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A sheriff in Texas was once trailing badly in his re-election campaign. He met with his political friends to discuss how he might regain the lead. After examining different options, he himself came up with a suggestion on how to damage his opponent. “Why don’t we say that he commits bestial acts with pigs?” he asked. His friends shook their heads dismissively, saying that everybody would know that the accusation was untrue. “I know that,” replied the sheriff, “but let’s hear him deny it.”

This old American political fable was told to me by my father, Claud Cockburn, who was a journalist in the US in the late 1920s and 1930s. But its cynical message remains true today and goes to the heart of Donald Trump’s tactics that won him the White House almost four years ago and are fuelling his rebound in the polls today, making it all too possible that he will be re-elected as president on 3 November.

As the story about the Texas sheriff shows, Trump’s political box of tricks is not new, but he has updated its contents and is expert at using them. Trump says something outrageous and often untrue, such as claiming that the drearily establishment Joe Biden is a radical socialist hand-in-glove with rioters and looters. The charge is attention-grabbing and guaranteed to dominate the news agenda, while Biden is forced onto the political back foot as he rebuts the charge. He is lured onto political terrain favourable to Trump where the focus is on racial fears and hatreds and attention is diverted away from Trump’s calamitous handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Politicians like Trump and the present generation of populist nationalist leaders such as Viktor Orban in Hungary, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey and Narendra Modi in India, employ similar tactics. In the House of Commons this week, Boris Johnson accused Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, of being an IRA supporter, eliciting a furious chapter-and-verse denial from Starmer that he had ever had any sympathy for the IRA. As always, it is easier to tell a lie than rebut it and a rebuttal necessarily involves restating the accusation.

An advantage for Trump is that his opponents underestimate his political skills because they are contemptuous of his crudity, ignorance and mendacity. But his ability to manipulate information needs to be, and is, greater than leaders like Orban, Erdogan and Modi because he faces a mostly hostile American media, while they have largely stamped critical news outlets out of existence. His critics abuse him as a former reality TV host without realising that his long experience of successfully pursuing ever-higher ratings for his show has honed his media expertise to a level they cannot match. He knows how to say something so shocking that news editors will not be able to ignore it, regardless of whether it is true or false. He long ago learned how to give an impression of spontaneity and authenticity that always outscores pre-scripted remarks.

Trump has instinctively understood the great problem of information in the internet age. This is not, as is often imagined, primarily “fake facts”, but is rather the sheer volume of facts, the great porridge of information, that is now available to everybody. A successful politician must shout louder than ever to attract attention, must never be boring and remember that dullness is never news. Trump’s tweets may sound maniacal but they work perfectly as news headlines that jump off the page or off the TV or computer screen. Compare Trump’s utterances with those of Biden, or of Hillary Clinton four years ago, and see why they fail to compete.

Democrats tend both to underestimate Trump as a political operator and, at the same time, demonise him as evil made flesh to the point that they are blinded by hatred to his strengths and weaknesses. Given the record of his dysfunctional, corrupt and incompetent administration, it is extraordinary how often his enemies have failed to land a punch that drew real political blood. Remember “Russia-gate” and the impeachment process that were supposed either to bring Trump down or to hole him below the waterline so that he would capsize come election day? Yet this giant offensive failed so dismally that “Russia” and “impeachment” were scarcely mentioned during the Democratic convention that chose Biden as candidate.

Much attention is rightly given to the division between left and right within the Democratic Party as a reason why it has been such an ineffective opponent of Trump. The party establishment often appeared more determined to defeat Bernie Sanders as a potential presidential candidate than to drive Trump from power. They got their way when Biden became the nominee. But the triumph of the traditional elite within the Democrats creates a weakness not often considered. Biden and his section of the party belong to what has been described as “the residual elites”, the old political, military and media establishment that were the self-confident rulers of America in the second half of the 20th century. Detesting Trump and all his works, they dream of returning to the years of their youth, when the institutions which they led fought the Cold War against the Soviet Union. Look at the alacrity with which these remnants of what were once the unchallenged powers-that-be in America (and their allies abroad) have sprung to arms to wage a new cold war in opposition to supposed threats from Russia, China and Iran.

In opposing Trump, much of the Democratic leadership and Washington elite disappeared down memory lane. Trump was to be unmasked and impeached as a Russian proxy, illegitimately elected through the Kremlin’s subterranean efforts. Russia’s capabilities were absurdly exaggerated, doubtless to the joy and amusement of Vladimir Putin. Hillary Clinton needed no foreign agency to lose the election against Trump, as all accounts of her disastrous campaign make clear.

