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West writes: "The neoliberal era in the United States ended with a neofascist bang. The political triumph of Donald Trump shattered the establishments in the Democratic and Republican parties - both wedded to the rule of Big Money and to the reign of meretricious politicians."

Professor Cornel West. (photo: VICE News)
Professor Cornel West. (photo: VICE News)

Goodbye, American Neoliberalism. A New Neo-Fascist Era Is Here.

By Cornel West, Guardian UK

18 November 16


Trump’s election was enabled by the policies that overlooked the plight of our most vulnerable citizens. We gird ourselves for a frightening future

he neoliberal era in the United States ended with a neofascist bang. The political triumph of Donald Trump shattered the establishments in the Democratic and Republican parties – both wedded to the rule of Big Money and to the reign of meretricious politicians.

The Bush and Clinton dynasties were destroyed by the media-saturated lure of the pseudo-populist billionaire with narcissist sensibilities and ugly, fascist proclivities. The monumental election of Trump was a desperate and xenophobic cry of human hearts for a way out from under the devastation of a disintegrating neoliberal order – a nostalgic return to an imaginary past of greatness.

White working- and middle-class fellow citizens – out of anger and anguish – rejected the economic neglect of neoliberal policies and the self-righteous arrogance of elites. Yet these same citizens also supported a candidate who appeared to blame their social misery on minorities, and who alienated Mexican immigrants, Muslims, black people, Jews, gay people, women and China in the process.

This lethal fusion of economic insecurity and cultural scapegoating brought neoliberalism to its knees. In short, the abysmal failure of the Democratic party to speak to the arrested mobility and escalating poverty of working people unleashed a hate-filled populism and protectionism that threaten to tear apart the fragile fiber of what is left of US democracy. And since the most explosive fault lines in present-day America are first and foremost racial, then gender, homophobic, ethnic and religious, we gird ourselves for a frightening future.

What is to be done? First we must try to tell the truth and a condition of truth is to allow suffering to speak. For 40 years, neoliberals lived in a world of denial and indifference to the suffering of poor and working people and obsessed with the spectacle of success. Second we must bear witness to justice. We must ground our truth-telling in a willingness to suffer and sacrifice as we resist domination. Third we must remember courageous exemplars like Martin Luther King Jr, who provide moral and spiritual inspiration as we build multiracial alliances to combat poverty and xenophobia, Wall Street crimes and war crimes, global warming and police abuse – and to protect precious rights and liberties.

The age of Obama was the last gasp of neoliberalism. Despite some progressive words and symbolic gestures, Obama chose to ignore Wall Street crimes, reject bailouts for homeowners, oversee growing inequality and facilitate war crimes like US drones killing innocent civilians abroad.

Rightwing attacks on Obama – and Trump-inspired racist hatred of him – have made it nearly impossible to hear the progressive critiques of Obama. The president has been reluctant to target black suffering – be it in overcrowded prisons, decrepit schools or declining workplaces. Yet, despite that, we get celebrations of the neoliberal status quo couched in racial symbolism and personal legacy. Meanwhile, poor and working class citizens of all colors have continued to suffer in relative silence.

In this sense, Trump’s election was enabled by the neoliberal policies of the Clintons and Obama that overlooked the plight of our most vulnerable citizens. The progressive populism of Bernie Sanders nearly toppled the establishment of the Democratic party but Clinton and Obama came to the rescue to preserve the status quo. And I do believe Sanders would have beat Trump to avert this neofascist outcome!

In this bleak moment, we must inspire each other driven by a democratic soulcraft of integrity, courage, empathy and a mature sense of history – even as it seems our democracy is slipping away.

We must not turn away from the forgotten people of US foreign policy – such as Palestinians under Israeli occupation, Yemen’s civilians killed by US-sponsored Saudi troops or Africans subject to expanding US military presence.

As one whose great family and people survived and thrived through slavery, Jim Crow and lynching, Trump’s neofascist rhetoric and predictable authoritarian reign is just another ugly moment that calls forth the best of who we are and what we can do.

