Four 3:00 AM Messages to the Left

At the moment it’s three in the morning, and I have no idea why I’m still awake or even attempting to write. Still, this is what I have- four little messages to fellow members of the left.

1. Enough with the Koch brothers. Maybe it’s true that they’re a pair of egotistical tycoons funding the anti-labor movement and a shamelessly lobbying for corporate interest. However, the problem lies with the system, not the individuals. If the Koch brothers were to suddenly vanish from the face of the earth, there are plenty of other millionaires who’d be more than willing to take their place. The same goes for all the common bogeymen- Fox “News”, Wal-Mart, and so on. These things should be resisted, but lets not confuse the symptoms with the disease.

2. Give weed a rest, ok? Yes, marijuana should be legalized and yes, support for legalization grows every year. However, let’s be smart about where we’re investing our time and effort. After all, should hamburgers be legal? Absolutely, but the end goal of the revolution isn’t to stuff our faces. All I’m saying is, there’s rampant starvation, homelessness, and poverty all around us- these things have to be more important than getting high. Again, I’m all for legalization, but let’s keep our priorities straight here.

3. To Progressives, certain kinds of Democrats, and extreme liberals. I’m including you here because more likely than not you’d categorize yourselves as being, to some degree, members of the left. Let’s set the record straight. The differences between you and the Libertarians, Republicans, and conservatives are minor, at best. Other than a few stances, such as gay marriage, your policies are identical. And that’s fine, I haven’t brought up the subject to discuss your politics. It’s your attitude. The smug triumphalism, the savage tirades- it bugs me. Every once in a while you hear a Progressive or a Democrat make some deeply disparaging remark about how Republicans are attempting to destroy the United States, and every time this happens, an angel gets kidney stones. That’s how bad the hypocrisy is. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for angry, hyperbolic rants- I’m a Communist. However, there is no where near enough space between you and the right-wing you so despise to criticize them without the fallout hitting you as well. In short, how ’bout you tone down the vitriol to an appropriate level and leave the frothy-mouthed diatribes to those who don’t share the same platform?

4. Agitation is never enough. It’s about as big of a blanket criticism as I can muster right now but it needs to be said. This goes for everyone- from the black-bloc anarchists smashing up storefronts at G20 protests, to social criticism graffiti artists, to self-righteous bloggers (including yours truly). Rebellion devoid of goals is, to be blunt, just a political temper tantrum. I thinks acts of rebellion are great- they help us maintain our sanity, they irritate our would-be superiors and managers, and they serve as demonstrations of dissent. However, we cannot allow ourselves to be deluded into imagining that our little tiffs- flipping off Porsche drivers, blasting Rage Against the Machine, chucking paint at the royal family- are acts of true revolution. Being a pain in the neck has it’s value, but it’s not the end goal.


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