When I saw quite more people demonstrating in the streets against the Gaza war than against the increase of unemployment, or against the dismantlement of more and more public parcels of core public services, I cannot help but feel that something is deeply wrong with us.
I am sure that we, Dario and I, are not alone. Quite a good number of people share some of our values and views to various degrees and senses. We see the Left as a basic worldview, a set of values oriented to the world in which we want to live. One of my main objectives for this blog is to talk about these values: equality of opportunities, protection of the handicapped people (in the broadest sense of the term, instead of each one taking care of himself), citizenship, community building, economic system serving manhood (and not vice versa). Creating a human heritage that will be worthwhile of being conserved for next generations.
You see my ideas aren’t very complicated and are nothing new at all. Rights, responsibility and a life shared with others. Modernity arrived when enough people started to think seriously about this and acted in consequence. Part of our generation has inherited these values... but doesn't know what to do about them.
What is ‘Left’ nowadays?
In our countries, Unions have lost any sense of workers protection. Their main objective is to take care of themselves and to enjoy the good amount of privileges that were paid for a chain of treasons. So-called leftist politicians dress exactly like conservative ones and behave in the same way in what is important: economical politics & workers situation. "Leftists" politicians just care of the privileges that they can arrange for themselves and their related networks in exchange of good service to their true masters.
On the other hand, leftist are utmost divided and quite confused. Most of the time they are trapped in the past’s discourses or are commited to an alternative world that is too much word-centered instead of action-centered.
In the light of this, a lot of well-intentioned people looks for causes outside of our countries.
And we should ask ourselves, aren’t there actual and meaningful leftist causes in our countries?
I have a tiny hope: this crisis offers us a new possibility of awakening and recovering certain perspectives that were lost. Maybe we will start to recall the social achievements of the past century. These weren't recieved as gifts, but just after hard and long fights. It seems that we, or others self denominated left have our internal compass, take for granted was has been achieved and do not recognize anymore the real threats and the chanllenges we should take on.
Phew... I need to stop. This post was meant to be a mere presentation and finally it almost conclude into something. Beware! I have so much to say!