In Defense of the Left/Right Distinction by Sean Fenley

by Sean Fenley
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Aug 21, 2010

Daniel Estulin gave an interview recently where he spoke about how the material that he was investigating was “really not about left and right”, the burgeoning world order that he uncovers — as put forward by the Bilderberg Group — it’s about people who “share the same financial ideas” according to Estulin. That’s odd, actually, because that sounds an awful lot like left and right, in this humble observer’s opinion. Those who share the same financial ideas, are generally not the rank and file workers, the poor and the underclass; in the United States, at least, those who have been virtually wholly dispossessed from the political system.

Does anyone seriously think that global elites want nation-states — or sections of a world superstate — with high unionization rates, strong workers’ rights and protections, a reasonable distribution of wealth, free or affordable higher education, adequate pensions for retirement, guaranteed health coverage, and all that goes along with social democracy/a welfare state? Shills for the Randian “libertarian” ethos, within the deep political community are playing right into the hands of those who would proffer a global iron-fisted plutocratic state. This is United States foreign policy in a nutshell; pertaining to the economic prescriptions it seeks to impose upon “subaltern” countries, it’s bizarre to me that anyone other than the extremely wealthy, would want to support this kind of approach.

Of course, increasingly the “left option” in any national political arena, is not an option at all. What is being offered as left today, in so many places; is really the center, center-left of old. We witnessed this “brilliantly” with the campaign of Barack H. Obama, where unparalleled hopes and aspirations — orchestrated by a deceptive marketing effort — have been all but whittled down to naught. Perhaps, in times of hypercapitalism, or the good, old-fashioned, staid, boring variety of it; most will side with the more brazen. At least those “hopes” will be actualized should a candidate of that orientation ascend to high political office.

It seems to me that what the Bilderbergers and such groups are really pushing for and advocating, is what so many have already ably described as a race to the bottom. The conservative approach to that seems to be to accept it — this race — and lower standards to any level that multinational corporate business would like to descend. To decrease expectations for people, disempower them, and atomize different constituencies that ought to be working with and supporting one another’s efforts. The program of the right and conservatives falls right into the hands of the Bilderberg elite interests.

Those who say that the elite agenda is that of a “socialist” world government, or that efforts are under way to “Europeanize” the U.S. really don’t make a lot of sense. Anyone who understands the history of corporate globalization, knows that corporate conglomerates have been fixing to supersede the world’s governments for some time. In the U.S. they have been wildly successful in turning a relatively egalitarian country, with a significant industrial base; into a shell of its former self; a democracy in name only; and a paper tiger teetering on the edge of extinction. If this was just a ruse — global corporate government — it would be a ruse toward what? To do a 180 after so much has been achieved to third worldize, de-Europeanize the U.S., would, undoubtedly, be feckless and counterintuitive.

One can disregard the left/right divide at his or her own peril, because the global elite would never be so foolish as to make that decision. Don’t be under any illusions, the international elite are pushing for an uber right agenda of hypercapitalism on a global scale. Anything else would be far too forward thinking for their deeply backward agenda.

Sean Fenley is an independent progressive who would like to see some sanity brought to the creation and implementation of current, and future U.S. military, economic, foreign and domestic policies. He has been published by a number of websites, and publications throughout the alternative media.

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13 thoughts on “In Defense of the Left/Right Distinction by Sean Fenley

  1. one needs to be reminded that these enourmous powers want to keep broad based coalitions between left and right from taking place. the idea of an uber right is illusive . there is as many liberal fascists as conservative ones. pigs are pigs. power is power.
    read alan bullocks ”hitler and stalin : parallel lives. this book dispels the false dichtomey about left and right . its about power over people . Eric Hoffer’s little book ”the true beleiver ”is real good too.
    Sean , you missed this one pal . read tim gatto’s work on how much we have in commen with our real grassroots rightists freinds.
    the perfect example of the capitilist communist fusion is China . it is power over people . ideology is just a sales pitch.

  2. The US was never an egalitarian country, and the world is not run by a conspiracy, despite the possible aspirations of the big rentiers. The capitalist system is not under the control of the Bilderberg group or whoever, and in any case it is not in even their interests to court global collapse and world war, or indeed global revolution — which might lead to their extinction. The ‘international elite ‘ are an infinitesimal minority of the world population, after all. The ability of capital to jump state boundaries has given them a temporary edge; now political organisation must become international: the workers of China, the USA, Europe, Africa, etc … must coöperate, not compete. Only through that struggle can the ‘race to the bottom’, which is a dance of death, be reversed.

    • Well said Robert!
      The people really do have the power if they cared to use it.
      This bilderberg/bohemian conspiracy is science fiction.
      You can indeed be a fatcat. It can be done.
      The question is what kind of mind believes in personal & corporate gain at the expense of everyone and everything else.
      You can’t take a drop of it with you.
      One can meet the ‘elite’in their boardrooms if you buy into the ladder of business, they’re just people, kids now mostly. MBA’s, Masters of Bogus Assholedom.

    • Oh, I believe the elite definitely plot behind closed doors, but part of my point is that what is already out in the open tells us plenty about the the “closed conspiracy”. I’m not too knowledgeable on how fruitful the efforts of the elites to plot behind closed doors are — a lot of folks seem to put a lot of stock in them.

      I meant egalitarian relative to the recent past, but I didn’t make that explicit (had to check the definition it doesn’t necessarily mean equality but promotion of equalitarian principles). Real wages in the U.S. rose from 1830 to until the 1970s then stopped. The U.S. was the most egalitarian of Western Europe/North America/Japan in 1970 but has been moving more and more to a two-tiered society.

  3. This use of “socialism” labeling has nothing based on reason, logic, or proof behind it. It is simply that: Labeling to change the subject, and take advantage of all that residue from the old anti-Soviet propaganda days. Lol, look at every one of our trade rivals in the world: EACH AND EVERY ONE has “socialized medicine” except the US .. they cannot be called “socialist states” except for China, and the capitalists in the US MADE THEM WHAT THEY ARE TODAY lol 😉

    NOTHING Obama has actually DONE (forget the rhetoric folks, it is meaningless), is even remotely “progressive”, let alone “socialist”.

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  5. Well said too Ariel, haha. I like how you used we. The right is always talking about the individual, the individual will get run over and trampled by the Bilderberg and other like groups. I hear the right also denounce “collectivism”, but as the old song says the people have the power, so I don’t know how atomized individuals make a difference.

  6. Well said. We are in a war with the wealthy who would destroy our lives contemptuously.

    There is a left and it’s all about free will and people power. The more people realize what’s really going on, the less able they’ll be able to get away with their lies, their skewed media reports, their disinformation, their agendas of what present as news and analysis, their attempts to hoodwink and manipulate us as they rob us, and exploit our labor for their own ends.

    We need to envision a world very different from theirs; a world that gives us the life that we really want to have. The process begins with imagination and thinking for ourselves, of sorting out what’s true and what isn’t. And not trusting anything these people tell us.

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