By Rainer Shea
Source: Ghion Journal
Among those who see themselves as politically enlightened, there’s now a widespread feeling that the world is doomed. The climate change-related depression and anxiety that’s become normal among so many in recent years is evidence of this pessimistic societal trend, as well as the horror and sadness that many Americans are now feeling amid the recent escalations of government violence against migrants. It appears that humanity is inexorably plunging towards ecological ruin and fascism. Interestingly, though, the belief that this collapse can’t be stopped seems prevalent largely within the core imperialist nations, where the forces of corporate tyranny are still dominant. In the countries where anti-capitalist and anti-colonial liberation struggles are winning or gaining ground, the evidence supports not impending apocalypse but rather societal rebirth.
The machinations of state control and the cruelties of neoliberal capitalism may be metastasizing within the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and other countries where capitalism is completing its inevitable descent into fascism, but look at how the power dynamic is shifting in the opposite direction in Venezuela, where the movement for Bolivarian socialism has stayed in power for twenty years despite imperialist aggressions and where the transition away from capitalism will in all likelihood continue throughout the coming decade; or in Sudan, where mass civil disobedience has toppled the country’s U.S.-supported dictator; or in Puerto Rico, where the island’s colonized people have overcome American repression to force their governor out of power.
In these and other places where people are in the process of trying to free themselves from imperial control, an example is being set for those who live in the colonizing nations. If we adopt the anti-colonial resistance mindset of the participants in these revolutions, we can also overpower neoliberal capitalism.
There are some in America whose ancestral memories have made it easier for them to develop this freedom-fighter consciousness. Savage Family, a Native American hip-hop group, has been bringing a message of militant anti-colonial and anti-capitalist resistance to our generation’s youth. These lyrics from one of their songs, “Truth Be Told”, articulates the mentality of resilience in the face of violent oppression that they hope to instill in Native young people:
They try and kill us off
Even our children are targets