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Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

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Introduction: The presidential elections of 2016 have several unique characteristics that defy common wisdom about political practices in 21st century America.

Clearly the established political machinery – party elites and their corporate backers -have (in part) lost control of the nomination process and confront ‘unwanted’ candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.

But there are other more specific factors, which have energized the electorate and speak to recent US history. These portend and reflect a realignment of US politics.

In this essay, we will outline these changes and their larger consequences for the future of American politics.

We will examine how these factors affect each of the two major parties.

Democratic Party Politics: The Context of Realignment

The ‘rise and decline’ of President Obama has seriously dented the appeal of ‘identity politics’ – the idea that ethnic, race and gender-rooted ‘identities’ can modify the power of finance capital (Wall Street), the militarists, the Zionists and ‘police-state’ officials. Clearly manifest voter disenchantment with ‘identity politics’ has opened the door for class politics, of a specific kind.

Candidate Bernie Sanders appeals directly to the class interests of workers and salaried employees. But the ‘class issue’ arises within the context of an electoral polarization and, as such, it does not reflect a true ‘class polarization’, or rising class struggle in the streets, factories or offices.

In fact, the electoral ‘class’ polarization is a reflection of the recent major trade union defeats in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio. The trade union confederation (AFL-CIO) has almost disappeared as a social and political factor, representing only 7% of private sector workers. Working class voters are well aware that top trade union leaders, who receive an average of $500,000-a-year in salaries and benefits, are deeply ensconced in the Democratic Party elite. While individual workers and local unions are active supporters of the Sanders campaign, they do so as members of an amorphous multi-class electoral movement and not as a unified ‘workers bloc’.

The Sanders electoral movement has not grown out of a national social movement: The peace movement is virtually moribund; the civil rights movements are weak, fragmented and localized; the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has peaked and declined while the ‘Occupy Wall Street Movement’ is a distant memory.

In other words, these recent movements, at best, provide some activists and some impetus for the Sanders electoral campaign. Their presence highlights a few of the issues that the Sanders electoral movement promotes in its campaign.

In fact, the Sanders electoral movement does not ‘grow out’ of existing, ongoing mass movements as much as it fills the political vacuum resulting from their demise. The electoral insurgency reflects the defeats of trade union officials allied with incumbent Democratic politicians as well as the limitation of the ‘direct action’ tactics of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Occupy’ movements.

Since the Sanders electoral movement does not directly and immediately challenge capitalist profits and public budget allocations it has not been subject to state repression. Repressive authorities calculate that this ‘buzz’ of electoral activity will last only a few months and then recede into the Democratic Party or voter apathy. Moreover, they are constrained by the fact that tens of millions of Sanders supporters are involved in all the states and not concentrated in any region.

The Sanders electoral movement aggregates hundreds of thousands of micro-local struggles and allows expression of the disaffection of millions with class grievances, at no risk or cost (as in loss of job or police repression) to the participants. This is in stark contrast to repression at the workplace or in the urban streets.

The electoral polarization reflects horizontal (class) and vertical (intra-capitalist) social polarizations.

Below the elite 10% and especially among the young middle class, political polarization favors the Sanders electoral movement. Trade union bosses, the Black Congressional Caucus members and the Latino establishment all embrace the anointed choice of the political elite of the Democratic Party: Hilary Clinton. Whereas, young Latinos, working women and rank and file trade unionists support the insurgent electoral movement. Significant sectors of the African American population, who have failed to advance (and have actually regressed) under Democratic President Obama or have seen police repression expand under the ‘First Black President’, are turning to the insurgent Sanders campaign. Millions of Latinos, disenchanted with their leaders who are tied to the Democratic elite and have done nothing to prevent the massive deportations under Obama, are a potential base of support for ‘Bernie’.

However, the most dynamic social sector in the Sanders electoral movement are students, who are excited by his program of free higher education and the end of post-graduation debt peonage.

The malaise of these sectors finds its expression in the ‘respectable revolt of the middle class’: a voters’ rebellion, which has temporarily shifted the axis of political debate within the Democratic Party to the left.

The Sanders electoral movement raises fundamental issues of class inequality and racial injustice in the legal, police and economic system. It highlights the oligarchical nature of the political system – even as the Sanders-led movement attempts to use the rules of the system against its owners. These attempts have not been very successful within the Democratic Party apparatus, where the Party bosses have already allocated hundreds of ‘non-elected’ so-called ‘mega-delegates’ to Clinton – despite Sander’s successes in the early primaries.

ORDER IT NOW

The very strength of the electoral movement has a strategic weakness: it is in the nature of electoral movements to coalesce for elections and to dissolve after the vote.

The Sanders leadership has made no effort to build a mass national social movement that can continue the class and social struggles during and after the elections. In fact, Sanders’ pledge to support the established leadership of the Democratic Party if he losses the nomination to Clinton will lead to a profound disillusionment of his supporters and break-up of the electoral movement. The post-convention scenario, especially in the event of ’super-delegates’ crowning Clinton despite a Sanders popular victory at the individual primaries, will be very disruptive.

Trump and ‘Revolt on the Right’

The Trump electoral campaign has many of the features of a Latin American nationalist-populist movement. Like the Argentine Peronist movement, it combines protectionist, nationalist economic measures that appeal to small and medium size manufacturers and displaced industrial workers with populist right-wing ‘great nation chauvinism’.

This is reflected in Trumps’ attacks on ‘globalization’ – a proxy for Peronist ‘anti-imperialism’.

