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Even before Donald Trump’s election victory it was becoming clear that we are living in an age of disintegration. Nation states are returning to relationships based on rivalry and friction when the trend was meant to be in the opposite direction. The internal unity of country after country is under stress or has already broken down. Governments and universities used to set up institutions to study greater integration and cooperation, while in fact they might have been better looking at how things fall apart.

The phenomenon is most obvious in the wider Middle East where there are at least seven wars and three insurgencies raging in the swathe of countries between Pakistan and Nigeria. But in Europe and the US, foreign and domestic antagonisms are also becoming deeper and more venomous. In this more rancorous political landscape, the election of Donald Trump as US President feels like part of a trend, toxic and dangerous but wide-ranging and unstoppable. Distinct though the political and economic situation in the US, Europe and the Middle East may be in many respects, there is the same dissatisfaction or rejection of the status quo without much idea of what should be put in its place.

Political shocks like the election of Trump can produce apocalyptic forebodings that in retrospect turn out to be misplaced or exaggerated. But, in this case, grim expectations about the future may be all too justified and unlikely to evaporate. Trump’s promises of radical change may be phoney or opportunistic, but they have a momentum of their own which will be uncontrollable.

For all his demagoguery, there was a sense that Trump was often nearer to the issues that concerned voters than Hillary Clinton. In the final election rallies of Trump in Michigan and Clinton in North Carolina, he was promising voters the return of factories and well-paid jobs while she was repeating kindergarten waffle such as “love trumps hate” and “build bridges not walls”. He will find it difficult to retreat from these pledges and this is bound to bring confrontation with other trading nations. Overall, the high days of liberal capitalism since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, which continued despite a battering from the financial crisis of 2008, are finally finished.

It is an age not just of disintegration but of extremes, with proponents of the status quo either weakened or discredited, as shown by the Brexit vote in Britain. The beneficiaries are mostly on the right: from the 1980s on, the mainstream left in Britain, France and Germany abandoned socialism for liberal free market capitalism as the proven recipe for human happiness, which meant that after 2008 they had no alternative system to advocate and could no longer provide a credible vehicle for protest. The political beneficiaries of disillusionment with things as they are have almost invariably been on the right as with Trump who, along with other rightist insurgencies, can plug into resurgent loyalty to the nation state in the wake of discredited globalisation.

There are similarities – so long as the analogies are not overstrained – between the forces behind the Arab Spring protests of 2011, the Brexit vote and Trump’s electoral victory today. In all cases, the ruling establishment was weaker and more unpopular than even the most critical observers had imagined: the triumphant protesters were astonished by the extent of their own success. More ominously, it swiftly emerged in the Middle East that the proponents of change had little idea what it should be and had relied wholly on demonisation of their opponents as the source of all evils.

There is another parallel between what happened in the Arab world five years ago and events in the UK and the US this year. The old regimes were battered or discarded but there was nothing to replace them with. There is no consensus on what to do. Travelling to Britain from the Middle East, it is striking how the political, social and geographical divisions expressed by the Brexit vote have only deepened with time, whatever pretences there are to the contrary. Political commentators in the UK and US who endlessly proclaimed that, whatever the rhetoric, elections were won by those who seized the centre ground turned out to be wrong because there was not much centre ground to seize.

These are not the only political shibboleths which should be discarded. Shocks like these usually provoke jeremiads from the “commentariat” about how all is chaos and the centre cannot hold. Such dire warnings are swiftly followed by more hopeful commentary about how things have not changed as radically or dangerously as first feared. But, unfortunately, in the case of the US election, the first gloom-filled predictions may be the most accurate.

It is true that Trump’s authority will be thwarted by the division of powers laid down by the US constitution – though this is somewhat contradicted by Republican control of both Houses of Congress as well as the presidency. Presidential powers are also diluted by those of other state institutions such as the Pentagon and the Treasury. But these comforting thoughts are probably wishful thinking. The extent of the rejection of the American establishment – Democrats, Republicans, celebrities, media – by US voters underlines its weakness. The US media in particular is so much part of the political class that it had become an echo chamber in which it heard only its own views.

