Resolutions: On the New Year
As the new year is celebrated by billions across the globe, resolutions are a common trope within the admission of personal goals for advancement and accounts of prosperity. As Americans settled down for the holidays, uneasy breaths were cast in fears of an emergent Omicron, and pleading from families for the unvaccinated to get the vaccine. Financial troubles are always prevalent around the holidays, especially for those already weakened through unemployment, worsening working conditions, and rent uncertainty; recent developments of inflation have provided for misled anger toward President Biden but nonetheless display fragmented cohesion within the US working and voting class. Political pressures outline changing cultural tides in conservative locales, demarcating State territoriality to their increasingly draconian laws preventing expressions of personal freedoms such as abortions or expressions of collective speech of voting. This new year arrives alongside prospects for action as well as tension. First, an organized general strike in the United States is paramount in seizing demands that are actively resisted by the bourgeoisie, and electoral measures cannot reproduce the effects and thus results that a general strike can. Second, the feeling that Americans feel this year can be understood by all workers of all countries of the world. Lest we not forget the globalized system we find ourselves within.
Traditionally, May 1st, or May Day, is a day where labor unions are celebrated and the gaze of the community falls onto the space that they inhabit in the State. The potential of reflective value that an organic movement wields on such a day steeped in tradition, one of revolutionary wispings, there exists the potential catalyst of a conscious proletariat. While I do not contend that this organization would have to be wholly organic as to not accept any guiding principles, there also must be a great deal received on behalf of the general strike, or alas the meaning of the strike is ultimately stifled. In experiencing a victory, we aid the memory of the victory and find the correct hands to handle such revolutionary fervor. It should be said that these demands benefit the collective American, and strike back against foes of the working class.
Organization of a conscious class is not an easy endeavor of those attempting to complete such a task: we can see the fragments of the state in its administrative capacity and that of ideological hegemony. The pandemic coincided with a wave of nationalistic and conservative rule in major countries of the world, and to many degrees failed the citizens of the State. Where one can draw continuities and conclusions on the relationships present within the State, one must also acknowledge that such a discussion is immense and requires volumes of in-depth analysis of the present conditions of the world. This concerns me when thinking about theoretical aspects to the revolutionary question in the present era of capitalist development, or more precisely, in the era of the effects of capitalist development. It is evident to see that apocalypse tends to be on people’s minds and preoccupies space reserved normally for indifference and disregard. Popular dystopian media has been trending throughout 2021 and into 2022 with the arrival of the phenomenally terrifying film “Don’t Look Up”, a satirical look into the last months of life on Earth before a preventable apocalyptic event. The plot of the movie features punchlines and certainly features artistic expressions to create an outrageous atmosphere, but ultimately the movie is too real to really have much humor present in the setting: it demonstrates a real ecological apocalypse possibility that could parallel the fiction presented in the movie.
I have resolutions as well which I might as well spill out. First, I plan on finishing editing some posts I have written for classes to post here. I feel much greater standards when I post on here versus how I submit some projects, although I would love to revisit concepts I brought up and address them in more detail. This post is largely different from the sort of content that I planned to push out, favoring longer, more academic essays rather than short, blog-like analysis, however, I wish to write and I don’t want to confine myself to just essays. I am also going to graduate undergrad this semester and would like to focus on advancing my career and furthering my education. I have already alluded to my supportive attitude toward the prospects of May Day 2022 and its effects on American society, and plan to do my part in seeing my resolution come to fruition. Here is to renewed hope for the direction of society with the coming of this new year.