Posted 5 months ago on Aug. 4, 2014, 5:03 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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The unintelligible Zizek is full of shit. It's definitely time to act! And there are lots of things that can be done:
Sit-down strikes, general strikes, workers' takeover of industry, occupying abandoned factories and institutions, protest, joining unions, supporting unions, boycotts, starting co-ops, joining co-ops, buying from co-ops, starting/joining organizations and or parties concerned with workers' rights and the environment, build popular movements and organizations that will put pressure on the political system, forcing them to move closer to the left; organize to put left/left-libertarian leaning politicians into office, etc., etc.
Tactics and strategies should of course be planned to a certain extent, but there are lots of things that can and should be done -- now.
World politics is not that complicated: With the help of right-wing politicians and cheering economists, the owners -- the capitalists, the employers and the 1% -- have been given more and more wealth and power. Thru tax cuts and privatization, politicians have shuffled more and more cash into the pockets of the rich, making them more wealthy and powerful than ever. These neoliberal policies have created a vicious cycle in which the wealthy have used their increasing power to become even more powerful, getting more and more control over the political system and the economy.
An increasing amount of wealth and power have in other words been transferred to a non-elected elite of capitalists and owners. This is roughly what's happened these last decades.
So is there an alternative to neoliberalism and state capitalism? Of course. The alternative is to work to towards a society in which the institutions are controlled, not by a powerful state or powerful owners, but by the workers and the communities. The workplaces and resources should be owned and run democratically by the ones involved and affected by them. This idea is not new, it's called libertarian socialism, and goes far back in history.
The wealthy are the ones in charge -- and it is the task of ordinary people, the 99%, to free themselves from the shackles that the 1% have imposed on them.
The more people organize and get engaged in the things I've mentioned in this post, the closer we'll get to a more free, equal and democratic society.