This headline — “Crisis: Socialist Woke Capitalism Bailout Ban Slammed” — sounds like the kind of confusing word salad you’d get from Fox News or James Lindsay or Chris Rufo or any of a thousand right-wing nutcases, so I have to a agree with the conclusion that it’s probably evil, yeah.
I don’t agree with the accelerationist scumbag composing the articles, though.
I think it’s weirdly optimistic to assume that just because we have a crash, we’ll necessarily rebuild into something better. I see no evidence for this. Just consider the average revolution: It usually just means replacing one set of tyrants with another.
People don’t change just because everything went wrong the last time. They’ll try the same thing again and again and be surprised every time it doesn’t work. A never-ending cycle of collapse/re-build/collapse is quite likely and, in my opinion, the closest equivalent of hell that can realistically exist.
While I very much doubt we’ll get to something sensible without a crash first, there’s a lot of work to be done if we want something more pleasant to come out the other side. So, rather than accelerating off the cliff edge, I think the sensible thing is to try to safeguard the things we’ll need after the inevitable crash. And I guess that starts with first figuring out what those things are. I propose public libraries as one humanity’s really good ideas. Any society without libraries (or some equivalent function) is probably not going to get very far.
You know, let the Republican dregs in the house stop the raising of the debt limit.
Let the resulting crash have their fingerprints all over so not even the corporate media can gloss over the fact.
Let the whole world see they are incompetent at economics, just like the last 13 years have shown the tories being utterly useless.
It is a high price to pay but at least you can stop fascism without fighting a goddamn war.
Pierce R. Butler says
Has Zach Weinersmith spent too much time skimming Raw Story clickbait headings?
You naivete would be touching if it wasn’t so dangerous. The corporate media in the USA would at best “bothsides” the issue – “President Biden should have compromised…” (even though he has not even been given any demands to compromise with) “but the radical left stopped him doing so”. Original fascism got a huge boost from the Great Crash of 1929 – which was, of course, the fault of the corporate elite, exactly the same kind of people who have been backing the Republicans. Fascism 2.0 got a big boost from the financial crisis of 2008, and its Russian version stemmed from the collapse of the Russian economy in the 1990s.
It is ten years since Margaret Thatcher died!
I think you’re drastically underestimating people’s ability to gloss over the facts.
Truth is inconvenient, while PR tells you what you want to hear. It’s hard work to discriminate between them and we have yet to invent a society that encourages us to do that work.
Rich Woods says
I think it’s more likely that such a circumstance would trigger the start of the war. Their war. Extremists tend to think that they’ll be the primary beneficiaries of any conflict, that their god-given time has come and the moment should be seized, that their righteous leadership is the one thing that can conquer the chaos.
Best not to feed into their narrative, I think, and fight smarter.