Trump’s attack on the Muslim minority in the US is a thinly veiled embrace of rightwing clerical fascism.

Where Peron campaigned against ‘financial oligarchies’ and the invasion of ‘foreign ideologies’, Trump scorns the ‘elites’ and denounces the ‘invasion’ of Mexican immigrants.

Trump’s appeal is rooted in the deep amorphous anger of the downwardly mobile middle class, which has no ideology . . . but plenty of resentment at its declining status, crumbling stability and drug-afflicted families (Witness the overtly expressed concerns of white voters in the recent New Hampshire primary).

Trump projects personal power to workers who bridle under impotent trade unions, disorganized civic groups, and marginalized local business associations, all unable to counter the pillage, power and large-scale corruption of the financial swindlers who rotate between Washington and Wall Street with total impunity.

These ‘populist’ classes get vicarious thrills from the spectacle of Trump snapping and slapping career politicians and economic elites alike, even as he parades his capitalist success.

They prize his symbolic defiance of the political elite as he flaunts his own capitalist elite credentials.

For many of his suburban backers he is the ‘Great Moralizer’, who in his excess zeal, occasionally, commits ‘pardonable’ gaffes out of zealous exuberance – a crude ‘Oliver Cromwell’ for the 21st Century.

Indeed, there also may be a less overt ethno-religious appeal to Trump’s campaign: His white-Anglo-Saxon Protestant identity appeals to these same voters in the face of their apparent marginalization. These ‘Trumpistas’ are not blind to the fact that not a single WASP judge sits on the Supreme Court and there are few, if any, WASPs among the top economic officials in Treasury, Commerce, or the Fed (Lew, Fischer, Yellen, Greenspan, Bernacke, Cohen, Pritzker etc.). While Trump is not up-front about his identity – it eases his voter appeal.

Among WASP voters, who quietly resent the ‘Wall Street’ bailouts and the perceived privileged position of Catholics, Jews and African-Americans in the Obama Administration, Trump’s direct, public condemnation of President Bush for deliberately misleading the nation into invading Iraq (and the implication of treason), has been a big plus.

Trump’s national-populist appeal is matched by his bellicose militarism and thuggish authoritarianism. His public embrace of torture and police state controls (to ‘fight terrorism’) appeals to the pro- military right. On the other hand, his friendly overtures to Russian President Putin (’one tough guy willing to face another’) and his support to end the Cuban embargo appeals to trade-minded business elites. His calls to withdraw US troops from Europe and Asia appeals to ‘fortress America’ voters, while his calls to ‘carpet bomb’ ISIS appeals to the nuclear extremists. Interestingly, Trump’s support for Social Security and Medicare, as well as his call for medical coverage for the indigent and his open acknowledgement of Planned Parenthood’s vital services to poor women, appeals to older citizens, compassionate conservatives and independents.

Trump’s left-right amalgam: Protectionist and pro-business appeals, his anti-Wall Street and pro-industrial capitalism proposals, his defense of US workers and attacks on Latino workers and Muslim immigrants have broken the traditional boundaries between popular and rightwing politics of the Republican Party.

‘Trumpism’ is not a coherent ideology, but a volatile mix of ‘improvised positions’, adapted to appeal to marginalized workers, resentful middle classes (marginalized WASPs) and, above all, to those who feel unrepresented by Wall Street Republicans and liberal Democratic politicians based on identity politics (black, Hispanic, women and Jews).

Trump’s movement is based on a cult of the personality: it has enormous capacity to convoke mass meetings without mass organization or a coherent social ideology.

Its fundamental strength is its spontaneity, novelty and hostile focus on strategic elites.

Its strategic weakness is the lack of an organization that can be sustained after the electoral process. There are few ‘Trumpista’ cadres and militants among his adoring fans. If Trump loses (or is cheated out of the nomination by a ‘unity candidate’ trotted out by the Party elite) his organization will dissipate and fragment. If Trump wins the Republican nomination he will draw support from Wall Street, especially if faced with a Sanders Democratic candidacy. If he wins the general election and becomes President, he will seek to strengthen executive power and move toward a ‘Bonapartist’ presidency.

ORDER IT NOW

Conclusion

The rise of a social democratic movement within the Democratic Party and the rise of a sui generis national-populist rightist movement in the Republican Party reflect the fragmented electorate and deep vertical and horizontal fissures characterizing the US ethno-class structure. Commentators grossly oversimplify when they reduce the revolt to incoherent expressions of ‘anger’.

The shattering of the established elite’s control is a product of deeply experienced class and ethnic resentments, of former privileged groups experiencing declining mobility, of local businesspeople experiencing bankruptcy due to ‘globalization’ (imperialism) and of citizens resentment at the power of finance capital (the banks) and its overwhelming control of Washington.

The electoral revolts on the left and right may dissipate but they will have planted the seeds of a democratic transformation or of a nationalist-reactionary revival.

(Reprinted from The James Petras Website by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Ideology • Tags: 2016 Election, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump

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  1. “the Democratic elite and have done nothing to prevent the massive deportations under Obama”

    That’s nonsense. The counting method changed. People turned away at the border are now counted as deportations, but they didn’t used to be. If you count these false deportations, the number appears to jump, but in reality went down.

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  2. GOP stab(establishment) sees it differently: The Revolting Masses.

