Exactly 50 years ago, the leader of the Black Civil Rights Movement in the United States, Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in his country. The strength of this event continues to reveal, so much later, the same cogs that have motivated the tragedy to run uninterruptedly.
The collapse of the US economy by financial market deregulation - following the repeal of the Glass Steagal Act in Bill Clinton's administration on 1999 - forced neoliberalism to expose the world to its imposture. The financial market crash was softened, to some extent, following the reverse of the commandments that the liberal creed spread throughout the world. It began with the trillion-dollar bailout carried out by the state of private debts and followed the traditional route: imperial interventionism in peripheral countries, refugee crisis, rise of protofascism, mass unemployment and, unbelievably, more concentration of income than before.
Allied to this, the neo-liberals' "progressive" side promoted, with the aid of a strong propaganda machine, the distortion around the central causes of the left and its perception in popular thought. A smokescreen was created around identitarianism, erasing the historic leftist connection in the battle for the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequality and diverting its actions to fragmented and controversial struggles in the eyes of a good part of the population.
An exponent of this "progressive" neoliberal ideology is the US Democrat party. Historical sponsors of so-called "customary causes" that undoubtedly contribute to the advancement of modern society, but are popularly controversial, the Democrats call themselves progressive, while supporting all kinds of interest from their sponsors of the financial and war system.
The system is the same for a long time. Progressive in customs, brutal in the economic interests of the elite. That was the case with Martin Luther King Jr. While his fight revolved around racial justice in the United States he was threatened, beaten, imprisoned, able to promote great social advances and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
When his speech migrated to economic justice, criticizing social inequality and the profit-making machine of wars, he was put on the COINTELPRO program of the FBI (Counter-Intelligence Program to fight subversive groups) and then Luther King was assassinated.
It is up to every progressive to remember that. Ever.
Ironically, on the same day of the fiftieth anniversary of Luther King's death, the habeas corpus trial that leads Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to jail takes place, and the following film is very similar: when threatened, the elite create smoke curtains, distorts the guidelines and does unspeakable things to maintain their privileges.
If the end of one cycle is sealed by force, another will soon begin again, because the tragedies have not exhausted themselves, being the inexhaustible source of perpetual struggle.