For us in these times, to even have hope is too abstract, too detached, too spectatorial. Instead we must be a hope, a participant and a force for good as we face this catastrophe. your social media marketing partner


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+60 # jwb110 2016-11-18 10:08
For my money, Neo-Liberalism was just Neo-Fascism lite.
+18 # Buddha 2016-11-18 12:17
+5 # markovchhaney 2016-11-19 08:32
My man, Sheldon Wolin!
+3 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2016-11-20 01:06
Very, very excellent recommendation. Thank You!
+3 # polfrosch 2016-11-20 02:55
Yes, many thanks for this most interesting link. My next book.
+26 # HowardMH 2016-11-18 13:21
Thank you Cornel for saying so eloquently what I have been saying for YEARS NOW that Obama the Wimp was suck a disappointment.
+91 # librarian1984 2016-11-18 10:08
I want to believe this was the death of neoliberalism, but Schumer is grabbing the Senate leadership, Pelosi isn't giving up her bid for House leadership, the DNC is packed with Clinton loyalists -- and there doesn't seem to be any movement.

Sanders just won millions of votes as DP contender. Schumer didn't. Sanders should be minority leader.
+15 # Buddha 2016-11-18 12:20
Quoting librarian1984:
I want to believe this was the death of neoliberalism, but...

"The King is Dead. Long Live the King."
+6 # Anonymot 2016-11-18 19:01
I suspect Buddah, that America is more pseudo-neo than neo-liberal.
+42 # Vardoz 2016-11-18 15:32
Bernie Sanders will not be senate minority leader because we are no longer a functioning Democracy as Jimmy Carter recently said. We are a fascist Oligarchy. Schumer represents the Oligarchy and Bernie does not represent our broken government where are reps are no longer working for the interests of the American people. Bernie should be the speaker of the house, he should be president but the Oligarchy hates Democracy and we are being held hostage by a corrupt, greedy body whose only interest is impoverishing the 99% to enrich themselves. We better do all we can on an on going basis to fight this fascist regime or we will most certainly have a Great Depression. Unfettered corporate anarchy is a prescription for disaster.
-19 # ericlipps 2016-11-18 20:18
Oh, I see. Only under fascism could ****BERNIE**** not be given the minority leader's job.
+12 # markovchhaney 2016-11-19 08:41
Fascism, shmashism, eric. The point is that the old guard of the DNC and Congress has to go. Their ideas are counter to the basic precepts that made the Democratic Party great in the 20th century. Time to move on, towards democratic socialism: Sanders, Turner, Gabbard, and many others with vision, guts, and commitment to the poor and middle classes. Don't like it? Join the GOP. You'll be VERY comfortable there, because not only will you discover that the thinking of mainstream Republicans and the likes of Hillary Clinton are consonant, but many Hillbots will migrate there if the Democratic Party learns anything from 2016 and gets back to its roots.

Despite your dislike of Bernie Sanders, he's the most popular and most trusted politician in the country. Hillary? Not so much. Repeat this to yourself daily: she couldn't beat Donald Trump. She lost to "Adolf Hitler, Reanimated" (I don't buy the Hitler comparisons, but they are very much in vogue with Hillary supporters and the more simple-minded pseudo-progress ives who can't seem to focus on getting anything done because they're obsessing on their Trump = Hitler nonsense and finding ways to turn even the most innocuous thing he says or does into further proof of the arrival of the Fourth Reich).

She couldn't beat Donald FUCKING Trump. You think there's someone in the Dem's neoliberal bullpen who could beat him in 2020? I can't wait to hear about whom you plan to back for the nomination. Well, actually, I can.
+2 # kentuckywoman2 2016-11-21 18:11
To be fair, Hillary won the popular vote by almost 2 million. I think she would have won but for:
1. FBI Comey. He really threw a fatal monkey wrench at the last moment.

2. Fake news. There was so much fake news about Clinton, and the media did nothing to counter it. They were too busy giving the Pied Piper free publicity. Some of this stuff is written by fake news writers and some were deliberately spread by the Alt Right.

3. Trump was constantly on the attack, making it almost impossible to talk about the issues. Trump couldn't win by talking policy, but that has always been Hillary's strong point. She would have been better off addressing some of the fake news in a laid back, joking manner, and then talked about the economy. That she didn't is surprising, given that her husband ran his campaign on, "It's the economy, stupid!" and won - twice.

4. She ran a moderate, centrist, status-quo campaign. She should have taken her cues from how popular Bernie was, and adapted her campaign. Instead, she kept trying to appeal to logic, when logic left the building early on in this election season.

5. She probably shouldn't have gone "high"; sometimes you have to fight fire with fire, because usually it's true that "nice guys/gals finish last."

