On 2022-08-17 7:55 a.m., lucretia wrote:
> Add to that the hockey scandal - how regressive is it to take the kids
> fees and put some aside to cover law suits? The very old fashioned
> concept that 'boys will be boys' arrrgggghhh
I believe we humans are a of "two steps ahead and
one step back" society. By ahead, I mean the adoption
of progressive ideas that replace old, traditional
practices that stagnate everything.
In the 60s and 70s, we probably made three steps
forward! Neocons and RWAs seethed, but couldn't get the
genie back into the bottle (i.e. women reaching equality,
sharing of the wealth, social programs. tolerance of
minorities, increased immigration, etc.)
Then along came the Reagan/Thatcher era. This was the
one step back, and the break the Neocons were waiting
for. It didn't happen overnight, but the policies they
set in motion lead to the mess we see today. Trump is
not the problem, per se, but rather someone who seized
the opportunity to do the dirty work the Neocons were
Take the USA out of it. Boris Johnson and Stephen
Harper are also products or Neocon thinking. We may
be getting another one of our own in the persona
of Poilievre in a year or two.
As I see it, the cycle of "two steps ahead and
one step back" doesn't have a clear time frame. Each
"step" might be a decade or a century. Regressive,
"keep it the old way" policies and thinking always lose,
but not always in the short term.
Right now, the Necons are in the drivers seat, and
are trying their best to reverse the progress of the 60s
to the 80s. It's going to a rough road ahead for most
of the middle class, lower class, women and minorities.
At some point, another 60s style cultural revolution
will happen. A bigger one with more progress that we can
imagine, but I don't think any of us will live to see it.
The Neocons need to screw things up to the point where
the vast majority of the population turn on them. There
will be tough times and suffering by many, but humanity
has proven throughout history that we always move
toward a more equitable and just society. The question
we face now, "is when?"