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Trump’s Ties to the Past and the Resurrection of the Left
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‘De Omnibus Dubitandum’
Everything is to be Doubted

Introduction

President Trump is deeply embedded in the politics of the deep state structure of American imperialism. Contrary to occasional references to non-intervention in overseas wars, Trump has followed in the footsteps of his predecessors.

While neoconservatives and liberals have raised a hue and cry about Trump’s ties to Russia, his ‘heresies’ over NATO and his overtures to peace in the Middle East, in practice, he has discarded his ‘market humanitarian’ imperialism and engaged in the same bellicose policies of his Democratic Party presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.

Because he lacks the slick ‘demagogy’ of former President Obama, and does not slather his actions with cheap appeals to ‘identity’ politics, Trump’s crude, abrasive pronouncements drive young demonstrators into the streets in mass actions. These demonstrations are not-so-discretely supported by Trump’s major opponents among the Wall Street bankers, speculators and mass media moguls. In other words, President Trump is an icon-embracer and follower, not a ‘revolutionary’ or even ‘change agent’.

We will proceed by discussing the historical trajectory, which gave birth to the Trump regime. We will identify ongoing policies and commitments determining the present and future direction of his administration.

We will conclude by identifying how current reaction can produce future transformations. We will challenge the current ‘catastrophic’ and apocalyptic delirium and offer reasons for an optimistic perspective for the future. In brief: This essay will point out how current negatives can become realistic positives.

Historical Sequences

Over the past two decades US presidents have squandered the financial and military resources of the country in multiple unending, losing wars, as well as in trillion dollar trade debts and fiscal imbalances. US leaders have run amok provoking major global financial crises, bankrupting the largest banks, destroying small mortgage holders, devastating manufacturers and creating massive unemployment followed by low-paid unstable jobs leading to collapse in living standards for the working and lower middle classes.

Imperial wars, trillion dollar bail-outs for the billionaires and unopposed flight of multinational Ccorporations abroad, have vastly deepened class inequalities and given rise to trade agreements favoring China, Germany and Mexico. Within the US, the major beneficiaries of these crises have been the bankers, high-tech billionaires, commercial importers and agro-business exporters.

Faced with systemic crises, the ruling regimes have responded by deepening and expanding US Presidential powers in the form of presidential decrees. To cover-up the decades-long series of debacles, patriotic ‘whistle-blowers’ have been jailed and police-state style surveillance has infiltrated every sector of the citizenry.

Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama defined the trajectory of imperial wars and Wall Street plunder. State police, military and financial institutions are firmly embedded in the matrix of power. Financial centers, like Goldman Sachs, have repeatedly set the agenda and controlled the US Department of Treasury and the agencies regulating trade and banking. The ‘permanent institutions’ of the state have remained, while Presidents, regardless of party, have been shuffled in and out of the ‘Oval Office’.

The ‘First Black’ President Barack Obama pledged peace and pursued seven wars. His successor, Donald Trump was elected on promises of ‘non-intervention’ and promptly picked up Obama’s ‘bombing baton’: tiny Yemen was attacked by US forces, Russia’s allies in the Donbas Region of Ukraine were savaged by Washington’s allies in Kiev and Trump’s ‘more realist’ representative, Nikki Haley, put on a bellicose performance at the UN in the style of ‘Madame Humanitarian Intervention’ Samantha Power, braying invectives at Russia.

Where is the change? Trump followed Obama by increasing sanctions against Russia, while threatening North Korea with nuclear annihilation in the wake of Obama’s major military build-up in the Korean peninsula. Obama launched a surrogate war against Syria and Trump escalated the air war over Raqqa. Obama encircled China with military bases, warships and warplanes and Trump goose-stepped right in with warmongering rhetoric. Obama expelled a record two million Mexican workers over eight years; Trump followed by promising to deport even more.

In other words, President Trump has dutifully picked up the march along his predecessors’ trajectory, bombing the same targeted countries while plagiarizing their maniacal speeches at the United Nations.

Obama increased the annual tribute (aid) to Tel Aviv to a whooping $3.8 billions while bleating a few pro-forma criticisms of expanding Israeli land-grabs in Palestine; Trump proposed to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem while blubbering a few of his own mini-criticisms of illegal Jewish settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

What is overwhelmingly striking is the similarity of Obama and Trump,’s policies and strategies in foreign policy, their means and allies. What is different is their style and rhetoric. Both ‘Change Agent’ Presidents immediately break the same phony pre-election promises and function well within the boundaries of the permanent state institutions.

Whatever differences they have are a result of contrasting historic contexts. Obama took over the collapse of the financial system and sought to regulate banks in order to stabilize operations. Trump took over after Obama’s trillion-dollar ‘stabilization’ and sought to eliminate regulations – in the footsteps of President Clinton! So ‘much ado’ about Trump’s ‘historic deregulation’!