She could have won had she just made a few adjustments. But she didn't, and now we're saddled with he whose name shall not be mentioned.
0 # Caliban 2018-07-31 23:19
Excellent description of the Clinton campaign -- much more accurate that that given by either the GOP or the Clinton - denigrators on this site.
+3 # kentuckywoman2 2016-11-21 17:50
Bernie can't ever be Speaker of the House unless he quits the Senate and runs as a Representative for the House. I don't think he's going to do that; he's been there already.
+17 # lfeuille 2016-11-18 18:38
Pelosi's challenger sounds like he will be worse than she is. Pelosi bends in the win, this guy sounds like he wants to reverse the populist trend before he gets started. It is too soon to tell what will happen with the DNC. The election for chairman hasn't occurred yet. And Sanders declined to challenge Schumer. I think he world rather be defacto leader than have the position which would curtail his ability to speak out when he doesn't like what is going on.
+6 # Anonymot 2016-11-18 18:58
In your heart of hearts, Librarian, you know that Deep State/CIA is not going to get its claws out of the Democrat Party and Bernie doesn't have the ______ (fill in the blank) to start a new one.
+7 # librarian1984 2016-11-18 21:04
What could so discredit the CIA they'd be disbanded?

I wonder what Sanders would do if he was fifty.
+21 # grandlakeguy 2016-11-19 10:58
Actually...Bern ie Sanders should be President.
Hillary Clinton was never the legitimate nominee.
+2 # kentuckywoman2 2016-11-21 17:48
Sanders can't be minority leader. He's an Independent. Even though he ran as a Democrat, he's still an Independent. He would have to change his affiliation permanently to be the minority leader of the Democratic Party. I do not think he has done that. But yeah, that would be great.
+72 # GoGreen! 2016-11-18 10:16
I think the reason for all this disorder and decline is due to the death of any semblance of democracy in our nation. Our elected officials DO NOT GIVE A DAMN about what the people say. Our elected members of Congress (both houses) are TERMINALLY CORRUPT. These greedy people in Congress vote as they are directed by their major donors (Major donors are millionaires and corporations who bribe our so called 'representative s'. We must stop voting for the lesser evil. Isn't it evil enough for you now? We must establish public funding to qualified candidates and throw all those computer voting machines in the trash bin. We also need equal time on the public airwaves for all qualified candidates. The voters need information to vote intelligently.
+53 # DogSoldier 2016-11-18 11:22
Greenie here talks a lot of hyperbole about what must be done to make elections fair, and give rise to the voice of the people. At the same time his first and last sentences point out that under our current system the changes he calls for are impossible. He's absolutely correct, America is not a Democracy, it never was. It wasn't even designed to be a democracy, the founding fathers never meant for anyone but oligarchs to hold power in the country.

The oligarchs are never going to permit publicly funded elections. Republicans are against publicly funded anything, and Democrats benefit from the system too and won't change it. Term limits are never going to happen either.

His faith in the voter is terribly misplaced. The American voter for the most part is not a rational being, he thinks with his gut. Let's face it, the average citizen is not very bright, doesn't read, and essentially goes along with whatever the idiot box they're watching tells them. They're easily mislead, and most are totally lacking in the logic necessary to make informed decisions. It's a sad fact.
+49 # DogSoldier 2016-11-18 11:23
Brother Cornie, despite his 60's rhetoric is quite correct. There is no hope to be seen, and the only way to generate hope is by political action. If you're not ready to 'go to the mattresses' there will be no change. It's sure as hell not going to come about by voting. You'll need massive civil disobedience, general strikes, boycotts and protests. Something that the government will try to repress. If you want help from the citizenry, then you must appeal to them emotionally. Take a lesson from the Lakota, be prepared for violent reaction from authority, expect to get beat up, maced, tear gassed, pepper sprayed, shot with 'non-lethal' ammunition, etc.. To garner peoples support you must make them see the repression.

Brother Cornie is right, we need to go back to sixties style protests. We need to show the violence and repression inherent in our oligarchy. There will be no change without bloodshed.
+26 # Ted 2016-11-18 14:19
It's been firmly established that revolution through strictly NON-VIOLENT methods is proven to have a far more superior success rate than violent insurrection.

It has also been studied and proven that the changes and advancements achieved through NON-VIOLENT revolution are more permanent and more socially accepted and ingrained than any of the short-lived successes resulting from violent regime change attempts.

Any blood shed will have to be our blood if we will retain any hope to win.
+12 # lorenbliss 2016-11-18 15:56
@Ted: I up-thumbed you, but you need to remember, firstly, the reason for Gandhi's victory over the British was British awareness that if Gandhi failed, the Soviet Union and its Red Army would replace Indian pacifism with armed rebellion. Hence, rather than allow the USSR to start a revolution that would have devastated the entire Indian subcontinent (thereby also destroying Indian exports the British would have retained even after India left their empire), the British withdrew.

