This is how I know we don’t have a left in North America. Check out what they’re doing in France! (And please do click on the link and watch the video.)
“Strike action over labour law reforms gripped France on Thursday, with oil refineries, nuclear power stations and transport hubs disrupted.
Riot police battled protesters in Paris and other cities, making 77 arrests, while 15 officers were injured and cars and shops were vandalised.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls insists the reforms will not be withdrawn but has suggested they could be “modified”.
Tear gas filled the air as police in Paris struggled to contain a march which set off from Place de la Bastille.
Of the arrests, 36 were made in the capital while other cities like Lyon and Bordeaux saw similar confrontations.
Officials say 153,000 people took part across France though union leaders put the number at nearly twice that.”
This is a large group of workers who know they are a class of people with a common interest and who work together to protect their interests. They aren’t afraid of disrupting production and they aren’t afraid of police violence. This is what the left is. This type of action requires an entire culture based on class consciousness, solidarity, and strong unions.
The so-called “left” in North America is currently working to prevent anyone from developing a class consciousness, preferring to have us all think of ourselves as individuals who can choose our own choices, and they are against showing solidarity to anyone (particularly women) and prefer engaging in horizontal hostility. Hardly anyone is willing to think about where this “I choose my choice” paradigm comes from (it comes from neo-liberalism, individualism, consumerism, CAPITALISM), and the effect this paradigm has on the working class (it makes us weaker as a group because it prevents us from fighting for our interests).
The politics of navel-gazing and affirming “identities” and changing our own bodies instead of changing the world is not left politics, it’s a manifestation of our defeat. The promotion of the idea that oppressed peoples such as prostituted women “choose” their oppression because of their “agency” is a manifestation of our defeat, too. We’ve collectively swallowed the neo-liberal agenda that’s been fed to us in a deliberate attempt to allow the already powerful to accumulate even more private wealth.
We should be getting together as a group to fight with all we’ve got against those who plunder the environment, the working class, and women. We know who the enemy is. The enemy is not feminists who understand biology, or shop clerks who call men “sir,” the enemy is those who have the material power to extract resources from the planet and its people to create private wealth and destroy the living environment in the process.
What the left has turned into in North America is an embarrassing disgrace. So-called “progressives” are no-platforming anyone who displays class consciousness, an action which basically amounts to punching yourself hard in the face, and the right is laughing at us. The entire labour movement and the feminist movement need to be rebuilt from scratch.
Take a look at France. They’ve got it right.