Although I wouldn’t argue that it is our essence, the battle between classes has usually been a feature of our lives. We are currently in a particularly intense phase of this.  Just two examples: Greece is ordered to give billions of its assets to shadowy private concerns, and the exploitation of the natural environment, for the benefit of the few, is at a fever pitch, with scraping of seabeds, chopping of mountain tops, and oil exploration in the most delicate ecosystems. Support for this project comes in a variety of forms, and a variety of means are used to make it seem that all is well. At the bum end there is the constant banal entertainment in which a whole class of clowns bake cakes, learn to dance and exile themselves to desert islands to eat grubs and insects, completely convinced of the great significance of their every word and deed, while the adoring masses approve their behaviour by watching ever larger and more technically sophisticated screens. At the level of coherent argument, philosophers and economists try to make the case that there is some sort of basis in nature, or some other intellectual validity for this pillage. At some point I would like to outline why I see this as bogus. But in the short term the important thing, to paraphrase that great bogeyman Marx, is to change things. The intellectual case for what used to be called “the left”, by which I certainly don’t mean state socialism but one of the many forms of autonomous democracy, is as strong as ever. Perhaps this seemed less obvious ten years ago, but recent history has shown otherwise. But history is written by the winners, so the danger remains that unless the mass of people get on with creating serious resistance, the Neo-Liberal lie will increasingly be seen as an unchallenged truth.  It can not triumph in the long term, as it takes us on a road to environmental catastrophe and hence economic and social collapse.  But it can sure make things nasty for the next few decades.

The big puzzle to be solved is this: given the intense focus of most people on the never-ending televisual and internet-based circus, how do we convince them that there is anything to revolt about?