Opponents of Trump in America are not alone in their frustration, since populist nationalist governments from Brazil to Israel, Hungary to India and Turkey to the Philippines never seem to be displaced once they have seized the levers of power.

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A common feature of this failure is that the Trumpian regimes (though many predate Trump) have been able to monopolise patriotism at a time when the nation state remains the primary focus of communal loyalty within countries. They have been able to pose successfully as patriotic saviours of the nation, despite doing untold damage to their countries because their opponents have let them do so.

Left-wingers in former imperial powers like Britain, France and the US see home-grown nationalism as tainted by colonialism and racism. They sympathise more decisively with self-determination for ex-colonies and subject races. As Jeremy Corbyn predictably found out, this approach is a certain recipe for electoral defeat. Well-educated metropolitan liberals, for their part, view nationalism as old-hat prejudice in a globalising and interdependent world.

Nationalism, which can be good or bad, is the glue that binds together the disparate coalitions of interests that back Trump-type regimes. Effective opposition to them must also hold together a loose coalition of powerful but divergent forces by seizing back the patriotic card and portraying the Trumpians as the true enemies of the nation.

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  1. Nationalism, which can be good or bad, is the glue that binds together the disparate coalitions of interests that back Trump-type regimes. Effective opposition to them must also hold together a loose coalition of powerful but divergent forces by seizing back the patriotic card and portraying the Trumpians as the true enemies of the nation.

    How are the Democrats going to seize back the patriotic card, you stupid POS. They’ve spent months facilitating BLM and Antifa. They’re pushing the 1619 project, White Privilege and Defund the Police. How is this going to connect with patriotic Americans, especially White Patriotic Americans.

  2. A123 says:

    Effective opposition to them must also hold together a loose coalition of powerful but divergent forces by seizing back the patriotic card and portraying the Trumpians as the true enemies of the nation.

    The SJW Globalist DNC has been lying for some time trying to claim the “patriotic card”. It has not worked.

    Patriots oppose the looting and burning of American cities. The DNC embrace of violence against Americans was seen by the voters. Democrats are Quislings, the mortal enemies of Patriots.

    Now that the DNC has seized the “traitor card”, Biden is stuck with it. Any effort at rehabilitation would require speaking out against BLM and the kneelers. Even if Biden tries a repudiation, odds are it would lack believability.
    _____

    The only Democrat Party candidate that had a shot at beating Trump was Tulsi Gabbard. The SJW Globalist establishment so fears her… They wouldn’t even allow a taped message for the convention.

    PEACE 😇
    .

    • Agree: sonofman
  3. Rational says:

    DEMOGANGSTER BIDEN HIDIN HAS ALZHEIMERS; NEW TAPE SHOWS HIM DOING EXTORTION CRIMES TOO.

    Cockburn, you know very well the Demogangsters are the real liars, not Trump. They fabricated the Russian collusion hoax. They lie, lie and lie.

    The whole racket of libbarbarianism is based on lies, lies and lies. Read the book Liberalies.

    The demogangsters have turned to violent crime (antifa) and the demogangsters at the top are aiding and abetting it, as proven by the photos of piles of bricks, the rioters being flown from out of town and put up in $1000/night hotels, etc.

    When will you learn to tell the truth, Cockburn, instead of telling more lies for your party, the Demogangsters? You have portrayed yourself as the real liar.

    Biden is a criminal too, besides having Alzheimer’s (a proven fact)

    Joe Biden named criminal suspect in Ukraine, openly admits extortion in Ukraine Prosecutor firing:

    • Replies: @tyrone
  4. jsinton says:

    Straw man argument. Trump is enemyofthepeople man.

    Sorry Cock, I’m not buying the premise. He’s brash and rude. But he’s really the enemy of the global capitalists and the NWO crowd. The NWO crowd is presently trying to destroy middle America. It is they who is the enemyofthepeople. Trump stands in their way.

    • Agree: Getaclue, TTSSYF
  5. Chris Moore says: • Website

    When will you learn to tell the truth, Cockburn, instead of telling more lies for your party, the Demogangsters? You have portrayed yourself as the real liar.

