Trump, capitalism and the point of no return

BY:John Bachtell| November 17, 2017
Trump, capitalism and the point of no return

The Trump administration is authoritarian, deeply corrupt, and replete with pathological liars. It is directly linked to the so-called “alt-right”—re-branded fascists and Nazis—including those who serve in the White House.

White supremacists, misogynists, climate deniers, xenophobes, Islamophobes, and militarists dominate the administration. General Kelly’s recent attempt to revise Civil War history should dispel any illusions the public can rely on “rational generals” to restrain 45.

A mass base intoxicated with irrationality, lies, and conspiracy theories supports Trump and the GOP. They are being manipulated by an extensive right-wing communications infrastructure, including Fox News, Breitbart, Infowars, hate-talk radio, the NRA, right-wing Evangelicals, and think-tanks. Taken together, this has the potential to become a full-blown fascist movement.  Are we reaching a point of no return?  Read more.

Comments (8)

john | December 15, 2017 at 10:01 PM

Any party that isnt far right is the best party we need change and we need it now

Tom Brady | November 29, 2017 at 6:49 PM


Zach | November 20, 2017 at 3:06 AM

Trump unfortunately is going to be the downfall of this country and so will pure Capitalism. Democratic Socialism is the answer! #JusticeDemocrats2020

    Saurabh | November 22, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    True, but it will take a lot of sacrifice from socialist in USA. It won’t happen automatically.

    jules | December 01, 2017 at 11:54 PM

    nothing ever leaves us until it’s taught us the lesson we needed to learn…and so it is ….

    Thomas | December 12, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    I don’t think that it makes sense to run on a platform of democratic socialism for the next few cycles. It seems that running with social democracy and eventually working our way towards democratic socialism will be most effective in easing the population into it.

    Quinn | February 26, 2018 at 4:03 AM

    Why will pure capitalism do this (I my self disagreed with the majority of this article and am a right leaning libertarian), why or how do you think pure capitalism will lead to the downfall of this country.

      Scott Hiley | February 27, 2018 at 4:50 PM

      In our analysis, ‘pure capitalism’ is exactly what we have right now: a system where the entire political system and social order is based on protecting the right to private property, and therefore tilted in favor of those who own property and against those who don’t–or in favor of those who own more property and against those who own less. Unlike libertarians (of any stripe), we don’t believe that capitalism can exist without the power of the state protecting it–any more than socialism can exist without the working class wielding the power of the state to advance its own interests. The state isn’t a thing that exists in the abstract. It grows out of the underlying relations of production (i.e., the relation of wage-worker to capitalist), as a tool of whatever class occupies the dominant position in that relation.

      Think of something like Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that makes political contributions a form of protected speech. That means that the interests of those who have money (expanding their right to participation in elections) diminishes the rights of those who don’t (by decreasing the overall impact of each individual vote). A society can’t be free for everyone: you can have liberty for workers or liberty for capitalists, but not both.

      That’s a huge, almost criminal, simplification of a complicated topic, and we can talk more about it if you want, but that’s the basics.

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