The deterioration of the U.S. is not in doubt. The Global Times of China, mouthpiece of the government more or less neatly summarized the state of American hegemony in a recent op-ed. “The US model represents Western democracy, but it is crumbling, and the resulting social division has become more and more serious.” Political squabble engulf DC, while breakdown engulfs the masses. China seems to know the U.S. much better than its own “journalists” do.
It is not a situation without benefits for the higher orders. As the op-ed points out, “To completely discredit Trump among voters, the present scandal is not enough as it does not add to the negative image of Trump.” Trump is so reviled and equated with fascism and racism, that much of the population will focus their ire on him while We are left, as usual, to rob the store. To focus energies on attacking Trump or, conversely, making excuses for him, leads the masses to essentially fight for the “status quo” by ignoring the bigger issues. Instead of going after the (easily cured) causes of poverty, a portion of the masses will focus their energies on “opposing” Trump, while others hide behind ideologies.
It doesn’t help one’s cause when focus is turned to a red herring or a false flag. Public distraction and deception is vital for a ruling class democracy to function. Many at the Preservation Society engage in such intrigue. We openly admit it, for these crafts are an essential part of ruling class domination.
The Global Times is correct in saying that whether Trump is impeached or not will not destroy the country, but “[t]he fact is that US politics is in trouble, and the benefits brought by its system are being squandered.” This is the process of reversing what the masses have gained through the struggles of the last hundred years or so.
The late nineteenth century society saw the rise of political liberalism and the so-called “welfare state”. Wasn’t this the natural evolution of capitalist democracy? Presumably this was what the masses had been fighting for. Who doesn’t want society to benefit them? Yet the rise of democracy and a government increasingly responsive to the needs of the masses was like a tidal wave washing over the old liberalism of merchant laissez faire. This assault on privilege and the ruling class was harnessed and directed onto inevitable enemies.
The assault on privilege was, as per ruling class custom, turned into an assault on tradition and the nation. The lower orders were told their identities were being changed, and it was true. Class divisions were breaking down as the middle class emerged. The ruling class were supposedly no longer superior, the masses were their “equals”. Women were speaking up. It was a veritable deluge of privilege smashing and “lowering standards”.
In the US the ascendance of the robber barons and the trust monopolies gave birth to many popular parties. Rising populism made the government sit up and pay attention, even if their fixes were nominal.
It would seem the ruling class everywhere was endangered by these new republics and their mainstream acceptance of socialism. But like any other healthy body, the ruling class’s immune system kicked in against this natural evolution. The rise of liberalism and labor drew a reaction from the narrower, more conservative minded and less educated. The reactionaries believed their identity was under attack. Their national traditions were being eroded, and so on. Would this reaction be natural on a large scale without the influence of forces that make it not only possible but probable for a portion of the masses to oppose its own liberation and cling to its old idealism, like old Catholic women cling austerely to Jesus?
Rather than being a mere “reaction” to liberalism reactionaries are ruling class society’s white blood cells. They attack those that threaten the ruling class authority and exposes its undemocratic nature for those who care to see.
The reactionary role is traditionally played by the conservative sectors. They are the well-bred masses that have been conditioned for one reason or another to interpret the increased leniency of the ruling class towards its masses as a loss of some kind. Today, the reactionaries on the streets are the liberal crowds, though right wing reactionaries are never far away. It all depends on which is useful at the moment. Immigration, identity politics and Donald bashing has consumed much of the energies of the mainstream.
These Liberal “movements” are supposed to be anchored at grass-roots level, though even the mainstream “mythbuster” Snopes could not ignore billionaire George Soros’s funding of liberal protest groups. The website say it’s true that “[a] grantmaking network founded by George Soros provided funding to some groups that engaged in Ferguson-related protest activities.” They say it’s false that “George Soros gave money to various groups for the express purpose of promoting Ferguson-related protests and riots.” Expecting to find a memo in which Soros actually orders disruption in the streets will be difficult to come by, but there is no shortage of evidence. Among his many activities, (see here and here) his foundations have been all over the US and Europe, and linked to various color revolutions.
Where right-wing authoritarians were central to disrupting the growing liberal tide in the first half of the twentieth century, today the ruling class uses liberalism to disrupt and distract from the realization of a “crumbling” society as the Global Times puts it. And the issues — identity and immigration — are central to both cases.
The fetishization of Trump as would-be dictator distracts from the major fact that both austerity-loving parties of Liberalism and Conservatism were soundly rejected by the population. Ruling forces push the Trump drama to make it seem as if it’s about Trump and not a dying society and its unrelenting status quo.
The demonization of Trump also makes it easier for that potential slide into dictatorship, if only because individuals believe it is at hand with the Brass-Haired one. It won’t take the masses by surprise. They have better things to do. How much easier and tempting does that make it for Us in the higher orders to pursue such a route? It’s all up to you down there.