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  3. Trump is winning because he talks about issues that matter. I don’t agree with everything Trump says, but neither does he. He utters wild comments to get attention, but this is also part of negotiating deals. He doesn’t expect Mexico to pay for a border wall, but with trade threats he will force them to slow the flow of illegal immigrants, especially from Central and South America. Mexican soldiers and police see thousands of migrants atop trains and aboard buses moving north everyday, and do nothing. 

    There are examples elsewhere. Panama had 8000 stranded Cuban migrants who were blocked from entering Costa Rica when that nation imposed border controls because of the flood of illegals. Panama paid to fly these Cubans to Juarez, Mexico on the U.S. border so they could enter the USA! Where was the outrage?

    More than 99% of Americans are furious about the visa scams where thousands of foreign workers are imported to replace skilled American workers each year. Last year, Disney and Southern California Edison fired hundreds of IT workers and replaced them by importing lower cost foreigners. This received little attention in our corporate press, although the LA Times had a good article about the mythical a shortage of STEM workers and blatant abuse of the visa system to replace American workers. It noted that few Congressmen express concern and nothing is done as the Obama administration refuses to enforce existing laws to protect American jobs. There is talk about “reforming” H1B visas, but why not abruptly end the program? Just two weeks ago, Yahoo announced that it was cutting 1700 American jobs. Can these American citizens get H1-B visas to ensure rapid reemployment? 

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  4. 1. It was Cruz, not Trump, who called for carpet-bombing ISIS.

    2. Conclusion disjointed from argument: Petras argues that both the Trump movement and the Sanders movement will dissipate without victory, yet concludes with the assurance that they will plant future seeds. Position amount to critical support of Sanders.

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  5. very disappointing article from petras, especially given the insightful and even groundbreaking stuff he has written in the past….he has no clue what is going on right now…sad!

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  6. Obama’s “massive deportations” would be meaningless even if they were real, and not fictional. What good is throwing them out one door only to let them back in at another?

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  7. If a Trump Presidency is what it takes to get Congress to re-assert its proper Congressional prerogatives, that will be a good first step on the road to recovery. I don’t worry about Trump the Dictator … few can say the same about HRC.

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  8. Pedantic comment: writing “Bernacke”, you probably meant Bernanke.

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  9. December 22nd, 2015 Donald Trump: An Evaluation

    Trump is popular not so much for his stance on issues as for the fact that he is not another Washington politican, and he is respected for not backing down and apologizing when he makes strong statements for which he is criticized. Trump’s problem is he does not understand the issues. Trump has learned that forceful statements are appreciated by voters. Therefore, he doesn’t differentiate intelligent forceful statements from insane statements. As long as his statements are forceful, Trump thinks that they work.

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/12/21/donald-trump-an-evaluation-paul-craig-roberts/

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  10. Dec 18, 2015 Donald Trump: The Establishment Candidate

    While his rise in the polls is attributed to his challenging the establishment and the political status quo, let’s look at the many ways Donald Trump, when it comes to his political positions, represents that very same status quo. From the Fed, to war, to civil liberties, the “anti-establishment” Trump takes no positions not already endorsed by the establishment.

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  11. Petra is correct in many things. Trump is not backed by an organized movement. He may lose. But even if he does lose, the simmering rage right below the surface will soon erupt.

    It would be nice if the system would respond through democratic processes, but it won’t. The Weimar Republic was a democracy, a paralytic one. It was unable to reform democratically. It took a strong man with near dictatorial powers to get it back on track.

    If Trump is not elected, I see the same in our future. Perhaps when the next economic crash comes in a few months or years.

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  12. “If he wins the general election and becomes President, he will seek to strengthen executive power and move toward a ‘Bonapartist’ presidency.”

    There is no need for this nation as a whole to move to extremism of any sort. All we need to do is downsize the federal government and move more power back to states. Some states will be more leftist and some more rightwing. Some will embrace socialist tyranny (Minnesota), and others will embrace a conservative tyranny (Mississippi). The point being that there is no point in strapping the nation down with one-size-fits-all laws. We’ll be just fine under any kind of president as long as the power in D.C. is kept on a short leash. Let’s go back to our roots and deny any political party the ability to commandeer our liberties.

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  13. I’m not sure I like the tone of this essay.

    We have as a nation been laboring under sterile, Anglo-Saxon ideas like limited government, liberty, and good government and now we have diversity and multiculturalism which is flowering into a more Latin-American system of politics. We should be celebrating!

    The American Left has been crowing for multiculturalism and social justice for decades now. May they enjoy the real face of the return of Justicia social as much as the Leftists in Buenos Aires did on June 20, 1973! God is answering their prayers.

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  14. Real revolt means the public no longer participates in rigged elections. The first accusation from the “true believers” is that such an idea is an anarchist cop-out.
    The usual screams are “if you don’t vote, the other guys will win”. Or “if voting didn’t matter, why do they try to stop people from voting.” It matters to people who benefit from it, it’s up for you to decide whether you support a process that for decades hasn’t produced particularly favorable results.

    Who, outside of people who benefit from elections, seriously believes any clown running for office is going to do things that will seriously improve your remaining time in the United States? Make no mistake, there are huge amounts of money at stake for those that hope to benefit from the 2016 circus.

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  15. Don’t miss this article:

    “Is Donald Trump’s Life in Danger?”

    http://www.newswithviews.com/Gonzalez/servando158.htm

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  16. Professor James Petras should know better that American majority has long been brainwashed by the Zionist-controlled media to revolt against Israel or country’s Jewish-controlled Establishment.