The ‘winter of discontent’ in the form of mass protests against Trump’s ban against immigrants and visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries follows directly from Obama’s ‘seven deadly wars’. The immigrants and refugees are direct products of Obama’s invasions and attacks on these countries leading to murder, injury, forced displacement and misery for million of ‘predominantly’ (but not exclusively) Muslims. Obama’s wars have created tens of thousands of ‘rebels’, insurgents and terrorists. The refugees, fleeing for their lives, have been largely excluded from the US under Obama and most have sought safe havens in the squalid camps and chaos of the EU.

As terrible and illegal as Trump’s border closure to Muslims and as promising as the mass public protests seem, they are all the result of the near decade long policy of murder and mayhem under President Obama.

ORDER IT NOW

Following the policy trajectory – Obama shed the blood and Trump, in his vulgar racist style is left to ‘clean up the mess’. While Obama has been made into a ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ peace maker, grumpy Trump is soundly attacked for picking up the bloody mop!

Trump has chosen to tread the path of obloquy and faces the wrath of purgatory. Meanwhile, Obama is off playing golf, wind surfing and flashing his ‘devil may care’ smile to his adoring scribblers in the mass media.

As Trump stomps down the path laid out by Obama, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators fill the streets to protest the ‘fascist’, with scores of major mass media networks, dozens of plutocrats and ‘intellectuals’ of all genders, races and creeds writhing in moral outrage! One is left confused at the deafening silence of these same activists and forces when Obama’s aggressive wars and attacks led to the deaths and displacement of millions of civilians, mostly Muslim, and mostly women – as their homes, weddings, markets, schools and funerals were bombed.

So much for American muddle-headedness! One should try to understand the possibilities that arise from a massive sector finally breaking their silence as Obama’s glib warmongering has been transformed into Trump’s crude march to doomsday.

Optimistic Perspectives

There are many who despair but there are more who have become aware. We will identify the optimistic perspectives and realistic hopes rooted in current reality and trends. Realism means discussing contradictory, polarizing developments and therefore we accept no ‘inevitable’ outcomes. This means that outcomes are ‘contested terrain’ where subjective factors play a leading role. The interface of conflicting forces can result in an upward or downward spiral – toward more equality, sovereignty and liberation or greaterconcentration of wealth, power and privilege.

The most retrograde concentration of power and wealth is found in the oligarchic German-dominated European Union – a configuration which is under siege by popular forces. The United Kingdom voters chose to exit from the EU (Brexit). As a result, Britain faces a break-up with Scotland and Wales and an even greater separation from Ireland. Brexit will lead to a new polarization as London-based bankers depart to the EU and free market leaders confront workers, protectionists and the growing mass of the poor. Brexit fortifies nationalist-populists and leftist forces in France, Poland, Hungary and Serbia and shatters the neo-liberal hegemony in Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal and elsewhere. The challenge to the EU oligarchs is that popular insurgency will intensify social polarization and can bring to the fore progressive class movements or authoritarian nationalist parties and movements.

Trumps ascent to power and his executive decrees have led to highly polarize electorates, increased politicization and direct action. The awakening of America deepens internal fissures between small ‘d’ democrats, progressive women, trade unionists, students and others against the big ‘D’ Democratic Party opportunists, speculators, life-long Democratic warmongers, bourgeois black ‘D’ Party hacks (the mis-leaders) and a small army of corporate-funded NGO’s.

Trumps embrace of the Obama-Clinton military and Wall Street agenda will lead to a financial bubble, bloated military spending and more costly wars. These will divide the regime from its trade union and working class supporters now that Trump’s cabinet is composed entirely of billionaires, ideologues, rabid zionists and militarists (as opposed to his promise to appoint ‘hard-nosed’ deal-making businessmen and realists). This could create a rich opportunity for movements to arise which reject the truly ugly face of Trump’s reactionary regime.

Trump’s animosity to NAFTA, and advocacy of protectionism and financial and resource exploitation will undermine the corrupt, murderous, narco-neoliberal regimes which have ruled Mexico for the past 30 years since the days of Salinas. Trump’s anti-immigration policy will lead to Mexicans choosing to ‘fight over flight’ in confronting the social chaos created by the narco-gangs and gangster police. It will force the development of Mexico’s domestic markets and industry. Mass domestic consumption and ownership will embrace national-popular movements. The drug cartel and their political sponsors will lose the US markets and face domestic opposition.

Trump’s protectionism will limit the illegal flow of capital from Mexico, which amounted to $48.3 billion in 2016 or 55% of Mexico’s debt. Mexico’s transition from dependency and neo-colonialism will deeply polarize the state and society; the outcome will be determined by class forces.

