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    Default US Presidential Election: Widespread Popular Discontent with Neoliberalism

    This is a long article full of ideas, some I agree with and some I don't. I have been accused by past members of not always posting commentary with my posts. Sometimes I don't have any solid opinion or commentary at 6:30 in the morning (and when I do as much posting as I do, I just don't have an opinion on everything, unlike certain banned members). This is one of those times. To be sure I am going to come back and read this one again. This guy has some interesting, thought provoking things to say.

    The ongoing presidential race in the United States has revealed a number of phenomena that seem to have been brewing under the surface of neoliberal austerity economics for years. For one thing, it has shown a widespread popular discontent with the status quo. For another, it has revealed that the American public is no longer averse to socialistic ideas.

    The relative financial security of the “golden” years of the U.S. economy (late 1940s–early 1970s), along with the Cold War propaganda of the “communist threat to our lives,” had created a strong aversion to socialism in the American psyche. But the change in the objective conditions (precipitated largely by the switch from New Deal economics to Neoliberal economics) has led to change in consciousness. Evidence shows that the success of Sanders’ campaign has been not despite but largely because of his unabashedly professing to be a “democratic socialist.” This obviously means that, tired of the agonizing austerity economics, considerable segments of the electorate have come to view socialism as an alternative to Neoliberalism.

    Under the prevailing conditions that are clearly favorable to an alternative to neoliberal economics, a logical question to ask is: where are the labor leaders? Where are Messrs. Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and his high-ranking labor lieutenants at the head of big unions? Why aren’t these influential labor leaders, representing 12.5 million union members, taking advantage of the popular anger to challenge the austerity economics of neoliberalism and chart an independent labor and/or grassroots movement that could lead to meaningful changes in favor of the working class and the broader masses of the dispossessed?
    US Presidential Election: Widespread Popular Discontent with Neoliberalism | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

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    Default Re: US Presidential Election: Widespread Popular Discontent with Neoliberalism

    It would seem people like Trumpka are in bed with those who oppose change.
    To me, tariffs like Trumps would build unions and the political voice/power of the working class and poor faster than seen in our lifetime.
    Material junk is not as important as owning a home and having stuff unions provide like healthcare and pensions.
    And as we buy the cheap foreign junk those important things become impossible to afford without unions.
    And the investors making money off of the junk keep owning more politicians.

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    Default Re: US Presidential Election: Widespread Popular Discontent with Neoliberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by slavenomore View Post
    It would seem people like Trumpka are in bed with those who oppose change.
    To me, tariffs like Trumps would build unions and the political voice/power of the working class and poor faster than seen in our lifetime.
    Material junk is not as important as owning a home and having stuff unions provide like healthcare and pensions.
    And as we buy the cheap foreign junk those important things become impossible to afford without unions.
    And the investors making money off of the junk keep owning more politicians.
    My problem with Trump is that I think his approach is all wrong and many people like Trumpka probably think the same thing (in fact I know he does because I have posted things from him here on the site).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    My problem with Trump is that I think his approach is all wrong and many people like Trumpka probably think the same thing (in fact I know he does because I have posted things from him here on the site).
    What is wrong with his approach?? This is something the media says all the time about Trump .. Your view is the same as my neighbors wife says and when I asked her the same question,she could not give me an answer.. My daughter feels the same way as you do but again when I ask her ,her answer is she does not want to talk about politics and in my view she also does not have an answer.. I asked a long time ago on this forum if anyone could post what they don't like about his policies and unless I missed it I haven't seen any.. I even talked my oldest brother to voting for Trump even though he hated him in the beginning.. I agree with Slave as I also believe Trumpka is nothing more that Washington elitist.. Trumpka should be trying to bring ALL unions together,something that he has failed at..

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    Default Re: US Presidential Election: Widespread Popular Discontent with Neoliberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    This is a long article full of ideas, some I agree with and some I don't. I have been accused by past members of not always posting commentary with my posts. Sometimes I don't have any solid opinion or commentary at 6:30 in the morning (and when I do as much posting as I do, I just don't have an opinion on everything, unlike certain banned members). This is one of those times. To be sure I am going to come back and read this one again. This guy has some interesting, thought provoking things to say.



    US Presidential Election: Widespread Popular Discontent with Neoliberalism | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization
    Excellent post ABFwife.When Neoliberalism and Free Trade has Globalized the World's Economy,there is 'NO DIFFERENCE' between Uganda,Vietnam,Indonesia,Malaysia,Sierra Leone,or Flint and Detroit Michigan.

