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The voters vowed to take their revenge at the polls. They’d missed out on the country’s vaunted prosperity. They were disgusted with the liberal direction of the previous administration. They were anti-abortion and pro-religion. They were suspicious of immigrants, haughty intellectuals, and intrusive international institutions. And they very much wanted to make their nation great again.

They’d lost a lot of elections. But this time, they won.

In Poland, that is.

In two elections last year, the conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) won the Polish presidency and then, by a more convincing margin, a parliamentary majority.

And this wasn’t just a victory for PiS. It was a victory for Poland B.

Since its post-Communist transition, that country is often described as having cleaved into two parts, commonly known as “Poland A” and “Poland B.” Poland A links together an archipelago of cities and their younger, wealthier inhabitants. Poland B encompasses the poorer, older parts of the population, many clustered in the countryside, particularly in the country’s eastern reaches near the former Soviet border.

After 1989 and the implementation of a punishing series of economic reforms, Poland A took off economically. By 2010, Warsaw, the capital, had become one of the most expensive places to live in Europe, outranking even Brussels and Berlin. New entrepreneurs and corporate managers took advantage of a host of economic opportunities, particularly after Poland joined the European Union (EU) in 2004.

In the countryside, on the other hand, Poland B fell ever further behind. Factories closed, and many farms couldn’t keep going. Jobs disappeared. Several million Poles decamped abroad in search of better economic opportunities. In other words, as the good times rolled in Poland A, Poland B languished.

Until the elections of 2015, Poland’s liberals dominated political, economic, and cultural life. Although they may not exactly be “liberal” in the American sense of supporting government entitlement programs, they are generally less religious, more tolerant of differences, and more open to the world than their conservative counterparts. They have squared off against the denizens of Poland B over such issues as the role of the Catholic Church in public life, the number of immigrants the country should allow in, and how close Poland should be to the EU.

You can find the equivalent of Poland A and Poland B elsewhere in Eastern Europe, too. The capitals of the region — Prague, Bratislava, Budapest —enjoy per capita GDPs well above the European average, while rural areas suffer. The B populations, however, have not taken their increasingly second-class citizenship quietly. Throughout the region they’ve risen up to vote for populist, often rabid, right-wing parties like FIDESZ and Jobbik in Hungary and GERB and Ataka in Bulgaria that voice their disappointment and swear they’ll make their countries great again. These parties are consistently anti-liberal in the European sense, opposing both an unregulated market and tolerant open societies.

Even in the Western European heartlands, you can see a Europe B coalescing around nationalist, anti-immigrant parties like the National Front in France, the UK Independence Party in Great Britain, the Swedish Democratic Party, and the Freedom Party of Austria (whose leader just lost the country’s presidency by 0.6% of the vote). While Europe A tries to keep the EU show going, Europe B is already heading for the exits. (Think: Brexit in England.)

No doubt it’s occurred to you by now that the United States is not immune to this trend. With the rise of an aggressive version of right-wing American populism, the United States is waking up to a dividing line that is becoming sharper by the day. Donald Trump has made headlines with his talk of building a wall between the United States and Mexico, but his campaign has highlighted a more important division: between America A and America B.

Responding to the irresistible pull of celebrity culture and to the exclusion of almost anything else, the U.S. media has focused on the person of Donald Trump. Far more important, however, are the people who support him.

America B

In the speech that made him famous, the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama challenged the way “the pundits like to slice and dice our country” — into black America and white America, liberal America and conservative America, and most famously into red states and blue states as defined by party affiliation. We live, however, in a purple America, Obama suggested, “all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”

That rousing speech put Obama on the map. But that map would have its revenge. Once he reached the Oval Office four years later, the representatives of the Republican red states would ceaselessly battle the president’s every initiative from health care to the Iran nuclear deal. As a result, during his tenure, the U.S. became more, not less, politically divided.

In some sense, though, the Obama of 2004 was right. The key dividing line in the U.S. had little to do with Republican vs. Democrat, rich vs. poor, or liberal vs. conservative. To explode these conventional oppositions, it would take a billionaire Republican populist, who had once been a solid Democrat and who offered a political program that mixed together liberal and conservative ideas, conspiracy theories and racial animus, but above all else exhortations to America B to rise up and retake the country. Indeed, the triumph of Trump in the Republican primaries — based, in part, on his appeal to former white working class Democrats and independents, his fierce attacks on mainstream Republicans, and his flouting of what passes for conventional wisdom about electability — sent the pundits back to their think tanks to figure out what on earth was happening with American voters.

Trump was, they concluded, sui generis, a peculiar mutation of the American political system generated by the unholy coupling of reality television and the Tea Party revolt. But Trump is not, in fact, a sport of nature. He reflects trends taking place around the world. He is, in many ways, just a mouthpiece for America B.

It’s been notoriously difficult to characterize the Trump constituency. It’s much easier to identify the people who will never vote for him: Latinos angered by his racist taunts about Mexican immigrants and a federal judge, women outraged by his sexual innuendo and misogyny, and virtually everyone with an advanced degree. Writing off these constituencies — particularly women, since they constituted 53% of the electorate in 2012 — should doom Trump’s presidential bid.