The lesson is that pacifism or non-violence never works unless it is backed by the threat of violence.

Secondly, you need to read "The Last Article," the Harry Turtledove alternate history short-story in which the Germans win World War II. When Gandhi continues his protests, the Germans merely kill him and all his supporters.

Thirdly, understand our present-day circumstances. The fact there is no longer a Soviet Union means that -- unlike in the Civil Rights era -- there is no threat of violence to support non-violence. Hence there will be no foreign support for our resistance. And given the USian Empire's total and absolute domination of the global economy, there may well be foreign intervention on behalf our oppressors.

Under these conditions, our fate can only be that of Gandhi and his followers in the Turtledove short story.

Quoth Sun Tzu: "Know the enemy and know yourself, and in a hundred battles you will never be in peril."
+16 # DogSoldier 2016-11-18 20:07
The difference being, that we are not trying to overthrow a colonial power, we did that already in the eighteenth century. This would be a popular insurrection against a minority government. We would have allies within the government that would support a popular uprising. We have access to media to document authoritarian responses. We have access to social media to publicize it. We have hackers that can non-violently disrupt the enemy. We have the power through general strikes to seriously disrupt the economy and attack Wall Street and the banks, who are the real enemy.We have every damned thing we need but the will.
+17 # DogSoldier 2016-11-18 21:12
Absolutely, the rest of the populace should see peaceful protestors being violently assaulted. We need sympathy not fear.

Likewise property damage must be avoided. That threatens people. We can cause plenty of damage through general strikes, boycotts and peaceful marches. America revolves around money, mess with the orderly flow of business, and you can really screw things up.
+1 # polfrosch 2016-11-20 03:21
Reply to Ted: I think the current methods to bring down political movements (or dangerous governments like Olof Palmes) inside our states are more psyops.

Today somebody would e.g. "discover" child pornography on Gandhis notebook followed by a wave of reporting splitting the potential resistance movement into fractions, which would be handled and discredited quite specific.

Or Gandhi followers would suddenly find some ardent terrorists in their ranks committing violent terrorist acts, while the mainstream media would turn into "investigative" dogs of war to find more evidence how bad Gandhi is, e.g a former communist background or links to militant muslims.

I think the protest movement - which I hope for too - has to study intelligence operations thoroughly, especially psyops, to be prepared - and has to have it´s own media. So keep rsn alive.
+2 # Scott Galindez 2016-11-20 10:28
There is a back door to is taking over the Dems....which some of us are busy doing...Blair Lawton is running for Iowa Chair...there are 22 state parties that we likely have the most central committee members...some have already put Berniecrats in charge. Ellison is primed to be National chair...Even in the other 28 states if we side with rank and file labor we can take power from the neo liberals...It is happening as we speak...
-1 # Patriot 2016-12-03 15:19
Yada, yada, yada....
+44 # grandlakeguy 2016-11-18 13:00
The American people were not given a choice in this election.
Bernie Sanders was the clear choice of Democratic party voters in the primary but the status quo DNC leadership decided that they knew better and installed the ONLY candidate that could lose to Donald Trump.

Until we actually have honest elections this will keep happening!
+4 # polfrosch 2016-11-20 05:54
I followed the election in detail from Germany, and this is my account:

From a european perspective Bernie Sanders was the surprise candidate, a true social democrat. I know what the US deep state did to Olof Palme, who stood for a similar policy. So I hoped for Sanders, but had doubts he would survive if he really started to do what he said.

Hillary Clinton believed she could win by tactics, not vision. After she backstabbed Sanders, (I was waiting for her comment on Sanders: I came, I saw, he lost. Hahaha) she was confident. She is ancient Rome style, and as decadent. But too many people smelt the sulfur. She outsmarted herself strategically with tactics.

Trump won because many people stand in front of their shattered american dream, rightly trust nobody any more (so many lies!) and want the days of glory back. It won´t happen. Capitalism offers no perspective for them.

The rage of the humiliated leading to fashism - it sounds very familiar to german ears. Not the same, but similar like our 30s.

What is interesting to me, and I can´t make head or tail of it, is e.g. the video posts of Steve Pieczenik, who talks about psyops, 911, false flag attacks and other deep state stuff in a truthful way I have never heard in the US media. And is all pro Trump. Confusing.