    No matter who wins the 2016 presidential election – Israel would by the real winner, because the United states is an Israeli colony.

    https://rehmat1.com/2011/11/04/lasha-darkmoon-america-is-an-israeli-colony/

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  17. Recently Congress passed an important medical services law in secret. Those who were supposed to be “represented” under the high school civics scheme of things (do they still teach this?) were not allowed access to the legislation language. But, since the Supreme Court saw fit to change the clear language of the law after the fact of passage, input from the citizenry would have been meaningless in any event.

    Can we do worse with Trump?

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  18. Presidential Elections 2016: the Useless Revolt of Them Asses

    Government is the problem not the solution. Doesn’t matter what type, it always ends up showing the disgusting evil that it really is.

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  19. The vast majority of the white middle and working classes don’t view themselves as losing privilege, because they weren’t privileged to begin with, unless you call being the backbone of the nation a privilege. They view themselves as being targeted for oppression by by hateful ethnic minorities, who largely have no real historical or modern axe to grind, because it’s true.

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  20. “But even if he does lose, the simmering rage right below the surface will soon erupt”
    This is why he could be used by as a valve.

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  21. Interesting what would be the UnzReview readers’ commentaries about the CFR:

    http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/2013/12/21/the-council-on-foreign-relations-cfr-and-the-new-world-order/

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  22. Trump has positioned himself with 80% of America’s voters.

    80% think that the economy is not working for them.

    80% think that there must be a wall.

    80% do not want to deport all the illegals. Trump has stopped saying deport them all.

    80% are fed up with war – strong DEFENSE yes – war NO.

    80% do not want a war with Putin and Russia.

    80% want peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

    80% do not want to totally shut down Planned Parenthood.

    80% want to continue Social Security and Medicare.

    80% are tired of black yelping about race.

    80% of Americans are fed up with losing.

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  23. All of this is an early indication of the conflict coming as Peak Debt finally reaches the public sector.

    Politicians have been buying votes for decades by showering constituents and campaign contributors with endless Gibsmedats, all put on the National Credit Card.

    This has created an interesting form of inflation, one where illusory wealth flows to the Asset Holding Class and where mobility and reward drain away from the Middle Class.

    When this unprecedented credit inflation begins to finally disappear in earnest, the politics of that will make Trump/Sanders look like nothing.

    The USA has been in the grip of a Leftist Theocracy since its founding, turning ever more tightly to the left. Now, it is so tightly turning left that the tiger has caught up to its own hindquarters and is ripping into itself, just as every leftist-collectivist system in history has done.

    Only the timing of a cataclysm is unknown.

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  24. The 45% of Americans who pay taxes and are good neighbors are fed up with being endlessly insulted for their privileges, their rape culture and their micro-aggressions.

    They’re tired of being ill-treated. Frankly, the only reason most of these pundits and whiners and politician-enablers get away with this crap is they never have to come face-to-face with those who they insult. One of us might knock them flat on their asses.

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  25. Success is now deemed blasphemy; how dare you reveal through your hard work and application of your natural aptitudes that you succeed where others lag!

    Those of us who succeed(ed) are about fed up with others kicking us for it, and then demanding our wallets.

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  26. You left one out:

    80% of Americans think the 0ther 80% should pay 100% of the taxes.

    That’s the fundamental problem.

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  27. “Trump’s attack on the Muslim minority in the US is a thinly veiled embrace of rightwing clerical fascism.”

    This is the typical comprehension-damaged response from another Trump-hating moron with an uni-party agenda. Trump hasn’t attacked muslims. He simply said we should put a temporary halt on muslim immigration until we figure out how to weed out the terrorists. I know that is really hard for pointy headed narrow minded dumbasses like Petras to figure out, but it is getting really, really old.

    I’m not going to waste my time reading any more of his bullshit, but I am sure there are plenty more lies like that one in his post.

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  28. “candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.”

    EXCUSE ME?

    Donald Trump’s appeal is that he represents a very large chunk of the electorate that is tired of having its voice silenced in favor of regular electoral phony-polarization contests conducted by the UniParty.

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  29. Trump takes no positions not already endorsed by the establishment. Except:

    1. Actually enforcing immigration law.

    2. Having trade agreements that don’t hollow out American manufacturing.

    3. Defeating ISIS by working with Putin rather than treating him as terrorist #1.

    It is unfortunate that Trump has no more regard for the 4th amendment than any randomly chosen neocon, and no more regard for budget realities than any randomly chosen Democrat or Republican.

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  30. Trump hasn’t attacked muslims. He simply said we should put a temporary halt on muslim immigration until we figure out how to weed out the terrorists.

    As with blacks and Mexicans, forcing these people to live among their own kind constitutes torture in itself. I can see the logic in this, just not the reciprocity. Why can’t we keep them at a distance as well?

    He simply said we should put a temporary halt on muslim immigration until we figure out how to weed out the terrorists.

    That would be a de facto permanent ban. We will never figure out how to scrute the inscrutable.

    Also, the “moderate” ones often turn out to be the parents of the jihadists. As Midge Decter said, liberal parents, radical children.

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  31. I am a big fan of James Petras because he was the first person on the far left to expose the Jewish lobby in his book “The Power of Israel in the United States ” as I recall was the title, way back in 2006. He also wrote a great essay showing in excruciating detail how it was the Israel Lobby and not Big Oil as the left had claimed, that started the Iraq war (in an essay called “Deadly Embrace,” in 2007).

