So tell me then please, what exactly is the cause of the Grenfell fire? What is the cause of the 1 million British people using food banks under the current Tory government? Is it a coincidence that we are seeing a rise of far-right politics one decade after the worst global economic crisis in history once again? Why is it, that in one of the richest countries in history, a historically high number of school children are having to get free breakfast at schools? Why are there more peopleless homes than there are homeless people in Britain?

Like it or not, people’s lives are dictated by their material needs, and the ability to fulfil those needs. The reality is that certain sections of the population have been systemically shafted decade after decade by neoliberal economic policy (outsourcing of jobs, axing of government services, privatisation of public utilities), and that justified feeling of disenfranchisement has been hijacked once again by right-wing populist demagogues purely for their own personal gain, as was the case in the 30s. The mainstream Left in Britain can hardly even be called Left after Thatcher (in the US the political compass is calibrated even further to the right), and so there was no remotely viable alternative proposed by the Left as a result, but rather a limp attempt at a less severe version of austerity. The last election results here have shown, if anything, a desire for the general public for a different kind of economics, as Labour’s support was seen to skyrocket after the publishing of a fully costed manifesto. There’s barely any point in comparing the results with Milliband’s because the manifestos are fundamentally different (did Milliband promise to abolish tuition fees and renationalise the railways?). And the result that Corbyn managed in the last election was in spite of the countless smear campaigns by the mainstream press, the Blairites, and of course the Tories. After the latest pathetic anti-semitic smear attempt with some guilt-by-association nonsense, his support has only grown again. Keep on underestimating the hunger among the voting public for a genuinely different kind of politics.

The fact that you have even straight up refused to use the term capitalism to describe the economic system we live under is fairly telling in itself. Face it — the neoliberal consensus of the Reagan-Thatcher axis is collapsing, and liberal centrists like you are in complete denial to even address the issue and will stop at nothing to scoff at people who do. There’s no question of immorality here — just a blind and willing ignorance to try to justify the gains you may have made within this grossly unjust system, as if they are somehow attributed to purely your own doings. So yes, please keep on believing the horseshoe theory (even though it’s been thoroughly debunked by just about anyone with any political or historical knowledge), and legitimising the perpetuation of a system predicated by inequality and violence. If you want to carry on as if post-2008, and now post-Brexit and post-Trump, that the world is totally fine and dandy, then it may in fact be you wearing the rose-tinted glasses.

North London Bengali, writing about politics, culture, football and climate

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