Monday, March 06, 2017

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
  The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
  Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
  Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
  The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
  The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
  The best lack all conviction, while the worst
  Are full of passionate intensity."

W. B. Yeats

No, the Centre can still hold. The economic and political order since the 1980s, a form capitalism, has been accepted and supported by centre-right and centre-left governments of the same regime. The two movements which has opposed that order are now stigmatised as "populism". The revolutionary left is weak and divided. 

Despite the crises (economic, social, theoretical, and political), Brexit, Trump, refugees, etc. there is no real threat to the established order to compel the Centre to resort to the fascist or semi-fascist forces. No, the general crisis can still be managed by the Liberal centre without using the spare wheel. Even 15-25% electoral support for the far-right poses little threat to the system.

In the event of Trumpism turns into a straightforward fascism and control the state apparatus or a far-right movement in Europe take the state power "legally", politically the Centre would work with it. Economically, the capitalists would adapt themselves to it. The majority of people would show consent* and a minority would pay heavily for opposing it. 

*"The socio-economic status quo is widely detested. But it is 
regularly ratified at the polls with the re-election of parties 
responsible for it, because of fears that to upset the status, alarming markets, would bring worse misery." Perry Anderson

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