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Rational Voters and Irrational Experts

Large swaths of the US electorate are voting for rational choices against a system controlled by an economic and political oligarchy.

Rational choice is based on experience with political leaders who pursue policies which lead to a trillion dollar financial crises and bailouts which impoverish millions of mortgage holders and working family tax payers.

Rational rejection of the established leadership of the major parties is based on an understanding of the futility of relying on their campaign promises.

Rational commitments to ending inequality and overseas wars which weaken America, has led to greater emphasis on making America strong and transforming the domestic American economy and security system.

A vast array of electoral analysts have ignored the rational socioeconomic and political choices of the American electorate and repeatedly rely on psycho-babble, claiming that contemporary voters are reacting out of ‘anger’ and ‘irrational emotionalism’.

Sanders and Trump: Appeals to the New Rationality?

The woeful blindness of political experts is in large part a product of their own hostility to the rise of two Presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, who challenge the established party and economic leadership.

The Sanders campaign proceeded along the lines of a political polarization between big business and the working class; demanding higher taxes for the wealthy and greater social spending for public health and education foe the working class.

Sander’s sought to unify racial and ethnic minorities and majoritarian workers with progressive gender, religious and environmental movements.

The Trump campaign sought to mobilize white American majorities among workers, small businesspeople and professionals, who are downwardly mobile and have been marginalized by globalization.

Sanders emphasized a refurbished class identity. Trump promoted a new nationalist symbolism. Yet in many ways the establishment opposition, the parties, mass media and the economic elite, are far more hostile to Trump’s ‘nationalist politics’ than Sanders’ democratic socialist program and class appeal.

It appears that Sanders willingness to come to terms with the Democratic elite and back Clinton’s candidacy when he lost the nomination, is far more acceptable to the establishment than Trump. According to all known precedents, the Democratic Party allows progressive candidates to post advanced socio-economic campaign platforms to secure working class voters, all the better to tank them in favor of business-warmonger policies once in office.

Trump’s initial nationalist-anti-globalist rhetoric aroused greater animosity from business, liberal and militarist elites than Sanders’ occasional critical comment.

Trump’s nationalism was rooted in popular and reactionary appeals. On the one hand he spoke of relocating multi-nationals from abroad to the US. On the other hand, he demands the expulsion of over ten million Mexicans from the US labor market.

His anti-globalization-business relocation strategy lacked several essential ingredients: he did not specify which multi-nationals would be affected; nor what policies he would apply to implement the trillion-dollar return.

In contrast, Trump was precise in naming the immigrants to be expelled; the police methods to expel the target population; and the border security system to blockade their entry.

Trump’s Electoral Victory and Neoliberal Right Turn

Trump’s successful nomination led to an appeal to big donors for campaign funding and endorsements by Republican neo-liberal Congressional leaders like Paul Ryan.This has led Trump to downgrade his anti- globalization, economic nationalist politics, in favor of his chauvinist ethno-racist appeals.

Trump’s current electoral strategy seeks to unify the hard neo-liberal elite with the ‘patriotic’ white working class.

Trump’s ideological vehicle to the Presidency no longer attacks globalization. Instead he relies on arousing public support by stigmatizing ‘anti-American’ minorities and targeting Clinton’s reactionary and corrupt policies.

Trumps’ “Make America Strong” propaganda follows closely in line with Obama’s headline attack on China’s steel exports to the US markets.

Trump’s “Make America Strong” policy follows Obama’s systematic assault on the World Trade Organization’s for rejecting US agricultural trade subsidies. More recently,in tune with Trumps rhetoric, Obama unilaterally dictated the membership of the WTO’s trade settlement process.

Obama blocked the reappointment of an independent South Korean lawyer who opposed Washington’s violation of WTO rules. Rather then look upon Trump as an anti-establistment “populist” his policy would follow Obama’s promotion of business lobbies against the WTO.

Trump follows Obama’s policy of favoring globalization only insofar as Washington controls the international institutions that run it. Trump follows Washington’s imperial policy of packing global institutions with its vassals.

Trump in the Footstep of Sanders

Trump’s embrace of the neo-liberal business elite follows Sanders submission to the Democratic Party bosses. Trump hopes his mass base can be deluded from his right-turn embrace of the economic elite by increasing slanders and provocations,turning them against working class Mexicans by accusing them of stealing jobs, crimes and drugs. Trump’s mass meetings of almost exclusively white working and middle class voters in Mexican-American regions of California are designed to provoke violent protests.

Trump gains nation-wide nationalist support by circulating videos of NBC, CNN and ABC reports depicting peaceful white Trump supporters being “terrorized and beaten up by mobs of (Mexican-American) protesters”.

Trump appeals to his “Americans” to denounce and ‘stand strong” against demonstrators waving Mexican flags and burning the Stars and Stripes alongside Trumps’ “Make America Great” hats.

Trump’s turn to the neo-liberal Republican elite means he will heighten his repressive and anti-immigrant policies. Trump will be aided by mindless 5 violent protesters and provocations “overcoming the police” at anti-Trump rallies. Trump effectively engages in the “propaganda of the deed”; linking “disloyal foreign immigrants” waving the Mexican, not the US flag.

