politics

Frat boy culture endangers all workers

This is what is coming close to dominating all three branches of the federal government. It will not only crush all specially oppressed people, it will crush the working class in general.

Occasionally, liberals are worth quoting. Here is one such time. “This was a job interview, not a criminal trial…. But Kavanaugh’s bleating about due process and presumption of innocence — his rage at a supposed “national disgrace” — misses the point. He failed the job interview. Who would want this spoiled man pieced together on a foundation of repressed anger and circumscribed privilege — this man who quite plausibly was the teenage drunk near-suffocating Christine Blasey Ford as he ground his body against hers, this man who may now have perjured himself — occupying a place for life on the highest court in the land?”

Classmates of Kavanaugh and members of the same DKE fraternity parading with a flag made up of women’s undergarments. This sort of thing is another way of harassing women, but according to the frat-boy mentality, it’s just “boys being boys.” Any workers who accept this are playing into the dividing of the working class between male and female workers.

More important is this liberal’s concern over the irrational rage that is becoming normalized and seeing an expression in the one-man rule that is developing. In other words, it’s capitalist democracy being threatened. Socialists have no blind loyalty to capitalist democracy. But when it’s threatened by one-man capitalist rule, socialists should defend democratic rights every time. Not that we shouldn’t take it further. Not that we rely on the capitalists – the bosses – to defend our rights. But we do have to defend them. This also means organizing to oppose racist attacks, attacks on women, attacks on gays – all of which the jock/frat boy culture that Kavanaugh represents leads to.

Some male workers are also caught up in that culture. They are cutting off their own nose to spite their face. What do they think will happen to our unions? To our wages and working conditions? To our very right to organize? Remember that old saying about the Nazis:

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

For more on Frat-boy Brett Kavanaugh, see this article.
For an analysis of his hearing, see this article.

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