Leaving aside these dangerous historical trends, there is another more immediate menace stemming from election of Trump in the US and the Brexit vote in Britain: it empowers and legitimises the crackpots and the cranks, those who want to roll back the verdict of past elections since the New Deal if not the Civil War. Those around Trump are not just the Team “B” of American politics but the Team “C” or even lower down the alphabet. They may not want to blow up the world but, out of sheer idiocy, they could do just that.

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I am writing this in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Irbil which is 60 miles from Mosul, where rival armies are fighting their way into Isis’s last great stronghold. Nobody expects this to be the end of the wars in Iraq and Syria or the multiple crises tearing the region apart. The experience is evidence of the fragility of states and how easily they can be capsized, not just by domestic divisions and foreign enemies but by avoidable political errors. With Donald Trump soon to be in the White House, it is difficult to avoid the feeling that the world has just become a lot more dangerous place.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. With Donald Trump soon to be in the White House, it is difficult to avoid the feeling that the world has just become a lot more dangerous place.

    There is no way the world could become “more dangerous” in my perception.

    Some, maybe most, of the support for Trump was based on a belief that he could return us to a better time. I don’t think he can. But a lot of it was from people who already know the world is a dangerous place and are determined to take care of themselves as best they can.

    People simply do not have faith in the elites’ ability to prevent the inevitable and take care of them.

    Maybe some people are waking up to reality.

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  2. With Donald Trump soon to be in the White House, it is difficult to avoid the feeling that the world has just become a lot more dangerous place.

    Oh, bullshit. Cut the drama.

    PS: You never made the case for your conclusion.

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  3. OutWest says:

    “Trump’s promises of radical change may be phoney or opportunistic…” Odd comment. “May be” and ‘may not be’ are synonyms.

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  4. Diogenes says:

    Well I thought Patrick’s thoughts were very insightful. I would hope Trump’s election might drive the last stake into the heart of Global Neoliberalism. With Trumps protectionism we could have destructive trade wars and a slide in global growth. This would hurt American workers and consumers. Patrick is right to note a sharp shift,of populist movements world wide, to Right Wing Reactionary protest politics with it’s tendency to intolerance, division and violence. This could lead to authoritarian government, inter-ethnic conflict and aggressive nationalism. WE should not underestimate what unmitigated Trumpism, the cult of the personality, can unleash. This is not an exaggeration let us hope for a better outcome.

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    With Trumps protectionism we could have destructive trade wars and a slide in global growth.

    Yeah we always hear this BS from economists. Remind me, when was the last time they were right. Besides, if Americans are better off and the rest of the world isn't, who cares?
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  5. “With Donald Trump soon to be in the White House, it is difficult to avoid the feeling that the world has just become a lot more dangerous place.”

    As if this wouldn’t be just as true if Hillary Clinton had been elected…

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  6. The Arab/Muslim/tribal states in the Middle East, from which Mr. Cockburn posted his polemic, are not comparable to the United States, so his conclusion is pointless. They comprise archaic families of a different race and tradition, which have been at each other’s throats since before Americans foolishly invaded/invited them.

    We have no business there, nor do we really need to be there.

    With a Trump presidency, there is at least some chance that a century of misguided, manipulated, other-serving adventures will at least be less emphasized.

    Our president-elect is at least familiar with the term “America First,” and he contains the seeds of a healthy isolationism that should have been followed for the past one-hundred years.

    Let us leave Mr. Cockburn’s Middle Eastern states alone to their own resources. Let them kill each other, while we rebuild a country that has been bankrupted by our invasions of that alien land and people.

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  7. Daniel H says:

    Let’s have managed capitalism. Let’s not destroy the profit motive nor dull the efficiency of the markets but keep a leash on things so they don’t go off on a tear.

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    Capitalists always buy any government that is buyable. Why wouldn't they? It's very profitable.

    They also buy up the leash-holders by offering them employment and other rewards after their service holding the reins. Why wouldn't they? It's very profitable.

