Rant of the Day: The Intellectual Laziness of the Left World Wide

Today’s rant on the intellectual laziness of the Left I posted in a good on line discussion thread:

“My take is about intellectual laziness, rather than not acting. Plenty of activists. But action is useless to me without a deep systemic understanding of the system. You can’t hack a system you don’t understand. And economics is foundational to understanding the system and it has been hijacked by Plutocracy and so is little use without major reform. Spare me Modern Monetary Theory.

No one on the Left worldwide is working to reform economics. Occupy Wall Street promised that and was too ADD to bother I guess. No one in the Dems is demanding the 10 years or more hard intellectual work it will need that should have started already in 1970….

I am writing such a book but foresee no demand for it from the Left. But I will leave it in the archaeological remains of our civilization in a sealed tin for the archaeologists to find…Perhaps on tablets of stone??

So I will believe someone is truly and effectively radical when
1) they can explain the current system to me especially its economics
2) they have a strategy that is counter strategy proofed to take this system down a brick or wall at a time, but most importantly
3) unlike Lenin and all other such revolutionary wankers, they have a new or reformed system to replace what they take down. I am so tired of those in the last 100 years who took things down with no real thoughts on the replacement. All power to the Soviets: now what? And indeed a cogent story about the replacement system is vital to #2. Voters are equally tired of hearing what’s wrong sans what would be right.

Without this hard work, in the vacuum left by its absence, Plutocracy and its military wing fascism thrive.

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I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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2 Responses to Rant of the Day: The Intellectual Laziness of the Left World Wide

  1. louploup2 says:

    Good one. I think Gail Tverberg’s economic analyses are pretty accurate, but I don’t see her putting forward an alternative. The problem is devising an economic system that functions without growth, and also with shrinkage. You’d think Herman Daly would have done that; have you looked into his work on this, or that of the de-growthers generally?


    • I read Daly’s book when it came out and liked it a lot. I will look into Gail’s work. I also like the work of Marianna Mazzucato on value. I think the new replacement system should have the labor theory of value in a new form at its heart. Most of the value add that only labor really contributes, should go directly to those who labor. I did a rough sum that in the US economy of $21 trillion a year, each of the 140 million Americans who work add about $146,000 a year but median wages are about $31,000. This from memory. Do the math to check. Once you get a more equal economy, you can also focus on getting waste out of everything and that means you can I think grow living standards, enjoyment of life, but with less or no so called economic growth. I call this Vermonting the Economy after a recent vacation there: great place to live and less obsession with stuff. 🙂

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