Trump’s economic and military threats against Iran will strengthen nationalist, populist and collectivist forces over the neo-liberal ‘reformist’ and pro-Western politicians. Iran’s anti-imperialist alliance with Yemen, Syria and Lebanon will solidify against the US-led quartet of Saudi Arabia, Israel, Britain and the US.

Trump’s support for Israel’s massive seizure of Palestinian land and its ‘Jews-only’ ban against Muslims and Christians will lead to the ‘shaking off’ of the multi-millionaire Palestinian Authority quislings and the rise of many more uprisings and intifadas.

The defeat of ISIS will strengthen independent governmental forces in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, weaken US imperial leverage and open the door to popular democratic secular struggles.

China’s President Xi Jinping’s large-scale, long-term anti-corruption campaign has led to the arrest and removal of over a quarter-million officials and businesspeople, including billionaires and top Party leaders. The arrests, prosecution and jailing has reduced the abuse of privilege, but more important, it has improves the prospects for a movement to challenge vast social inequalities. What began from ‘above’ can provoke movements from ‘below’. The resurrection of a movement toward socialist values can have a major impact on US vassal states in Asia.

Russia’s support for democratic rights in Eastern Ukraine and the re-incorporation of Crimea via referendum can limit US puppet regimes on Russia’s southern flank and reduce US intervention. Russia can develop peaceful ties with independent European states with the break-up of the EU and the Trump electoral victory over the Obama-Clinton regime’s threat of nuclear war.

The world-wide movement against imperialist globalism isolates the US-backed right-wing power grab in South America. Brazil, Argentina and Chile’s pursuit of neo-liberal trade pacts are on the defensive. Their economies, especially in Argentina and Brazil, have seen a three-fold increase in unemployment, four-fold rise in foreign debt, stagnant to negative growth and now face mass-supported general strikes. Neo-liberal ‘toadyism’ is provoking class struggle. This can overturn the post-Obama order in Latin America.

Conclusion

ORDER IT NOW

Across the world and within the most important countries, the ultra-neoliberal order of the past quarter century is disintegrating. There is a massive upsurge of movements from above and below, from democratic leftists to nationalists, from independent populists to the right-wing reactionary ‘old guard’: A new polarized, fragmented political universe has emerged. The beginning of the end of the current imperial-globalist order is creating opportunities for a new dynamic democratic collectivist order. The oligarchs and ‘security’ elites will not easily give way to popular demands or step down. Knives will be sharpened, executive decrees will issue forth, and electoral coups will be staged to attempt to seize power. The emerging popular democratic movements need to overcome identity fragmentation and establish unified, egalitarian leaders who can act decisively and independently away from the existing political leaders who make dramatic, but phony, progressive gestures while seeking a return to the stench and squalor of the recent past.

 
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  1. If Trump makes war with Iran and China, Petras will be right.

    But I’m not sure we should confuse rhetoric with reality with Trump.

    Trump like to talk big and act tough. It’s part of his act.

    It’s been his style since the beginning of his campaign. The bluster.

    But in the end, he will be judged by what he does, not what he says.

    I don’t think he personally wants trouble with Iran, but some powerful Jews behind him supported him for that reason, and he owes them.

    I think he is using China as scapegoat for all the US’s problems, and yellow peril talk will be useful for the time being. Everyone bashed China as safe outlet.

    As for the protests, I think the elites are not exactly happy with them… but they find them useful because they fear the rise of Alt Right. So, if Antifa types wanna go around punching Trump supporters, the elites see that keeping things under control, at least in power centers like cities and college towns.

    As for stuff like pussy hat movement, how is that a threat to the elites? It’s so silly and hollywood-like? 500,000 women getting together with cutesy hats holding signs about pussy? That is no threat to the power elites.

    Anyway, the fact that the moron ‘protesters’ think ‘nazis’ are the real threat to America should be reassuring to the Wall Street elites.
    Antifa is like ISIS. Notice ISIS never attacked Israel.
    Likewise, Antifa may attack a starbucks here and there, but they do nothing about banks or Wall Street. They are bottomfeeders in search of ‘nazis’. So dumb.

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    Likewise, Antifa may attack a starbucks here and there, but they do nothing about banks or Wall Street. They are bottomfeeders in search of ‘nazis’. So dumb.
     
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  2. Obama got away with a lot because the media protected him and made excuses for him.

    One good thing about Trump presidency is the media are doing its job in questioning the power. But the pathetic thing is the media are attacking Trump in service of the globalist elites, not for the sake of the masses.
    But then, the media are controlled by the globalist elites.

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  3. Much as I appreciate some of your insights, Mr. Petras, I can’t kick the feeling that you are playing both sides of the street. Ding Obama here, ding Trump there. Yay for populists here, and yay for socialists there. Perhaps your critique just doesn’t fit into set polarized categories. Still, I’d appreciate a clarification of what ultimate outcome you’d really like to see.