    Unless you have a specific solution to the question of how you come up with human beings who cannot be bought, yours is the same old fantasy of a controllable and controlled Capitalism.

    Schumpeter fiddled with such a conception, but no such critter exists.

    The mainland Chinese, who are not Capitalist, have come up with one solution, which is not to control Capitalism but to control select Capitalists, who are allowed their enterprise and wealth as long as it is to the benefit of the nation and people at large.

    If not--but why bother with the metaphysical aspects?

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  8. Rehmat says:

    Do you know Mr. Cockburn, one of the first persons to congratulate Trump on his victory, was Jonathan Arkush, president of powerful British Jewish Lobby, the Board of Deputy of British Jews.

    In a statement published on the Board’s website on Wednesday morning, Arkush said: “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory. After a divisive campaign, I hope that Trump will move to build bridges and ensure that America’s standing as a beacon of progress, tolerance and free-thinking remains strong.”

    Any thoughts?

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/11/10/trumps-victory-and-the-jews/

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    Any thoughts?
     
    Yes that you are a fucking boring paranoid monomaniac whose compulsive anti-semitism drags Jews into every fucking possible thread. Seek medical help while there's a fleeting chance of not being institutionalized.
    , @Alden
    It means the Jews will pressure Trump and congress to continue the destructive wars in the middle east so as to destroy the lands and clear out the fighting age men to Europe resulting in Israel taking control of the middle east from Egypt to Turkey.

    Then a short rest of a few years and then AIPAC will order American troops west to take over Egypt, Tunisia, Libya Algeria and Morocco.
    , @Hcat
    So much for the Trumpites being anti- Semitic, I guess.
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  9. @Daniel H
    Let's have managed capitalism. Let's not destroy the profit motive nor dull the efficiency of the markets but keep a leash on things so they don't go off on a tear.

    Capitalists always buy any government that is buyable. Why wouldn’t they? It’s very profitable.

    They also buy up the leash-holders by offering them employment and other rewards after their service holding the reins. Why wouldn’t they? It’s very profitable.

    Unless you have a specific solution to the question of how you come up with human beings who cannot be bought, yours is the same old fantasy of a controllable and controlled Capitalism.

    Schumpeter fiddled with such a conception, but no such critter exists.

    The mainland Chinese, who are not Capitalist, have come up with one solution, which is not to control Capitalism but to control select Capitalists, who are allowed their enterprise and wealth as long as it is to the benefit of the nation and people at large.

    If not–but why bother with the metaphysical aspects?

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  10. @Rehmat
    Do you know Mr. Cockburn, one of the first persons to congratulate Trump on his victory, was Jonathan Arkush, president of powerful British Jewish Lobby, the Board of Deputy of British Jews.

    In a statement published on the Board’s website on Wednesday morning, Arkush said: “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory. After a divisive campaign, I hope that Trump will move to build bridges and ensure that America’s standing as a beacon of progress, tolerance and free-thinking remains strong.”

    Any thoughts?

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/11/10/trumps-victory-and-the-jews/

    Any thoughts?

    Yes that you are a fucking boring paranoid monomaniac whose compulsive anti-semitism drags Jews into every fucking possible thread. Seek medical help while there’s a fleeting chance of not being institutionalized.

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    Thanks for quoting from your Talmud.

    But the truth is the present day Jews are not SEMITE people. Arab Muslims and Christians have more chances to be SMITE people.

    Israeli historian, professor Eran Elhaik (Johns Hopkins University) in a study published by the Genome Biology And Evolution on December 5, 2012, had claimed that the European Jews (Ashkenazis) are not Semitic (Hebrew) people but are descendants of Khazarian Turkic tribes.

    This revelation by a member of fellow tribe – hit the very core of the Zionists’ myth that ancestors of Eyropean Jews were expelled from historic Palestine by the Goyim armies. Instead of challenging Dr. Elhaik’s claim that previous genetic studies conducted by Jewish scientists like Harry Ostrer (Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine), were intentionally cooked the books (‘Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People’, etc.) to support Zionist narrative.

    https://rehmat1.com/2013/09/21/israeli-historian-jews-are-not-semitic-people/
    , @KA
    Sisi was the first foreign leader to congratulate Trump One can surmise that he is loath to see the drying up of the billion dollars dole to Egypt each year .

