It’s been disappointing to watch progressives react more forcefully against police brutality than against the corporate looting of this country This is a time when people of all political persuasions need to be united to reverse the Wall Street Bailouts and to redirect that money to help the people who actually need it. But progressive leadership has been nowhere to be found.
This looting and violence didn’t come from nowhere… people feel scared and helpless. Progressives should have addressed this economic insecurity head-on. But that didn’t happen. Now we’re watching these violent videos and everyone is just retreating to their usual tribal loyalties. That makes working and middle class unity impossible. It’s all very convenient for the interests of large corporations, the super wealthy and the political establishment that serves them.
We like to talk in the abstract about the wealth disparity. But when the policy is actually being made, producing immediate and dramatic real world consequences, we see progressives nowhere to be found. Now the conversation is about race, police violence and the social issues that divide us. The opportunity has been missed and progressive reform is perhaps more remote than ever.
Edit to say: I’m being tough on progressives here, just because I have such high expectations of them. I expect nothing from the political establishment or the corporate media, which will jump at any opportunity to deflect scrutiny away from themselves and their backers. The age-old strategy is to give powerless people someone else to blame… each other.