    However, Petras has an ideological bent that is very theoretical, and credit to him for his rigor of thought, but by having to put everything through the ideology filter he misses some of what the true Trump phenomenon is about. As a Leftist I guess he approves of unlimited immigration and if you are against it you are a “reactionary”, a kind of insult like calling someone “stupid”.

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  32. Excellent analysis, but somehow pessimistic bordering on nihilism.
    In my opinion social justice or injustice is not the dominant point in US politics.
    Main point in US politics is the confrontation between internationalism and nationalism.
    Maybe Trump will be able somehow dull the edges of this conflict.
    But I do worry very much that Trump will not able to do it.
    So I do have to worry that confrontation may lead to popular unrest.
    (Hi Ozzy. nice to see you.)

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  33. I hear ya bro. It is indeed true that the losers who do nothing want to steal everything we work for. Sick of it. Am surrounded by such people as far as the eye can see. I would send them all to Camp FEMA Alaska to plant trees for 7-11 years right beside all of the people in gummint who went along with all of the war crime. As for the war criminals themselves, they all need to be tried for it, convicted and executed, beginning with #43. Our current president is an outright fraud on many levels, answer me how can it get any worse Egghead Ivory Tower Petras. It absolutely cannot and it is time for you to STFU.

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  34. Or you might get your brains blown out! Rich people don’t fuck around, many of them got rich by being the meanest SOB in the valley, try posting on a Wall Street board and you’ll see what I mean.

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  35. “Trump’s attack on the Muslim minority in the US is a thinly veiled embrace of rightwing clerical fascism.”

    Oh please, just spare me. Whites are entitled to the homelands they founded.

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  36. The Trump electoral campaign has many of the features of a Latin American nationalist-populist movement. Like the Argentine Peronist movement, it combines protectionist, nationalist economic measures that appeal to small and medium size manufacturers and displaced industrial workers with populist right-wing ‘great nation chauvinism’.

    There is a parallel between Argentina and America. Argentina has the most Jews in South America. The Jew destroyed the country and keep it down.

    In 1900 Argentina was the 10th leading economy in the world. Then it had a lot of Jew immigrants – the Jews took over the money system and then the country’s money and economy went kaput.

    The Jew have controlled the Fed for the last 30 years destroying our corporate culture. The Jew have done the same thing in America as they did to Argentina – our manufacturing economy and banking system are kaput. We have too big to fail no interest paying banks and our manufacturing is moving off shore.

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  37. Mass Passion… or Massion

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  38. Do Jews suffer from an AUTHORITARIAN ETHNICITY SYNDROME?

    They seem to possess the Will to Power to take over and dominate any gentile society.

    Secular Jews act like Old Testament God that wants to smite anyone or anything in their way. They see their enemies as False Idols.

    Jews bitch about the so-called Authoritarian Personality Disorder among some white gentiles, but Jews seem to believe that they have some ethnic right to dominate over other groups.

    I mean why else are they so angry with Russia? Jews do very well in Russia. They are richer than all other groups. But Jews still hate, hate, and hate Russia because they don’t get to dominate it like they do the US.

    And consider how Jews expect all US politicians to suck up to AIPAC.
    98% sucking up to 2%?
    Is this normal?

    And Jews don’t believe in reciprocity. Evangelicals love Jews, but Jews prefer even Muslims over Evangelicals.
    Jews feel owed but don’t feel they owe anything to any other people.

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  39. Sometime back, a poster to the Lew Rockwell website promoted the podcasts of Keith Preston for his interpretations of American politics and the mechanics of the “American ruling class”.

    Mr. Preston makes the curious declaration in this podcast (either this one or a chronologically adjacent podcast) that the “Liberal Left” will likely remain in power for the next thirty years. His reasoning for this opinion is actually quite sound and worth a listen.

    I find Keith Preston somewhat hard to listen to and he has some linguistic mannerisms and idiosyncrasies that are jarring, but he does offer some unusual insights into the American ruling class and the power elite. His ideas for “Pan-Anarchism Against the State, Pan-Secessionism Against the Empire” don’t really appeal to me, but the Earth is big enough to hold all kinds of crack-pottery, including my own which are no where as interesting as Keith Preston’s, thus I am heartily promoting his! The links are below:

    Who Are the Power Elite?
    December 29, 2013

    Keith Preston dissects the American ruling class.

    Topics include:

    The difference between power elite analysis and conspiracy theories.
    Power elite analysis versus theories of democratic pluralism.
    Classical elite theory as developed during the interwar period of the 1920s.
    C. Wright Mills as the godfather of power elite theory.
    James Burnham and the managerial revolution.
    William Domhoff and the role of ideological institutions.
    Robert Putnam and the role of technological elites.
    Thomas Dye and the development of consensus among elites.
    How the power elite uses demographic, cultural, and class conflict to protect its own position of dominance.

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  40. Indeed, the ‘Big Oil’ mantra is a canard, an intentional distraction from the real reason.

    For the money spent / being spent we could have bought practically every drop of oil in the Middle East.

    Besides, US companies did NOT get the big oil deals after our aggression. China got the lions share along with Russia and some others.

    It was and is all about what parasitical Israel wants. A blind man can see that.

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  41. Is this guy for real or just stupid that he would throw this BS out there to a crowd that knows exactly what is going on?

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  42. Lets review these.