    Cockburn is a brainwashed Marxist, just like his father was. They lie with the greatest of ease. They learned to lie from their Jewish gurus who are the masters of brainwashing, and Cockburn is part of the Marxist-Zionist treason project against the human race.

    • Agree: Neo-Socratic, republic, Alden
    • Replies: @Alden
  6. unit472 says:

    Cockburn must have a head Full of Excrement. The classic line was the southern politician who accused his opponent of “Masticating with his wife who was a Thespian not some ridiculous slur about pigs or soldiers being ‘losers and suckers’.

    If you are too stupid to even recite a joke you need to be beaten until you get the ‘punch line’. I’ll be glad to help raise your humor IQ.

  7. Thomm says:

    This article is proof that most White Trashionalists also happen to be outright Marxists.

    Dumb, untalented people tend to be Marxists. Since White Trashionalism attracts the lowest of the low (in terms of IQ, character, talent, and looks), it is no surprise that Marxism is central to the movement.

    • Disagree: TTSSYF
    • Replies: @Alfa158
  8. Patrick Cockburn sounds like a complete buttface.
    This entire article is slick gaslighting — making it sound as if Trump is manipulative and crafty, when it’s the Dems that concocted a complete hoax conspiracy theory about Russian collusion for 3-4 years, almost ruining an elected presidents career in the process. There was never any sorry from them either. Just more arrogance and hate. And then sick articles like this.

  9. Thanks, Cockburn, you’re always good for a laugh.

  10. Anon[203] • Disclaimer says:

    Yet another Cockhead article that would be right at home on buzzfeed. Neat.

  11. Trump says something outrageous and often untrue, such as claiming that the drearily establishment Joe Biden is a radical socialist hand-in-glove with rioters and looters

    This should read “Trump says something incisive and true, such as claiming that the drearily establishment Joe Biden is spouting radical socialist dogma hand-in-glove with rioters and looters…”

    This guy Hopkins has a severe case of TDS. It has affected his writing, it has affected his reasoning. It has affected his brain health.

    it is difficult to understand how anyone with a brain would think that senile Joe would be a better choice than Trump. You’d have to be on a lot of pills and drink a fifth of vodka a day and it still would not make you stupid enough or addled enough to think that Trump as President was a problem or will be a problem.

    Unbelievable idiocy right here in this essay.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  12. @restless94110

    This guy Hopkins has a severe case of TDS.

    Change to “This guy Cockburn has a severe case of TDS.”

  13. El Dato says:

    Trump’s Opponents Need to Portray Him as the True Enemy of the Nation

    Yes. That’s exactly what is needed now. A Democratic “Reanimate Goebbels!” project, after the democratic “Burn down the Cities!” project, as the populace is being psychologically prepared for full-fat election manipulation.

    Weimar America is getting more Weimarish.

    Trump has instinctively understood the great problem of information in the internet age. This is not, as is often imagined, primarily “fake facts”, but is rather the sheer volume of facts, the great porridge of information, that is now available to everybody.

    And there is a Cockburn swimming in it, like a mutant fish in an oil slick.

    Well-educated metropolitan liberals, for their part, view nationalism as old-hat prejudice in a globalising and interdependent world. Nationalism, which can be good or bad (?), is the glue that binds together the disparate coalitions of interests that back Trump-type regimes (is this good or bad?). Effective opposition to them must also hold together a loose coalition of powerful but divergent forces by seizing back the patriotic card (LOL) and portraying the Trumpians as the true enemies of the nation.

    Seems phoned-in. I cannot distil any real meaning out of this jumble of words.

    Apparently the call is to “bring together” groups of various racial, economic and, yes, criminal characters, thoroughly atomized by the Democratic Intersectional program, i.e. excited by the promise of government largesse, spoilt by psychological pandering and interested in obtaining loot from “Whitey”, with the expression of opinion made and patrolled by Antifa “street management” forces as “friendly DAs” look on.

    Ok, Democrats, you have a couple of months to change your 20 year-old approch thoroughly. Cockburn says so. Good luck.

  14. Alfa158 says:
    @Thomm

    Are you stoned or something? How on earth did you conclude from his, admittedly idiotic and deranged article, that Patrick Cockburn is a White Nationalist?

    • Replies: @Thomm
  15. claiming that the drearily establishment Joe Biden is a radical socialist hand-in-glove with rioters and looters

    *perks up* Wait..you mean he is not that?

    Biden is forced onto the political back foot as he rebuts the charge

    He did rebut it?