As if the deep states finally understood it was the total lack of credibility, the obvious web of lies, which brought the USSR down - and the same is happening now to the USA.
+1 # Hey There 2016-11-29 01:32

I agree with your posts--well said--
Except that there are MANY Democrat candidates that could lose to Trump.Sanders wasn't one of them.
+1 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2016-11-20 01:09
To re-paste a link provided above by #Buddha:

The Wiki page summarizes very well an excellent book that explains it all quite clearly.
+35 # savagem13 2016-11-18 11:15
One of the pundits still worth listening to, in my opinion, as I believe Mr. West never climbed on the Clinton bandwagon? It's a matter of the 99.9%--of every color, religious persuasion, gender persuasion, etc. --coming together to fight the oligarchy. That is what it will take to get out of this mess. Abandoning the duopoly and coming together behind the Green Party would help, in my opinion. But most of the work needs to be done in the streets.
+16 # Ted 2016-11-18 14:29
Thank you for pointing out that Dr. Cornel West is and has been a strong supporter and endorser of Dr. Jill Stein and the Green Party effort.

To find out more about the Green Party's heavily researched plan to secure the environmental AND social well-being of our nation visit;
+23 # elkingo 2016-11-18 12:15
Right Corny. "Can't happen here?" No, it's already happened. Still have trouble comprehending neo liberalism/cons ervatism - but it's really the same old horseshit: smarmy capitalism: principal and pervasive evil of the world, and source of all social pathology..

And "In this bleak moment, we must inspire each other driven by a democratic soulcraft of integrity, courage, empathy and a mature sense of history – even as it seems our democracy is slipping away." -- is poetry, sheer poetry. Gettysburg Address stuff. Right on! "They shall not pass!"
+27 # seeuingoa 2016-11-18 12:18
What a legacy for both Hillary and Obama
to nourish the soil for making possible
the success of fascism in America.
Shame on you two!
+18 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-11-18 18:37
Not to mention Nixon, & Reagan, & both Bushes.
+4 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2016-11-20 01:10
Yes, do mention them also, as well as Clinton the First.
+19 # DogSoldier 2016-11-18 20:17
Quoting seeuingoa:
What a legacy for both Hillary and Obama
to nourish the soil for making possible
the success of fascism in America.
Shame on you two!

Fascism has been successful in America for a long time. This is nothing new. W's granddaddy was a Nazi, so was Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh and a whole shitload of other Americans.

After the war we brought many Nazi intelligence and scientific people back to the US and put them to work for the government, and the shadow government put together by Allen Dulles, the arms manufacturers, the military and the old WASP money machine.
+23 # DogSoldier 2016-11-18 22:53
“The concentration camp was never the
normal condition for the average gentile
German. Unless one were ]ewish, or
poor and unemployed, or of active leftist
persuasion or otherwise openly anti-Nazi,
Germany from 1933 until well into the war
was not a nightmarish place. All the “good
Germans” had to do was obey the law, pay
their taxes, give their sons to the army,
avoid any sign of political heterodoxy,
and look the other way when unions
were busted and troublesome people
Since many “middle Americans” already
obey the law, pay their taxes, give
their sons to the army, are themselves
distrustful of political heterodoxy, and
applaud when unions are broken and
troublesome people are disposed of, they
probably could live without too much
personal torment in a fascist state — some
of them certainly seem eager to do so.”
— Michael Parenti, Fascism in a
Pinstriped Suit
+5 # Dale 2016-11-19 08:34
Down parachutes the Donald from New York´s Trump Towers.
Donald Shrill Trumpet has a penchant for off-key shockers;
This Donald blasts more quackery than Donald Duck.
In 2015-16 was the Alpha Male of the Wolf Pack.
On TV for all to see the mouth that roars moons his bare ass.
TV audiences laugh with each schandenfruede, or whatever
Makes the Stump bend his rump to the camera.
This serial racist says Mexicans are serial rapists.
Wants to build a wall as high as his New York skyscrapers,
The Great Wall of Trump, to keep out dirty Mexicans.
“We are going to be looking at that”--
Meaning getting rid of Muslims.
“Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would…”
Billionaire Trumpet has illusions of grandeur,
Trump is a real Stand Up Cat,
Walks around with a four inch hardon.
Thinks his star status gives him the privilege to “grab women by the pussy.”
Trump is more than a serial gropper and tit gazer,
He is a school yard bully with the USA as his turf.
Trump likes to fondle kittens, but has a hard time getting it up for Hillary.
His policy on rape—fuck the environment.
Stands tall in his misogynic and racist political incorrectness.
The haters within the white population loved it,
Smiled, we finally got our Man, a real stud,
He will know how to keep Niggers in their place,
And rid the country of the riff raff.
0 # Caliban 2018-07-31 23:39
This identification of middle class life and fascist inhumanity is rhetorically forced, isolating and false.

