Most Americans have been raised to believe that capitalism and “free enterprise” are synonymous with freedom. Only the more outrageous results of capitalism gain their ire, and even then for only so long as the current election cycle.
Trump was elected because capitalist (neoliberal) economics destroyed the middle class in the Rust Belt, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Sixty thousand factories had been closed since 2000, millions of American jobs sent overseas. Free trade agreements, like NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement between the US, Canada, and Mexico) were supported by Republicans and corporate Democrats, Wall Street, and multinational business interests.
The only voices for the working men and women of the country were Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
When Sanders was defeated by Hillary Clinton, his voters rejected the Whore of Wall Street and supported Trump in the Rust Belt.
Which handed Trump the presidency.
Who organizes whom will determine which faction of the Democratic party will oppose Trump in 2020.
Will it be the Clintonites and their corporate hacks or will it be Sanders and his progressives?
The Clintonites will demonize Trump and claim that progressives are dividing the party and undermining a unified opposition to Trump.
Progressives must focus on the policies of the corporate Democrats which brought Trump to power and on the positions which make corporate Democrats and Republicans indistinguishable: Private money in politics, opposition to public campaign financing, lobbyists, gifts to public officials, support of big banks, Wall Street, Big Oil. Big Ag, Big Pharma, the insurance lobby, the military-industrial complex, opposition to single payer healthcare, military adventurism around the globe, endless war, and a foreign policy of empire.
The Clintonites will frame their efforts as a stand against fascism and racism.
We must show that the real fight is against both the mean fascists (Trump and the Republicans) and the nice fascists (corporate Democrats).
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