    • Replies: @tyrone
  16. Mr. Cockburn, there are some reputable polls showing that Trump had no bump up after his RNC and may also have no bump up after the latest riots.

    I think the polling clearly shows that most americans regard Trump as the Hillary of 2016, they know what he is like now, he has directly impacted their lives, they don’t like it, they are sick and tired of him and want a change.

    I think IBD/TIPP and USCDornsife had Trump consistently leading the few months up to election in 2016, this was in great contrast to all the other polls. USCDornsife uses a big sample and claims to measure voter intensity, IBD/TIPP claims to have gotten it right the last 20+ years or so.

    Unless something unexpected happens in the next 2 months, I expect Trump to lose in November. In 2016, I expected him to win.

    I also think it’s telling that Trump has reportedly not put any of his own money into his campaign, even though as a supposed billionaire with a lavish lifestyle, a simple 20-30 mill should not be a problem for him, esp since the re-election is so important to him. But he can’t even spare it. So hard for the cash to come out, like squeezing blood from a stone.

    Bloomberg easily threw 100s of mills into advertising n stood aside once Biden looked viable. But Trump? When u buy his overrated and overpriced junk property, he’ll ask u to pay 5X the actual worth. But when it comes to him buying stuff, he thinks $5 should buy him an airplane.

    Also Kellyanne is out, saying she wants to spend more time with family. No way. She’s out because she thinks Trump is likely to lose, maybe even in a landslide and she doesn’t want to be around when that happens, it’ll tarnish her shine as the first female campaign boss to bring a difficult candidate into office.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @TTSSYF
  17. Effective opposition to them must also hold together a loose coalition of powerful but divergent forces by seizing back the patriotic card and portraying the Trumpians as the true enemies of the nation

    What “seizing back the patriotic card” might look like:If I ever get a time machine the first thing I will tell people in the past (I’ll try the Bicentennial) is that hippie protesters toppled a statue of George Washington, wrapped it in the American flag and lit it on fire. When they ask if the perps were attacked by outraged vigilanties and beaten to an inch of their lives, I will answer it was really no big deal. Most politician publicly praised the group, and the News only gave positive reports.

  18. Anonymous[367] • Disclaimer says:

    Yep. riots violence murder arson, etc. in other words all the stuff the people supporting the democratic party do, is a good way to start to get Americans to believe President Trump is the enemy of the people. Good luck with that one Pelosi and gang.

  19. @GreatSocialist

    Polls are designed to get the answer wanted by the people who commissioned them. There is never one question, but several, and they are designed to lead the the person to the desired answer.
    Anyone paying attention in 2016 knew the polls were bullshit. There was Trump, twice a day, playing venues, with 10-20k attending and more waiting to get in, while Clinton showed up at a half empty school gymnasium every now and then.
    Make no mistake, this plandemic is designed to keep people away from voting in person and encourage mail-in ballots, where fraudulent ballots are easier to manipulate. Who would vote for a babbling geezer? If Trump is really that bad, or as bad as Biden, people don’t vote, they stay home and don’t vote at all. Mail in ballots make it easier to harvest the disaffected voter, who won’t vote for anyone, they vote against the worse choice.
    I predicted Trump in 2016, not because he was a great candidate, rather because Killary was wearing her sense of entitlement on her sleeve, which became her platform: Vote for me, I deserve it.
    Unless things have drastically changed, this article is as relevant today as it was in 2016.
    https://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-about/

  20. Thomm says:
    @Alfa158

    See this video :

    Far-left and ‘far right’ are almost identical, since the inaccurately-described ‘far right’ always has Marxist economic views.

    Furthermore, remember that White Trashionalist subculture and ‘wigger’ subculture have fully merged as of about 1994 or so.

    To recap, here are the reasons why :

    i) Left-wing economic views, dependent on taxing successful whites. The fond feelings that White Nationalists have for Bernie Sanders is no secret.
    ii) Very low IQ
    iii) Low economic productivity
    iv) The tendency to see race in EVERYTHING.
    v) Preference for female obesity.

    This is why Patrick Cockburn and the typical WN wigger are actually one and the same. The enthusiasm that most WNs on this site have for Trump is low to negative, just like Patrick Cockburn.

    • Disagree: TTSSYF
    • Replies: @dindunuffins
  21. tyrone says:
    @Rational

    THANK YOU!…..RIGHT ON!……Trump is the best thing to happen to America in our life time …………….suck on that Patrick Cockburn.