    Egypt has not forgotten how that aid came under threat in 1990 from US Assistant Sec of State for Near Eastern Affiars,John Kelly who threatened to cut it off if Egypt continued to support and try a diplomatic approach to resolving Iraq and Kuwait conflicts.
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  11. Clinton in North Carolina, he was promising voters the return of factories and well-paid jobs while she was repeating kindergarten waffle such as “love trumps hate” and “build bridges not walls”

    Well, that’s how you handle kindergarteners, and that’s how Progressives correctly view their electorate.
    Think of blacks supporting no commercial or demographic borders. Kindergateners is the kindliest way to say it that there is.

    With Donald Trump soon to be in the White House, it is difficult to avoid the feeling that the world has just become a lot more dangerous place.

    I had bet you wouldn’t provide readers with any reason for that claim, aside from derogating with a string of insults Trump supporters and right-wing thinkers (“crackpots”, “idiots”, and so on).
    You ended up giving us the kindergarten waffle too.

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  12. Rehmat says:
    @Grahamsno(G64)

    Any thoughts?
     
    Yes that you are a fucking boring paranoid monomaniac whose compulsive anti-semitism drags Jews into every fucking possible thread. Seek medical help while there's a fleeting chance of not being institutionalized.

    Thanks for quoting from your Talmud.

    But the truth is the present day Jews are not SEMITE people. Arab Muslims and Christians have more chances to be SMITE people.

    Israeli historian, professor Eran Elhaik (Johns Hopkins University) in a study published by the Genome Biology And Evolution on December 5, 2012, had claimed that the European Jews (Ashkenazis) are not Semitic (Hebrew) people but are descendants of Khazarian Turkic tribes.

    This revelation by a member of fellow tribe – hit the very core of the Zionists’ myth that ancestors of Eyropean Jews were expelled from historic Palestine by the Goyim armies. Instead of challenging Dr. Elhaik’s claim that previous genetic studies conducted by Jewish scientists like Harry Ostrer (Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine), were intentionally cooked the books (‘Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People’, etc.) to support Zionist narrative.

    https://rehmat1.com/2013/09/21/israeli-historian-jews-are-not-semitic-people/

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  13. “Feels like a trend, toxic and dangerous”.

    Yeah so wanting to break the death grip of the elite MFs on the little guys throat is ” Toxic and dangerous”.

    Sure it was from Honeckers standpoint as they, the peasants, were storming the wall and trying to get over to the west back in 1989, the situation was “Toxic and dangerous”.

    As far a “Liberal capitalism goes” : “Socialism/liberalism and corncob toilet paper for you and capitalism for me”

    I can recall a photo report from the sixties of F Castro’s Alfa Romeo collection and his private roads upon which he zipped around, while his subjects ate potato soup and bathed in rivers. The report dissapeared suddenly from the media when it dawned upon them that it was counterproductive to the “Cause”

    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years, and pro jazz performer.

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  14. KA says:
    @Grahamsno(G64)

    Any thoughts?
     
    Yes that you are a fucking boring paranoid monomaniac whose compulsive anti-semitism drags Jews into every fucking possible thread. Seek medical help while there's a fleeting chance of not being institutionalized.

    Sisi was the first foreign leader to congratulate Trump One can surmise that he is loath to see the drying up of the billion dollars dole to Egypt each year .

    Egypt has not forgotten how that aid came under threat in 1990 from US Assistant Sec of State for Near Eastern Affiars,John Kelly who threatened to cut it off if Egypt continued to support and try a diplomatic approach to resolving Iraq and Kuwait conflicts.

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    Egypt receives annual bribe of $1.3 billion military aid from Pentagon to protect Israeli borders. contrary to that the Zionist entity receives annual military aid worth $3.1 billion (jumping to $3.8 billion by next year) to keep killing Palestinian youth.