The support of middle America is absolutely essential to the actual success in society and politics of true leftist thinking and policy.
-1 # Cassandra2012 2016-11-20 00:20
Uh, and the Teathuglicans had nothing to do with it, you think? Are you a troll?
+17 # elkingo 2016-11-18 12:21
And lib1884, no, Bernie should be president, and failing that, MAJORITY leader of the Senate. Pardon me my fantasy life. And to think two nice Jewish boys from Brooklyn (i.e Chucky Schumer the other, as is the present writer) could be such poles apart, well...
+28 # Emmanuel Goldstein 2016-11-18 12:26
Most Americans don't even know what neoliberalism is. There, in a nutshell, is why we don't have a functioning democracy.
+18 # lorenbliss 2016-11-18 16:48
My only quibbles with Mr. West are semantic:

(1)- He persists in making the false distinction between "neoliberalism" and fascism -- ignoring the fact the former is merely a euphemism for the latter.

(2)- "Neo-fascism" obscures the fact that -- just as there is no such thing as "neo-murder" (because murder is murder regardless of its context) -- neither is there any such thing as "neo-fascism." Fascism is fascism, morally imbecilic Ayn Rand savagery pure and simple, and any attempt to disguise its malevolence with the prefix "neo" is deceptive.

(3)-However, what we have voted into absolute power in the USian Empire is not mere fascism. Because of its doctrines -- exceptionalism; zero-tolerance prosperity-gosp el Christian theocracy; misogyny; racial and ethnic bigotry; homophobia; anti-intellectu alism; anti-humanitari anism; and genocidal extermination of those of us who due to old age, disability or chronic poverty are deemed no longer exploitable for profit -- it is instead a uniquely USian form of Nazism. Not "neo-Nazism," but the original "Mein Kampf" doctrines adopted to U.S. conditions, precisely as urged by the legions of Nazi war criminals given sanctuary as advisors by the One Percent after 1945.

Ergo, just as those war criminals intended, the U.S. is now Nazi Nation, literally the Fourth Reich.

(Precisely because I so emphatically agree with Mr. West, I as a professional editor and writer am compelled to urge him to use more precise language.)
+5 # Depressionborn 2016-11-18 18:33
we have a non-functioning republic, "a democracy" is dictatorship of the majority. We have a capitalist system morphed into fascism. Good luck.
+27 # David Starr 2016-11-18 12:29
The seeds of neofascism have been evident for years. They were cultivated under the Reagan "revolution." Now, they have grown into monsterous "weeds."
+8 # Anonymot 2016-11-18 19:09
They've been here for a century plus, but they didn't get organized until the Dulles brothers did it and LBJ picked up the ball, etc..
+35 # Moxa 2016-11-18 12:32
Chuck Schumer learned SOMETHING from the recent election. But it was not the lesson it taught. He did get some of it right: you can't ignore millennials and working and poor people and still win elections. So he created a special position for Bernie Sanders: Outreach Chairman.

But Schumer didn't learn the second and more challenging part of the lesson. He didn't learn that the reason Bernie is popular is that he actually CARES about the poor, the working people and millennials, and his policies reflect this. He is popular because he doesn't take corporate money and so he is not beholden to them. Schumer did not learn that it is people like Schumer himself that make the Democrats lose elections. Corporate money will only go so far to sway elections; but it is particularly effective at buying off politicians. And the people know this.

Bernie will be surrounded in the Senate Democratic leadership by the same corporate shills that have already destroyed the integrity of the party. Schumer wants to maintain the status quo but attract workers and millennials through the personal attraction of Bernie Sanders. He knows integrity wins elections so he wants to fake it.

Bernie is the real thing, but he is taking a huge gamble: believing he can change things within a system that is so corrupt it would use him as mere window dressing. Unless we have a truly progressive party, there will be nothing to seriously counter the fascism Mr. West describes here.
+17 # elkingo 2016-11-18 12:32
O, you guys are all right. Scary prospect. Rational appeal to the moronized public (Marcuse's term,* not mine) ain't gonna cut it. It's gonna need extra-procedura l action, strikes,. street-heat. But hark! I think the black Chevy Suburban is pulling up, and the guys in the black trenchcoats are at the door!

