‘Pleas’, take note of the two big badges to the right of this post, especially the second one.
In my previous post I started discussing the death of the American Left as shown by them becoming Trump Apologists. The process of dying of the American Left (AL), as with all processes, has been going on for quite some time as evidenced by these problems: working class losing workers’ rights, increase in levels of poverty, women losing their reproductive rights…It’s not a newly diagnosed illness what is killing it.
Yes, they don’t control the economy, but they are ‘supposed’ to help the working class organize to protect their rights. When workers lose their rights, it means they are politically weaker, and the Left is toothless.
The Left is simply unaware that the illness eating them is there, and can’t recognize the most recent symptom of their terminal disease: their sympathies towards Donald Trump.
One reason the Left is oblivious to its slow death is its persistent inability to practice self-examination, self-criticism. The AL has traditionally looked outside itself to explain its own failures: it’s always the oligarchy class, the media, the FBI, the CIA, its evil-Hillary stealing Sanders’ thunder with trickery and dishonesty…it’s never they themselves.
As evidence, take a quick look at the analysis of some of the Left’s online think-tanks articles about why Bernie Sanders’ movement failed (as I predicted on this blog, they are already blaming him and not themselves). CounterPunch magazine is a notorious example of ‘I didn’t do that‘ analysis , but there are others. Here are some articles as example of this attitude:
Bernie Sanders: the Candidate Who Came in From the Cold
The Revolution Betrayed: Why Sandernistas Have a Right to be Angry,
Bernie’s Failed Revolution: How Sanders fell short of changing the Democratic Party.
I will submit and develop for your consideration some of the factors in the present political culture that show why the AL has stopped being an alternative to the American non-oligarchical classes and groups: Their failures, how intellectually spent they are, and how they have morphed into traitors of the American people. On the next post I would like to discuss how the AL, in yet another sign of treason, has purposely ignored the political problem globalists and globalism. At the end of this post I introduce that discussion.
Epic Fail, Intellectually Spent, and Traitors of the 99%
“Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.”
― Vladimir Lenin
I guess no one gave Lenin one generation of youth. The point being, as the millennials have proven, you have to earn them. And the American Left is not even near getting their attention.
The professional AL and their think-tanks (the leaders of aging socialists/communist organizations, the political analysts and political magazines and books writers) are part of the American upper middle class, its leftist intellectual elite, materially better off than most workers here and globally. They sit comfortably in front of their PC to draw for us non-intellectuals a floor-map of what we must do to achieve the revolution.
For example, on how to engage and bring to the Left the ‘angry working class element’ supporting Trump:
There are those among Trump supporters who socialists can and should relate to. We do so by ruthlessly exposing Trump’s bigotry and the hollowness of the solutions he offers…include[ing] mobilizing the greatest number possible of radicalizing people of color, youth, Bernie Sanders supporters and others to confront and shut down his campaign events at every opportunity possible.[highlights by me.]
WOW! I guess that by now, after the many ‘occupy Trump’ events, that segment of Trump supporters are totally on the Left’ side, ‘feeling the Bern’, sharing a sense of mutual relatedness with the “radicalizing” socialists who confront them “at every opportunity possible“. By “radicalizing people” the author means thugs without a party.
Interestingly enough, the AL has not being “ruthlessly” denouncing Trump; Hillary Clinton, the MSM and the GOP are the ones denouncing him. Meanwhile, the AL, Sanders and his supporters have been busy spewing their hatred of… Hillary, and “ruthlessly” denouncing… the DNC!
They can’t be “ruthlessly” denouncing Trump because they see him as an alternative to Clinton. This is the mark of the American Left’s intellectual dishonesty: they don’t hate Trump but hate Hillary; they know he is a racist and misogynist, but, for them, race and women take a back seat behind the financial needs of the generic workers, but especially white male workers. They think he is an alternative for the working class and dedicate a lot of digital ink to explain to the voters why he is better than Hillary, as discussed in the first part of this ‘series’. They contribute, with their dishonesty, to keep the American voters blind to Trump’s elitist and, yes, fascist platform.
Allow me to call them, the American Left, traitors of the working class, women, minorities, etc, etc, etc.
