Saturday, August 15, 2015
What the Right and the Left Don't Seem to Understand
The Right Wing in American politics doesn't appear to understand that probably the majority of Americans are fed up to the gills with Corporatism, Financialization, and the de-industrialization of our country. In addition, we're tired of all the squabbling over divisive, hot-button, social issues. Finally, we're really tired of people who say they stand for Freedom, but actually, it's only for the freedoms of which they approve.
The Left Wing doesn't appear to understand that, at the highest levels, almost all their major political players are Corporatist Neoliberals...pretty much the same as in the Right Wing. This is why, at the highest levels in American politics, the old labels of the past essentially are meaningless. [By "old labels", I mean all of the following: Republican, Democrat, Right, Left, Conservative, NeoConservative, Liberal, and Progressive.]
All of the above is true because of Neoliberalism. The Neoliberals here have staged a coup in our government at the national level. It wasn't a grand conspiracy of any kind, and it took many years to be successful. They did it mostly by sheer, dumb luck...and perseverance. I suspect that many people are totally unaware of it. Don't think for a moment I'm saying that I discovered it. I became aware of it over decades by listening to or reading the works of people such as Noam Chomsky, Carroll Quigley, Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, Paul Craig Roberts, David Stockman, Jeremy Scahill, Naomi Klein, Lori Wallach, Glenn Greenwald, David Rockefeller, and several others.
I'm aware that all of the above most likely is not accepted as true by many (perhaps most) Americans. That's unfortunate because, believe it or not, the new political paradigm is the Oligarchy versus the rest of us. The Oligarchy consists of Corporatist Neoliberals both in and out of government...with a revolving door between the two. They believe in, support, and work for Globalization, "Free Trade" Agreements, Financialization, the de-industrialization of America, and Mega Corporations. They have us on a steady and fast path to some form of NeoFeudalism--- with two economic classes: the relatively poor and the super-rich.
At the street level, Right-Wingers seem to reject this thesis more than do the Left-Wingers. At the highest level, I'm guessing all of them simply accept it, but don't talk about it much. At that level, they all are aware that they belong to a special club, one to which street level people will never gain entrance. I've heard (on news clips) a few CEOs refer to the rest of us as the "little people" or the "small people". I've also heard prominent politicians (not knowing the microphone was still open) say that the "American people are just stupid". Those anecdotes don't prove anything, but they do give a person pause to think.
This whole issue is not Right-Left, or Republican-Democrat, or Conservative-Progressive in nature. It's devastatingly unfortunate that many or most Americans still are thinking in those terms. That's how the Corporatists beat us: Distract, Divide, & Conquer. By the way, Corporatism is Fascism; every historian I've ever read on the subject agrees with that.
It is long past time that we heed the words of the billionaire, Warren Buffett: "We are in a Class War in this country, and unfortunately, my Class is winning.".
Not only my opinion. Be Well