One thing I’ve been discussing with the comrades is a new political party. The Bernie Sanders left is now extremely well-networked and mobilized. This all goes back ten years or so, to the Occupy Wall Street movement. But the Sanders policies have been firmly rejected by the Democrat Party. So….What’s next?
It’s hard to say what the next move will be. We’ll have to see what happens in the wake of COVID-19. The next major action will likely be on the streets, in mass protests, demostrations and disruptions. But at some point we’ll need a political party to translate mass action into political policy.
A new political party will need a new narrative, a new and better story of what America can be, something positive. Both Republicans and Democrats simply exist as alternatives to each other; neither party has a positive message for all Americans, nor do they have a policy agenda that can address the coming crises of the 21st century. This gives us an opportunity to craft a new narrative.
A new narrative has to be centered on the basic idea that we are all interconnected, so like it or not, we have to work together and rely on each other. It is only our collective efforts and our cooperation with each other that can address the global crises to come. Hard-working individuals won’t cut it. Government stimulus packages won’t save us. We need a new way of structuring society.
As an example, If we had a universal healthcare system, run by the government, then we could respond quickly and efficiently to COVID-19. It would just happen, and plans would have already been set up to deal with a pandemic. As it is, we have to go, hat-in-hand to the government and wait for those clowns to figure shit out. Why? Because the exploitative for-profit healthcare industry has no profit incentive to address the crisis: they pull in the profits when times are good but in times of crisis they wash their hands and ghost us.
A new narrative of this nature could catch like wildfire. I think people are ready for a narrative that says that we are stronger when we are working together to build a sustainable economy that works for everyone, an economy that gives a fair and equal share to everyone and provides basic necessities to everyone.
We can craft a new narrative, a vision in which people can see themselves as a part of something bigger than themselves, contributing to a new society that is greater than the sum of our individual parts. This is what we mean when we talk about a cultural, spiritual, and political revolution.
It’s holistic. It’s just. It’s sustainable.
It’s solidarity…..And it’s an idea whose time has come.