Democrat Blue or Republican Red? Both were appropriated post-FDR by rival factions of corporate and lineage big capital, to ringfence key voter demographics. The false dichotomy is designed to divide and rule the American people, so entrenched power can exploit the many and reward the few without regulation or restriction. What about the ideal ‘anyone can become President’? Do we need to Make America – Americans – Great Again?
Big money populism – exemplified by Donald Trump and Boris Johnson – is just one side of the capitalist sociopath coin. The other side, maybe more important, is middle class disconnection. Populism fills the vacuum left by middle class retrenchment. Tribalism and social media are tools for this isolation, not causes…
Time and time again the rump of voters choose the fantasy over the fact. People in their millions go for the snake oil (if it’s delivered with the right dewy-eyed appeal) and reject the poor prosaic plain-speaker with the long record of real public service. I don’t get it!
Europe and the United States are the two largest economic blocs. I found this interesting map showing how the European countries would map onto the 50 United States, by equivalent GDP. Plus a few notes on China’s wealth as a nation versus a Chinese individual.
On 12th December 2019 the United Kingdom goes to the polls in the most divisive, fucked up election in living memory. Whether the voters know it or not, the stakes are enormous. Similarly high stakes play out in the United States in November 2020.
Will the UK (and the USA, in 2020) have woken up to the existential threats to their long-term future or has big capital already conditioned the people of these great nations into turkeys voting for Christmas?