So, can we please get back to being anarchists now? The experiment is over and it has proved you cannot change the system by trying to play its game. When a man of peace cannot say he would not launch nuclear missiles because it would lose him votes; when he cannot say he is not anti-Semitic, he just won’t sell weapons to Israel to be used to abuse the Palestinian people, the single-most important driver of violent Jihadi ideology; when he cannot say that feeding people and maintaining a sustainable environment are more important than economic growth or that we need immigration and open borders to maintain our services and enhance our culture; or that it is our moral duty to welcome refugees; when a person who values honesty and integrity is forced to either lie or avoid answering questions or be attacked for not showing leadership, then there can be no change. This election is a wakeup call.
So what can we do? It would be great if we could redistribute taxes, but we do not have that luxury. Instead, we must keep up the pressure, we can protest and try our hardest to protect the weak and vulnerable. We can make demands, the power is in our hands; we can bring the country to a standstill if we need to. Don’t give up, don’t feel powerless. This does work; that’s why we have the vote for women, gay marriage, laws against discrimination and many other great victories. Until capitalism collapses under the weight of its own greed, we can moderate its excesses and do our utmost to support its victims. Above all, we need connection, we need to be there for each other. In these insecure times, if there is no community, people fall into oblivion: drugs, violence, gangs, hopelessness, despair, depression and even suicide. Capitalism is all about craving and keeping people in a state of permanent dissatisfaction. That is what it needs to thrive. The cure and the antidote is compassion and with compassion comes contentment. It is no longer a matter of what you have or what you want, but what we share, and that is just about everything, from the air and the planet to the love of each other. Lose your fear, open your heart, stand tall and walk into the unfolding universe, which has just taken a turn to the right. They tell us that one day, the earth will be swallowed by the sun, but that does not stop us from living our life.