Our history is full of “leaders” persuading people to join a group and attack another group and their leaders.
The motive is always power. The results are often extremely barbaric.
Sometimes the motive for that power is expressed as a way of alleviating the suffering of the weak by their oppressors. The list of what are called revolutions and rebellions is unbelievably long!
In the process, over centuries, many beautiful people have lost their livelihoods, and often their lives, fighting oppression.
What do we have to show for all this bloodshed and suffering? Did even the big well-known revolutions achieve anything?
There was the French Revolution. The streets of Paris ran with blood from the guillotine madness of the Reign of Terror. In the end, it was power politics. The American Revolution, based on so many powerfully liberating ideas, involved a couple of genocides in the process. The Russian revolution, powered by more liberating ideas, gave us a 70-year concentration camp, and Mao did little better. Not to mention all the copycats around the world.
In the midst of all this carnage, the appeal of “revolution” was so easy to dismiss that millions of Germans ended up choosing Adolf instead.
The result of all these great ideologies? 100 million dead bodies?
George Orwell and Aldous Huxley must be just shaking their heads in disbelief that no one listened to their warnings.
In spite of this endless failure to address this basic ugliness of the strong oppressing the weak, the anti-fascist forces remain trapped in the same old Left vs. Right dynamic.
Meanwhile the Wretched of the Earth are as wretched as ever and it is about to get a lot worse.
We are living in an increasingly fact-free world, with so-called normal people around the world supporting ever more “Dear Leaders” who are offering various shades of fascism.
Are you still not convinced that any semblance of a progressive movement is reduced to irrelevance?