Yet Trump is proving to be a guilty pleasure for many voters, like binge-watching a TV show about a serial killer or eating an entire quart of artery-clogging premium ice cream. The urge to vote for him is something that some Americans will never admit to outside the curtained privacy of the voting booth. But he scratches an itch. He’s the electoral equivalent of a day at the firing range, a way of blowing off political steam.

Trump voters tend to be overwhelmingly white, middle-aged, lower-income men whose education stopped at high school. They are not stupid, nor are they, as Thomas Frank argued about working-class Republican voters in his astute book What’s the Matter with Kansas?, voting against their own economic interests. Trump may be a billionaire, but he has articulated an economic policy that diverges from the naked plutocracy of the party of Mitt Romney.

He has opposed trade deals that outsource American jobs, supported higher taxes for “hedge-fund managers,” and declared his commitment to saving Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Yes, of course, Trump has also made statements directly contradicting these positions or aligned himself with politicos who take the exact opposite stances. But the billionaire has constructed an image of himself as a triumphant version of an “average Joe” (with billions in pocket change) that plays well in America B. Whether consciously or not, he has taken a page from the Europe B playbook by combining positions skeptical of the unrestrained free market with a lot of nationalist bluster. It bears a family resemblance to fascism, but the American variant is firmly anchored in the kind of individual initiative celebrated on The Apprentice.

What also sets Trump apart is his commitment to making “America great again.” His opponents have tried to argue that America is already great, has been great, and will always be great. But the truth is, for many Americans, things have not been so great for at least the last two decades.

This line, more than Trump’s intemperate rants and off-the-cuff insults, is what ultimately distinguishes America A from America B. At a time when the American economy is growing at a respectable pace and the unemployment rate is below 5% for the first time since 2008, America B has not benefitted from the prosperity. It has suffered, not profited, from the great transformation the country has gone through since 1989 (and was particularly hard hit by the near economic meltdown of 2007-2008).

After all, it wasn’t just the former Communist world that experienced a transition at the end of the twentieth century.

Transitions Are U.S.

In the 1990s, the United States changed its political economy. It was not quite as dramatic a shift as the regime changes that took place across Eurasia, but it had profound consequences for the realignment of voting patterns in America.

During that decade, the U.S. economy accelerated its shift from manufacturing — along with the well-paying blue-collar jobs that sector had once generated — to an ever more dominant service economy. In terms of employment, manufacturing jobs dropped from 18 million in 1990 to 12 million in 2014, while wages for such jobs tumbled as well. Over that same period, the health-care and social assistance sector alone grew from 9.1 million to more than 18 million jobs. At one end of that service economy were the 1% in financial services making stratospheric sums, particularly as compensation packages soared from the mid-1990s on. On the other end were the people who had to add shifts at McDonald’s or Walmart to their full-time jobs or monetize their spare time by driving for Uber just to make what they or their parents once earned with one job at the local factory.

America was not alone in undergoing this shift. Thanks to technological innovations like computers and robotics, greater access to cheap labor in places like Mexico and China, the rise of the Internet, and the deregulation of the financial world, the global economy was being similarly transformed. Blue-collar workers no longer played as vital a role in any advanced economy.

In the U.S., put bluntly, the imagination of America A no longer needed the muscle of America B.

At one time in its history, government programs narrowed the gap between economic winners and losers through taxes and the entitlement programs they supported. But “small government” fever — which had remarkably little to do with actually reducing the size of government — swept the United States in the 1980s, first in the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan and then in the “reinvent government” faction of the Democratic Party. In the 1990s, they would collaborate across the aisle to slash assistance to low-income people. The resulting political (and economic) realignment created some notorious ironies, including the fact that Richard Nixon, with his wage-and-price controls and environmental policies, was a far more liberal president in the early 1970s than the Democratic Party standard bearer of the 1990s, Bill Clinton.

Because of this realignment, an entire group of Americans no longer could count on support from either the Republican or the Democratic Party. They lost good jobs during the economic expansion of the Clinton years, and did not benefit significantly from the tax cuts of the George W. Bush era. Instead, by the Obama years, they were working longer hours and taking home less money. In the meantime, a new liberal-conservative consensus was emerging. Both yuppie liberals and 1% conservatives, at odds over so many political and cultural matters, had agreed to abandon America B.

Falling behind economically and feeling betrayed by politicians on both sides of the aisle, America B might have moved to the left if the United States had a strong socialist tradition. In the 2016 primary campaign, many of the economically anxious did, in fact, support Bernie Sanders, particularly the younger offspring of America A fearful of being deported to America B. Unlike Europe B, however, America B has always been more about rugged individualism than class solidarity. Its denizens would rather buy a lottery ticket and pray for a big payout than rely on a handout from Washington (Medicare and Social Security aside). Donald Trump, politically speaking, is their Powerball ticket.

Above all, the inhabitants of America B are angry. They’re disgusted with politics as usual in Washington and the hypocritical, sanctimonious political elite that goes with it. They’re incensed by how the wealthy have effectively seceded from American society with their gated estates and offshore accounts. And they’ve focused their resentment on those they see as having taken their jobs: immigrants, people of color, women. They’re so desperate for someone who “tells it like it is” that they’ll look the other way when it comes to Donald Trump’s inextricable links to the very elite who did so much to widen the gap between the two Americas in the first place.

Left Behind

As the Democratic Party emerges from a bruising primary, it is trying to emphasize both the importance of unity and the urgency of the upcoming elections. Indeed, pundits are calling 2016 “perhaps the most important presidential vote in our lifetime” (Bill O’Reilly) and “one of the most pivotal moments of our time” (Sean Wilentz).

But if Poland is any indication, the presidential election this year will not be the critical one. Although Donald Trump may speak for America B, he is a weak candidate. His negatives are high, he has an unenviable record to run on, and his tendency to shoot from the hip will eventually cause innumerable self-inflicted wounds. Even if he does manage to win in November, he’ll still face a divided Republican Party, an unremittingly hostile Democratic Party, and a political-economic elite inside the Beltway and on Wall Street who will push back against his unworkable and unpalatable proposals.

That’s the situation that the Law and Justice Party faced in 2005 in Poland, when it first managed to squeak into power. The Polish parliament was divided and was not able to implement the party’s populist agenda. Two years later, the liberal opposition returned to power, where it remained for eight more years.

But when PiS won again last year, conditions had changed. It finally had a comfortable parliamentary majority with which to power through its Tea-Party-like transformation of Poland. Moreover, it was riding high on a Euroskeptic, anti-immigrant wave that had practically inundated the continent.

America B has a fondness for Donald Trump and his almost childlike audacity. (Gosh, kids say the darndest things!) Right now, his fans are attached to an individual, rather than a platform or a party. Many of his supporters don’t even care whether Trump means what he says or not. If he loses, he will fade away and leave nothing behind, politically speaking.

The real change will come when a more sophisticated politician, with an authentic political machine, sets out to woo America B. Perhaps the Democratic Party will decide to return to its more populist, mid-century roots. Perhaps the Republican Party will abandon its commitment to entitlement programs for the 1%.

More likely, a much more ominous political force will emerge from the shadows. If and when that new, neo-fascist party fields its charismatic presidential candidate, that will be the most important election of our lives.

As long as America B is left in the lurch by what passes for modernity, it will inevitably try to pull the entire country back to some imagined golden age of the past before all those “others” hijacked the red, white, and blue. Donald Trump has hitched his presidential wagon to America B. The real nightmare, however, is likely to emerge in 2020 or thereafter, if a far more capable politician who embraces similar retrograde positions rides America B into Washington.

Then it will matter little how much both liberals and conservatives rail against “stupid” and “crazy” voters. Nor will they have Donald Trump to kick around any more. In the end, they will have no one to blame but themselves.

John Feffer is the director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. His dystopian novel, Splinterlands, a Dispatch Books original (with Haymarket Books), will appear this fall. He is a TomDispatch regular.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:

    Alas, even Trump made peace with Homolitarianism.

  2. Your mission statement is to present ” interesting, important and controversial perspectives largely excluded from the American mainstream media.”
    This man Feffer is a “Fellow” of the Open Society Foundations.
    Soros groupies should have no place in these columns.

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  3. This author seriously thinks a currently non-existent neo-fascist party will take power in the USA in 2020?

    • Replies: @woodNfish
  4. “The real change will come when a more sophisticated politician, with an authentic political machine, sets out to woo America B. ”

    She already exists in the form of Madame Clinton. She already has 47% of the American vote, many of them part of America B, sewn up. She will redefine America B in such ways as they will never knew there was an America B before it was too late.

  5. Rehmat says:

    Dear John Feffer, I appreciate your enthusiasm about the so-called ‘Polexit’, but don’t understand why you’re a senior official of George Soro’s COLOUR REVOLUTION surrogate mother, the ‘Open Society Foundations’?

    Polish voters were only able to ‘change the guard’, but not country’s status of an American Colony.

    On March 22, 2016, Vanessa Gera claimed at the Associated Press that the current Polish government of Law and Justice Party is planning to re-write WWII history by changing narratives of Communist occupation and the Holocaust.

    “The government’s strategy will include setting-up museum, film, public television and other tools to promote certain episodes in Poland’s history, like the anti-communist resistance after WWII. More controversial, though, are attempts to suppress discussion and research into painful topics like, primarily Polish violence against Jews during Nazi occupation,” Gera wrote.

    The first plaque erected at Auschwitz in 1967 read: Four million people suffered and died here at the hands of Nazi murderers between the year 194 and 1945. In the 1990s, the text was revised to: For ever this place be a cry of despair and warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and a half million men, women, and children from various countries of Europe – Auschwitz-Birkenau 1940 – 1945 (here).

    In November 2015, Poland-born professor Jan T. Gross (Princeton University) in an article claimed that Poles killed more Jews than Germans……

  6. Erebus says:

    The author takes the long way around WC’s quote: “This isn’t the end. It isn’t even the beginning of the end. But, it may be the end of the beginning”.

    These are the opening salvos of a kaleidoscope of multi-layered conflicts that are starting to take visible shape. They will eventually characterize the 21st C as the witness to the Collapse of the Great Western Civilization within a more generalized breakdown of the progress-driven techno-society.

    500 yrs ain’t a bad run. It’s the non-West’s turn again, but they’re gonna have to fight for the scraps of a pie that’s largely been devoured. Not gonna be a pretty century, this 21st.

    • Replies: @Berta Arnason
  7. fnn says:

    ” The real nightmare, however, is likely to emerge in 2020 or thereafter, if a far more capable politician who embraces similar retrograde positions rides America B into Washington.”

    He’ll need money to fund his campaign. So it’s not going to happen unless another renegade billionaire pops up.

  8. SteveM says:

    So about “B’s” John Feffer channels Obama: “”They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

    I.e., the resistance to the Power Elites is comprised of white trash rubes who can’t think their way out of a paper bag. And they are too stupid to realize that massive immigration has actually provided them with better, higher paying jobs that include generous health care benefits. They only think they’re out of work or stuck in dead end jobs to nowhere.

    Sententious, simplistic patronizing trash.

    Who is this Feffer guy anyway? The last thing the 99% need is an arrogant, elitist clown like this guy to run interference for them.

    • Agree: Jacques Sheete
  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    That was the longest bit of Trumpsplaining to date. Can’t say I learned a lot, other than the author wants to make dubious parallels between the US and Poland. This whole “left behind” argument is wearing thin. Sure, people are upset at what HAS happened, but they are more concerned about where we are heading. Its a weakness on your part to ascribe such simplistic motives as “anger” as the sole reason for tens of millions of American voters. Or, is that the intent – to assure others they Are superior to Trump voters, their motives are base, and they should continue to listen to you describe them, instead of actually listening to them

  10. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Worthy of MSNBC:

    “Once [Obama] reached the Oval Office four years later, the representatives of the Republican red states would ceaselessly battle the president’s every initiative from health care to the Iran nuclear deal. As a result, during his tenure, the U.S. became more, not less, politically divided.”

    The 2004 Democratic National Convention speech was the first Big Lie he told on a national stage. No matter what one thinks on the issues of policy, Mr. Obama and his administration, especially Mr. Holder, have — contrary to that purple prose –wallowed in identity politics. They bear substantial responsibility for the increasingly violent, socially corrosive divisions along lines of race, sexuality, etc., that now scar our beautiful country far more deeply than when Mr. Obama took office.

    The author should be ashamed of whitewashing the warmongering, Wall Street water boy for whom he no doubt voted twice.

  11. First – fuck Poland. Poland has nothing to do with it.

    Yet Trump is proving to be a guilty pleasure for many voters, like binge-watching a TV show about a serial killer or eating an entire quart of artery-clogging premium ice cream.

    Trump supporters are stupid and gross.

    At a time when the American economy is growing at a respectable pace and the unemployment rate is below 5% for the first time since 2008


    In the U.S., put bluntly, the imagination of America A no longer needed the muscle of America B.

    The imagination of America A wouldn’t last two days without muscle. It prefers the cheap exploitable muscle of China and Mexico.

    As long as America B is left in the lurch by what passes for modernity, it will inevitably try to pull the entire country back to some imagined golden age of the past before all those “others” hijacked the red, white, and blue.

    Trump supporters are stupid and delusional.

    This is some of the most insidious propaganda I have seen. Soros wants war with Russia. So does Hillary and her fellow cunt Vicky Nuland. Trump and his stupid supporters prefer peace and prosperity. Hense this hit piece on Trump and Me. Why don’t these ancient evil assholes like Soros or Adelson or Kissinger die already?

  12. It’s much easier to identify the people who will never vote for him: Latinos angered by his racist taunts about Mexican immigrants and a federal judge, women outraged by his sexual innuendo and misogyny, and virtually everyone with an advanced degree.

    What a crock of shite! I’m an Ivy League Ph.D and probably a hell of a lot smarter than Feffer (99+% on GRE verbal and math in 1969; 95% in math “achievement or whatever they called it.) I’m a fervent Trump supporter. So are a large number of Ph’D’s and professionals that I know although many mute this to prsserve their positions. So are a larger proportion of “Hispanic” voters than have shown favor for any other stoopid party candidate. Women are trending more towards Trump as the days go by; particularly in such demographics as married women with and without children.

    The only reason Trump has not already dominated the polls is the lies of people like Feffer and his fellow elitists in the political establishment, the business and banking plutocracies, academia, and the MSM establishment. They are desperately spewing out their squid ink in an attempt to hide the savior of the mass of Americans from his natural, majority constituency. A simple comparison of Trump’s straightforward, fact-based, rational, and solution-proposing speeches with the absurd misrepresentations of these in the MSM is enough to make the case. The WaPo, in particular, has morphed into something resembling a cross between The Onion and George Will in his increasingly less lucid moments.

    And look who these people are asking us to vote for. The partial list of Clinton’s corruption and incompetence that follows leaves out so much, e.g., the Mark Rich pardon, the robbery of White House furniture, the murder of thousands of Canadians in a Clinton-backed kick back scheme (look up “HIV Arkansas prison blood Clinton” on a good search engine that isn’t hiding Clinton misdeeds:

    A partial, chronological list, drawn from the public record, of instances of Hilary Clinton’s corruption, poor judgement, and political and policy failures follows. All this material is readily confirmed from reputable news sources and with a minimal amount of research:

    (1) Failed DC bar exam;
    (2) Expelled from Watergate investigation staff for lying and other unethical behavior;
    (3) Involved in a series of financial scandals as Arkansas’s first “lady”;
    (4) Both initiated and botched the Whitewater coverup;
    (5) While Bill was governor of Arkansas he and Hillary made an under-the-table profit selling HIV tainted blood from Arkanasas prisons to Canada. Estimates of the AIDS deaths caused by this homicidal scam range from 4,000 to 10,000. Even for the Clintons this is so appalling – and the MSM coverup so thorough – that I will porovide a link for the lazy:
    (6) Put in charge of crafting the Clinton health insurance policy initiative then failed in a disastrous way that put off the possibilities of another Democrat bill for twenty years;
    (7) Partnered with Bill in admitting Poland to NATO, starting a new round of unnecessary hostilities with Russia. [George Kennon describes this as one of the greatest diplomatic blunders of the 20th century.];
    (8) Was losing NY senate election until Bill stepped in;
    (9) Lost a “sure thing” presidential presidential nomination to the relatively unknown Obama;
    (10) When Hillary Rodham Clinton became Secretary of State one of her legal obligations was to appoint an Inspector General for the State Department. She never did and for her entire term in office the State Department lacked an IG. This was a gross and utterly unprecedented violation of federal law. It strongly suggests that Clinton was planning illegal conduct in office before she even took her oath and was preparing mechanisms to enable her planned criminal acts.
    (11) Within two weeks of becoming Secretary of State committed an epic diplomatic faux pas that caused Whitehall to publicly and officially repudiate the century long “special relation” between the UK and the USA;
    (12) A bit later her incredibly stupid “reset button” gimmick publicly embarrassed Russian officials and widened the rift the Clintons had so assiduously created;
    (13) Fomented, aided and abetted the so-called “Arab Spring” which has permanently destabilized much of North Africa;
    (14) Fomented the overthrow of Qadafi in Libya which has turned that country into a failed anarchic mess and a haven for Islamo-fascist terrorists and helped spread terrorist movements like Boko Haram into much of central Africa;
    (15) Failed utterly to protect US diplomats in Benghazi and lied through her teeth about the causes of that disaster and the role she played in it;
    (16) While Secretary she violated an oath she took after being trained in how to handle classified materials, violated directly several section of the USC regarding the handling of such materials, and as a result exposed many US humint and elint inteeligence sources [people may have died as a result;
    (17) While Secretary her office and underlings negotiated deals with individuals and groups from which Clinton or her “foundation” had received emoluments, giving at least the appearance of pay-to-play and once again violating provisions of the USC.

    Some with a necon bent might argue about the following but they are part of a frightening pattern of foreign interventions having no apparent immediate advantage to the USA and which ultimately unravel in ways that endanger both world order and the USA’s long term interests.

    (a) Clinton-inspired and directed interventions in Kosovo which led to the establishment of an anarchic region on the southern flank of Europe engaged in a massive narcotics trade and serving as a reservoir and exporter of Islamofascism and terrorism
    (b) While Secretary of State Clinton oversaw an engineered putsch which overthrew the legitimate and elected government of Ukraine and replaced it with a corrupt, unstable, and illegitoimate successor regime. As a result, and as might have been expected, Russia supported the secession of ethnically Russian parts of Ukraine from this state resulkting in a simmering civil war.
    (c) Perhaps not coincidentally just before this one of the Ukrainian oligarch beneficiaries of this disaster had made a donation of tens of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, which is basically a slush fund for Bill and Hill to pillagfe at will.

    • Agree: BenKenobi
  13. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says: • Website

    Lama and Gaga. LOL.

    It’s like Ramadan and homodan.

    But then, we have marriage and homosexuality.

    We are living in a world of dammies.

  14. The economy is not growing at a “respectable pace”, it’s the slowest recovery in U.S. history. No one seriously believes that the unemployment rate is 5%, more likely it is in the 15% plus range. Those Latinos that will never vote for Trump in a poll by NBC supported Trump 32% to Hillary’s 61%; Latino’s jobs are threatened by the large influx of illegal unskilled labor.
    Blue-collar workers still play a vital role in strong industrial economies like Germany and Switzerland where industrial production is 30% and 27% respectively of GDP, while the U.S. is 19% and declining. The reason American A no longer needs American B is because the 1% have become a parasitic weight on the economy using usury, unproductive financial manipulations, corporate welfare and off-shoring jobs to fill their pockets at the expense of actual solid economic growth that benefits the 99%.

    The “neo-fascist party” the author claims will emerge from the shadows is already here, it’s the merger of MIC corporate power and a pliant neoliberal government that is committed to global domination and leading the U.S. to bankruptcy and nuclear war.

  15. CanSpeccy says: • Website

    Soros groupies should have no place in these columns.

    Why not? Don’t you want to know what the Unz Review is about? Its a liberal-globalist mouthpiece for a silicon valley entrepreneur and advocate for mass immigration of cheap labor to keep corporate profits high.

    But thanks for pointing out the Soros connection.

  16. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says: • Website

    Immigrants reject & flee from own kind but demand that whites accept them in white nations.

    “We reject our own people, but you whites must accept us.”

  17. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Only poor white people support Trump? Guess again.