  22. tyrone says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    “did he rebut it”?……….no he was giving head.

  23. tyrone says:

    YOU call Trump corrupt when democrats like Biden and Clinton run open bribery and extortion rackets ………..life is short Cockburn ,try not to live it as a dirty ,rotten liar.

  24. Derer says:

    Trump’s Opponents Need to Portray Him as the True Enemy of the Nation

    How can they? They are the True Enemy of the nation…follow their nonexistent contribution to the well being of this nation. Stormy affairs is not it.

  25. Mr. Grey says:

    Poor Cockburn. He calls Trump’s administration “dysfunctional, corrupt and incompetent” then he writes in the same paragraph about the fake Russia collusion nonsense and how it blew up in the Democrat’s faces. Meanwhile he never presents any evidence why we should vote out Trump. He calls Trump ignorant, but it was the corporate Dems IGNORING the working people of America that got me to support Trump. Must be hard having TDS.

  26. Stogumber says:

    Cockburn is probably rather stupid than mean, and his father’s cynicism has not much helped him to grow up to real life.
    The real problem is not simply that politicians SAY negative things avout each other. It’s that they BELIEVE negative things about each other. And why not? Biden personally may have no convictions at all, but he is prepared to crave for any socialist idea which is fed him by his advisors; why not say so?
    But the Cockburns were so narrow-minded that they couldn’t imagine any politician believes anything different from what they themselves deem true. That’s the reality behind the old canard of “lying politicians”: the narrow-mindedness of journolists who cannot imagine anyone having ideas different from their own ones.

  27. This useful idiot of his Islamist Communist Democrat Party masters hasn’t a clue…another White hating, Antifa, BLM, NFAC lover and probably a member of one or more of them.

  28. Stogumber says:

    And Cockburn’s idea that anyone can deliberately make use of “the patriot card” – without people smelling out if it is genuine or not -, this is the peak of the stupid cynicism he has learned from his father. Well, it seems he is really miffed that the world doesn’t work the way his father told him – so muxh the worse for the world, in his eyes.

  29. I have so much respect for Patrick Cockburn and I’ve enjoyed reading his work for years, but this piece seems to be out of form for him.

    An advantage for Trump is that his opponents underestimate his political skills …

    Trump’s ‘political skills’ are nothing more than the tricks taught to him by his mentor, the disgusting homosexual jew Roy Cohn.

    The ‘brains’ behind Trump is the (in)famous gang of sleazeballs who themselves were taught by a disgusting jew Arthur Finkelstein:

    Over four decades, Finkelstein was responsible for the early hiring and training of many successful Republican consultants, operatives and managers—collectively called “Arthur’s Kids”[197] or “Arthur’s Boys”[125]—including Tony Fabrizio, Alex Castellanos, James Hartman, Craig Shirley, George Birnbaum, Beth Myers, Mitch Bainwol, Ari Fleischer,[1] Carter Wrenn, Tim Kelly,[198] Kieran Mahoney,[199] Zenia Mucha,[200] Jon Lerner,[182] Rick Reed, Patrick Hillmann,[198] Jim Murphy, the pollster brothers John and Jim McLaughlin,[201] Rob Cole,[202] and Adam Stoll.[164] Others who worked with Finkelstein and have gone on to have successful independent careers include Frank Luntz, Larry Weitzner, Charles R. Black, Jr., Roger Stone,[203] Chris Mottola,[125]John Heubusch, Barney Keller, Gordon Hensley,[204] and Gary Maloney.[205]

    from : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_J._Finkelstein

    • Replies: @James Forrestal
  30. Alden says:
    @Chris Moore

    I’ve despised every lying word of the Cockburn’s since I first read his father’s commie racist anti White nonsense.

  31. TTSSYF says:
    @GreatSocialist

    I predicted a Trump win in 2016, when the five Dallas policemen were murdered. I predict another Trump win in November, thanks to all of the Dem-encouraged mayhem and destruction that’s been going on for weeks. And if the nearly universal support for Trump in my neighborhood is any indication. Trump will win decisively, possibly with a majority of the popular vote. Of course, that doesn’t preclude the Dems trying to overturn it in the weeks that follow.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  32. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    Give me back my five minutes you mewling bastard!

  33. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @TTSSYF

    Your first comment on this website wasn’t until 2017.

    However:

    In 2008, Obama was touted as a political outsider who will hose away all of the rot and bloody criminality of the Bush years. He turned out to be a deft move by our ruling class. Though fools still refuse to see it, Obama is a perfect servant of our military banking complex. Now, Trump is being trumpeted as another political outsider.

    A Trump presidency will temporarily appease restless, lower class whites, while serving as a magnet for liberal anger. This will buy our ruling class time as they continue to wage war abroad while impoverishing Americans back home. Like Obama, Trump won’t fulfill any of his election promises, and this, too, will be blamed on bipartisan politics.

    Linh Dinh, “Orlando Shooting Means Trump for President,” June 12, 2016, @ The Unz Review.

  34. “The recent book published by Mary Trump, the president’s niece, identified one thing – that his own sister, a retired federal judge, believed the president was “cruel”. While it was perhaps a little underhand for Mary Trump to secretly record Maryanne Trump Barry passing that judgment on her brother, it was a telling and undeniable truth. Donald Trump is a cruel sociopath. He is erratic, egotistical, cynical and ruthless. He is devoid of a working moral core and conscience. Even if you discount by half Michael Cohen’s kiss-and-tell account of his doings with Trump, you are still left with a clear picture of a moral monster.

    The world has been warned about the nature of the man. We can only hope that there remains in the hearts of sufficiently many decent Americans the elementary Christian impulse towards kindness and aversion to cruelty, cynicism and hatred.

    We need to heed the warnings about Trump. He is a danger to humanity precisely because of his cruel nature. Mohammed Bin Salman, Vladimir Putin, President Xi, (the cruel oppressor of Uighurs) and Donald Trump – and all their hangers-on worldwide – are a frightening cohort leading the great states into a dark, amoral valley. We may not deserve better but surely we can hope for better.”

    • Replies: @Dennis Dale
  35. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @Sean Breathnach

    unendurable cringe. who’s responsible for this monstrosity?

  36. Cking says:

    I don’t understand the author’s political perspective. Trump seized power of the Republican Party by telling Jeb Bush, ‘9/11 happened on your watch’. Do you see how clever that statement really was and is today. How simply he stated the facts and garnered the average Joe in America vote; Jeb felt the men’s anger, and couldn’t leave the room quick enough. The United States spends too much money on war. 9/11, and all the lies, made the $7 Trillion dollar Iraq War possible. The US economy, despite all you hear, has never recovered.

    Millions of people have died prematurely because the Globalization’s margin on human survival. Millions died in questionable, pretext driven war, one war after another, ‘because it is profitable’; our vets are treated like refuse to be disposed of quietly. The Congressional-Military Industrial Complex really doesn’t want to let go of ‘their government’. Why are all the ‘Liberals’ willing to protect the 9/11 system, Globalization’s Perpetual War on humanity, NDAA, the 2008 Financial Meltdown, its’ Final Solution that transferred $20 or 30 $Trillion dollars to who knows who, and accept the Soros supported Class War disguised as the Great Insurrection for Liberty. How did two Obama Administrations really leave the country? ACA was the bailout of Wall St. and the Insurance Industry. Homeowners and their families were subjected to a Stalinist forced relocation while the banks could repackage the foreclosed homes for sale to international investors. 50% of the workforce are minimum wage earners. 50% of the available workforce are jobless. And how did Obama react to Trump’s fair and square victory? Obama and his cabal are the real reactionaries employing Bolshevik strategy and tactics. Obama’s nod led directly to General Flynn’s marxist prosecution within the courts system, it’s disgraceful.

    The nation’s survival demands the reorganization of the Establishment’s two party political system, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the Wall St. system, which when working in combination, can only organize America’s wealth, money and credit to wage war. Of course America has to change and only President Trump recognizes this and he’s willing and able to do it. The American people, if we reject the Class War, the demonization of the White population, must perform the necessary political intervention to make that happen.

    The perfect man does not exist and you can’t believe everything you read or hear in the MSM organs. Under unrelenting attack, President Trump is doing the best he can at the moment, and because of Soros Money’s lubricant, has to contemplate sending in troops and arresting professional anarchist organizers, certain mayors, and governors to end the Illiberal Insurrection.

  37. @Thomm

    wigger’ subculture all from emulating and worshiping who….don’t say it…because they are all just innocent docile DinduNuffins. How many nuffins did a dindu do if a dindu dindu nuffins?

    • Replies: @techvet
  38. techvet says:
    @dindunuffins

    He Thomm. He no wypipo. He hindu nuffin

  39. Oh dear, has Patrick burnt his cock again?

  40. @Verymuchalive

    This writer is a typical journomoron incapable of independent thought, and lacking the courage, if he WERE capable of independent thought, to publish it.

  41. I can only assume this article appears on Unz to fulfill an equal-time quota of some sort, since it otherwise has all the political heft of the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride in Fantasyland.

  42. Well-“educated” [indoctrinated] metropolitan liberals, for their part, view nationalism as old-hat prejudice in a globalising and interdependent world.

    Immediately followed by:

    Nationalism, which can be good or bad, is the glue that binds together the disparate coalitions of interests that back Trump-type regimes. Effective opposition to them must also hold together a loose coalition of powerful but divergent forces by seizing back the patriotic card and portraying the Trumpians as the true enemies of the “nation”*.

    A rather opaquely-expressed sentiment,but Cockburn’s intended meaning appears to be:

    >Anti-White shitlibs like myself believe that nationalism is “racist,” “xenophobic,” an “unfair” constraint on rootless cosmopolitianism/ neoliberalism, and overall a VERY BAD THING
    >Normal people disagree strongly with this position, and support leaders who express nationalist sentiments
    >Therefore we need to lie even more brazenly and frequently in order to get people to vote against their own interests
    >But DRUMPF is mendacious and cynical, tho

    Well OK then.

    *Cockburn’s intended meaning here is not actually “nation” (a people who share a common heritage, culture, language, etc.), but “country,” or perhaps “economic zone.” His conflation of these disparate concepts is clearly deliberate — just look at the title of the piece.

  43. Trump has instinctively understood the great problem of information in the internet age. This is not, as is often imagined, primarily “fake facts*”, but is rather the sheer volume of facts, the great porridge of information, that is now available to everybody.

    Sort of. Leaving aside the [highly questionable] implicit characterization of Trump as some sort of “outsider” to the neoliberal establishment, the real “problem” for our overlords is a level beyond the simple volume of information. It’s that the availability of this volume of facts means that ordinary people, or groups of ordinary people, can find (or construct) narratives that use those facts in ways that dissent significantly from coordinated, hegemonic, pervasive narratives promoted by the so-called “news” media. Hence heresy/ blasphemy (so-called “hate speech”) has been an increasing problem for them, “necessitating” the drive to impose ever-increasing levels of censorship and suppression of dissent on teh interwebz — especially social media — over the past 5 years or so.

    Remember when ex-IDF prison guard Jeffrey Goldberg’s The Atlantic used to have Disqus comments? That’s long gone. Narrative enforcement was much easier in the days when the goyim simply accepted whatever party line the TV networks, WaPo, and the NYT chose to promote. The internet is a huge “advance” in terms of collecting voluminous data on all of their subjects, but “needs” to be carefully curated in order to ensure that the kulaks don’t acquire useful information outside of “approved channels” themselves.

  44. @true.enough

    The ‘brains’ behind Trump is the (in)famous gang of sleazeballs who themselves were taught by a disgusting jew Arthur Finkelstein:

    Oy gevalt. Sounds like one of those”antisemitic canards,” or something. Let’s see what Haaretz has to say:

    “References to some sort of Israeli involvement in Trump’s 2016 campaign cropped up during Robert Mueller’s official investigation of the so-called Russia collusion affair, but were thoroughly redacted. A disproportionately large number of people investigated or questioned in the Mueller probe – oligarchs, advisers and cyber specialists – also had ties to the Israeli establishment. Perhaps it’s worth mentioning that both Stone and convicted Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort were close collaborators with Netanyahu’s legendary strategist and world-class dirty campaigner, the late Arthur Finkelstein. They and others were known as ‘Arthur’s boys.’ ”

    Huh. Incidentally, Finkelstein and Birnbaum also planned the campaign of another “based nationalist,” Hungary’s Viktor Orbán.

    • Thanks: true.enough
  45. Hmm… I have my doubts about Bernie Sanders. I’m almost ready to call him Slimy Sanders. He makes all sorts of nice noises, like medicare for all and the like, so makes Dem Muck Rats look attractive, and that’s it. That’s his role completed. Now throwing his full weight behind Joe Biden, all out to demolish Trump though aware that a president with senile dementia … He is a fake. Total fake.

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