Europe Is Lost

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    For four years, Jeremy Corbyn was smeared in a relentless and savage campaign of vilification and outrageous slander by the British press, much of it orchestrated by liberal outlets like The Guardian (and the New York Times), using a kind of berserker Zionism as truncheon. And so, the dreadful result was predictable: the worst showing of Labour since 1935. But it’s the poor and the immigrant communities that will bear the brunt of what they have wrought.

    —Jeffrey St. Clair

    Slavoj Zizek has a very specific definition of the Trump fetish. For Freud, the fetish was the last thing the boy sees before he finds out the girl has no penis. For left-liberals, Trump is the last thing they see before they see working-class struggle. How does a fetish function? Rather than deal with what is true and terrifying, we deal with an entity we can grasp, hold and even disavow. Zizek argues that Trump’s election proves there is a class struggle.

    What is the typical left-liberal response to Trump? He’s an embarrassment to what America is. He doesn’t represent us. He’s not my President. Now this is odd, is it not? First of all, if Trump wasn’t America, would we need to make that separation? Perhaps it’s more clear in racial terms. Would one hear a Native American saying that Trump isn’t her President? Perhaps, but it would feel redundant, I think. So we see what’s going on here.

    The human race has few (if any) problems that couldn’t be solved by massive wealth.  And we’re literally surrounded by it, like a fly in amber.  Now if we only had brains… —Ben Bova

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    Regardless of our structural issues (Sweden’s self-inflicted immigration integration issues and the attendant overarching socio-economic, socio-cultural impacts being the biggest one of all the Nordic nations’ current problems until global climate change fucks the world), I would take the Nordics’ situations and zeitgeist across the board over the US paradigm any and every day of the week.

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      Me too @stockholmer

      You know, think about this:  California tells everyone that they are the 4th or 5th largest economy on Earth; yet, every day is new disaster there – homelessness, typhoid, mudslides, brush fires, opioid addiction and deaths, violent crime.  If it’s such a great place to live, why is everyone eager to zone out on drugs?  Um, answer: because it’s a hard and miserable place to live.  And as the old axiom holds, “As California goes, so goes the nation.”  An ominous thought, IMO.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      @stockholmer I don’t suppose you’d be interested in sponsoring any future American refugees. As for me, there’s always Quebec, for whatever that’s worth. Got some distant relatives up there.

      We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.--Franklin Delano Roosevelt

      With Bernie Sanders, we have the receipts. --Nina Turner

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      Swedish “integration” has been the opposite, separation and racist creation of brown people immigrant barrios.

      Integration 101: housing immigrants with existing local communities and their everyday life, so they too come part of local communities instead of separated and oppressed powder kegs.


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    Conservative nationalism/‘populism’ is on the upswing. That has happened before ending with the Great Depression and WWII. Then came the New Deal in the US and the move towards a more united and progressive Europe.
    We have to hope (and work for) an early end to the current momentum of conservatism and its replacement with a progressive alternative before the next RW-induced global calamity


    National problems (slavery/racism, income inequality, pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war) are not solved with more national sovereignty.

    A CEO, an American worker and an immigrant sit at a table with a dozen cookies in front of them. The CEO grabs 11 of them, then leans over and warns the worker, "Watch out for the immigrant. He is trying to get your cookie."

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