    I am about to go out for coffee with some avid Trump supporters. We live in Marin County, California which has some demographics that even this author would be impressed by. We drive foreign cars and live in houses that would impress the author even though he probably couldn’t afford them himself. Our incomes and net worth put us firmly within the top one percent of Americans.

    The snobbery exhibited by this author isn’t anything new. It simply reveals the sort of open distaste that The Chosen usually reserve for anyone who actually works with their hands and lives in non urban areas. But it isn’t just this distaste that the author conveys.

    This distaste is also held sub rosa for by a majority of The Chosen for gentiles in general who are un-apologetically described by them as “goyim”, i.e. cattle. Gentile women are routinely and additionally described as being “shiskas”: i.e. impure, abominations before god).

    We support Trump in the hope that he will somehow break the hold that Organized Jewry has managed to achieve over both our government and culture. We might be wrong in thinking that a loose cannon like Trump might be able to do this but at least we are willing to give him a chance.

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  18. Gawd, these “Bash the Bumpkin” pieces are sooo nauseating!

    Note to Feffer: Stuffit.

  19. @Jus' Sayin'...

    Well-done, Jus’ Sayin’…! This straight forward summation shows how Shillary is a big nothing–except at stealing and lying. Of course, I am sure all of this would be lost on Mr. Feffner.

  20. Ha, Ha! Skimmed the article but love the comments. what are we the Left Behind B Series? You notice how the promoters of the angry, left behind, bitter people never actually say what they think should be done with us?

    This week there were 2 stories that make nice bookends. First another police department in California stood by while people who were trying to peacefully protest were attacked by a mob. The second instance was in Sacramento where the attacking group was called By Any Means Necessary. Ten people went to the hospital, most of them stabbed.

    One member of this ominously named group was filmed taking part in this violence. Her name is Yvette Felarca and she is a school teacher. Now you would think this would get her in trouble at work. It certainly would have if the group was white and they attacked blacks or immigrants protesting. But no, her taxpayer funded district chose to see HER as the victim instead because someone sent a hateful email to her.

    Contrast this with the story about police being called to a school where a 3rd grader was alleged to have made a racial remark about a brownie. (No one knows what was said; it was alleged by a school mate, and let’s face it, hyper-sensitive is becoming an industry.) The child was sent home, suspended from the last day of school, and his parents will be investigated by child protection services.

    Is this not an astounding contrast? No accountability for a teacher on the ‘right’ side and presumable of a ‘right’ color, while a 3rd graders and his parents are harassed and demonized over nothing. The Democrats have completely lost the plot.

    Add that to the Transgender Person with curly red hair that was on the news representing the Marines… honestly, I’m surprised there hasn’t been a counter-coup already.

  21. BenKenobi says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    Killed it.

    The only thing you forgot was to drop the mic.

  22. Rurik says:

    He’s the electoral equivalent of a day at the firing range

    those are the only words in this vacuous and dishonest logorrhea that rang true

    If he loses, he will fade away and leave nothing behind, politically speaking.

    you wish!

    this is not about Trump, it’s about us

    Writing off these constituencies — particularly women, since they constituted 53% of the electorate in 2012 — should doom Trump’s presidential bid.

    more wishful thinking from this Beltway insider shaking in his Armani shoes

    American women love, love, love Donald Trump

    this tiresome mantra about Trump being a “misogynist” is a laughable gimmick, and more wishful thinking. I suspect more American women despise the gorgon hag more than they dislike Trump, who’s simply a man with his balls intact. Women tend to respect that kind of thing.

    this is not about Trump, it’s about a repudiation of the war pigs and scoundrels that have been looting this country dry to wage illegal wars of aggression all around the world, and setting us against each other and a thousand other outrages. This is about a repudiation of NATO and their singularly evil destruction of Libya. This is about a repudiation of the outrages of Zionism over our government and foreign policy and the atrocities that we committed in Iraq and Afghanistan and Ukraine and elsewhere. We’re tired of endless wars for Israel, who arrogantly takes our billions, laughs at our dead soldiers and then spits in our eye for all our generosity. We’re tired of being chumps.

    It’s a repudiation of an open borders madness that out-sources our jobs and factories and then extorts our tax dollars to import millions upon millions of third world people to drive our wages down and create endless strife in our one safe and happy communities.

    It’s a repudiation of Bush and Obama and Hillary. It’s a repudiation of Goldman Sachs and Wall Street corruption and fraud- that taxes the working man and women to hand over billions to insiders at the big investment banks. This is a wake-up call on the corrupt and criminal .001% that we’ve got our pitchforks sharpened and torches lit.

    Trump’s campaign and popularity is a direct consequence of the outrages and evils that our ruling elite have been perpetrating for decades now. Destroying America’s sense of itself and bankrupting our future to wage endless wars for Israel, while Balkanizing us all here at home, creating an atmosphere of hatred and resentment and strife. (because that’s what they do!)

    So pretend all you want that this will all go away with Donald Trump. Good luck with that 😉

  23. CanSpeccy says: • Website

    The “Only poor white people support Trump” meme is similar to the insults deployed against those in the UK who voted for Brexit.

