We’re offered prepackaged candidates like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who will only keep the wars going and make life worse for poor and working people, and then told to be excited about them. And when a supposedly anti-establishment politician like Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comes along, they’re presented as a subversive option despite their complicity in the corporate and imperialist machine.
Living in this kind of paradigm, one where everything we’re told to care about is tied in with the structure of global exploitation and violence, presents one with two options: descend deeper into delusion and tie your identity in with the brands that are marketed to you, or embrace true freedom and work to smash the class system. It’s a choice between the temptation of believing the lie that we’re free, and making the sacrifices necessary to play your part in the revolution.
The “freedom” that the corporatocracy presents you with is nothing more than another marketing pitch. It tells you that participating in the consumer lifestyle, and theoretically being able to join the capitalist ruling class, are what it means to be free. The contradictions between this idealized view of capitalist society and the realities of what life is like under it—exclusion of the poor from the “democratic” process, basic necessities being conditional, power by the bosses to extract your labor and regulate your life—create a dissonance for someone who supports capitalism. From there arises the impulse to grow more reactionary, to become more ingrained within the capitalist and imperialist ideological hegemony.