Friday, March 28, 2014
Pessimism posted by Richard Seymour
...The above analysis may be too pessimistic. And pessimism is a problem to the extent that one of the ways in which neoliberalism prevails is through consistently demoralising people. Yet what is ultimately more demoralising? To soberly face our situation and begin the hard, slow-burning, patient work of reconstruction, or continue to rally to sloganistic exhortations, thinking that each new protest or strike might radically shift the balance in our favour?
As the Brechtian maxim has it: "Don't start from the good old things, but the bad new ones."