Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The most remarkable feature of the 2016 election

Noam Chomsky: On Trump and the State of the Union
(NYT)
Excerpt:
     The Sanders campaign ... broke dramatically with over a century of U.S. political history. Extensive political science research, notably the work of Thomas Ferguson, has shown convincingly that elections are pretty much bought....
     The Sanders campaign showed that a candidate with mildly progressive (basically New Deal) programs could win the nomination, maybe the election, even without the backing of the major funders or any media support. There’s good reason to suppose that Sanders would have won the nomination had it not been for shenanigans of the Obama-Clinton party managers. He is now the most popular political figure in the country by a large margin.
     Activism spawned by the campaign is beginning to make inroads into electoral politics. Under Barack Obama, the Democratic Party pretty much collapsed at the crucial local and state levels, but it can be rebuilt and turned into a progressive force. That would mean reviving the New Deal legacy and moving well beyond, instead of abandoning, the working class and turning into Clintonite New Democrats, which more or less resemble what used to be called moderate Republicans, a category that has largely disappeared with the shift of both parties to the right during the neoliberal period….
Shirley Manson & Friends (Marissa Paternoster, et al.) 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do read the entire article. Well worth the time and thought.

Anonymous said...

After Trump and Putin pussyfooted around, we should recognize how little Trump understands of people, global politics and Americans, and neither do his daughter and her husband.

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