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The Difference Between the Way Things Are and Where the Public Is At

The Difference Between the Way Things Are and Where the Public Is At

By Dennis Loo (6/26/16)

I am going to cover a few complex things here so you will probably need to read this several times.

To begin with, the two elements that I cite in the title tend to be confounded as one and the same thing in most people’s minds: the situation in the nation or world is viewed by most people as the way it is because public opinion is the way it is.

These are in fact two separate things and not that closely related to each other.

The objective situation – e.g., the reigning public policies in the various nations and the dominant economic system of capitalism – are not a result of most of the public wanting these to be in command.

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The UK Votes to Leave the EU: Draw the Appropriate Conclusions

The UK Votes to Leave the EU: Draw the Appropriate Conclusions

By Dennis Loo (6/24/16)

As almost everyone who reads or listens to the news knows, the UK voted yesterday to leave the European Union (EU). The pound is taking a pounding. PM John Cameron was caught by surprise, thinking when he scheduled this referendum on the EU that he wouldn’t face a populist revolt.

All across the world political elites see their neoliberalist policies increasingly unpopular as the injustice and unfairness of them become clearer and clearer to anyone outside the top 5% income and asset bracket of the people. It’s even clear to those inside the top tier, but most of them are happy about it rather than alarmed.

If you consider Trump’s popularity and you add in Bernie Sanders’ falling short of beating Hillary Clinton by only some 1.5 million primary voters in total, you have two candidates, one the GOP’s putative nominee, the other an almost nominee, but both of them only nominally affiliated with their respective parties.

Assuming the GOP’s fractured leadership fails to block Trump at the GOP Convention, we will have two official nominees who both have higher unfavorability ratings than anyone who has ever run for the American Presidency.

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“Respectable” Fascists v. Overt Fascists: the GOP and Trump

“Respectable” Fascists v. Overt Fascists: the GOP and Trump

By Dennis Loo (6/12//16)

Everyone who’s been paying any attention at all to the GOP’s leadership and major donors’ divided reaction to Trump’s unconcealed racism, sexism, anti-immigrant and all-around general belligerent idiocies knows that the GOP leadership is trying desperately to put daylight between Trump and themselves.

It’s no secret, however, to anyone older than a child, that the GOP, even without Trump, is known for its racism, sexism, anti-immigrant, homophobia, and xenophobia. The GOP is famous for its contempt for due process, its saber rattling and love of violence.

So what is animating the GOP’s antipathy for their standard bearer? It’s not Trump’s bigotry but that he isn’t being coy or coded in his language. “No one,” as Trump can be easily imagined to say, “is as good as I am in being a bigot. No one is more of a xenophobe, no one is as contemptuous of women, hostile to minorities and immigrants and more of a Christian fascist and anti-civil liberties person than I am!” He’s taking the GOP “respectable” fascism et al and letting it all hang out, revealing nakedly how odious those views are.

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12