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    • Replies: @Chet Roman
    I really don't care what Petras would "like to see", I prefer an analysis of the situation and can make up my own mind on the preferable results. That is what Petras is doing. Thank you Mr. Petras.
    , @Seamus Padraig
    Petras is a socialist.
  4. I gather what Dr. Petras is saying is Neoliberal Globalism is in crises and Trump is just the symptom of impending social and economic chaos.

    His hope is that progressive forces will emerge out of the collapse of the Neoliberal and begin to rebuild a new and more just social order.

    My fear is that the transitional stage will be a period of violence and disorder before a phoenix can arise from the ashes.

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  5. Good points, yet in future articles, please delete meaningless crap like:

    “We will proceed by discussing the historical trajectory, which gave birth to the Trump regime. We will identify ongoing policies and commitments determining the present and future direction of his administration.

    We will conclude by identifying how current reaction can produce future transformations. We will challenge the current ‘catastrophic’ and apocalyptic delirium and offer reasons for an optimistic perspective for the future. In brief: This essay will point out how current negatives can become realistic positives.”

    Use a direct approach, like Jimmy Dore, an irreverent, profane, progressive youtuber who gave this deserving farewell review of disastrous President Obama:

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    • Replies: @Skeptikal
    Jimmy Dore, you are so right
    I cannot listen to the crap coming out of BO's mouth.

    It is called total hypocrisy and cluelessness. Does he think anyone believes him? Who writes these wretched speeches? Why isn't BO gagging as he mouths these insults ("We live in peaceful times"---Huh?? "Democracy is hard work"--yeah, like all of the behind-the-scenes manipulations, pay-to-play, regime change of Libya and Syria; stealing primaries . . . yep, hard work, but the money is good). I have to stop. Now I am gagging!!
  6. @Lord of Wombats
    If Trump makes war with Iran and China, Petras will be right.

    But I'm not sure we should confuse rhetoric with reality with Trump.

    Trump like to talk big and act tough. It's part of his act.

    It's been his style since the beginning of his campaign. The bluster.

    But in the end, he will be judged by what he does, not what he says.

    I don't think he personally wants trouble with Iran, but some powerful Jews behind him supported him for that reason, and he owes them.

    I think he is using China as scapegoat for all the US's problems, and yellow peril talk will be useful for the time being. Everyone bashed China as safe outlet.

    As for the protests, I think the elites are not exactly happy with them... but they find them useful because they fear the rise of Alt Right. So, if Antifa types wanna go around punching Trump supporters, the elites see that keeping things under control, at least in power centers like cities and college towns.

    As for stuff like pussy hat movement, how is that a threat to the elites? It's so silly and hollywood-like? 500,000 women getting together with cutesy hats holding signs about pussy? That is no threat to the power elites.

    Anyway, the fact that the moron 'protesters' think 'nazis' are the real threat to America should be reassuring to the Wall Street elites.
    Antifa is like ISIS. Notice ISIS never attacked Israel.
    Likewise, Antifa may attack a starbucks here and there, but they do nothing about banks or Wall Street. They are bottomfeeders in search of 'nazis'. So dumb.

    Likewise, Antifa may attack a starbucks here and there, but they do nothing about banks or Wall Street. They are bottomfeeders in search of ‘nazis’. So dumb.

    Or so bought.

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  7. Where is the change? Trump followed Obama by increasing sanctions against Russia, while threatening North Korea with nuclear annihilation in the wake of Obama’s major military build-up in the Korean peninsula. Obama launched a surrogate war against Syria and Trump escalated the air war over Raqqa. Obama encircled China with military bases, warships and warplanes and Trump goose-stepped right in with warmongering rhetoric. Obama expelled a record two million Mexican workers over eight years; Trump followed by promising to deport even more.

    Looking at the facts – on foreign policy it seems that Trump was telling the voters what we wanted to hear.

    Contrary to election talk – relations with Russia are going south – more Euro tanks are on Russia’s border then before the election.

    Contrary to election talk – there is now a One China policy.

    Contrary to election talk – Trump will not even take a phone call from the Palestinians.

    Contrary to election talk – Saudi is getting more help than ever in killing poor Yemenis.

    Contrary to election talk – no Sunni leader has been given sanctions for supporting ISIS with money.

    Hmm – what gives?

    Peace — Art

    p.s. Trump Won’t Wont Accept Calls Or Meet With Palestinian Leaders

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46425.htm

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  8. @Diogenes
    I gather what Dr. Petras is saying is Neoliberal Globalism is in crises and Trump is just the symptom of impending social and economic chaos.

    His hope is that progressive forces will emerge out of the collapse of the Neoliberal and begin to rebuild a new and more just social order.

    My fear is that the transitional stage will be a period of violence and disorder before a phoenix can arise from the ashes.

    Agree…though, fingers crossed re: Phoenix….

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  9. Is it painful being consistently wrong? Show the doctor where it hurts, Petras. You might want to read Scott Adams to see what someone who is consistently and proveably CORRECT sounds like.

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    The Dilbert guy is alone in predicting the election outcome 18 months ago during the primaries. It is no coincidence that he is a trained hypnotist as well as a cartoonist.....with a deep understanding of human nature and communicating with the masses. He has written in detail about the various techniques the TV celebrity Trump used to bypass the legacy KM (kosher media out of LA and NY) and reach into the mass hive mind directly. Modern politics in the West is now shallow and cartoonish.......Trump as Elmer Fudd, OBongo as Bugs Bunny, Clinton as Wile E Coyote, Bush as Mr. McGoo, Carter as Snow White, Reagan as Dudley Do-Right..........
  10. I was with you until I read this sentence:

    “The emerging popular democratic movements need to overcome identity fragmentation and establish unified, egalitarian leaders who can act decisively and independently away from the existing political leaders. . .”

    I would surmise that “identity fragmentation” is one of the major drivers of the transformations you discuss previously.

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  11. *ALL WARS ARE BANKERS’ WARS* By Michael Rivero

    I know many people have a great deal of difficulty comprehending just how many wars are started for no other purpose than to force private central banks onto nations, so let me share a few examples, so that you understand why the US Government is mired in so many wars against so many foreign nations. There is ample precedent for this.

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  12. If you look at New Left politics since the 1960′s, they have abandoned the working classes in favor of the “oppressed”, e.g. a rag-tag collection of “marginalized” groups, who they generally purport to save by expanding the federal bureaucracy and expanding public and private surveillance and control over the masses as well as private capital, in the form of “anti-harassment” and “non-discrimination” policies.

    Fortunately, New Left policies are perfectly compatible with a system of rapacious oligarchical capitalism and a political system that is run by and for the oligarchs, at the expense of the masses. Hence, Google, Facebook, and the like are all behind these New Left policies, as they don’t affect the bottom line, and they keep people too occupied fighting over transsexual bathrooms to notice that the working classes are falling down a ditch.

    As far as the revolutionary potential in the Western world, I think it lies in the native working classes, who are actively harmed by both “diversity” as well as neoliberal policies. Appeals to “unity” are going to be interpreted as more appeals to shut up while less qualified people are promoted over you. I see the challenger as some form of Identitarian socialism, which in fact Trumpism in essence is, even if the actual implementation is just Neoliberal Imperialism 2.0.

    Trump’s victory is not in bringing Trump and his people to power, it has been in changing the language of politics, specifically, making what was once “impossible” now “possible”. The next step is actualizing that potential, which Trump is probably poorly suited to do, but one imagines someone else will be waiting in the wings.

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    • Replies: @helena
    Agreed.

    "New Left policies are perfectly compatible with a system of rapacious oligarchical capitalism and a political system that is run by and for the oligarchs, at the expense of the masses."

    The habit of Hollywood actors to combine accepting an award with a speech mourning the election result is either because they can't join the dots or because they know full well that they do very nicely out of New Left policies.
  13. The first rule of theurgical magic is never summon something up that you can’t put down. In a more rationalistic age, certain basic principles get neglected.

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  14. Feb 5, 2017 Trump’s New World Order

    The new boss is starting to look a bit like the old bosses…

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  15. “President Trump is deeply embedded in the politics of the deep state structure of American imperialism. Contrary to occasional references to non-intervention in overseas wars, Trump has followed in the footsteps of his predecessors.”

    Does the author realize Trump has been in office less than 30 days? Statistically your sample size is too small; move this to the garbage heap where it belongs.

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  16. @Laugh Track
    Much as I appreciate some of your insights, Mr. Petras, I can't kick the feeling that you are playing both sides of the street. Ding Obama here, ding Trump there. Yay for populists here, and yay for socialists there. Perhaps your critique just doesn't fit into set polarized categories. Still, I'd appreciate a clarification of what ultimate outcome you'd really like to see.

    I really don’t care what Petras would “like to see”, I prefer an analysis of the situation and can make up my own mind on the preferable results. That is what Petras is doing. Thank you Mr. Petras.

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  17. All the world’s a stage” Shakespeare

    Without restoring our Republic, which was destroyed in a hail of bullets, on November 22, 1963, the Actors will continue their prostitution, in service to the Zionist Oligarchs’ (not so) New World Order.

    Ignore the problem, the diagnosis, and the solution – at your peril.