    Gen. al-Sisi like former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, is a Crypt Jew. Both were born to Spanish Jewish mothers.

    Gen. al-Sisi is very popular among American and Israeli Zionist leaders such as Sen. John McCain, John Kerry, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton , Henry Kissinger and Madeline Albright who have all dined with al-Sisi in Cairo.

    Gen. Sisi has also received praise from several Israeli leaders including prime minister Netanyahu. On January 31, 2014, Alex Traiman at JNS quoted former Israeli defense minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer saying that Israel supported el-Sisi, but “we shouldn’t go out on the roofs and cry out in favor of el-Sisi. But what is going on in Egypt is positive for Israel, and you cannot deny it.”

    “Abdul Fattah El-Sisi is Egypt’s strong man right now and has been fighting against radical Islam and against the Muslim Brothers (members of the Muslim Brotherhood). This is very positive both for Egypt, but also for Israel and the entire Middle East,” said former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel.

    https://rehmat1.com/2014/12/04/egypt-under-military-rule-is-good-for-israel/
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  15. KA says:

    Trump success can be seen through so many prisms – factual.imaginary,sentimental,racial,religious,ethnocentric ,patriotic and xenophobic angles – all can offer very narrow focused relevance and validity .

    Religion has been steadily becoming a force of strong undercurrent in America while being neglected and ignored by both mainstream parties and by court,by academy,by Hollywood and debased by corporate religious mega churches and establishment . Nativism and xenophobia are part of extreme religious expression which accompanied the suppression of religion and also dormant militancy of the religions at official and underground level respectively.

    But officials never neglected to use those forces both abroad and withing when the benefits were immediate and massive .

    “Another by-product of Kristol’s fervent belief in political lies was when he pretended to support evangelical Christians in the Terri Schiavo travesty (Straussian neoconservatives love to manipulate and inflame mass religious beliefs, especially Christianity, feigning sympathy with it, as the ultimate form of control) and said this:After all, we are a “maturing society,” as the Supreme Court has told us. Perhaps it is time, in mature reaction to this latest installment of what Hugh Hewitt has called a “robed charade,” to rise up against our robed masters, and choose to govern ourselves. Call it Terri’s revolution.” http://www.salon.com/2009/07/27/kristol_8/

    Or this -Playing the Atheism Card Against Pat Tillman’s Famil. Stan Goff 02/28/06 http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20060728_worm_dirt

    That was back then Now nativism , adherence to Christian values or even offering Christian greetings on holidays are under the microscope and on the loudspeaker for denunciation and culpable explanation for pure honest appropriate behaviors of the American heartland .

    Kind of blowback

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  16. After teams A and B blew up the entire Middle East and the world economy (deregulation was a bipartisan effort), I say give team C a chance.

    Or to put it another way, whatever team Samantha Powers and Colin Powell and Condi Rice and Susan Rice and Hillary and Bush and Cheney and Ben Bernarke and the Maestro and Victoria Nuland and Kagan and the rest of them are, let’s try the other team now.

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  17. Rehmat says:
    @KA
    Sisi was the first foreign leader to congratulate Trump One can surmise that he is loath to see the drying up of the billion dollars dole to Egypt each year .

    Egypt has not forgotten how that aid came under threat in 1990 from US Assistant Sec of State for Near Eastern Affiars,John Kelly who threatened to cut it off if Egypt continued to support and try a diplomatic approach to resolving Iraq and Kuwait conflicts.

    Egypt receives annual bribe of $1.3 billion military aid from Pentagon to protect Israeli borders. contrary to that the Zionist entity receives annual military aid worth $3.1 billion (jumping to $3.8 billion by next year) to keep killing Palestinian youth.

    Gen. al-Sisi like former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, is a Crypt Jew. Both were born to Spanish Jewish mothers.

    Gen. al-Sisi is very popular among American and Israeli Zionist leaders such as Sen. John McCain, John Kerry, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton , Henry Kissinger and Madeline Albright who have all dined with al-Sisi in Cairo.

