LeGaulliste recently wrote about Marx's concept of the necessity of the connection between the worker and the work, the concept of one's life-activity having value and being natural to the healthy human; that capitalism has severed that connection, creating a host of ills for the ordinary person.
A person's free, conscious activity is what differentiates man's species (if I understood Marx correctly), from the animals and without which the laborer is alienated from his/her work.
That diary started me thinking about the steady or growing rate of unemployment in the urban and rural ghettos of this country. The ordinary young persons (not specially talented athletes) growing up there have to go into illegal trade if they have ambition (exceptions of course do happen), a situation created by our society being run by and for capitalists and wannabe capitalists. That system requires scapegoats, another method used to gull the voters. The willingness of the many to ascribe fault to the poor can make a humanist very depressed indeed.
I've been able to be involved and interested in american politics only since 2008, having since Reagan been unable to take it seriously, or believe in the intelligence or good will of the electorate. And this alienation extends to the entire human race, given the history of hatred, murder, mayhem, permanent war.
Such thoughts cannot but occur to anyone who cares about the apparent human inability to create a world supportive of all living creatures.
But for the last year or so I've been reading Leon Trotsky's writings, and books about him, and have found his life (and death) exemplary and inspiring. No more need be said about his foresight than to quote from the book he wrote circa 1920, entitled “Terrorism and Communism”: