The coming decades offer an unprecedented opportunity for a Left that understands and effectively articulates the relationship between the ethical and spiritual distortions of the capitalist marketplace and the pain that results when people internalize the values and ideology of that marketplace and try to live by them.

Why hasn’t that happened yet? Sadly, the Left has been missing the mark in part because it has itself internalized some of the assumptions of the capitalist marketplace critiqued in the previous three chapters and continues to rely on elitist ways of seeing their fellow citizens. There are essentially four corrections or repairs the Left needs to accomplish in order to gain and/or regain the trust and engagement of people who don’t vote or who have moved toward and are supporting the Right. Let me be clear that I am not speaking about the smaller percentage of Trump supporters, likely 15 to 20 percent of American voters, who are deeply racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, ageist, Islamophobic, and/or anti-Semitic. I'm not suggesting that we spend our energies trying to influence them or win them over to support the caring society. Instead, I am referring to those Americans who aren’t fundamentally stuck in prejudice and hate but are so fed up with failed politics, seo services and the Left’s dismissive and often elitist discourse that they are willing to vote for candidates who articulate the anger, distress, and fear they so deeply feel. Here are the four corrections the Left needs to undertake, in order to reach these discouraged voters:

Emphasize our shared humanity rather than projecting leftist activists as somehow on a higher level than the people whose support and votes we hope to win.

Honor diversity of faiths and overcome leftist disdain for or suspicion of religion, spirituality, or even using the word “love” in public pronouncements.

Overcome versions of identity politics that demean others and instead embrace a version that affirms the value of those who don’t fit into the Left’s idea of who is the most oppressed.

Articulate clearly what the Left stands for and not just what it is against.

This is the moment for liberal and progressive movements to come forward and agree that there is a deep spiritual problem in Western societies—and explain that the source of the problem is not those various “demeaned others” of their society but rather, the selfishness, materialism, and extreme individualism built into the current global economic, political, psychological, and cultural systems produced by the competitive marketplace. Such an approach could dramatically change the psychodynamics of politics in Western societies.

Article written by A Learner


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