    Gen. Sisi has also received praise from several Israeli leaders including prime minister Netanyahu. On January 31, 2014, Alex Traiman at JNS quoted former Israeli defense minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer saying that Israel supported el-Sisi, but “we shouldn’t go out on the roofs and cry out in favor of el-Sisi. But what is going on in Egypt is positive for Israel, and you cannot deny it.”

    “Abdul Fattah El-Sisi is Egypt’s strong man right now and has been fighting against radical Islam and against the Muslim Brothers (members of the Muslim Brotherhood). This is very positive both for Egypt, but also for Israel and the entire Middle East,” said former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel.

    https://rehmat1.com/2014/12/04/egypt-under-military-rule-is-good-for-israel/

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  18. Domestic political divisions in the West have increased in direct proportion to the increase of non-White populations in the West.

    Mr. Cockburn’s failure to note this fact marks him as someone who has fully internalized the “diversity is good” narrative. He simply takes the presence of large non-White populations in the West for granted, as if it had always been thus.

    He speaks darkly of “those who want to roll back the verdict of past elections since the New Deal if not the Civil War”. I am such a person. I want the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 rolled back.

    Just as the Jew is free to proclaim that the Jewish character of Israel is not open to debate, I am free to proclaim that the White character of the United States is not open to debate.

    White people have a right to their own countries. Non-Whites have no right to colonize White countries. White countries ought to be allowed self-determination.

    What is all the same does not conflict.

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    The land of the Whites is Europe. If you mar ves there, you'd be better for Europe than a lot of the immigrants they have now.
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  19. In reality, most of Trump supporters were middle class whites not downtrodden whites, Clinton and Obama got the lower income votes more according to reason Magazine. Trump followers were your average middle class white guys and in the South they were pretty college educated since Southern whites with higher income tend to vote Republican anyway. My theory is the Steve Sailer theory, Republicans are now popular in states with cheaper housing, the Midwest is a cheap housing region like the South. There is a lot of Republican governors in the midwest now like Walker in Wisconsin so its possible for the Republicans to win there. Note, Clinton barely won New Hampshire which has more college educated than most states. Its cost of living is probably lower than Mass or New York. Its actually has more Republicans now in the state government after this election. So, its probably cost of living rather than downtrodden whites that won the election for Trump. Also, in very liberal states like Ca, Trump won Kern by about 18 points and lost Orange County by 4 percent. Kern actually has more Mexicans as a percentage of the population than does Orange County. Kern is a lot cheaper for rent and housing than Orange County, proving Steve Sailer’s theory on cost of housing, Republicans win in areas with cheaper cost of housing.

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    Clinton and Obama got the lower income votes more according to reason Magazine.

    Blacks and Hispanics might account for that. As for Kern County, there are far fewer Asians in Kern than Orange County. I bet the percentage of whites is higher in Kern, given Bakersfield, than Orange.
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  20. Miro23 says:

    “He will find it difficult to retreat from these pledges and this is bound to bring confrontation with other trading nations. Overall, the high days of liberal capitalism since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, which continued despite a battering from the financial crisis of 2008, are finally finished.”
    “Trump’s promises of radical change may be phony or opportunistic, but they have a momentum of their own which will be uncontrollable.”

    So Trump is riding a wave rather than being the wave itself, and without Trump, the wave is still there, with the same ability to focus its power on someone else, perhaps not so friendly.

    “In this more rancorous political landscape, the election of Donald Trump as US President feels like part of a trend, toxic and dangerous but wide-ranging and unstoppable.”

    Cockburn is probably right there, it’s wide-ranging and unstoppable, but why does it have to be toxic or dangerous?

    The world’s present toxicity is coming out of the USA with fake WMD stories, destabilizing first strikes against a whole list of Middle Eastern countries with 100.000′s of Arab civilian deaths and 1000′s of American deaths, paid for by the US public with $ 5 trillion of debt – and all fully endorsed by HRC and the US Establishment.

    The Soviet Union that Cockburn refers to, was also quite a toxic and totalitarian place, but subsequent to its collapse, newly free Eastern European states such as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic went back to their pre-Communist democratic structures with considerable success.