    Durruti (for The Anarchist Collective)

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  18. @segundo
    Is it painful being consistently wrong? Show the doctor where it hurts, Petras. You might want to read Scott Adams to see what someone who is consistently and proveably CORRECT sounds like.

    The Dilbert guy is alone in predicting the election outcome 18 months ago during the primaries. It is no coincidence that he is a trained hypnotist as well as a cartoonist…..with a deep understanding of human nature and communicating with the masses. He has written in detail about the various techniques the TV celebrity Trump used to bypass the legacy KM (kosher media out of LA and NY) and reach into the mass hive mind directly. Modern politics in the West is now shallow and cartoonish…….Trump as Elmer Fudd, OBongo as Bugs Bunny, Clinton as Wile E Coyote, Bush as Mr. McGoo, Carter as Snow White, Reagan as Dudley Do-Right……….

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  19. @Laugh Track
    Much as I appreciate some of your insights, Mr. Petras, I can't kick the feeling that you are playing both sides of the street. Ding Obama here, ding Trump there. Yay for populists here, and yay for socialists there. Perhaps your critique just doesn't fit into set polarized categories. Still, I'd appreciate a clarification of what ultimate outcome you'd really like to see.

    Petras is a socialist.

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  20. As a result, Britain faces a break-up with Scotland and Wales and an even greater separation from Ireland.

    Not completely accurate. Most of Wales also voted for Brexit, and the Welsh nationalist party, Cymru, is still nowhere near the size of the Scottish National Party.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    If everyone gets what the majority of their nation wants, then it looks like we will eventually have an independent EU-applicant Scotland next to an independent EU-member Ireland and a non-EU England/Wales/Northern Ireland. Fine with me. Don't see that such changes would harm Americans any.
  21. Petras said:

    “As terrible and illegal as Trump’s border closure to Muslims and as promising as the mass public protests seem, they are all the result of the near decade long policy of murder and mayhem under President Obama.”

    Nothing “illegal” about it.

    Section 212(f) 8 U.S. Code 1182

    “Whenever the President finds it that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate”

    Then there was Obama’s same exec. order, titled the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act” (H. R.158), specifically barred nationals from Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Sudan from entering the U.S. without first submitting to interrogation and specialist vetting—including face-to-face interviews in their home countries before setting off.

    Remember The Time Bill Clinton Got A Standing Ovation For “Cracking Down On Illegal Aliens”

    Clinton said:

    “Our nation is rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country…”

    “Illegal immigrants take jobs from citizens or legal immigrants, they impose burdens on our taxpayers…”

    “That is why we are doubling the number of border guards, deporting more illegal immigrants than ever before, cracking down on illegal hiring, barring benefits to illegal aliens, and we will do more to speed the deportation of illegal immigrants arrest for crimes….”

    “It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws that has occurred in the last few years.. and we must do more to stop it.”
    [Standing Ovation]

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  22. @Tulip
    If you look at New Left politics since the 1960's, they have abandoned the working classes in favor of the "oppressed", e.g. a rag-tag collection of "marginalized" groups, who they generally purport to save by expanding the federal bureaucracy and expanding public and private surveillance and control over the masses as well as private capital, in the form of "anti-harassment" and "non-discrimination" policies.

    Fortunately, New Left policies are perfectly compatible with a system of rapacious oligarchical capitalism and a political system that is run by and for the oligarchs, at the expense of the masses. Hence, Google, Facebook, and the like are all behind these New Left policies, as they don't affect the bottom line, and they keep people too occupied fighting over transsexual bathrooms to notice that the working classes are falling down a ditch.

    As far as the revolutionary potential in the Western world, I think it lies in the native working classes, who are actively harmed by both "diversity" as well as neoliberal policies. Appeals to "unity" are going to be interpreted as more appeals to shut up while less qualified people are promoted over you. I see the challenger as some form of Identitarian socialism, which in fact Trumpism in essence is, even if the actual implementation is just Neoliberal Imperialism 2.0.

    Trump's victory is not in bringing Trump and his people to power, it has been in changing the language of politics, specifically, making what was once "impossible" now "possible". The next step is actualizing that potential, which Trump is probably poorly suited to do, but one imagines someone else will be waiting in the wings.

    Agreed.

    “New Left policies are perfectly compatible with a system of rapacious oligarchical capitalism and a political system that is run by and for the oligarchs, at the expense of the masses.”

    The habit of Hollywood actors to combine accepting an award with a speech mourning the election result is either because they can’t join the dots or because they know full well that they do very nicely out of New Left policies.

