Sunday, September 10, 2017

Revolutions in disguise

For me a ‘revolution’ can be said to have occurred when one group or class hijacks the state along with all its usual mechanisms for mediating between competing interests within that society. In this sense the accession of Trump is as much as revolution in the US as that of Chavez was in Venezuela, even Castro in Cuba. What it suppose it currently lacks is the clear sense that either he or those behind him will openly attempt to make more permanent this direct corporate power grab at the expense of America’s traditional political intermediaries. But it is clear that last November the choice was qualitatively different to the usual formulation at an American general election: a vote for the Donald was not really a straightforward vote against Hilary or even Barack, and it was hardly an endorsement of the GOP. If the citizens of the USA are not too careful they may end up stuck with the consequences of this 'revolution' in disguise for longer than their constitution normally allows. The groundwork for this was rather transparently laid by suggesting to the less sophisticated parts of the electorate that 'liberals' had been slowly effecting an unconstitutional revolution of their own.

1 comment:

norm said...

Trump too will pass. He was a bad choice by a lot of good people, riding on the tail of really bad voter turnout. Third party candidates, a piss poor Democrat running , it all adds up, Trump too will pass. A lot of those dumbass votes for Trump will see what their vote means , as will the wahoos who stayed home. No Guy, no revolution but a wakeup call for a whole lot of Americans.