In today’s news, “hundreds of thousands” demonstrated against Turkey’s version of tRump, against his moves towards authoritarian (and fundamentalist islamic) rule. Most came from cities.
Move to Spain, where the rw party wins elections against a divided left, but largely because the base of the rw party is in rural areas that are over-represented (sound familiar?).
Where did Brexit win? In rural areas and in the abandoned industrial areas outside London.
No need to ask where tRump won.
OK, here, there and everywhere, it’s clear that there’s a “division”, which many claim to be ideological. In a sense it is, but in reality (and to be marxian), it’s economical. Rural communities have been closely monitored, and thus manipulated, by certain economic interests that see that an educated (usually urban) as a threat to their continued dominance.
Bernie (and Podemos in Spain, Corbyn in the UK) have been seen to be enemies by certain economic elites, and knowing that demographics are increasingly out of the control of said elites, they’ve chosen this moment to challenge democratic principles.
The third way let down many of the downtrodden, to its eternal shame. In the triangulation game the third way has played pretty poor poker – to gain a hand or two they’ve lost the pot. The third way alienated the base of progressive parties, resulting in even the victory of the most unelectable candidate ever to present himself to political office.
Jo is right. That’s a reason why democraps lose – they forgot that they used to represent workers, farmers, minorities – ‘cos it was easier to win through megabucks from monied interests, and hire goldman sachs idiots to run the country.
Seriously, we’re in a 1920’s situation, as in the Weimar Republic. And I don’t mean just the US, it’s everywhere.
The left had better get its act together ASAP or we’re screwed.
Billary certainly wasn’t the answer, no matter how much certain feminists claim that her defeat was due to machismo. It was due to her being entirely out of touch and due to her being associated with the third way.
This will piss Timbuk off, but it remains clear to me that the GOP and the 3rd way DLC DNC are the same thing. Virtually the same corporate sponsors, virtually the same policies. Different rhetoric though…
I fervently wish that Bernie or one of his stripe takes the DNC back again, back to the New Deal albeit a mark 2.
Rural folks in Kansas and urban folks from the left coast have far more in common that what our manipulating politicos would have us think.