The Myth of The Outsider
I will start by noting that Trump’s unshakable appeal to the masses is, in part, the product of the success of the mainstream media (MSM) at implanting in the people’s mind the myth that the business elite and the oligarchs are apolitical and outside of partisan politics in Congress and the presidency.
This myth is one of the oligarchs’ most valuable tool that must be kept intact in these presidential primaries, no matter how many politicians or which party may be hurt in the process of protecting said myth. That’s why they can’t attack Trump directly as a heartless billionaire, as an elitist who has been controlling politics from the outside, as a vulture whose businesses include taking advantage of and promoting the mental illness called compulsive gamblers… How many times have you read any headlines like this: ‘Heartless Billionaire Wants To Deport Illegal Families‘? Even when Trump himself brags about influencing politics by buying politicians, no one in the MSM has used the opportunity to get rid of him using that headline bomb: ‘Heartless Billionaire Wants To Deport Illegal Families‘
Yes, he is an ‘outsider’, but so is our oligarchy, and yet they control us all. All the blame for the ‘corruption of the establishment’ must be cast, not on the oligarchy, but on the two parties and never outside of them. That myth of the outsider is one of the reasons why Trump is so difficult to defeat: to defeat him you must destroy the myth of the billionaires as ‘outsiders’. To defeat him means that the elite will become collateral damage. The only way to successfully attack Trump is attacking his business practices as a privileged elitist; instead, the MSM focuses on his racists tirades (never on him as a racist billionaire), as if the GOP is not as or more racist than he is.
Same with Sanders, he is no “outsider’ either. Sanders as an ‘outsider’ is like saying that because your hair is outside your skull it is not part of your body. Are you kidding me? 30+ years in politics and in Congress…and he is ‘an outsider’?
Finally, sadly, the oligarchs are squashing the intra-GOP fire of Trump vs the globalists with the fire of the angry liberal/progressive youngsters. These youngsters have been manipulated to solve the GOP’s elite problem by sending them to provoke him and his followers. The goal is to present Trump as the violent element who provokes angry reactions. Notice that the MSM, uncharacteristically, is excusing the youngsters actions as ‘righteous’ response to Trump’s racists comments and ‘policies’. It is that ‘excusing’ that evidences that the youngsters are being manipulated; compare the treatment the MSM gave to those same youngsters when they were ‘occupying’ Wall Street. They were called troublemakers then, never righteous protesters.
The Outsider Becomes the Insider
It should be patently clear by now that this year’s presidential election process is not party politics as usual. I suggest that this political parallel universe we are experiencing has its origin on 9/11, the date the globalists and billionaires chose to shake the world and take control of each nations’ political system out in the open.
(I’m not advocating any conspiracy theory about who brought the towers down. I’m referring to the political consequences of 9/11.)
It is no secret that, before 9/11, these elitists were controlling politics behind the curtain, as acknowledged by a writer of the elite’s think-tank Brookings Institute: Typically billionaires seek to influence politics quietly and out of public view. But now
billionaires of all stripes have come out to take control of our nation’s politics because, after 9/11, they want to run the nation like they run their corporations: with a global frame of mind. The new qualification to run for president of the USA is to be a ‘successful’ corporationista.
Bloomberg was the first billionaire to run for office (mayor of NY) on the heels of 9/11, and since then we have been feeling the presence in our politics and public institutions of the billionaires of all industries, e.g. Silicon Valley’s tech giants (controlling our nation’s health research priorities) and online business moguls like Amazon’s Bezos (who influences politics and public opinion through his ownership of the WaPo).
Back to the current presidential elections
As Larry Summers explained in his blog, the crisis we are witnessing in these presidential primaries process is the result of the success of globalism. Summers( and his class members) is very much aware of voters anger and has some suggestion on how to deal with it.
Voters Angry At What?
That’s the question the MSM doesn’t want you to ask nor will they ask in their 24hrs news shows. Suffice it to say, according to them, that the people are angry at the “party establishment“: keep moving folks, there’s nothing else to see here. But consider the following.
Chances are you would agree in that most Americans have been complaining about the economy and the outsourcing of jobs, about the high cost of health care services, student debt…Trump is telling them that he has heard them.
Chances are you would agree that globalism is in great measure the culprit for jobs having been outsourced. Trump has been telling them that he knows globalism is the culprit. He even describes the problem of globalism to the American voters in his colorful and entertaining Trumpist fashion.
And chances are you would agree that Wall Street and the financial sector’s rapacious greed is hurting the US and the rest of the world. Trump there again.
These are some of the causes behind voters anger which the oligarchs and the MSM don’t want the public to discuss in the presidential elections process, dismissing publicly the anger as the result of ‘party establishment dishonesty’. Even when the MSM discusses the economy as behind voters anger, it almost invariably fails to mention globalism. See, for example, this Bloomberg‘s analysis “Why voters will remain angry” were anger is disrupting global politics, instead of global politics causing the anger.
The oligarchs prefer to set both parties aflame with voters anger and not open for discussion the problem of globalism in the elections. They think that, once the fire consumes its nutrient, it is bound to die.
Except that this is wild-fire.
Trump and Sanders are the ‘arsonists’, but Trump is the true ‘revolutionary’ in this process. Sanders is not a threat to the elite, he is there to ‘bern’ the anger. Sanders has aimed his attacks exclusively at Hillary and the democratic party ‘corruption’.
Trump, however, doesn’t mince words, calling the problem as he sees it by its name: the globalists and neo-conservatives in both parties are America’s problem. He has denounced the Bush administration by name, Reagan and everything the GOP considers sacrosanct. Trump’s foreign policy ‘manifesto’ was prepared for the American voter, not for the party, although in it he tells the GOP elite what he thinks of them. Trump is, at least today, more of a libertarian. He may change personality next week; we have to wait to see if this is his real self.
But Trump is not an ‘outsider’, nor is him a ‘revolutionary’. He is an exquisite con man who will destroy this nation as Comodo in Gladiator in Rome: by entertaining the mob while he was been a tyrant.
The myth of the oligarchs as outsiders keeps us blinded to the true source of our corrupt politics and misery.