    ''Yes,when I was an Economic Hit Man,one of the things we did,we raised these huge 'LOANS' for these Countries,but the Money never actually went to the Countries.And when the Countries could not pay off their 'DEBT',we insisted that they 'PRIVATIZE' their Water Systems,their Sewage Systems,their Electric Systems.''

    Now we're seeing the same thing happen in the United States.Flint and Detroit Michigan are good examples of that.The 'FIRST' test case for a lot of this crap is Detroit.The Bankruptcy enabled the 'POWERS THAT BE' to Slash Pensions and 'PRIVATIZE' a number of things.A Billionaire named Gilbert has 'BOUGHT' up a lot of Downtown Detroit,Redeveloped it into a Yuppie strong hold.The 'REST' of the city is 'LITERALLY' falling apart.Gilbert has his own 'PRIVATE POLICE FORCE'. I'am also pretty sure Christie has a 'SIMILAR' plan for Atlantic City.

    This is not a U.S.Empire,it's a 'CORPORATE EMPIRE' Protected and Supported by the U.S.Military and the CIA.It is 'NOT' an American Empire,it's 'NOT' Helping Americans.It's 'EXPLOITING' Us in the 'SAME WAY' that we used to 'EXPLOIT' all these other Countries around the World.

    http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_W...38/38/Y/M.html

    Besides John Perkins,Naomi Klein wrote a book called the 'SHOCK DOCTRINE'.The 1%ers 'EXPLOIT' Crisis like Detroit,like Iraq,to 'IMPOSE' Neoliberal Economic Policies. As I've stated,''THEY WANT IT ALL''.

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    Default Re: US Presidential Election: Widespread Popular Discontent with Neoliberalism

    A soft approach will get the same soft results we've had forever.
    Trumpka makes out....but we do not.
    There's been the attitude of "the company can do that" and the union can't do that " forever as if it's our responsibility to ensure company survival.
    It's our responsibility to do our job....not much more.
    The soft approach is not what Hoffa senior took.
    The longshoremen left Trumpka for company favoring games. Other AFL-CIO members were crossing their picket lines.....and their politics didn't line up with his.



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    Default Re: US Presidential Election: Widespread Popular Discontent with Neoliberalism

    American Empire or Corporate Empire whats the difference? It's all about the 1%, all wars are fought for the Empire,not the people, quote by Eugene Debs.......

    "Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder. In the Middle Ages when the feudal lords who inhabited the castles whose towers may still be seen along the Rhine concluded to enlarge their domains, to increase their power, their prestige and their wealth they declared war upon one another. But they themselves did not go to war any more than the modern feudal lords, the barons of Wall Street go to war. The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another's throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell. "The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles." The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose — especially their lives.
    They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.
    And here let me emphasize the fact — and it cannot be repeated too often — that the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish the corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace.
    Yours not to reason why;
    Yours but to do and die.
    That is their motto and we object on the part of the awakening workers of this nation.
    If war is right let it be declared by the people. You who have your lives to lose, you certainly above all others have the right to decide the momentous issue of war or peace."

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    Default Re: US Presidential Election: Widespread Popular Discontent with Neoliberalism

    Quote Originally Posted by crazy View Post
    What is wrong with his approach?? This is something the media says all the time about Trump .. Your view is the same as my neighbors wife says and when I asked her the same question,she could not give me an answer.. My daughter feels the same way as you do but again when I ask her ,her answer is she does not want to talk about politics and in my view she also does not have an answer.. I asked a long time ago on this forum if anyone could post what they don't like about his policies and unless I missed it I haven't seen any.. I even talked my oldest brother to voting for Trump even though he hated him in the beginning.. I agree with Slave as I also believe Trumpka is nothing more that Washington elitist.. Trumpka should be trying to bring ALL unions together,something that he has failed at..
    What is wrong with his approach? He is racist IMO, he talks about women like they are trash, is that enough to start with?
    Last edited by ABFwife; 05-01-2016 at 06:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    What is wrong with his approach? He is racist IMO, he talks about women like they are trash, is that enough to start with?
    How is he a racist?
    Mexicans are not a race....they are a nationality.
    Irish is not a race.

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    Default Re: US Presidential Election: Widespread Popular Discontent with Neoliberalism

    I work with Dominicans. They say they're voting Trump.
    My youngest daughters friends are Hispanics and she says their parents like Trump.
    They don't think he's racist.

 

 
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