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    #65498
    zn
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    It was the Democrats’ embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump

    Naomi Klein

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/rise-of-the-davos-class-sealed-americas-fate

    Here is what we need to understand: a hell of a lot of people are in pain. Under neoliberal policies of deregulation, privatisation, austerity and corporate trade, their living standards have declined precipitously. They have lost jobs. They have lost pensions. They have lost much of the safety net that used to make these losses less frightening. They see a future for their kids even worse than their precarious present.

    At the same time, they have witnessed the rise of the Davos class, a hyper-connected network of banking and tech billionaires, elected leaders who are awfully cosy with those interests, and Hollywood celebrities who make the whole thing seem unbearably glamorous. Success is a party to which they were not invited, and they know in their hearts that this rising wealth and power is somehow directly connected to their growing debts and powerlessness.

    For the people who saw security and status as their birthright – and that means white men most of all – these losses are unbearable.

    Donald Trump speaks directly to that pain. The Brexit campaign spoke to that pain. So do all of the rising far-right parties in Europe. They answer it with nostalgic nationalism and anger at remote economic bureaucracies – whether Washington, the North American free trade agreement the World Trade Organisation or the EU. And of course, they answer it by bashing immigrants and people of colour, vilifying Muslims, and degrading women. Elite neoliberalism has nothing to offer that pain, because neoliberalism unleashed the Davos class. People such as Hillary and Bill Clinton are the toast of the Davos party. In truth, they threw the party.

    Trump’s message was: “All is hell.” Clinton answered: “All is well.” But it’s not well – far from it.

    Neo-fascist responses to rampant insecurity and inequality are not going to go away. But what we know from the 1930s is that what it takes to do battle with fascism is a real left. A good chunk of Trump’s support could be peeled away if there were a genuine redistributive agenda on the table. An agenda to take on the billionaire class with more than rhetoric, and use the money for a green new deal. Such a plan could create a tidal wave of well-paying unionised jobs, bring badly needed resources and opportunities to communities of colour, and insist that polluters should pay for workers to be retrained and fully included in this future.

    It could fashion policies that fight institutionalised racism, economic inequality and climate change at the same time. It could take on bad trade deals and police violence, and honour indigenous people as the original protectors of the land, water and air.

    People have a right to be angry, and a powerful, intersectional left agenda can direct that anger where it belongs, while fighting for holistic solutions that will bring a frayed society together.

    Such a coalition is possible. In Canada, we have begun to cobble it together under the banner of a people’s agenda called The Leap Manifesto, endorsed by more than 220 organisations from Greenpeace Canada to Black Lives Matter Toronto, and some of our largest trade unions.

    Bernie Sanders’ amazing campaign went a long way towards building this sort of coalition, and demonstrated that the appetite for democratic socialism is out there. But early on, there was a failure in the campaign to connect with older black and Latino voters who are the demographic most abused by our current economic model. That failure prevented the campaign from reaching its full potential. Those mistakes can be corrected and a bold, transformative coalition is there to be built on.

    That is the task ahead. The Democratic party needs to be either decisively wrested from pro-corporate neoliberals, or it needs to be abandoned. From Elizabeth Warren to Nina Turner, to the Occupy alumni who took the Bernie campaign supernova, there is a stronger field of coalition-inspiring progressive leaders out there than at any point in my lifetime. We are “leaderful”, as many in the Movement for Black Lives say.

    So let’s get out of shock as fast as we can and build the kind of radical movement that has a genuine answer to the hate and fear represented by the Trumps of this world. Let’s set aside whatever is keeping us apart and start right now.

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    InvaderRam
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    so then what would be an answer moving forward?

    cuz i haven’t heard a solution that makes any kind of success.

    i just hear a big shit storm coming our way.

    #65580
    zn
    zn
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    so then what would be an answer moving forward?

    cuz i haven’t heard a solution that makes any kind of success.

    i just hear a big shit storm coming our way.

    Get rid of any and all kinds of neo-liberal policies would be a good start.

    #65582
    Zooey
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    so then what would be an answer moving forward?

    cuz i haven’t heard a solution that makes any kind of success.

    i just hear a big shit storm coming our way.

    “A good chunk of Trump’s support could be peeled away if there were a genuine redistributive agenda on the table. An agenda to take on the billionaire class with more than rhetoric, and use the money for a green new deal. Such a plan could create a tidal wave of well-paying unionised jobs, bring badly needed resources and opportunities to communities of colour, and insist that polluters should pay for workers to be retrained and fully included in this future.

    It could fashion policies that fight institutionalised racism, economic inequality and climate change at the same time. “

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by Zooey Zooey.
    #65611
    InvaderRam
    InvaderRam
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    well i hope it happens.

    or those jobs become automated, and then there’s talk of a robot ban.

    #65652
    Mackeyser
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    The only folks who like neoliberalism more than Reps are party Dems.

    It’s beyond disheartening.

    Sports is the crucible of human virtue. The distillate remains are human vice.

    #65655
    zn
    zn
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    The only folks who like neoliberalism more than Reps are party Dems.

    It’s beyond disheartening.

    Always remember.

    Everything’s just fine. It’s all good. We’re all fine. Everything’s fine.

    #65656
    InvaderRam
    InvaderRam
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    is there any reason for hope? cuz this thread is a little depressing.

    #65661
    zn
    zn
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    is there any reason for hope? cuz this thread is a little depressing.

    Well yes. Any votes for Sanders point to a groundswell of people who reject the neo-liberal agenda.

    That’s partly true of votes for Trump too, but only partly. The problem with Trump is that his supporters, to the degree they were motivated sheerly by economic issues, were deluding themselves–Trump is neo-liberal policies on steroids and acid, not a rejection of them. It’s like the movie Alien. Trump is the alien. The dems are The Company.

    Signs indicated that Sanders would have beaten Trump soundly.

    Whoever would have voted for Sanders in that scenario is rejecting neo-liberal, corporatized ‘merica.

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    zn
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