by Susan Rosenthal
Who would have thought that a popular revolt in Tunisia would put social revolution on the global agenda?
As ordinary people rose in their millions to defeat hated dictators in the Middle East and North Africa, people across America and Europe were inspired to “fight like Egyptians” against the anti-worker policies of their own dictators.
When the wave of insurrections hit Libya, Corporate America panicked.
Fearful of losing access to key oil reserves and wanting a US base in Africa, Washington began bombing Libya. This was anything but a “humanitarian intervention.”
In exchange for supporting its military intervention in Libya, Washington gave Saudi Arabia the green light to send its troops to crush Bahrain’s democratic movement.
Washington’s track record in “bringing democracy” to Afghanistan and Iraq has turned Americans against these wars. But the American people get no say, because they are ruled by the biggest, baddest dictatorship of all – the US capitalist class.
It makes no difference that American politicians are elected, because they can promise the moon and deliver the complete opposite after taking office. The only recourse is to elect new politicians who do the exact same thing – enrich Corporate America at the expense of everyone else.
No real democracy would cut school funding to pay for wars or bail out the same banks that steal workers’ homes.
No real democracy would build nuclear reactors or allow anyone to profit from sickness.
The capitalist class hates real democracy because it interferes with the accumulation of profit.
For example, 81 percent of Americans think taxing the rich or cutting military spending is the best way to balance the budget. A measly 15 percent tax on all personal US fortunes over $1 billion would raise $145.5 billion. Simply reversing tax giveaways to the super-rich and the nation’s largest corporations could raise $4 trillion within a decade.
In a real democracy, the majority would rule.
We’ve had more than enough of Capital’s global dictatorship. It’s time that we trusted ourselves and each other to run the world to meet human needs.