As intellectuals, most of the American Leftists are imbued with the typical attitude of elitists: conceit. Nothing repels the sweaty hard working class more than know-it-all socialist intellectuals. But the intellectual AL doesn’t talk to the workers, it talks among themselves. The proof is in the pudding:
After 30+ years of being the ‘conscience’ of the working class, of ‘educating’ them with leftists’ publications, do you see the masses following the Socialist Party or the Green Party today? How effective has the AL been at calling the attention of the downtrodden and the millennials and then convincing them to follow the left’s theory of how to do the revolution?
It could even be correctly argued that today’s millennials, despite the abundance of leftist’ educational material, have the lowest understanding of basic Leftists’ political concepts like ‘socialism’ and ‘revolution’ – and certainly no familiarity with the concept of ‘class identity’ – as compared with, let’s say, the 60s Left – despite their frequent use of these concepts. That explains, in part, why most millennials feel attracted to Trump’s pseudo-anti-establishment rants. Epic fail.
there is no revolution without the masses
Bernie Sanders has the support of about 10 million active members of the non-oligarchy classes, mostly millennials, and the AL has…what was that, how many? Trump too has millions of supporters following his pseudo-anti-establishment message. An aging ‘independent’ and an elitist billionaire carrying the masses with messages similar to those which the AL has been arguing for over 30 years. That oughta hurt.
So what does the AL do? The same thing they did in the 2008 primaries: they surrendered their intellectual abilities for the joy of been with the masses that have eluded them for so long and were following Obama’s Hope and Change utopia. Basically, to avoid being left behind in touch with their irrelevancy, they became intellectually dishonest and self-deluded; they drank the Obama Kool-Aide:
Frank Chapman, CPUSA, hailing BO’s victory in the Iowa caucuses:
“Obama’s victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle. Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface. This is the old revolutionary “mole”, not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through.”
Because they are incapable of self-examination, they seldom talk about how wrong they were in supporting Obama. As if their 2008 mistake never happened, today they delude themselves into believing that they are still a political force capable of ‘educating’ the millennials who, before Sanders came into the picture, had an anti-establishment unaffiliated movement of their own. The aging AL have had various joyous conferences to discuss their participation in “Sanders’ movement”, for example, one to discuss:
Should socialists work inside the Democratic Party, with the hope of transforming it into a party that genuinely represents workers’ interests?
That’s the same question they asked themselves in 2008 and many joined the party. They have learned nothing since then. The AL believes that it was Sanders who created ‘his’ movement, and not the other way around. It was the angry millennials who uplifted him and turned his initially lame primary campaign (one for the ‘issues’, taking for granted that Clinton would be the nominee) into a challenging movement… wasted by Sanders’ focus on reforming the DNC.
Sanders achievement was to walk the angry millennials into the Democratic party to ‘burn’ their angry energy and be pacified there. There was no down ballot votes supporting other progressives during this elections cycle. it was all about Sanders, as it was all about Obama in 2008.
In both cases, then as today, a nascent fresh anti-oligarchy movement has been neutered, thanks to the American Left who helped corral the angry youth into the Democratic party.
From 2008 to today, they have had enough time to build a third-party to challenge the oligarchs’ duopoly, or any other form of ORGANIZED protests. Have them?
As I asked in a previous post:
What is the trick? What is it that Obama and Sanders, and even Trump have that you, socialists and communists, don’t have? Have you asked yourselves that question? But seriously asked yourselves that question?
This I say to the American Left: Don’t bother registering as a Democrat just because you are daydreaming that you can be a ‘subversive’ force in the Democratic party. You have demonstrated all these years that you, socialists and communists, are as painfully unappealing to the working class as a mole in the middle of your interlocutor’s nose, and that you are intellectually spent and traitors of the American people you claim to support, therefore, the American Left as Trump Apologists.
I am baffled, but REALLY baffled…actually I am horrified at how the AL neglects to read directly from the horse’s mouth what the oligarchs are saying about this presidential elections cycle. Even a cursory look at their think-tanks and most vocal oligarchs will show you what they are up to globally and in the USA. One little example would be enough for understanding what is at stake in this presidential election cycle, one I have frequently discussed on this blog trying to call the attention of those professional American leftists: Larry Summers statement about the “danger” that a Trump presidency poses to, let alone the USA, but to GLOBALISM.
Oh, then, it is true that Trump is anti-globalist? asks you. Of course not! But the AL think he is. The problem he presents to the oligarchs is his insistence on talking about the problems created by the globalists.
You see, the globalists acknowledge that the power is not in Trump hands, but in the angry voters. “Globalism created the angry voters” they say. And they have a plan to make you less angry.
To be continued.