In the July 10th Olympian article, The Elusive Face of Anarchism, Sean Robinson called me a “proud liberal”. This is an inaccurate description of my philosophy and behavior. I believe we live in an unjust economic system, which requires unemployment so that corporate profits can be kept obscenely high; where people’s work is organized by employers and corporations, not to be fulfilling and meaningful but rather to serve the profit system. We live in a system where nature is considered a resource to be exploited rather than something we are part of. The capitalist system requires economic growth no matter what the social and environmental costs; where war and unjust interventions in other countries affairs is common. Liberals believe the market works well and poverty, climate change, racism and militarism can be solved by the government and good leaders, probably Democrats.
My perspective is not liberal. While reforms such as universal health care, reducing unemployment are essential and improve people’s lives, unless we create a different economic system, war and economic inequality will continue, and the government will be on the side of the wealthy. The Republican and Democratic Party are part of the problem, not part of the solution. The problem is capitalism. Let us create a society based on cooperation, on production for need not profit, where human rights, gender and racial equality, and sustainability are real and not rhetoric; where corporations no longer exist and where participatory democracy exists in all parts of society including the economy.
(I was limited to 250 words). Here is the link to the Olympian article,