    1. Simply give no benefits aka free stuff and they will leave on their own dime and time.

    2. Free trade exports jobs and pay for big behemoth corporations that pay very little tax in the states as is it!

    3. ISIS FYI -Nov 20, 2015 The One Thing You Need to Know About ISIS, Americans: please wake up!

    02/25/2014 These 26 Companies AKA: ‘Corporations’ Pay No Federal Income Tax

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/corporation-tax-rate_n_4855763.html

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  43. If anyone knows insane it is PCR.

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  44. Real revolt means getting enough people together with arms and forcing change in the government. As long as that can’t or won’t be done, not voting means nothing.

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  45. Preston and Empire.

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    The Weimar Republic was a democracy, a paralytic one. It was unable to reform democratically. It took a strong man with near dictatorial powers to get it back on track.

    I knew Adolf Hitler. He was a friend of mine.
    Donald Trump, you’re no Adolf Hitler.

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  47. Trump is not merely an information age Peronista rather a FDR strongman to rebuild the USA and lead the world out of a neoliberal crony capitalist quagmire by endorsing a monetary reset via working with Putin etc. to shift from austerity to outright bankruptcy reorganization ie stiffing the banksters, not in a revolutionary way but like FDR who was the western democratic version of Hitler and Stalin. FDR built infrastructure and made real jobs while demonizing economic royalists and being our big brother in the best sense not in the hitler stalin worst sense.

    Trump is what we need in the great recession. The elite and the people want a great builder and reformer to lead the world out of depression not another neoliberal dystopian requiring revolutionary war ll. Hope for Trump.

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  48. Correct. Trump is not Hitler. Bush Obama is not the Weimar Republic and 1932 USA was near desperate but not half starving like 1932 Germany.
    Trump is like FDR updated to 2016.

    As you know the anglo bankers denied credit to post wwl germany until the nazis took over. Then anglo credit built up wartime germany to take on the red army. Nazis went nutsy or were programmed to start wwll. No matter if Hitler was an idiot or a useful idiot of the anglo order. In any case the positive elites want trump to lead a world economic recovery. The negative elite wants to let it bleed to death before a new age of century 21 variety. Christians speak of a war in heaven.
    Maybe this is an esoteric reference to a war at the apex of the power pyramid.

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  49. As usual the jewish people are blamed for the elite court jews who serve their British Crown and Vatican Bank bosses.

    Or are you just referring to the real international jew not the ethnicity?

    Zionism is biblical. NEO zionism is anglo imperial. Isnt it time we stop blaming good jews for jewish gangsters good italians for mafiasgood brits for british crown imperialism – and most of all blaming good europeans for royal bloodline post colombian world conquest?

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  50. The international jew controlled the fed before 1913 and the bank of england from 1815. Not all germans are nazis and not all nazis are germans. Same with internatinal bankers.

    Not all mexicans are narco gangsters.

    Not all black americans are thugs.

    We must surgically remove the virus
    within various ethnicities even the british german and russian ones.

    Even more so the jihadis in islam.

    It is not just evil but stupid to exterminate ethnicities instead of use surgical precision to heal infections.

    As for painting mexicans and muslims with a broad brush it is necessary to use truthful hyperbole that the average voter can handle and explain nuances after you win the vote.

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  51. The blacks want want black thugs out

    The mexicans want narcomexicans out

    The jews want wall st jews out

    The muslims want jihadi muslims out

    The euros want euro royal reptiles out

    We’re in the same boat brother. If we dont unite to get things ship shape
    were going to go down to the bottom.

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  52. Well put. By leftist you mean statist.
    Post aristocratic states have degenerated from constitutional republics to statist neo autocracies.
    Plato proposed this about 2500 years ago. We are probaby at the last stage of pseudo democratic autocracy which you call leftist to be understood by many.

    Trump is ahead of the curve like julius caesar when he crossed the rubicon.
    Trump dares to take a yoooge chance.

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  53. Give me someone with Bernie Sander’s commitment to reigning in wall street and providing for publicly financed elections, and Trump’s anti-illegal immigration stance, and I’d be in heaven.

    If only Sander’s had been as protectionist for American natives (against illegals) as he has been for the middle class. He could have stolen all those disaffected working class whites’ votes.

    Let’s be honest here, white working class republicans and upper-middle class democrats are much closer in values than upper-class democrats and the poor blacks and Hispanics. Cutting those two later groups out of the electoral process would pressure them to made necessary reforms to their culture.

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  54. Indeed, the ‘Big Oil’ mantra is a canard, an intentional distraction from the real reason.

    Here’s a recent comment I posted here at UR:

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    Hey, OJ. Just wanted to give you a bit more of a preview on Ch. 8, [Mearsheimer & Walt's The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy] as, based on your previous comment, it appears you may be leaning towards the argument that the war in Iraq was for oil. Here’s what our truth-telling professors have to say:

    WAS IRAQ A WAR FOR OIL?

    Some readers might concede that the Israel lobby had some influence over the decision to invade Iraq but argue that its overall weight in the decision­ making process was minimal. Instead, many American and foreign observers appear to think that oil—not Israel—was the real motivation behind the in­ vasion of Iraq in 2003. In one variant of this story, the Bush administration was determined to control the vast reserves of oil in the Middle East, because that would give the United States enormous geopolitical leverage over poten­ tial adversaries. Conquering Iraq, according to this scenario, was seen by the administration as a giant step toward achieving that goal. An alternative ver­ sion sees the oil-producing states and especially the oil companies as the real culprits behind the Iraq war, driven primarily by a desire for higher prices and greater profits. Even scholars who are often critical of Israel and of the lobby, such as Noam Chomsky, apparently subscribe to this idea, which was popu­ larized in filmmaker Michael Moore’s 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.

