Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Donald Trump and the Working Class Whites

As you know, Donald Trump is making a very good showing among working class whites, particularly among working class white males. People like Chris Hedges believe this is an incipient and imminent form of pure fascism. Others like Luce, whose article was reposted by The Automatic Earth, say it is a new form of class warfare in America.

First Luce's turn, revealing that the USA Conservative elites are just as "Librul" as the Liberal elites.:
Say what you like about Donald Trump, he knows his market. "I love the poorly educated," he said recently to cheers from those he loves.  The rest of America inhaled sharply.  Welcome to a very un-American debate.  Once redundant, the term "working class" is now part of everyday conversation.  In an age of stifling correctness, the only people who are fair game are blue-collar whites.  How absurd these people are, we tell each other, and how ignorant.  Don't they know Mr Trump was born rich?  Can they really be so stupid as to fall for his con trick?  The derision is not limited to liberal elites.  Educated conservatives are just as scathing.  Take the National Review, a flagship of thinking conservatives, that described Mr. Trump as a "ridiculous buffoon with the worst taste since Caligula."

In January it pulled together 22 intellectuals to condemn Mr. Trump's candidacy as an existential threat to conservatism.  Their efforts had no impact on Mr. Trump's fan base.  Now the magazine has switched to damning his supporters.  By declaring open season on blue-collar whites, Kevin Williamson's widely read essay on "white working class dysfunction" marks a turning point.  Yet he is only putting into writing what many conservatives say.  "the truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die," Mr. Williamson writes. "Economically, they are negative assets.  Morally, they are indefensible... the white American underclass is in thrall to a vicious, selfish culture whose main products are misery and used heroin needles.  Donald Trump's speeches make them feel good.  So does OxyContin."

Margaret Thatcher's acolyte, Norman Tebbit, once sparked fury by implying the jobless should get on their bikes to find work.  Mr. Williamson says America's benighted working classes should hire a U-Haul and move on.  As an exercise in condescension, Mr. Williamson's words rival the most inbred hereditary peer.  As an economic prescription, it is wide of the mark.  Millions of Americans are anchored to blighted communities by negative equity, or other ties that bind.  Their life expectancy is falling.  Their participation in the labour market is dropping.  The numbers signing up to disability benefits is rising.  Opoid prescription drugs are rife.  Those that are white tend to vote for Mr. Trump.  On Super Tuesday this month, the counties with the highest rates of white mortality -- whether to overdoses, suicide or other symptoms of community breakdown -- came out heavily for Mr. Trump.  The correlation was almost exact, according to a Wonkblog study.
And there's no place for them TO go to find jobs, thanks to globalization. They are UN, EM, PLOY-A-BLE, thanks to the exporting and automation of jobs, worldwide. As wages stagnated in the US, lot of the jobs went to Mexico and then to China and then other Emerging Market (used to be called 3rd World) countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Ethiopia; now the developed countries can't but the exports! And jobs were exported from China, too. Now with the reverses in oil prices and other commodity prices, even the Chinese working classes are hurting, or are going to hurt, big-time. They're realized the business elites have screwed them and the cultural elites hate them, so they're voting for Trump.

Of course, if Trump doesn't get it, it'll get even worse. Which means the white working class could pick the first true fascist who comes down the pike, and joined by others, bring him to power. This is what Chris Hedges predicts -- if not now, then later; if not Trump, then somebody else, quoting :

Richard Rorty in his last book, “Achieving Our Country,” written in 1998, presciently saw where our postindustrial nation was headed.
Many writers on socioeconomic policy have warned that the old industrialized democracies are heading into a Weimar-like period, one in which populist movements are likely to overturn constitutional governments. Edward Luttwak, for example, has suggested that fascism may be the American future. The point of his book The Endangered American Dream is that members of labor unions, and unorganized unskilled workers, will sooner or later realize that their government is not even trying to prevent wages from sinking or to prevent jobs from being exported. Around the same time, they will realize that suburban white-collar workers—themselves desperately afraid of being downsized—are not going to let themselves be taxed to provide social benefits for anyone else.

At that point, something will crack. The nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking around for a strongman to vote for—someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected, the smug bureaucrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond salesmen, and postmodernist professors will no longer be calling the shots. A scenario like that of Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can’t Happen Here may then be played out. For once a strongman takes office, nobody can predict what will happen. In 1932, most of the predictions made about what would happen if Hindenburg named Hitler chancellor were wildly overoptimistic.

One thing that is very likely to happen is that the gains made in the past forty years by black and brown Americans, and by homosexuals, will be wiped out. Jocular contempt for women will come back into fashion. The words “nigger” and “kike” will once again be heard in the workplace. All the sadism which the academic Left has tried to make unacceptable to its students will come flooding back. All the resentment which badly educated Americans feel about having their manners dictated to them by college graduates will find an outlet.
And this doesn't even begin to touch on the absolute rage that the white working classes will feel, when, not if, but when, Donald Trump either fails to get elected, is assassinated by the Deep State letting it happen on purpose or through indifference and incompetency just like they did 9-11, or gets in line with the Washington Consensus and all its negatively productive foreign and domestic policy initiatives, whether economic, diplomatic, geopolitical, or military. After all, the Donald made his fortune by hiring mom-and-pop small business contractors to build his developments and then screwing them by declaring bankruptcy, not paying on what he owed them. He has the "support" of at least one notorious neocon -- one by the name of William Kristol. And now he's appeared before AIPAC, and got a standing ovation just like Hillary, telling AIPAC what they want to hear:

Speaking with the aide [sic!] of a teleprompter at AIPAC Monday evening, Donald Trump managed not to offend Jewish voters with a prepared speech "about where I stand on the future of American relations with the only democracy in the Middle East, the state of Israel."

Trump received a standing ovation for his comments on President Obama, who he said, "constantly apologizes to our friends and rewards our enemies."
"My No. 1 priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran," he said.  We have rewarded the world's leading state sponsor of terror with $150 billion and we received absolutely nothing in return."

Trump characterized Palestine as the undisputed antagonist, saying that, "In Palestinian society, the heroes are those who murder Jews."

Which means in foreign policy, nothing will change for the better, only for the worse (unless you don't like Muslims).

Does this sound like an honest guy who will bring fascism to this country while waving the flag and carrying a Christian cross? No, this sounds like a con-artist, who, once he gets into the Oval Office, will throw his white working-class base under the bus.

Don't say I didn't warn you guys.

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