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Although the fall campaign has yet to begin, its inauspicious shape already seems set. And I believe it is possible to make some general predictions about the outcome, and to ask some large question about what comes after.
It seems very likely that no grand new ideas are going to emerge; no mandates for sweeping change will be delivered to the victor; no moral clarity will be established; no attenuation of corporate power will be accomplished; no revival of national purpose will take shape.
Following the election, Americans will continue to be watched, measured, controlled, distracted, propagandized and dominated. Their masters will continue to recommend and command the substitution of personal gratification for social hope; of competitive struggle for solidarity and camaraderie; of fabricated reality for real reality; of avarice for sharing; of domination for equality. We will get a continuation of permanent war; further erosion of the social contract and the social fabric; intensified class struggle along economic and cultural lines; a prolongation of trends toward degradation of the human spirit; perversion of justice; greed and corruption at the highest levels; and barbarous contempt for humane values.
How will progress be possible in this environment?
1. Are there any emerging progressive leaders who seem particularly well-positioned to establish themselves as the heralds and organizers of revolutionary change?
2. What tactics are available, legislative or otherwise, for diminishing corporate power and establishing powerful new instruments of democratic self-determination?
3. Will it be possible to transform the Democratic Party into a vehicle for progressive change; or are entirely new vehicles necessary?
4. Are there ways of starving the institutions of economic control of the flows of wealth that sustain them?
5. How can new forms of genuine human connection and communication emerge to move beyond the empty partisan emotional entertainment of radio, television and blogs?
6. Is it possible for a new nation to take shape inside the decadent shell of the established political, social and economic order? Can this happen without violence?