    The claim that the conquest of Iraq was mainly about oil has a certain prima facie plausibility, given the importance of oil to the world economy. But this explanation faces both logical and empirical difficulties. As empha­sized in Chapter 2, U.S. policy makers have long been concerned about who controls Persian Gulf oil; they have been especially concerned about the danger that one state might control all of it. The United States has been in­volved with various oil-producing countries in the Gulf, but no American government, including the Bush administration, has seriously considered conquering the major oil-producing countries in that region to gain coercive leverage over other countries around the world. The United States might consider invading a major oil-producing state if a revolution or an embargo caused its oil to stop flowing into world markets. But that was not the case with Iraq; Saddam was eager to sell his oil to any customer willing to pay for it. Moreover, if the United States wanted to conquer another country in or­der to gain control of its oil, Saudi Arabia—with larger reserves and a smaller population—would have been a much more attractive target. Plus, bin Laden was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and fifteen of the nineteen ter­rorists who struck the United States on September 11 were Saudis (none were from Iraq). If control of oil were Bush’s real objective, 9/11 would have been an ideal pretext to act. Occupying Saudi Arabia would not have been a simple task, but it would almost certainly have been easier than trying to pacify the large, restive, and well-armed population of Iraq.

    There is also hardly any evidence that oil interests were actively pushing the Bush administration to invade Iraq in 2002-03. In 1990-91, by con­trast, Saudi Arabia’s leaders clearly pressed the first Bush administration to use force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait. They feared, like many American pol­icy makers at the time, that Saddam might next invade Saudi Arabia, which would place much of the region’s oil under his control. Prince Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, worked closely with pro-Israel groups here to build support for ousting Saddam from Kuwait. But the story was very different in the run-up to the second Gulf War: this time Saudi Arabia publicly opposed using American force against Iraq. Saudi leaders feared that a war would lead to the breakup of Iraq and destabilize the Middle East. And even if Iraq remained intact, the Shia were likely to as­cend to power, which worried the Sunnis who ran Saudi Arabia not only for religious reasons but also because it would increase Iran’s influence in the region. In addition, the Saudis faced growing anti-Americanism at home, which was likely to get worse if the United States launched a preventive war against Iraq.

    Nor were the oil companies, which generally seek to curry favor with big oil producers like Saddams Iraq or the Islamic Republic of Iran, major play­ers in the decision to conquer Iraq. They did not lobby for the 2003 war, which most of them thought was a foolish idea. As Peter Beinart noted in the New Republic in September 2002, “It isn’t war that the American oil in­dustry has been lobbying for all these years; it’s the end of sanctions.” The oil companies, as is almost always the case, wanted to make money, not war.

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  55. Any of your “wisdom” over FBI 2006 report, saying Muslim extremists only committed 6% of terrorist activities in the United States as compared to Jews (7%), and the rest by Christians, NeoNazis and Atheists. This in spite of Jewish Journalist Max Blumenthal’s claim that FBI is totally “Israelized”.

    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/occupation-%E2%80%9Coccupy%E2%80%9D-israelification-american-domestic-security

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  56. Very true. Go to a rifle range (there aren’t many left, they’re all covered by golf courses) and look at the complexion of those present. Also (if you had a way-back machine) compare today’s crowd to that of 30 years ago, especially with what firearms they bring.

    The complexion hasn’t changed.
    I’d guess the IQ mean is rising (from an already above-population-average starting point.)
    It isn’t mostly hunting guns any more.

    The “we are the world” suicide cult’s Narrative is fraying. People who have something to lose sense it, if only at the subconscious level now. The people who make the USA run (keep the lights on, make commerce flow and are largely decent neighbors) are finally beginning to suspect they’ve been had, and that the level of enslavement that strips them of their productive efforts, hands the goods to the undeserving and resentment-filled parasites while the enablers of this transfer rake off a huge commission is rising rapidly and, like a man struggling to tread water while others push him down, they can’t keep their heads above water any more.

    The dam of righteous resentment is full. The resentment is boiling into rage.

    The hilarious part is that the MSM and Entertainment Industry demons all think that it’s the Black Lives Matter pot that is close to boiling over. That is a tempest in a teapot compared to what happens if Middle America’s seething rage breaks the dam holding it back.

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  57. white working class republicans and upper-middle class democrats are much closer in values than upper-class democrats and the poor blacks and Hispanics.

    True, but the cult religion of Progressivism (democracy and equality uber alles) blinds most upper-middle class people, just like any fervently-held belief filters out all rational falsification.

    How else did Jim Jones and his lieutenants get most of the Peoples Temple members to drink poison? Progressivism is ultimately a suicide cult. Just ask David Ruenzel (or his ghost, actually.)

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/12/black_crime_claims_life_of_apologist_for_black_crime.html

    Open-borders immigration (magic dirt) and racism-causes-all-underclass-problems (blank slate) are two widely-shared religious tenets that conflict quite visibly with objective reality. That just means that people with higher intelligence do a better job rationalizing their fallacious beliefs and ignoring (or violently attacking) any data that undermine them.

    I do wonder if my fellow white, upper-middle class and (relatively) bright neighbors will ever wake up from the stupor of their cult long enough to stop the presently accelerating slide into oblivion, or if like Ruenzel they will cling to their rationalizations to the bitter end.

