Freedom/Privacy

What will progressives be fighting for 50 years from now?

by Djerrid

At the turn of the 18th century, when the US colonies were just figuring out how to be states, it would be hard to imagine that all of these hundreds of thousands of slaves would be set free on humanitarian grounds. Those fighting the civil war would find that women would have an equal right to vote as men across the nation sixty years later as being pretty far fetched. And those women casting their first vote would be stunned to know that in another half century there would be national laws set in place to protect wild animals and to regulate what is put in our waterways. Likewise, those living under the Reagan Administration wouldn’t think that gays marrying each other or serving openly in the military or marijuana legalization would be very likely now, but it’s now just around the corner.

I wonder what is now inconceivable to us that in a few decades will be accepted practice. Will those with deep pockets giving money to politicians in order to influence elections be as a barbaric antiquity as not allowing women to vote seems to us now? Perhaps the way we warehouse and slaughter livestock or train our military will be looked at in the same hindsight that we see burning people at the stake or tying people to the whipping post.

So, anyone want to hazard a guess? What “blatant injustices” will be addressed in the coming decades? And what will forever be unattainable?

2 replies »

  1. I think it cuts both ways. On the one hand, basic generational dynamics are going to put an end to things like bias against gays. Millennials – even the conservative ones – have no time for that, period.

    On the other hand, as things stand right now I have a hard time imagining that in the future there will be anything that can reasonably called democracy. Yeah, we’ll CALL it democracy, but it will be a world where your every possibility is determined by the corporate/consumerist political economy.

    So gays will be able to marry … because it will be profitable for them to do so.

  2. I wonder if the United States will still have 50 states in 50 years. I don’t see a great swelling of Hey-let’s-start-getting-along happening anytime soon. Less populous but more easily offended red states might drive more populous and open blue states to strike out on their own or in groups of like-minded governments. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island might become the nation of Hargrovia, if my nefarious plans go well. I’ve said too much.