A reader recently noted in the comments section of a Truthdig article that its writer Paul Street inadvertently admits the real reason why Trump won the election:
“Ultimately, Trump is the first man to ascend to the post-WWII U.S.
presidency from outside the global consensus. In and of itself, that has
been an incredible development, bothersome indeed to the United States’ economic and military establishment.”
Realizing his mistake, he corrects himself with an inaccurate statement wrapped in parentheses: “(The bad news, for the rest of us, is that he emerged from the white nationalist right rather than the egalitarian and social democratic left).”
Trump did not “emerge” from the white nationalist right. He is, or at least was a liberal New York real estate developer who donated to both parties. Clinton won the popular vote, yes, but Trump’s success in demolishing the Republican Party, along with Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Party, amounted to a outright rejection of status quo politics among the masses. The whole system is crumbling. Hence the desperate need to deflect from this inevitable existential crisis with “fake news” of one sort or another.
The central theme will continue to be identity politics centering around identity and race. It is the go-to issue for American ruling class interests. Our history is replete with racial tensions, and the nativist vs foreigner paradigms. It is a favorite tactic because its so visual and convenient. It is vital for the masses to recognize these divisions. It will destroy any unity that may be built up among the lower orders — and that’s all you really have.
Recently, the New York Times reported a story on the identity tensions that plagued the original “leaders” of the so-called Women’s March against Trump in 2017, which was hailed as a great triumph. According to the Times, a Jewish colleague
told the group that her Jewish heritage inspired her to try to help repair the world. But she said the conversation took a turn when Tamika Mallory, a black gun control activist, and Carmen Perez, a Latina criminal justice reform activist, replied that Jews needed to confront their own role in racism.
The “leaders” eventually expelled her from the group. It does not matter whether these “activists” were sincere or not, nor does it matter much whether they are agents provocateurs or not. Why question a tool? It is the one wielding the tool that must be the focus. The masses must keep their eyes not the ball. The thinking expressed by the two ladies should be seen as pro-ruling class divisiveness, and should not be tolerated by the masses. As soon as one hears such things, it ought to be grounds for expulsion. End of story. The ruling class has been working hard to sew race-suspicion among the masses, and this is its fruit.
This incident also promotes the “anti-semitism trope”, which has not caught much wind. If the ladies concerned with “Jewishness” addressed their issue in a less righteous and more accurate way they would have a point. Jewish complicity with racism is, much like antisemitism, over hyped. But its subtext is always to protect Israel. This makes it easier to paint Anti-Zionists as anti-Jewish. It deflects attention away from Israel’s nefarious actions in other countries.
In Germany it is illegal to question the holocaust. An alleged Canadian denier was arrested in Munich while attending the trial of another denier. This should raise more questions than it answers. In Texas, a teacher was fired for refusing to sign an anti-BDS oath (Boycott, Divest and Sanction of Israel).
Israel dominates Washington. What was the first priority of the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate? Glenn Greenwald reports
the first bill to be considered — S.1 — is not designed to protect American workers, bolster U.S. companies, or address the various debates over border security and immigration. It’s not a bill to open the government. Instead, according to multiple sources involved in the legislative process, S.1 will be a compendium containing a handful of foreign policy-related measures, the main one of which is a provision — with Florida’s GOP Sen. Marco Rubio as a lead sponsor — to defend the Israeli government. The bill is a top legislative priority for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
The Jewish Federation of San Francisco, part of the Jewish Federation of North America boasting 148 Jewish Federations and 300 independent Jewish communities across North America, has contributed funding to the likes of the Canary Mission, “a shadowy online blacklist targeting college students who criticize Israel“.
So, there is legitimate concern for nefarious Israeli activities being unwittingly aided by genuine well-meaning Israeli supporters. But addressing this issue must not take the form of McCarthyism or prosecution by label. It would only destroy whatever cooperation that exists. The important thing the individual of the masses must remember is their solidarity together whatever the label one wears, and that anything causing animosity between individuals should be looked upon with suspicion toward the ruling class. Remember, the dynamic is always the ruling class against the masses.
Ross Douthat of the New York Times keeps the fake narrative alive with an article entitled, Racists to the Right, Anti-Semites to the Left. He mentions the “problems” of the women’s march cited above. Douthat’s discussion remains narrowly focused on the identity politics of the alleged leaders. This ploy should be obvious as the propaganda it is. He makes no mention of the rank and file women, questions none of them. Yet From this he concludes that liberals and “the left” in general are anti-Jewish.
Most pernicious of all is the fact that the ruling class is pulling the strings on both “sides”. The Jewish Federation, mentioned above, provides a most excellent example because it funds “far right-fringe groups” groups in addition to its “community work”. According to Haaretz, The Jewish Federation of San Francisco has given to Project Veritas and the Tea Party in the US and Geert Wilders, the “far-right” politician of the Netherlands, among others. The established order is playing the conventional plebeians against each other, ever enforcing the division the ruling class has carved into a potentially harmonious society. The fact that individuals actually get hurt only makes the drama more compelling.
Identity politics will intensify as this dying ruling class continues to crumble. There are other issues out there of course, but all of it sits on a foundation of identity tribalism. Turning you against your neighbors or your neighbors against you makes you Our most important accomplice. And it is the minds of the lower orders colonized by tribal suspicions and resentment that are the ruling class’s most important ally.
The masses need to resist the temptations of their weak resentful egos to hate others based on the labels they have been bred to prioritize.
Concern for flesh and blood must come first before labels. Only true solidarity of the masses can resist the intensifying charms of Our dying society.