    It’s the standard MO of the liberal-leftists for global governance — hate speech. And it works well with many of the youth of the nation brought up under a program of systematic PC brainwashing in the name of education.

    Thus, in Britain, those for Brexit were called racist, poorly educated, angry, old, white, working class, and fat.

    As a British citizen and a Brexit supporter, I don’t mind the racist label. In fact I’m proud of it, since in the minds of the brainwashed politically correct, it is racist to be opposed to the genocide of one’s own people by a combination of policies that suppress reproduction while driving mass replacement immigration.

    Having graduated with first class honors and the faculty prize, obtained a doctorate at 23, worked for three governments, held academic appointments at three universities (including two of the Worlds top 30 research schools according the the Times Higher Ed.) — at one point all three at the same time, being called poorly educated doesn’t really get under my skin. And being old, angry at the traitors who rule in the West, white, and having worked for over 50 years, I don’t mind being called angry, old, white and working class.

    But I do take offense at “fat”. At 148 pounds I weigh exactly what I did 50 years ago, and at a height of six feet, that ain’t fat.

    And for 25 years I ran a business with a clientele in over 50 countries. Altogether a cv with more to be proud of than hanging around some third-rate think tank and writing for the PuffHo — in my under-educated opinion.

    • Replies: @Erebus
  24. artichoke says:

    Note that the Freedom Party of Austria did not lose that election. The election has just been declared (as expected) fatally flawed by the Constitutional Court, and it will be rerun in September or October. But for the tampering, it looks so much like they would have won that they get a do-over.

  25. artichoke says:

    The author doesn’t really understand the topic. He didn’t live through it. I know people with advanced degrees who didn’t get brainwashed. There are advanced degrees in STEM you know.

    The job situation started going to hell in the 1980’s, not 90’s. That was the time of the LBO when great stable corporations were gutted of their cash cushion and job security became a thing of the past. Reagan facilitated that as well as outsourcing and low or no tariffs. Reagan did a lot of damage. He was the start of the decline. As much as Trump dons the mantle of Reagan, he is actually a far better man. America A and B started suffering at that point, and a lot of this new “America A” was actually foreign. Screw that. It’s time to take the country back, and this is America A talking.

    The author is trying to be understanding of the Trump support, but he doesn’t really understand it. Still some interesting reading.

    • Replies: @FounderChurch
  26. artichoke says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    Trump has an international perspective. He knows that you can appeal to a lot of hispanics the same way leaders in Latino countries do it: being a strong man. And being big and white helps too. Latino culture (the real one, not the illegal-immigrant one) is machismo, and Trump dares to play that card. I love it.

  27. iffen says:

    Perhaps the Republican Party will abandon its commitment to entitlement programs for the 1%.

    It’s the only way forward.

  28. Erebus says:

    Hear, hear! To both your comment, and to Rurik’s immediately above it.

    The “White trash” meme fits no-one I know in the Brexit and/or Trump camps. Rather, I see people who’ve looked beyond the increasingly threadbare narrative they’ve been sold and came to the sensible conclusion that the sordid story playing out behind it must be stopped.
    However shallow or deep their insights, they all sense that they’re on a hell bound train and are grabbing at whatever can be jammed into the gears to stop it.

    • Replies: @CanSpeccy
  29. George314 says: • Website

    Typical arrogant disinformation by a lefty parading as a neutral analyst.
    Only the uneducated masses are attracted to trump?
    Yeah, sure. I guess dummies like me with a phd in mathematics don’t count.
    Of course our Orwellian dissumulators
    do a 1st class job in the schools by endlessly promoting the “party line” that we all in academia are leftists, axiomaticaly. Handy to posit views that can’t be even questioned. Gives you a leg up on the opposition if you can convince them they already lost.

  30. CanSpeccy says: • Website

    It must, though, be acknowledged that people who comment here are hardly typical Trump/Brexit supporters. No doubt a large proportion of those supporters are indeed old, angry, poorly educated, and white. But the absurdity of this article is the claim that Trump’s “fans are attached to an individual, rather than a platform.”

    On the contrary, most old, angry, poorly educated, white people in Britain and the US favor Brexit or Trump, as the case may be, precisely because Brexit or Trump are perceived to serve their economic and social interest. Immigration and globalization are the underlying issues.

    It is British government and EU policy to make Britain a multiracial and multicultural society. The result has been to make the English working class a minority in many of their traditional urban communities, and to expose them to aggressive settlers often contemptuous of the British people and way of life that they displace. And, naturally, an influx of 600,000 immigrants to Britain each year (more than twice the rate of immigration as that to Canada, a country 60 times the size of England and Wales where most immigrants settle), creates crowding, it drives property prices out of reach for many people, while driving wages down. So what’s not to hate about the EU and the EU-supporting British political parties?

    In America, the situation is very similar. Along the Southern border, old established communities are disrupted by the influx of untold numbers of mostly illegal immigrants who take American jobs, often by working in the black economy where wages are below the legal minimum and no taxes are paid. Thus, large numbers of Americans find themselves being pushed aside by aggressive, sometime criminal, settler immigrants with little respect for the American people, the American flag or American institutions and traditions.