    Equally, after removing its own Radical left/Plutocratic alliance there doesn’t seem to be any reason why the USA couldn’t return to its own pre-DeepState structure, as an economically successful and internationally respected country. To get some perspective, the Plutocracy was built on the enormously profitable transfer of US production (and jobs) to Asia while their Radical left allies covered them by attacking the “losers” (AKA “Deplorables”) and stirring up racial conflict.

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  21. woodNfish says:

    With Donald Trump soon to be in the White House, it is difficult to avoid the feeling that the world has just become a lot more dangerous place.

    Apparently the fact that the lying LSM was exposed as such had no effect on you and you drank their propaganda koolaid, Cockburn.

    For all his demagoguery, there was a sense that Trump

    Trump is not a demagogue and never has been, but lazy presstitute hack like you refuse to do any real research which would require you to read his positions, his book and even watch some of his speeches. Had you actually known anything true about Trump, you would have had an entirely different conclusion, but then you wouldn’t be the lazy, hack presstitute idiot you are.

    Governments and universities used to set up institutions to study greater integration and cooperation, while in fact they might have been better looking at how things fall apart.

    The destruction and “falling apart” has been caused by our leftist government and universities which have been sowing leftism and discontent for the last 60 years. The US is a fascist banana republic thanks to our government and schools being taken over by the left, and people like you, Cockburn. At least your name is appropriate for a presstitute.

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  22. TheJester says:

    Leaving aside these dangerous historical trends, there is another more immediate menace stemming from election of Trump in the US and the Brexit vote in Britain: it empowers and legitimises the crackpots and the cranks, those who want to roll back the verdict of past elections since the New Deal if not the Civil War. Those around Trump are not just the Team “B” of American politics but the Team “C” or even lower down the alphabet. They may not want to blow up the world but, out of sheer idiocy, they could do just that.

    Get real Patrick. Can’t you see that the liberal globalist vision of perpetual war was dangerous in the extreme, especially Hillary’s proclaimed intent to antagonize Russia with the potential for WWIII?

    The world will be a safer and saner place without CIA support for radical Islam as a weapon against Russia, other CIA-incited violence in the Third-World, and hopefully a “Cease and Desist Order (Or Else)” against Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    My wife and I are “deplorable”. We and everyone else we know that voted for Trump are sane and mentally balanced people. Many of us have advanced degrees. Yes, we do have a vision to replace the social anarchy of liberalism. It’s called a return to the rule of law where everyone is equal under the law. We’re nationalists with the belief that inviting alien cultures and religions via open borders marks the end of our national existence and Western Civilization. Invite the Third World … and very quickly you are part of the Third World.

    If you doubt that, please visit Los Angles and other parts of California. The recent immigrants didn’t escape Mexico for a better life, they brought Mexico with them. Closer to you, please visit the “no go” areas of France, Britain, Germany, and Sweden for a whiff of their Islamic future.

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  23. Alden says:
    @Rehmat
    Do you know Mr. Cockburn, one of the first persons to congratulate Trump on his victory, was Jonathan Arkush, president of powerful British Jewish Lobby, the Board of Deputy of British Jews.

    In a statement published on the Board’s website on Wednesday morning, Arkush said: “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory. After a divisive campaign, I hope that Trump will move to build bridges and ensure that America’s standing as a beacon of progress, tolerance and free-thinking remains strong.”

    Any thoughts?

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/11/10/trumps-victory-and-the-jews/

    It means the Jews will pressure Trump and congress to continue the destructive wars in the middle east so as to destroy the lands and clear out the fighting age men to Europe resulting in Israel taking control of the middle east from Egypt to Turkey.

    Then a short rest of a few years and then AIPAC will order American troops west to take over Egypt, Tunisia, Libya Algeria and Morocco.

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  24. Or Trump’s election finally means the end of the Cold War. The era of free trade and open borders that Trump has effectively ended was started by proto neo-liberals in the mid sixties. Back then it was believed that opening America to foreign trade and foreign immigration would encourage the world to adopt free market capitalism and discourage the world from going communist.