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  23. https://www.reddit.com/r/television/comments/5trmrn/trump_vs_truth_last_week_tonight_with_john_oliver/ddop0b2/

    You voted for Trump because Clinton was going to be in Wall Street’s pocket. Trump wants to repeal Dodd-Frank and eliminate the Fiduciary Rule, letting Wall Street return to its pre-2008 ways. You voted for Trump because of Clinton’s emails. The Trump administration is running its own private email server. You voted for Trump because you thought the Clinton Foundation was “pay for play.” Trump has refused to wall off his businesses from his administration, and personally profits from payments from foreign governments. You voted for Trump because of Clinton’s role in Benghazi. Trump ordered the Yemen raid without adequate intel, and tweeted about “FAKE NEWS” while Americans died as a result of his carelessness. You voted for Trump because Clinton didn’t care about “the little guy.” Trump’s cabinet is full of billionaires, and he took away your health insurance so he could give them a multi-million-dollar tax break. You voted for Trump because he was going to build a wall and Mexico was going to pay for it. American consumers will pay for the wall via import tariffs. You voted for Trump because Clinton was going to get us into a war. Trump has provoked our enemies, alienated our allies, and given ISIS a decade’s worth of recruiting material. You voted for Trump because Clinton didn’t have the stamina to do the job. Trump hung up on the Australian Prime Minister during a 5pm phone call because “it was at the end of a long day and he was tired and fatigue was setting in.” You voted for Trump because foreign leaders wouldn’t “respect” Clinton. Foreign leaders, both friendly and hostile, are openly mocking Trump. You voted for Trump because Clinton lies and “he tells it like it is.” Trump and his administration lie with a regularity and brazenness that can only be described as shocking. Let’s be honest about what really happened. The reality is that you voted for Trump because you got conned. Trump is a grifter and the American people were the mark. Now that you know the score, quit insisting the con-man is on your side.

    jeez. it is gonna be a fun 4 years or the start of our nightmare.

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    Trump neither took away my medical insurance nor increased my taxes.
  24. Is Trump a helpless creature of the Jew Deep State?

    Is Trump constrained by the Jew MSM, by the Jew Chucky Schumer in congress, by Jared and Ivanka in the White House, by his Goldman Sachs cabinet, and by his liberal Jew educated federal bureaucracy and judiciary?

    Every way he turns he sees Jew think. No matter what he wants to do – he is checked by Jews.

    Will Trump be the ultimate Jew controlled president?

    Peace — Art

    p.s. Is his ego so big that he will never see the truth of his situation?

    p.s. Just asking?

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  25. @Carlton Meyer
    Good points, yet in future articles, please delete meaningless crap like:

    "We will proceed by discussing the historical trajectory, which gave birth to the Trump regime. We will identify ongoing policies and commitments determining the present and future direction of his administration.

    We will conclude by identifying how current reaction can produce future transformations. We will challenge the current ‘catastrophic’ and apocalyptic delirium and offer reasons for an optimistic perspective for the future. In brief: This essay will point out how current negatives can become realistic positives."

    Use a direct approach, like Jimmy Dore, an irreverent, profane, progressive youtuber who gave this deserving farewell review of disastrous President Obama:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrqAUebq6Ic

    Jimmy Dore, you are so right
    I cannot listen to the crap coming out of BO’s mouth.

    It is called total hypocrisy and cluelessness. Does he think anyone believes him? Who writes these wretched speeches? Why isn’t BO gagging as he mouths these insults (“We live in peaceful times”—Huh?? “Democracy is hard work”–yeah, like all of the behind-the-scenes manipulations, pay-to-play, regime change of Libya and Syria; stealing primaries . . . yep, hard work, but the money is good). I have to stop. Now I am gagging!!

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  26. The Philadelphia furniture salesman will be showing up soon to hold hands with his pudgy butt boy, Trump, and discuss how to sell the leveling of Iran as being in America’s interest…..and not just another favor to our “best friend”. Maybe Mad Poodle Mattis could rebrand the US military as the IOF…….

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  27. My impression of Trump so far is that he knows even less how to exercise power within the American political system than Obama did. Paul Ryan and his accomplices are free to work unobserved within the penumbras of that Orange hair. Their published agenda includes various foreign wars as well as war on Americans of lesser means. Be interesting to see how long attention remains focused solely on the Alpha orangutan.

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  28. @Seamus Padraig

    As a result, Britain faces a break-up with Scotland and Wales and an even greater separation from Ireland.
     
    Not completely accurate. Most of Wales also voted for Brexit, and the Welsh nationalist party, Cymru, is still nowhere near the size of the Scottish National Party.

    If everyone gets what the majority of their nation wants, then it looks like we will eventually have an independent EU-applicant Scotland next to an independent EU-member Ireland and a non-EU England/Wales/Northern Ireland. Fine with me. Don’t see that such changes would harm Americans any.

