There seems to be a ripple going throughout the world that is causing tension and anxieties to arise all around. In places like the US, Brazil, England, Germany, etc., it has taken the form of prejudices and Far Right, Nationalistic ideals. People are blaming foreign elements or those that are different from them, as the cause of their woes. In the US, there have been some domestic terrorist attacks that arose prior to the Mid-Term elections. I can’t speak on other nations as I don’t follow anyone else that closely but I’m sure if it hasn’t happened yet, there will be violence in other places as well.
What people fail to see, from my perspective, is that the true root cause of their issues are economical and nothing more. We all live in a global capitalistic business model. What is the function of corporations in a capitalistic business model? Profit of course. How do you make profit? Exploitation and cutting costs to improve profit margins.
The cost of living has been increasing worldwide, and global salaries aren’t waning and not keeping up to these rising costs. Plus, most if not all, non-skilled jobs are going to automation, increasing the chances and opportunities of unemployment worldwide. This anxiety of growing irrelevance is affecting the human psyche on a global scale.
The go to action for most humans is to lash out and blame somebody for their problems. “The immigrants are stealing our jobs” or “An increase of Muslims, Jews, etc., are going to have dramatic effects on our societies”. These are emotional and non-logical approaches to their problems. It’s also myopic and shortsighted. However, emotion is illogical, and it gives a momentary salve to the anxieties that people are facing, regarding their economic futures.
Politicians use these identity politics to weave and manipulate the masses to get elected into office and further the aims of corporations to perpetuate their suffering.
Identity politics is the biggest wedge issue that plagues human society. If we can deviate, take a step back and look at the problem as a whole and not focus on “our side of the equation” we could conceivably come up with better results.
As it stands, some choose to stay blissfully ignorant, some choose to wallow in identity politics, some choose to stay engrossed on domestic issues, and some just accept their fate and do nothing.
I personally waver between complacency and acceptance of the status quo and/or getting engaged in conversations and intellectual discourse of the state of affairs and what can we do about it.
I hope others can also become more progressive and active with current events and choose advocacy over complacency. Otherwise, who knows how worse our situations will become.