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March 12, 2017

When Nothing "Left" Is Left The People Will Vote Far Right

Some of the people around the U.S. Democrats finally start to get the message of the 2016 election. An editor at Salon writes a slightly satirical critic of the Democratic Party under the headline: How the DudeBros ruined everything: A totally clear-headed guide to political reality . The core sentence:

When “the left” endlessly debates which core issues or constituencies must be sacrificed for political gain, as if economic justice for the poor and the working class could be separated from social justice for women and people of color and the LGBT community and immigrants and people with disabilities, it is no longer functioning as the left.

When LGBT claptrap, gluten free food, political correctness and other such niceties beat out programs to serve the basic needs of the common people nothing "left" is left. The priority on the left must always be the well-being of the working people. All the other nice-to-have issues follow from and after that.

Many nominally social-democratic parties in Europe are on the same downward trajectory as the Democrats in the U.S. for the very same reason. Their real policies are center right. Their marketing policies hiding the real ones are to care for this or that minority interest or problem the majority of the people has no reason to care about. Real wages sink but they continue to import cheep labor (real policy) under the disguise of helping "refugees" (marketing policy) which are simply economic migrants. (Even parts of the German "Die Linke" party are infected with such nonsense.)

The people with real economic problems, those who have reason to fear the future, have no one in the traditional political spectrum that even pretends to care about them. Those are the voters now streaming to the far right. (They will again get screwed. The far right has an economic agenda that is totally hostile to them. But it at least promises to do something about their fears.) Where else should they go?

The U.S. Democrats are currently applauding the former United States attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara. The position is a political appointed one. Whoever is appointed serves "at the pleasure of the President". It is completely normal that people in such positions get replaced when the presidency changes from one party to the other. The justice department asked Bharara to "voluntary resign". He rejected that, he was fired.

Oh what a brave man! Applause!

The dude served as United States attorney during the mortgage scams and financial crash. Wall Street was part of his beat. How many of the involved banksters did he prosecute? Well, exactly zero. What a hero! How many votes did the Democrats lose because they did not go after the criminals ruling Wall Street?

Bharara is one reason the Democrats lost the election. Oh yes, he is part of a minority and that makes him a favorite with the pseudo left Democrats. But he did nothing while millions got robbed. How can one expect to get votes when one compliments such persons?

But the top reader comments to the New York Times report on the issue are full of voices who laud Bharara for his meaning- and useless "resistance" to Trump.

Those are the "voices of the people" the political functionaries of the Democratic Party want to read and hear. Likely the only ones. But those are the voices of people (if real at all and not marketing sock-puppets) who are themselves a tiny, well pampered minority. Not the people one needs to win elections.

Unless they change their political program (not just its marketing) and unless they go back to consistently argue for the people in the lower third of the economic scale the Democrats in the U.S. and the Social-Democrats in Europe will continue to lose voters. The far right will, for lack of political alternative, be the party that picks up their votes.

Posted by b on March 12, 2017 at 19:49 UTC | Permalink

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- Another video from the Jimmy Dole Show on the topic "What do the Democrats stand for" :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J2C-U8KtuE

Posted by: Willy2 | Mar 15 2017 1:34 utc | 101

- In one regard Jimmy Dore (not Jimmy Dole, see previous post) "doesn't get it". Surprisingly all those wars our (i.e. the US) government wages abroad are actually paid for by foreigners. But then one has to understand the mechanism of Balance Of Payments (think: Current Account Deficits & Surplusses).

Posted by: Willy2 | Mar 15 2017 1:41 utc | 102

b, seems like Peter Lavelle is reading wou, Crosstalk title now is "What's Left?"

Posted by: estouxim | Mar 15 2017 2:48 utc | 103

Quoting Daniel Quinn above so eloquently describes what I've realized for some time, but haven't been able to articulate. Thank you for posting that, james.

