Is it impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion?
Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we fantasize that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow simply a change from the normal political standard that can disappear in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny. In other words the problem is not Trump. It is a political system, including local government, dominated by corporate power and two political parties whose intent is to complicate the process to fit their agendas, in which we don’t count.
We can wrestle back political control by taking apart the corporate state, and this means consistent and sustained civil disobedience, like what we are seeing for the younger generation in the attacks on the common people. Misguided by mainstream media both pawn off these as attacks as survival. Are they prodding the people to civil disobedience? Provoking the masses to wake up from their slumber, enticing them to engage the corporate dominance? If we do not, we will continue into the dark age.
The Democratic Party refuses to address the social inequality that led to the election of Trump and the insurgency by Bernie Sanders. It is deaf, dumb and blind to the very real economic suffering that plagues over half the country.
It will not fight to pay workers a living wage. It will not defy the pharmaceutical and insurance industries to provide Medicare for all. It will not curb the zealous appetite of the military that is promoting futile and costly foreign wars. It will not restore our lost civil liberties, including the right to privacy, freedom from government surveillance, and due process. It will not get corporate and dark money (political non-profits who don’t disclose the source of funding) out of politics.
It will not de-militarize our police and reform a prison system that has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, although the United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population. It plays to the margins, especially in election seasons, refusing to address substantive political and social problems and instead focusing on narrow cultural issues like gay rights, abortion and gun control.
The Democrats would rather implode the entire system than give up their positions of privilege. And that, I fear, is what will happen. The idea that the Democratic Party is in any way a defensive wall against absolute power defies the last three decades of its political activity. It is the guarantor of absolute.
Trump has tapped into the hatred that huge segments of the American public have for a political and economic system that has betrayed them. He may be inept, degenerate, dishonest and a narcissist, but he adeptly ridicules the system they despise. His cruel and demeaning taunts directed at government agencies, laws and the established elites resonate with people for whom these agencies, laws and elites have become hostile forces. And for many who see no shift in the political landscape to alleviate their suffering, Trump’s cruelty and insulting, abusive, or highly critical language is at least providing a psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions.
The press refuses to critique or investigate the abuses by corporate power, which has destroyed our democracy and economy and orchestrated the largest transfer of wealth upward in American history. The corporate press is a decayed relic that, in exchange for money and access, committed cultural suicide. And when Trump attacks it over “fake news,” he expresses, once again, the deep hatred of all those the press ignores. It loves the reality-show presidency. The press, especially the cable news shows, keeps the lights on and the cameras rolling so viewers will be glued to U.S. – European version of Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and Have Nots”. It is good for ratings. It is good for profits. But it accelerates the decline.
All this will soon be compounded by financial collapse. Wall Street banks have been handed $16 trillion in bailouts and other subsidies by the Federal Reserve and Congress at nearly zero percent interest since the 2008 financial collapse. They have used this money, as well as the money saved through the huge tax cuts imposed in 2017, to buy back their own stock, raising the compensation and bonuses of their managers and thrusting the society deeper into debt. The equivalent of paying your adult child’s phone bill and rent only to find out its a permanent agreement!
Now that you know whats going on what will you do?