There are no good guys in this picture.

There are just more immediately dangerous and less immediately dangerous bad guys.

So it makes perfect sense to vote for the less immediately dangerous bad guys, because that buys us some more time. But let’s not kid ourselves that the less immediately dangerous bad guys are actually good, for any recognisable value of the word “good.”

Sounds like Umair’s been listening to me ranting on my pet topic of the only real political contest (the neverending one between barbarism and decency). Or it’s just convergence (I hope so, because I think this is a crucial concept and needs wider discussion — I want it to catch on). See also the good old essay, “The Barbaric Heart” by Curtis White:

The issues of our time: the #MeToo moment, the environmental catastrophe, our sleepwalking into terminal climate instability under the “leadership” of robber barons, the racism, the ultra-nationalism, the hatefests… they all illuminate various aspects of barbarism. It is barbarism that assumes that women’s bodies are merely loot for dominant males to plunder… barbarism that will always cut down the orchard so as to grab all the apples as quickly as possible… barbarism that single-mindedly pursues elite accumulation even at the cost of famine... barbarism that unifies our most thuggish impulses by the magic of chants and slogans and flags… barbarism that craves those hard boundaries of Us and Them, because it wants any excuse to dehumanise a Them.

Barbarism is not quaint, it’s not “yesterday,” it’s here and now and always, and the struggle against it is here and now and always. Taking a chunk of the dysfunctional US government back from the vanguard party of barbarism that now calls itself Republican, is just one small step.

Retired; ex-software engineer. Paleo-feminist. Sailor. Arduino tinkerer. Enviro. Libertarian Socialist (Anarcho-Syndicalist, kinda). Writer. Altermondialiste.

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