In a time when we need 'left' more than ever, it is being sabotaged (deliberately? one could only speculate, but I wouldn't doubt it) by identity politics and other distractions that prevent our society from having an adult discussion about the shakespearean tragedy that is rearing its ugly head.

Many know what needs to be done to find an amicable solution to the problems before another reign of terror breaks out, yet these measures are shoved aside for meaningless horse crap. I guess the lever pullers *want* Civil War 2.0. The sensible Americans dont, for reasons so obvious, I wont get into it.

That is what is so frustrating about the modern democratic party and why I have become utterly perplexed as to why anyone would ever dare consider it 'progressive' any more. And the elite coastal media pundits and hillary supporters dare criticize progressives like myself for holding their pet rock to the fire, for accountability? oh the hubris. They just ensured I'll never vote for whatever empty suit they prop up in the future. Count on it.

To quote what another fellow millenial said on John Michael Greer's blog, "All I have born witness to in my adult life was a phantasmagoric five act German opera of fecklessness on the part of the "liberal" and "conservative" elite--as you often say, God knows what either side seeks to liberate or conserve"

So true.

These idiots could see guerrillas in the mountains and insurrections on the streets and still cling to their moronic pet projects and meaningless ideals, still ranting incessantly about 'glass ceilings' and 'privelege' while the rest of us are being strip mined by our corporate lords.

Posted by: ALN | Mar 17 2017 8:53 utc | 104

"the belief that the real enemy, the true Evil Empire, isn’t Putin’s Russia but the Deep State, the C.I.A./F.B.I./N.S.A. alphabet-soup national-security matrix. But if the Deep State can rid us of the blighted presidency of Donald Trump, all I can say is “Go, State, go.”

Wow,

this is a perfect example of what Im talking about. How Vanity Fair or any other deep state apologist group of pundits could ever claim 'anti-war' and 'pro civil rights' creds again, is beyond me.

Posted by: ALN | Mar 17 2017 9:09 utc | 105

When LGBT claptrap...

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Yeah, let's keep our distance from those faggots.

Posted by: Louis Proyect | Mar 17 2017 14:27 utc | 106

Lambert at nakedcapitalism.com tries to decipher why the Democrats lost. He takes the Left to task for illogicial narratives about what went wrong. His conclusion is very similar to b's: "when nothing left is left, the people will vote far right".

Yet lambert's criticism of "the Left" is mild in comparison to b's, and nakedcapitalism readers savage the Democratic Party in the comments in a way that Lambert refrains from doing himself. Look at the comment from Altandmain, for example.

Lambert is one of many on "the Left" that supports the Democratic Party as TINA construct. They acknowledge and even promote criticism but only as a cathartic. "Institutional Left" complaints are really sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Why is it that principled progressives, conservatives, and libertarians allow themselves to be disenfranchised? Why not support a real alternative like the Pirate Party? Direct democracy is a concept that can unite enough people to allow for a real shot at change.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2017 2:14 utc | 107

The timidity of the institutional left rises to the level of complicity. They suck at the teat of the Democratic Party. But that problem is compounded by what I call the delusional left.

The delusional left are ever-ready to place their trust in flawed leaders. Bernie pulled many punches ("enough with the emails"), endorsed Hillary despite the clear collusion between Hillay's campaign and the DNC; and steadfastly refused to build or lead an independent Movement - despite his own switching party affiliation back to "democratic socialist". Along the way we saw a few other strange things from Sanders like his leaving the black vote to Hillary and his refusal to release his 2014 tax returns.

Even Jill Stein was not immune to the monied charms of the Democratic Party. Her recounts would only have helped Hillary and that is the only reason why she was able to raise the millions of dollars necessary. And her criticism of Sanders for his endorsement of Hillary was weak - she could've made a much stronger appeal to disillusioned Sanders voters.

A new approach is sorely needed. Something that u it's opposition to the duopoly. IMO the only real way to do that is direct democracy. And the most practical approach - proven by success in other countries - is that of the Pirate Party.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 5 2017 3:34 utc | 108

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