* talk about your '60's!
+22 # elkingo 2016-11-18 12:39
And I must agree with DogSoldier. This country began with the most exquisite 18th century Enlightenment prescription for the sacred dignity of the single human individual and his (her) protection from government abuse: the Constitution. And then proceeding its merry way with slavery and genocide, both of which continue to this day. The Emperor's naked! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
+21 # elkingo 2016-11-18 12:50
Make that slavery, genocide and empire. A dark triad to be sure, all under the aegis of capitalism. And the whole "voting thing" is indeed rigged, a priori. Any system that could throw up Hillary and Trump as "opposing candidates" is rigged. Even if you hewed to the outmoded and corrupt "lesser of 2 evils" -- Hillary wasn't near "lesser" enough.
+19 # Radscal 2016-11-18 15:24
Fascism is what capitalism does when threatened.

And capitalism has become more threatened in recent years than at any time since the Great Depression. At that time, the capitalists allowed an FDR Administration to mitigate the worst of the abuses, and tamp down revolutionary fervor.

But this time, the capitalists crushed Sanders' very FDR-like campaign. Why?

Because today we live in an integrated globalist economy. The capitalists have little reason to assuage the concerns of the working classes because they don't need many of us anymore.

Throughout the West, people are rising up in protest of the predatory capitalism of neoliberal globalism. Please spend 17 minutes to hear this take on Mark Blyth, the Scottish economist who predicted both Brexit and Trump.
+4 # lorenbliss 2016-11-18 17:23
Truly, Radscal, the ultimate reason global capitalism has triumphed is there is no longer a Soviet Union to protect us from capitalism's fulfillment as Nazism.

Of course we -- those of us who despite decades of Ayn Rand brainwashing have retained our humanitarian ethics -- can and will resist.

But we should know in advance our fates can only be those of Boudicca and her 100,000 warriors, whose (nearly successful) effort to drive the Romans from Celtic Albion was the most devastating rebellion in all the Roman Empire's 2,126-year history; that our fates can only be those of the British and mainland-Europe peasant revolutionaries who sought for 1,441 years (476-1917) to overthrow feudal tyranny; that our fates can only be those of the latter-day Samurai who rode the Divine Wind into eternity.

Quoth Goumashi, citing the Samurai code: "Enter battle as if you are already dead."
-2 # Depressionborn 2016-11-18 21:18
Rand predicted what is happening would happen 2026. We seem to be on schedule. you got a problem with that?lorenbli?
+9 # Radscal 2016-11-19 00:26
To your first point, YES! Naomi Klein observed that the main reason for the Marshall Plan and then establishment of social democracies in Europe after WW II was to prevent those countries from establishing far more leftist governments.

And yes, the US has spent the past couple decades establishing a surveillance police state the likes of which I don't believe the world has ever seen.

When President Obama declared the power to indefinitely detain US citizens, with no evidence, the Democrats were soothed because he put such a nice face on the fascism. And besides, he promised not to actually use those powers.

And now he's preparing to hand the keys to this totalitarian state apparatus to Trump.

You and I will probably not live to see the worst of what's to come, but I have some optimism that the younger and healthier will, as Chris Hedges says, fight the fascists, not because we will win, but because they are fascists.
-1 # lorenbliss 2016-11-20 00:46
It is tragic we the people have been reduced to such ignorance of history we cannot make one of our slogans of resistance "Remember Brest" -- a proper companion to "¡No pasarán!"

Links for those who dare learn the relevant histories:
+6 # lorenbliss 2016-11-18 17:48
Also: Radscal, thank you for the link. I hope everyone who reads this thread listens to its commentary.
+3 # Depressionborn 2016-11-18 21:13
we, and the world, may be changing to populism, or at least trying to..
+6 # lfeuille 2016-11-18 18:44
It doesn't look like neo-liberalism is entirely dead, judging from the people being talked about for Trumps cabinet. Trade deals may be deal, but that is not all there is to neo-liberalism. The bankers are still going to have to much power.
+6 # librarian1984 2016-11-18 21:25
Max Boot is a neocon policy analyst and 'thinker'.

On Nov. 6th he wrote: This Lifetime GOP Voter is With Her

On Nov. 9th he wrote: Why a Trump Presidency Might Not Be As Awful As We Fear

hahahahahaha Max Boot, political cockroach!