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    lead the world

    so you are in support of US imperialism?

    does the world vote in primaries or in caucuses?

    re the rest of your comment — I wondered who would take the bait.

    FDR was a liar; he was wedded to and owed his presidencies to cronies and predatory capitalists, not a surprising fact inasmuch as the source of his wealth and what he thought of as his worldview was his Delano forebears, who made their money through black-market sales of opium to the Chinese.

    FDR was the worst of the worst of worst of US leaders. He more than any president before him cemented zionists in the American political and financial edifice.

    The standard for comparison — rather, the touchstone for US foreign policy as conceived by US Founders (those who pledged their Lives, their Fortunes, their Sacred Honor to the creation of the American experiment in representative self-government) — is George Washington’s Farewell Address. The US Senate reads the Farewell address every year, on President’s day, if I’m not mistaken. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-CDOC-106sdoc21/pdf/GPO-CDOC-106sdoc21.pdf

    For the record — FDR had no honor.

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  59. Adolf Hitler as nationalist, was very popular among German and many other people colonized by British and French colonists especially Israel’s ally India.

    Indian-born American writer, author and blogger, Dr. Susmit Kumar PhD, claims that Hitler, not Gandhi, should be given credit for the independence of India in 1947.

    “World War II had a profound effect on the colonial powers because it completely destroyed their economies. Although Hitler committed crimes against humanity, I give him credit – for India’s independence immediately after World War II. Hitler destroyed the economies of Britain and France to such an extent that they were no longer able financially to maintain their military forces, and hence were incapable of containing the burgeoning freedom movements in their colonies. It is worth noting that Britain was in such bad shape that it received about one-fourth of the total aid given under the Marshall Plan. Regardless Gandhi or any other charismatic leader, Britain would have left India in 1947 purely for financial reasons, due to its wholly collapsed economy. After WW II, Britain not only left India, but all its holdings,” says Kumar.

    Like Kumar, there are tens of millions of Hindus, White Christians and Jews who still admire Adolph Hitler for latter’s ‘race purity’ ideology. Read here, here, and here.

    Last year, Netanyahu claimed that Hitler was not enemy of Jews until he was convinced by Mufti of Palestine, al-Husseini, to kill Jews.

    https://rehmat1.com/2014/06/30/hindu-author-india-owes-its-indepence-to-hitler/

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  60. “Indeed, there also may be a less overt ethno-religious appeal to Trump’s campaign: His white-Anglo-Saxon Protestant identity appeals to these same voters in the face of their apparent marginalization. These ‘Trumpistas’ are not blind to the fact that not a single WASP judge sits on the Supreme Court…”

    Blackmun, Stewart, Souter, and Powell were all WASPs. Are WASPs going to own their judicial records?

    “….and there are few, if any, WASPs among the top economic officials in Treasury, Commerce, or the Fed (Lew, Fischer, Yellen, Greenspan, Bernacke, Cohen, Pritzker etc.). While Trump is not up-front about his identity – it eases his voter appeal.”

    Bush I (WASP) appointed Greenspan, Bush II (WASP) appointed Bernancke. The list is not simply devoid of WASPs, it’s devoid of Gentiles.

    “Among WASP voters, who quietly resent the ‘Wall Street’ bailouts and the perceived privileged position of Catholics, Jews and African-Americans in the Obama Administration, Trump’s direct, public condemnation of President Bush for deliberately misleading the nation into invading Iraq (and the implication of treason), has been a big plus.”

    Bush is a WASP.

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  61. Finance Sector on the march:

    https://theintercept.com/2016/03/02/larry-fink-and-his-blackrock-team-poised-to-take-over-hillary-clintons-treasury-department/?comments=1#comments

    “Larry Fink and His BlackRock Team Poised to Take Over Hillary Clinton’s Treasury Department”

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  62. “Trump’s attack on the Muslim minority in the US is a thinly veiled embrace of rightwing clerical fascism.”

    out of your mind jimmy. Your communism …brother can you paradigm? totally Gone from History. Joe Webb

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  63. Dear Mr Petras,

    your quote:

    “The shattering of the established elite’s control is a product of deeply experienced class and ethnic resentments……”

    No its not.

    The establishment elite have defrauded the American people out of 19 trillion dollars to engage in bogus criminal wars of aggression in the middle east.

    The establishment elite have transformed our government into a criminal enterprise that has robbed us blind of our entire solvency,exterminated our constitution, and destroyed the lives of tens of millions of innocent people who were never a threat to anybody,let alone us.

    The establishment elite has failed us all,…. has failed the world,….. in every way imaginable.

    Donald Trump is the only candidate, Republican or Democrat, with the courage to say so.

    This is why he is winning.

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  64. “The international jew controlled the fed before 1913″

    There was no Fed before 1913 (if by that you mean the Federal Reserve System). J.P. Morgan, Sr., was the country’s unofficial central banker. He was an Episcopalian. Morgan’s great rivals in banking were Jewish – e.g., Kuhn, Loeb & Co. The Fed was created after Morgan died.

    One of the prime movers in creating the Fed was Paul Warburg. Warburg was a member of the German Jewish banking family of M.M. Warburg & Co., and son-in-law to Solomon Loeb of Kuhn, Loeb. He was elected to the Federal Reserve Board in 1914. It is suggested that he was the prototype of Daddy Warbucks, the tycoon character in the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie.”

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