When people spot how I don’t support Trump, they automatically assume I must be a huge fan of Hillary Clinton or of Obama. I’m not, since there’s very little fundamental difference between these three people.
So the American democracy offers only two choices, represented by only two people, in a nation of about a quarter billion people. What’s democratic about that? To put your future in the hands of one of two people?
Yet a lot of Americans don’t question this. You’re either a Democrat or a Republican.
There are very little fundamental differences between these parties. Sure, the Democrats tend to be pro legalizing abortion, pro gay rights and may on occassion favor the poor and the middle class a bit more, they may also tend to want to oppose the NRA a tiny bit more. Most Democrats support Israel The Butcher, and under a Democratic president foreign policy is pretty much the same as foreign policy under a Republican. Brutal dictatorships that are supportive of American business interests get lucrative arms deals, and any government thar opposes the US gets the label of ‘regime’ and is either isolated or – if it’s weak and has a lot of resources – it’s bombed, so a pro US regime can be installed. That’s US foreign policy in a nut shell. See the picture below which sums it up even more clearly.
The most important issues for me are the economy, closing the income gap and ending poverty. Things we could easily do, if we really wanted to. Neither party comes even remotely close to try and do that. Both parties fundamentally believe that market capitalism is ideal, that the rich are the ‘job creators’ and that privatizing almost anything is the way to go. Both parties confuse bombing weak countries for diplomacy. Both support an exploding prison population which consists of a lot of black people who are often working for multinationals. Slavery in America was abolished and was then turned into a prison complex. If Americans point to the gulags of Soviet communism they should take a good look at their own gulags under capitalism.
Jill Stein – who’s kept out of the mainstream media almost entirely – and Bernie Sanders – who does not get the media attention he deserves, and that’s on purpose – are more in the direction of my political convictions. Even more in line with my views are the proposals of Peter Joseph, author of The New Human Rights Movement. His ideas are ‘radical’, to me they just represent true democracy. The US is not a democracy, it’s a plutocracy, it’s ruled by money. Democrats or Republicans, the rich win, and those who are poor are punished for being poor. Sadly, a lot of those poor vote for rich people, because a lot of the poor love the rich, they accept them as their betters, with the delusional hope that one day they too might become billionaires…
As George Carlin and Noam Chomsky put it:
‘It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.’ Or:
▪ There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better. Don’t look for it. Be happy with what you’ve got… because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now… the real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests…
▪ The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum—even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.
•Noam Chomsky, The Common Good (1998)