Sometimes with crisis it can be easy to get caught up in the top layer, the bit that is catching everyone’s attention, but you spend much time working with crisis you realise that’s a bit pointless. A crisis is just a way of you getting all the information you always needed a bit late. We learn differently during crisis, we process things differently, the way we think during periods of crisis is fundamentally different to the way we think during periods of stability.
The We Need to Talk, emerging women’s movement, the chaos whipped up by trans rights activists, they are not the crisis. They are what happens when over the course of a cycle a mediating class emerges, and policy making becomes a central culture disconnected from anything. Travelling above the bubble to the LSE to find out what policy makers were taught was an eye opener and I stopped watching the news a few months ago when I realised all I was seeing was displacement activity. Like cleaning the house before the baby is born because you have no clue what changes await.
Our bodged Brexit negotiations are nearly done and we still haven’t accepted as a nation that we have severed ties with the trading bloc we need, we have sacrificed prestige which no longer had a sound foundation and we desperately need to start accepting this is cyclical and part of that is that this is also a period where reflexes cause problems across dimensions of the economy, and we have to review the learning since the last cycle. Luckily crisis will take care of this. We have a crisis the size of Brexit as our framewokr, we have major institutional failure. Much of this major institutional failure comes down to policy makers, for a long time, instead of addressing crisis, have been constructing objects to blame and project failure onto. The single mother has functioned as this for years. Intersectionality emerged within these systems that are now failing, a reflection of the rule of law Hayek said would emerge to generate crisis.
We move through a crisis exposing the difference between the forces shaping institutions and the belief systems shaping institutions and ew realise the belief systems shaping institutions are belief systems constructed entirely in elite universities to suit existing class identities. Women are the forces that shaped institutions. We manage the connection between institutions and it is here that an understanding of the way power dynamics reproduce in the way Crenshaw described is necessary. The left identify as our representation, the right recognise the left so they dont have to recognise reality, and this has worked just fine as media and politics and policy making were sealed off. This is not fine now. The left have demonstrated since 2010 their own dysfunction and now want to lash out at women in case we highlight the parasitic dynamic that exists here. In case we ask for our trade unions back and tell them to stop trying to police women speaking with violence. Intersectionality means reflection on your identity, power you exercise and understanding the context you are in. In order to do this you have to move past ‘I identify as’ and once the left do that they have no purpose. Just posh people in a chatroom explaining they have always been the mediator for inequality and will now enforce that with violence if need be.
The disconnect between that understanding of intersectionality, how institutoins function and evolve, and the static modelling and wanking about the poor that defines our elite institutions is being played out in Universal Credit and particular Local Authorities. The lack of awareness of the significance of the rule of law means this central elite culture neither knew nor cared what Local Authorities did, and now they are collapsing. After eight years of austerity, after wasting 20bn on a computer systema dn and while people beg with tiredness, policy makers are removed from knowing its a problem. The mediator who claims that role, the Labour Movement, the left, they identify as the representative of the poor who dont need the rule of law so the institutions who should be mediating these power relations are not functioning. We have no parliamentary opposition, no trade unions and the left primarily see their function as being the prevention of activism with any means necessary.
So women are now to be threatened and abused for discussing inequality, cannot meet and the left are encouraging ‘I identify as’ as a way to liquidate this rule of law. Women are correcting this, and meeting and organising. In doing so they naturally correct the blindspots in the neo liberal consensus, and the demonstration of male pattern abuse by trans rights activists is useful to happen at policy making level. But these crisis are not yet synthesising in the heads of policy makers, so the waves of dissonance breaking around trans rights activism will cause some of that.
We have to know how our systems fit together, how they have evolved since the last crisis of this time, what the power relations mediated by institutions are, and we have to negotiate that as a nation. Crisis will give us the information we need. The question rather comes down to how we use those crisis.
Which doesn’t change teh rigidity of the class structures who mean that the left dont change. This crisis exposes that elite universities and politics and media organisations are not aware of the baseline of the rule of law, but austerity already did that. The question is what happens next? Crisis do appear to be synthesising we are not paying attention to the wider context or what maintains stability, I assume we will do this when crisis demands. But the reflex response to crisis in the elite cultures that generate policy is lashing out at working class women its why every ‘twitter mvement’ does the same.
A country severed from its international ties, with a rule of law undermined, managing a sharp deterioration and a jump between how see ourselves and what we are, with a politics and policy making culture who only understand how to blame. We are in the shit. We are so in the shit. Women standing up and being counted can address the fundamental blindspots in the neo liberal consensus but it cant get us out of this. Backlash from this may generate a vacuum, that vacuum is dangerous. The Trans rights activists have damaged academia, politics and media organisations organisations, LGBT organisations are in the front line, and women as always will lose if the christian right are able to capitalise on this. We have to be what fills that vacuum before we generate the kind of stories that history tells us we say we won’t repeat but always do.