has become today.

The ideological divide between the working class and ruling elite continues to widen as the rich become richer and the poor become poorer. The pandemic threw the economy into recession and at least 20 million Americans into unemployment; in April 2020 the federal government reported a record 14.9% unemployment rate while others estimated a true rate of 32.4%. In America, over 10 million people are still unemployed and over 600,000 deaths have been sustained from the pandemic. How do we deal with this reality?

A panicked, shallow reckoning has arisen in Philadelphia and nationally in the form of “new progressivism,” an organized political force made up of young, university-educated people, which is ideologically misguided and antithetical to actual progressive change. The practice of “new progressivism”, which manifests through electoral politics, leftist activism, charity and identity politics, attempts to handle issues of poverty and racism without an understanding of the worldview of the people. Ignorant of the spirit and traditions of working people, new progressivism’s primary contradiction is the assumption that ordinary people are insignificant to and incapable of progressively remaking society.

The ideology of false progressivism preys on the confusion of young, mostly well-intentioned people who are unprepared to critically examine reality. False progressivism obscures the real issues of humanity, war, and poverty; buries the genuine threads for revolutionary change in our times; and ultimately aligns with the consensus of the ruling elite.

Philadelphia: The Gentrification of Progressive Politics

The young are the key and so far that key does not fit the lock for a better country.

Unless there is a change of attitude and thinking then there will be NO blue wave in 2022 or 2024.

As the rich continue to takeover what has been called the ‘progressive movement’ the more things will not change….no health improvement, no police reform, no social change, no….well you get the picture…..

As an example….single payer health care or Medicare For All (M4A)…..lots of talk and promises and now it is off the table……

“Nobody in Congress can be counted on to stand with what the people need as opposed to caving to the demands of party leadership,” warns veteran single-payer activist Amy Scheetz.

… their supporters inside the beltway have taken single payer off the table.

Instead of pursuing Medicare for All they are pursuing incremental improvements in Medicare—also known as Medicare for Some.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/10/09/democrats-have-taken-medicare-all-table-and-its-shame

The only thing you can depend on from Dems is they will always do what their corporate owners wants them to do.

If you want change then for Christ sake find a true progressive….or continue to bitch and whine and things remain the same….the rich get richer and you go hungry.

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9 thoughts on “Destruction of Progressive Politics

  1. Things in economics tend to be cyclical and one of the odd “spinoffs” of the pandemic has been that mental shift of mostly lower paid service workers who were displaced and are not currently returning to their old jobs all that quickly. There’s a re-assessment of life priorities going on forced by the solitude and worry of the pandemic. You can’t really rely on government/Congress to implement social programs to make life “for the little guy” better.
    Along with this realizing-life-with-a-better-wage reluctance to return to the pre-covid job is the noticeable uptick in workers strikes at larger corporations. Unions are slowly gaining a bit of their old power and influence back as many corporations posted huge profits during the year of covid isolation… and the workers are demanding a piece of the action.
    As a former business person, an entrepreneur, and a career in management in various venues, I frankly do not like unions in the least. BUT… I acknowledge the need for their existence and affirm their being part of creating middle class America in the last 100+ years. I was once part of management in a union clerical environment and after that nonsense I never want to work in a union environment ever again. In the case of the current trend to adjust middle class earnings with collective bargaining I am all for that to occur to help balance the wealth disparity in the nation. But my personal philosophy is that… if your workers want to unionize then you, Mr. Businessman, have messed up in the treatment of your employees.
    But we should not forget… demanding more pay, even if a for righteous cause, many times results in the widgets being made having to be sold at a greater price…. and the natural business consideration of considering moving to another state, or even offshore where labor is cheaper. It’s a balancing act.

    1. Sorry but there is something wrong with a CEO that makes 1000 times more than the average worker…..it is greed plain and simple….these guys care nothing about health and welfare of the worker as long as they can continue their life style. Pass laws that keeps them in this country 0or they pay a heavier fine than giving the workers a rai9se. chuq

  2. I spent most of my life on the Extreme Left of politics, and the last ten years watching any viable left-wing party disappear without trace in Britain. It used to make me sad, so I stopped worrying about a near-future I won’t live to see anyway.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. You’re right, Pete. Ooops… I mean that as “correct” not that you are Right. 🙂 I dare say us Boomers are debating issues today that we may not be around to see the results.

      (I like your new camera, btw. But I saw a knurled knob on the top.. is that a 35mm film camera??)

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