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.
Bernie figured he could do more good ALIVE,
than dead in a small plane "accident".
I think he's right.
December 17, 2019 at 3:17 PM #239390StockholmerParticipant
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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.
December 17, 2019 at 3:56 PM #239408closeupreadyParticipant
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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.
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December 17, 2019 at 4:24 PM #239415Ohio BarbarianModerator
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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.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman
December 17, 2019 at 10:18 PM #239517VoltairineParticipant
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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.
December 17, 2019 at 4:58 PM #239426peacecorpsParticipant
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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
They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.
National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.
December 18, 2019 at 1:04 AM #239593
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