    Under Obama and co these same policies have been working in reverse – weakening the US by boosting state capitalism in Asia and expanding the ranks of socialists in America. Thanks to Trump the US can finally acknowledge that economic communism is dead and that it isn’t necessary to be continually at war with the former Soviet Union.

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  25. MarkinLA says:
    @Diogenes
    Well I thought Patrick's thoughts were very insightful. I would hope Trump's election might drive the last stake into the heart of Global Neoliberalism. With Trumps protectionism we could have destructive trade wars and a slide in global growth. This would hurt American workers and consumers. Patrick is right to note a sharp shift,of populist movements world wide, to Right Wing Reactionary protest politics with it's tendency to intolerance, division and violence. This could lead to authoritarian government, inter-ethnic conflict and aggressive nationalism. WE should not underestimate what unmitigated Trumpism, the cult of the personality, can unleash. This is not an exaggeration let us hope for a better outcome.

    With Trumps protectionism we could have destructive trade wars and a slide in global growth.

    Yeah we always hear this BS from economists. Remind me, when was the last time they were right. Besides, if Americans are better off and the rest of the world isn’t, who cares?

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  26. MarkinLA says:
    @cynthia curran
    In reality, most of Trump supporters were middle class whites not downtrodden whites, Clinton and Obama got the lower income votes more according to reason Magazine. Trump followers were your average middle class white guys and in the South they were pretty college educated since Southern whites with higher income tend to vote Republican anyway. My theory is the Steve Sailer theory, Republicans are now popular in states with cheaper housing, the Midwest is a cheap housing region like the South. There is a lot of Republican governors in the midwest now like Walker in Wisconsin so its possible for the Republicans to win there. Note, Clinton barely won New Hampshire which has more college educated than most states. Its cost of living is probably lower than Mass or New York. Its actually has more Republicans now in the state government after this election. So, its probably cost of living rather than downtrodden whites that won the election for Trump. Also, in very liberal states like Ca, Trump won Kern by about 18 points and lost Orange County by 4 percent. Kern actually has more Mexicans as a percentage of the population than does Orange County. Kern is a lot cheaper for rent and housing than Orange County, proving Steve Sailer's theory on cost of housing, Republicans win in areas with cheaper cost of housing.

    Clinton and Obama got the lower income votes more according to reason Magazine.

    Blacks and Hispanics might account for that. As for Kern County, there are far fewer Asians in Kern than Orange County. I bet the percentage of whites is higher in Kern, given Bakersfield, than Orange.

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  27. Hcat says: • Website
    @Rehmat
    Do you know Mr. Cockburn, one of the first persons to congratulate Trump on his victory, was Jonathan Arkush, president of powerful British Jewish Lobby, the Board of Deputy of British Jews.

    In a statement published on the Board’s website on Wednesday morning, Arkush said: “I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory. After a divisive campaign, I hope that Trump will move to build bridges and ensure that America’s standing as a beacon of progress, tolerance and free-thinking remains strong.”

    Any thoughts?

    https://rehmat1.com/2016/11/10/trumps-victory-and-the-jews/

    So much for the Trumpites being anti- Semitic, I guess.

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    @have we won yet
    Domestic political divisions in the West have increased in direct proportion to the increase of non-White populations in the West.

    Mr. Cockburn's failure to note this fact marks him as someone who has fully internalized the "diversity is good" narrative. He simply takes the presence of large non-White populations in the West for granted, as if it had always been thus.

    He speaks darkly of "those who want to roll back the verdict of past elections since the New Deal if not the Civil War". I am such a person. I want the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 rolled back.

    Just as the Jew is free to proclaim that the Jewish character of Israel is not open to debate, I am free to proclaim that the White character of the United States is not open to debate.

    White people have a right to their own countries. Non-Whites have no right to colonize White countries. White countries ought to be allowed self-determination.

    What is all the same does not conflict.

    The land of the Whites is Europe. If you mar ves there, you’d be better for Europe than a lot of the immigrants they have now.

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