“Then there was the educated Texan from Texas who looked like someone in Technicolor and felt, patriotically, that people of means – decent folk – should be given more votes than drifters, whores, criminals, degenerates, atheists and indecent folk – people without means.” – Joseph Heller
We take for granted the invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, bombing of Libya etc led to broken states once the dust settles. The chaotic Middle East is an object lesson with its guerrilla insurgencies, endless internecine, rampant corruption, lawlessness. And Iraq is a relatively small country but the US (and the West) couldn't even make Iraq peaceful and orderly (let alone Afghanistan). OK?
So, how did post-WW2 Germany get pacified and re-civilised literally overnight? It was broken too, far worse than Iraq or Afghanistan. Its cities were flattened and it was occupied after 1945 by four different nations. A few years later, West and East Germany. Not a single insurgent? Fully functional government? Pacified populations? No guerrilla anything? How the fuck was that achieved? It is never included in popular history of post-war continental Europe. "Western" conceit simply takes for granted that Germany would've instantly coalesced into a peaceful, functional, rule of law nation. But this was by no means guaranteed. The big difference between the Muslim nations broken and the German nations pacified was more psychological than military. Enter the holocaust...
There was a time, some years ago, when I didn't think my outlook on the world was unusual. I took myself for a fairly standard comfortable white middle class consumer, privileged in education and freedom to live the life I wanted, with humane hopes for an improving society better balanced to help the more deprived citizens get their fair share of the opportunity pie.
I knew there were others who did more, with their day to day lives, to speed up the process of making the world a better place. And I knew there were some who's politics were inspired by a preference for society of winners and losers; themselves the winners, naturally.
Right-wing my power, left-wing our love. Right covered the class of winners who knew they had inherited power and wanted to perpetuate their privilege, generation to generation, let the best of the poor prove their worth by competing out of their brutal class handicap. Left was a spectrum when it came to how, but the what - bottom line - was equality and a better world for all human beings. Save your complacent 2021 scorn for my once simplistic outlook. Hindsight is twenty twenty, as they say, but this is how I used to think.