Also heard that the neocon Heritage Foundation is working overtime to infiltrate as many low level operatives as possible into the State Dept.
+5 # lorenbliss 2016-11-18 22:54
@lib'84: Suspect there's a typo in your post. First graf: shouldn't that be "stinker"? As in the smell-known neocon function of furtively farting for fascism?
+1 # Lloyd Wagner 2016-11-18 19:15
Cornel, what do you think of this time-lapse picture (link below) of the airplane hitting the South Tower on 9/11? Do you think THIS may possibly be why so many Americans don't even care enough to vote, when all of the candidates believe THIS?
Trump said he will "investigate", which is also a joke, because we the people KNOW that there has been a cover up, and that it has been to keep our troops fighting/killin g/dying not "for our freedom", but for Israel's benefit.
But why are the "Progressives" in on the cover up? And you, Cornel?
+5 # willsud24 2016-11-19 12:31
In my opinion, there can not ever be anything "liberal" under a capitalist economy. The terms "liberal capitalism" or "neoliberalism" is a misnomer because capitalism is tyrannical and authoritative by design. Capitalism is designed to crush individual freedom, not promote it.

If you look at the structure of a small business or a large corporation, they are basically both private tyrannies. Workers are at-will employees who can be fired at any time for any reason and they have no legal recourse. Workers are told what to do, when to do it, how to do it, where to do it, how hard to do it and how long to do it for. Work is temporary slavery, without the whip.

As Bob Black noted in his brilliant essay,The Abolition of Work,"There's more freedom in most de-Stalinized dictatorships than in the modern American workplace. The workplace crushes freedom and individualism in ways that would make dictators salivate".

So, there will never be a "liberal" capitalism or acceptable form of capitalism if you want a liberal or egalitarian society. Any true liberal society would require democracy at work, worker self-management and workers being the owners of the means of production. Again, in my opinion, if you're not a Marxist, anarchist or at the very least a socialist, you are NOT a liberal. I'll pass on the Obama/Clinton style of faux liberalism.
+7 # justducky3 2016-11-19 14:47
I disagree with Mr. West as to the major faultlines,havi ng at the head of the list "racial." The head of that list should be economic. It is the number one divider in this country.What hope have we, when people across all the divides mentioned on the list, live in or just above poverty level. What hope of people listening to reason, when the elites responsible for this divide know full and well the ease with which they can deflect blame by exploiting standing prejudices? I firmly believe that when the economic inequality is addressed in this country,the rest of the problems can be addressed without the need for blame. Removing that problem will make absolutely anything possible. It is impossible to have a conversation with a starving man in front of the window of a bakery.
+8 # policymaven 2016-11-19 16:38
Everybody here seems to forget that she won the popular vote by 2 million. Though I can't abide her, in every "normal country" she would be the president. Let's keep that in mind, plus the voter suppression in the swing states, and the hacking that clearly took place in those states.
+5 # Timshel 2016-11-20 09:27
Trumpites and many Clintonites believe that Trump’s victory was based on white identity and misogynist politics and the MSM fosters this illusion. They do not want people to recognize that the reason Trump won is that the Democrats refused to stand up to Wall Street, the banks and corporate America. It was Americans without jobs, losing their homes and marriages in turmoil, and their children facing a bleak future, that gave Trump his victory.

Bernie Sanders was the Democrat with the guts to stand up to the banks and Wall Street, while few believed Clinton really had the will to do so. HRC tried to focus on social democracy and temperament issues, not just because they are so important, but as diversions from her collusion with the 1% who heavily contributed to her campaign.

Now we are engaged in a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, whether it should be the party of the economically comfortable, or once again stand up for the working people who built this country. Shelley asked this question in a magnificent way:

Men of England, wherefore plough
For the lords who lay ye low?
Wherefore weave with toil and care
The rich robes your tyrants wear?
Wherefore feed and clothe and save,
From the cradle to the grave,
Those ungrateful drones who would
Drain your sweat -- nay, drink your blood?
The seed ye sow another reaps;
The wealth ye find another keeps;
The robes ye weave another wears;
The arms ye forge another bears.
+2 # economagic 2016-12-01 12:54
Interesting. I never thought of Shelley as a radical, or at least not THAT kind.
+4 # Auteur47 2016-11-20 12:45
There is much to take away from Prof. West's chronicling of the what's been going on in this country. However, I'm not so sure neoliberalism is going to be displaced. The oligarchs are still going to be on top. Trump is calling for reductions in their taxes and the gutting of regulations; both core elements of neoliberalism. For sure the GOP as it is today is the major benefactor and all that means of Trump's victory. There is no indication, other than lip service, that the swamp is going to be drained any time soon. Working class Americans are still going to be shat upon. They will be called upon to do the fighting and dying in the wars to come to back up "making America respected again." Remember what The Who said about the "new" bosses.
+1 # truthwinsalways 2016-11-21 08:15
If the southern states had gone for Bernie he would be president. Why the southern blacks voted against their interests and for Clinton is still a mystery to many.
0 # bretmosley 2016-11-23 08:35
yes... #itsthecorporat ions

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