Resisting Capital's Disasters

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/11/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21699

Trump represents the twisted and half-deranged face of a systemic assault on virtually every facet of the social safety net, workers' rights, and the entire public sector -- apart from the bloated permanent war economy.



With Trump's attacks on health care and women's rights, the wave of reactionary judicial appointments, threats of war, anti-immigrant raids and deliberate ripping up of environmental regulations coming in waves, it may also seem -- appropriating another allusion (from Star Trek) -- that "resistance is futile." But it's not: Recent examples show that human action can put checks on the inhuman workings of an inhuman system -- and point toward its ultimate replacement.

Resistance Exhibit A: When the latest iteration of the Republican drive to "repeal and replace Obamacare" crashed and burned, it didn't happen because Senate Democrats spontaneously grew a spine and a few Republicans sprouted a conscience.

Every medical association and health care union came out against this cynical, lying and sadistic effort to gut Medicaid to pay for billionaires' tax cuts. Disability rights organizations condemned it and staged militant demonstrations. Eighty percent of the U.S. population hated it. Ultimately, popular anger overrode the blackmail of the Crack Brothers and the far-right donors threatening to withhold their filthy money from the 2018 Republican campaigns.
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