The realignment of the Republican Party brings Trump into the arms of the hardline neo-liberal Congressional-Wall Street elite. This shift means Trump’s ideological and mass base needs to be redirected toward greater hostility to domestic enemies – Mexicans, Muslims, women and ecologists.

Trump is especially counting on the incorporation of Sanders’ electoral machine into the Clinton campaign. White workers face to face with Wall Street warmonger Clinton will be less likely to reject Trump’s embrace of the rightwing Congressional business alliance.

Trump will deflect working class opposition from his turn to the neoliberal Congressional Republicans by targeting Clinton’s big business and covert, illicit government operations. Clinton’gross violations of federal laws, her felonious communications and liasons with foreign officials could hand the Presidency to Trump.

Trump has gained working class voters in West Virginia, Ohio ,and many other rust-belt states because of Clinton’s free trade and anti-working class history.

Trump’s electoral victory will hinge on his capacity to cover-up his neoliberal turn and to focus voters’ attention on Clinton’s militarist, Wall Street ,conspiratorial and anti-working class politics.

(Republished from The James Petras Website by permission of author or representative)
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  1. There’s a false dichotomy here. Why can’t both the crony capitalists and massive third world immigration be a problem? Indeed, I’d say both are related. Petras would have us all reduced to homo economicus too. He seems to think American isn’t limited to New World WASP nationality, and that non-WASP-ized immigrants can be a part of their project.

    Maintaining continued WASP dominance is perhaps more important than fighting neoliberalism. After 70 years of disastrous communism and 7 years of more disastrous neoliberalism, Russia was still Russia. From the common shared sympathies of what it meant to be Russian, Putin forged a new stability for, well, a United Russia. Petras, like the Marxist reductionist he is, believes all our problems will go away if we implement the Right Economic Policy Platform.

    • Replies: @Fidelios Automata
  2. Trump’s mass meetings of almost exclusively white working and middle class voters in Mexican-American regions of California are designed to provoke violent protests.”

    Ha ha ha.

    • Agree: TWS
    • Replies: @WorkingClass
    , @dahoit
  3. not counting illegals…there’s 300,000,00 people in ‘Murka. And the best we can distill out for Prez is Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Then the whole System needs to be brought down. So. Who could do a better job of that? I’m betting Mrs. Clinton…she’s totally incompetent, terminally corrupt, and utterly murderous. An ideal last Captain of the USS Titanic as it lurches toward the debtberg

  4. fnn says:

    Of course Ryan is now backing away from Trump and even seems to be trying to ensure his defeat. Recall Trump is still adamant in his opposition to TPP and hasn’t backed away from his threat to use tariffs if necessary.

  5. Hong Kong is free trade. (Or was.) These modern treaties set up an international police régime to enforce them, which doesn’t sound very free to me.

    Trump is right to beat on the all-carrot policies in force now, but the answer isn’t to replace them with all-stick ones. Except, perhaps, for reinstating the Maoist-era embargo we had on China. That would be fun to watch.

  6. @Simon in London

    Yeah. Could Petras really be that stupid? Or does he think we are that stupid?

    • Replies: @Pancho
  7. @Lemurmaniac

    Agreed. Mass immigration is certainly a major priority of the global elites. If it wasn’t they wouldn’t be working so hard to indunate Europe with young feral male Muslims. They want to destroy the First World and bring the entire world, including Russia and China, into a class-stratified system where the 90% live in grinding poverty and a privileged 9% serve the needs of the elite. Will Trump slow this agenda? Certainly he’s a better choice than Hillary Rodham Antichrist, but his association with creeps like Sheldon Adelson gives me no cause for optimism.

    • Replies: @Lemurmaniac
  8. @Fidelios Automata

    yeah i just don’t know what to make of Trump. Does he have the stones to really follow through? He not only has wide electoral support, he has deep support. Using the presidency as a bully pulpit he could wield the mass of people to scare congress into implementing his legislative agenda.

    My feeling is that what is most important is the mass of people he’s mobilized. If they are not satiated, there could be mass civil unrest.

  9. If Dick Nixon were around today he would say, “Jackson is a poet. Cuomo is a son of a… poet. Petras is a computer-generated language program.”

  10. […] “Only Clinton Can Save Trump’s Electoral Victory” (Petras),  Cynical and true. […]

  11. dahoit says:
    @Simon in London

    The propaganda is stunning,every MSM outlet is demonizing and creating dissent against Trump.
    Trump for POTUS.We have no other choice to end the domination of America by Zion.

  12. America may have reached its “Weimar Moment”, hence the emergence of these two as candidates. Trump will lose. Take it to the bank. Nurse Ratched will assume the throne come January.

    And to paraphrase an old saying “If you think that things are bad now, wait a minute.”

  13. Pancho says:

    Petras is both stupid and thinks we are stupid. Don’t forget that he fiercely supported Castro. This ended when Petras criticized the Cuban tyrant and Castro told him to go to hell.

  14. Kyle a says:

    Jesus Christ. This has to be one of the most incoherent posts I’ve ever read at the unz. Just what side are you on exactly and have you taken yor afternoon meds. Blah

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