As the world holds its breath waiting to see if there's a hole at the bottom of the big bailout's bucket, I feel a bit like I'm fiddling while Rome burns to be talking about boardgames on a blog in an obscure corner of cyberspace. That sense of a disconnect isn't going to stop me any more than my usual avoidance of leftist social/political commentary is going to stop me from indulging in a quick rant.
An advocate of the still unfashionable socialist transformation of society for over 25 years now, I am boggled to hear the future of capitalism itself being called so widely into question by people from so many walks of life. Let's face it though, no matter what happens in the immediate future, the extraction of surplus value for the sake of profits, and so the rule of capital over labour, will remain 5, 10, and probably 20 and more years hence.
All the same, the global financiers who were lauded as the greatest thing since the advent of industrial mass production, these people have had absolutely everything their way for some 25 years. And what have they done, apart from reaping huge rewards and amassing vast fortunes? They've just gone and dropped us into the greatest economic crisis in the whole history of capitalism, or 'just' since the 1930's depression that gave us WW2, depending on which pundits you prefer to listen to.
This is one of those 'no going back' moments, like the end of the Cold War, and 9/11. Hmm. There's gaps of 11 then 7 years. I wonder if the next one will be along sooner than that again?
In the meantime, fuck the lot of them! ;)