Perhaps I am being too harsh with “the true Left.” Instead of dishonesty and a lack of integrity, it’s more like not being capable of showing our true colors. Things are opaque, hidden from view, invisible, (non-existent?). We are without a cohesive vision. (I don’t take the bible literally, but it says something like “where there is no vision the people perish.” This is along the lines of what activist and spiritual teacher of wisdom, Vimala Thakar wrote — “In a time when the survival of the human race is in question, to continue with the status quo is to cooperate with insanity, to contribute to chaos. When darkness engulfs the spirit of the people, it is urgent for concerned people to awaken, to rise to revolution.”) I fail to see any “awakening” going on, any “rising up” to the challenge. I have no idea WTF is going on! It’s exasperating.
There is no organization, no message, no plan. Just a mish-mash of conjectures and ideas. Nothing tangible. That’s not anyone’s specific fault, no one to blame, point the finger of shame. It just is, or at least seems to be. This lack of anything concrete, only abstractions, seems to me what I call “dishonesty” for lack of a better word. Evil is too harsh. How about chaotic? Hell as long as I’m quoting the bible, might as well throw this in to describe the chaos on the Left. Isaiah 45 verse 7 “I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.” Put the God of Israel on trial for this travesty of justice. Chris Hedges repeats the report that “Jewish inmates in Auschwitz put God on trial for the Holocaust and then condemned God to death. A rabbi stood after the verdict to lead the evening prayers.” Maybe in our secularized version God can be blamed for this calamity and then the hope for progressive hope and change can be renewed in our imaginations.
The true Left cannot even say with much of any authority what the true Left actually is, stands for, values. If there is a message, it sure is not being articulated. Does that make me some sort of right winger or moderate if I fail to see what the Left stands for? I don’t think so. It makes me a rebel without a validated cause. I guess that cause is left for me to imagine individually if I am unable to articulate it to the masses. Or maybe something big will happen to wake up the revolutionary potential of the masses. The same masses to whom Emma Goldman wrote “clings to its masters, loves the whip, and is the first to cry Crucify.”
Cassandra, Cassandra. Where art thou?