Don’t Try And Save Capitalism, Kill It
With the death of neoliberalism in the United States, many Americans are reawakening and turning to social democracy as an alternative. The allure of social democratic policies in a hardline neoliberal society that has repressed Leftism for over a century is incredibly enticing. The appeals of universal healthcare, free higher education, better safety nets, a livable minimum wage, and so forth is drawing millions of working class Americans towards the reformist ideology. But just as neoliberalism collapsed under it’s own internal contradictions, social democracy will then too collapse — and that is something Americans are going to have to eventually confront as the inevitable reality that it is.
This is not the first time social democratic policies have been offered in the limelight of American politics. Between 1933 to 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted a series of social democratic policies due to pressure from below. Some of the policies included establishing the minimum wage, abolishing child labor, creating social security, etc. These policies were — and still are — incredibly popular among Americans. But it seems as Americans begin to awaken from their neoliberal coma, they have not articulated the struggle between capital and labor that has occurred since the New Deal.