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  29. You only made it to the third paragraph before blatantly contradicting yourself:
    “These demonstrations are not-so-discretely supported by Trump’s major opponents among the Wall Street bankers, speculators and mass media moguls. In other words, President Trump is an icon-embracer and follower, not a ‘revolutionary’ or even ‘change agent’.”

    If he isn’t a change agent then why in the hell would the Left and its Wall Street, mass media not-so-discrete supporters be going foaming at the mouth crazy over him? They’d be throwing him roses like they would have with Clinton.

    I never thought Trump was all that much of a change agent in the first place, but seeing the vehemence of the Cathedral and Global Capitalism’s reaction to his Presidency, I’m starting to have more respect for his potential.

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    I support anyone Jews, liberals and progressives hate. They hate Trump, therefore he must be a good guy planning to do good for America and us deplorables
  30. I’ll make it short. Remember the legend of Hercules? When he was knocked down he became stronger. The Left can only shriek and cry and pout like infants for only so long, before fatigue and tolerance take their toll.

    A review of Trump’s business life reveals that the was declared mortally wounded and terminal MANY TIMES, and came back against big odds against him.

    Then there is the recent Superbowl. If you were a paid spectator and left at the end of the Third Quarter, thinking, “That’s it; there’s no way for the Patriots to win”, you would have missed the greatest Fourth Quarter in all Super Bowl history.

    A chess game cannot be decided on the basis of the first two moves. Nor, additionally for the sacrifice of a Knight that puts the player on a path to checkmate.

    The above article is a mishmash of hedging and old bones dug up and buried in the next grave. Of not much use.

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  31. According to another writer on UNZ:

    Trumps promise to, “Put America first,” pulls the plug on neoliberalism’s economic life support and imposes a new era of economic nationalism. The military faction will abandon unfettered capitalism, free trade agreements and globalisation in favour of de-globalisation, economic nationalism, rebuilding of infrastructure, the middle class and manufacturing.

    http://www.unz.com/article/political-sciences-theory-of-everything-on-the-2016-us-election/

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  32. @Astuteobservor II
    https://www.reddit.com/r/television/comments/5trmrn/trump_vs_truth_last_week_tonight_with_john_oliver/ddop0b2/

    You voted for Trump because Clinton was going to be in Wall Street's pocket. Trump wants to repeal Dodd-Frank and eliminate the Fiduciary Rule, letting Wall Street return to its pre-2008 ways. You voted for Trump because of Clinton's emails. The Trump administration is running its own private email server. You voted for Trump because you thought the Clinton Foundation was "pay for play." Trump has refused to wall off his businesses from his administration, and personally profits from payments from foreign governments. You voted for Trump because of Clinton's role in Benghazi. Trump ordered the Yemen raid without adequate intel, and tweeted about "FAKE NEWS" while Americans died as a result of his carelessness. You voted for Trump because Clinton didn't care about "the little guy." Trump's cabinet is full of billionaires, and he took away your health insurance so he could give them a multi-million-dollar tax break. You voted for Trump because he was going to build a wall and Mexico was going to pay for it. American consumers will pay for the wall via import tariffs. You voted for Trump because Clinton was going to get us into a war. Trump has provoked our enemies, alienated our allies, and given ISIS a decade's worth of recruiting material. You voted for Trump because Clinton didn't have the stamina to do the job. Trump hung up on the Australian Prime Minister during a 5pm phone call because "it was at the end of a long day and he was tired and fatigue was setting in." You voted for Trump because foreign leaders wouldn't "respect" Clinton. Foreign leaders, both friendly and hostile, are openly mocking Trump. You voted for Trump because Clinton lies and "he tells it like it is." Trump and his administration lie with a regularity and brazenness that can only be described as shocking. Let's be honest about what really happened. The reality is that you voted for Trump because you got conned. Trump is a grifter and the American people were the mark. Now that you know the score, quit insisting the con-man is on your side.
     
    jeez. it is gonna be a fun 4 years or the start of our nightmare.

    Trump neither took away my medical insurance nor increased my taxes.

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  33. @Alfa158
    You only made it to the third paragraph before blatantly contradicting yourself:
    "These demonstrations are not-so-discretely supported by Trump’s major opponents among the Wall Street bankers, speculators and mass media moguls. In other words, President Trump is an icon-embracer and follower, not a ‘revolutionary’ or even ‘change agent’."

    If he isn't a change agent then why in the hell would the Left and its Wall Street, mass media not-so-discrete supporters be going foaming at the mouth crazy over him? They'd be throwing him roses like they would have with Clinton.

    I never thought Trump was all that much of a change agent in the first place, but seeing the vehemence of the Cathedral and Global Capitalism's reaction to his Presidency, I'm starting to have more respect for his potential.

    I support anyone Jews, liberals and progressives hate. They hate Trump, therefore he must be a good guy planning to do good for America and us deplorables

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