    The Clintons are longstanding proponents of eliminating America’s white majority, just as the leadership of the EU has long favored the Kalergist plan for the destruction of both the racial and cultural identity of the European nation states. That large numbers of poor, white Brits and Americans support Brexit or Trump in preference to what they had for the last dozen years and more is entirely rational. And in the case of Americans for Trump, there is additional appeal in the explicit promise to repatriate jobs offshored to Mexico, Asia, Bangladesh, etc.

    Trump if elected may rat on all his promises. But Trump’s platform is the first to be offered that deviates on the issues of immigration and globalization from the program instigated when Bill Clinton, on December 8, 1994, signed the GATT agreement opening the US to virtually unrestricted global competition with countries where wages were, and mostly remain, less than 5% of those in America. Some folks may not like Trump, but for many he’s their only hope.

    Trump has promised that if elected he will see that Americans make shoes and shirts, computers and car parts for one another, thus ensuring a massive increase in labor demand and wages. Who among America’s workers, black, white or kharki, would not vote for that? the dumb ones, taken in by the vacuous promises of Hillary Clinton, an obvious psychopath.

  31. @Erebus

    I hear you (see below) and yet…

    The body count of the 20th century (by Europeans alone) is over 100 million. I don’t see a future with numbers anywhere near that. So, no, it’s not the “end of a civilization” or some such.

    What’s going on is a truly global interactive TV society where no tree goes unheard no matter the forest it is fell in. This is making many people neurotic. Nonetheless, as long as the commercials keep on rolling, the bulk of us will continue to be ok.

    So, sure, there will be changes in the programming but, as you can see now in the UK, there is no hurry, no matter how “grievous” the claims are.

    • Replies: @Erebus
  32. It’s easy to comprehend the anger, anxiety and vexation Trump gives elites, the MSM, academics, other dogs of the status quo: his mere existence is incomprehensible. HOW ? HOW ? Everything is FINE ! Oh sure, things could always be better…but …?
    The usual suspects simply can’t comprehend what a shitfull mess they have put must of the world in.
    So they focus on either Trump as individual (“oh isn’t he….”) or Trump supporters as deviants worthy of varying degrees of pity or disdain.
    Nor of course can they ever see Clinton for what she is: pure scum. Dreck unparraleled in modern US history. Has there EVER been a worse candidate than her ?
    Nor can the usual suspects see (& truly I loathe to use TINA but…) that in 2016 there is simply no alternative to Trump, now. .
    Clinton is unthinkable– so Trump MUST be thinkable.

  33. Erebus says:
    @Berta Arnason

    Your numbers (nowhere near 100M) are both optimistic and pessimistic.

    Optimistic because you imply that humanity can somehow hover indefinitely at 7B+ in the face of a catastrophically diminishing resource base.

    Pessimistic because if it turns out that the 7B does somehow hang on for a century, the 22nd will see an epic die-off that will take humanity back to the dawn of civilization.

    IOW, better to collapse now, and avoid the rush.

  34. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Well put. Back in 2008 a minimum amount of due diligence would reveal Obama as the racial agitator and racist that he was and is (In his own words! “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance”, Black Liberation Theology as practised by Rev Wright, etc)

  35. JUDAS REDUX: I’m ashamed of Unz Review republishing of this blatantly political Advertisement arguing for the election of Hillary and Bill Clinton, along with its deeply deceptive title.

    It seems every Commenter agrees with me, in one way or another, and I agree with every Comment in one way or another. Essentially, all of us have pegged this clever, clever, clever, Left Wing political operative, as an all too common “fake” pretend “unbiased” Conservative.

    John Feffer from his perch in his left-wing think tank, or whatever, is beneath contempt. He starts, intellectually dishonest, like all liars do, with a body of well known facts. Then he begins to spin around them a cacophony of cleverly disguised Hate Trump, hate the Republican Party, and his hate for ordinary people.

    It is incredible how clever and demonically he spins his nefarious web of hate for all things Trump. Supercilious would be another word for this. He is nothing like the masses of poor deceived ordinary Liberals and Democrats, or even many of their honest, but wrong, leaders.

    To tell the truth, he brings to mind Jefferson’s cleverness in defending both Slavery and Secession while pretending his love for America. His hate led him to create the Democrat Party that represented the very heart of Slavery, Secession, and an un-industrialized plantation USA living in perpetual service to the Aristocrats of Europe and their industrial superiority. The cleverness of our enemies is almost beyond comprehension.

    TRUMP 2016-24+ “FounderChurch”

  36. @artichoke

    Reagan was good, primarily, because he defeated the Communists. Which was something no one was able to do since the Democrats gave them the Atomic Bomb during and right after WW II.

    Reagan had to devote the entirety of his eight years and use all his political capital to be able to do this Herculean feat that saved ALL LIFE ON EARTH from a Nuclear Holocaust, which was surely more important than the Conservative Religious agenda, worthy as it was.

    So give Reagan a break and honor him for what he did do, not for what he was not able to do. PS Note: He had to humor business with “Free” Trade etc to entice them into building a roaring economy to pay for the military, and to bribe the Democrats in such a way that would enable him to finally break the USSR. THANK YOU RR. “FounderChurch”

  37. woodNfish says:
    @Simon in London

    We already have a fascist government and the commie-crats are fascists. Look at Clinton’s platform and her big supporters.

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