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Will Trump Never Go? Part 3

Will Trump Never Go? Part 3

By Dennis Loo (7/23/17)

Part 1 is here.

Part 2 is here.

The immigration issue and civil wars breaking out over scarce resources due to rising seas, innudating island nations and flooding lower lying areas such as Florida, Manhattan's subways, or many of our seaports, unusuable because they are already or will be underwater, and to parched areas, that were previously productive, due to global warming, was identified by the DoD itself as a paramount issue, dwarfing the current terrorism security issue.

But the current US POTUS blissfully denies that global warming even exists and the Democrats, while conceding that global warming is real, do far too little given the situation's practically unspeakable gravity.

Obama was president when that DoD report was released in 2003:

As I recounted in Globalization and the Demolition of Society at pp. 167-168:

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Will Trump Never Go? Part 2

Will Trump Never Go? Part 2

By Dennis Loo (7/19/17)

In Part 1 of this series I began discussing immigration and focused on Thomas Edsall's view. That ends with him, correctly I think, forseeing the decline of the parties and Right and Left as we know them, and offering up as a possible strategy, incorrectly I will argue, for the Left of stressing instead of diversity, what keeps us together as a nation. As part of that strategy, he proposes tightening up borders and paths to legal citizenship, an issue that has emerged as a central and volatile one in much of the First World. 

There are several problems with Edsall's analysis and advocacy here.

First, it must be said as a matter of principle, that national borders are artificial and in some cases, highly arbitrary, linked to the rise of capitalism. No one is an illegal. We are all human beings.

Second, as I briefly alluded to last time, global warming is behind much of the emigration (Syria being one notable example) and as such, refugees are fleeing a problem - global warming - created by the First World in the first place, so complaining about a consequence of a problem you created in the first place and are chiefly contributing to is bad form.

Third, Edsall, as useful as his work in general is, and I learn a great deal reading his very studied columns, nevertheless, his frame of reference is too small. He is trying to adopt a program for the "Left" by which he means something like the Democratic Liberal Left, rather than the genuine Left (outside of the major parties), adopting as a platform a more closed door to immigration than opening up the doors.

While I am not advocating the total abolition of all borders immediately, the Left (in whatever incarnation) adopting what amounts to fear-based policies adopted by neoliberalism and the deindustrialization where manufacturing jobs are largely being exported to the Third World, thus leaving behind a lot of the traditional working class in the First World, is a bad idea. Edsall and Beinart are trying to graft a Right strategy onto a Left strategy and it won't work. Obama schtick of "hope" and "change" was wearing thin. What hope and what change that actually meant something?

Edsall has his finger on a real dilemma, however, because the First World working class is aroused about this issue and an answer to it has to be given. 

We have much to discuss and this will be continued in part 3.

Part 3 is here.

 

Will Trump Never Go?

Will Trump Never Go? Will This Nightmare Ever End?

By Dennis Loo (7/19/17)

Although he has the lowest rating of any POTUS in seventy years (and the lowest rated POTUS ever in the first six months of office), Trump annoyingly still hangs onto the support of most of his loyal base, seemingly unable to do anything that will jar many of them loose. Even if Donald was to publicly rape and whip Melania, a lot of his supporters would probably cheer. It apparently does not matter to them that the GOP health bill, if it ever passes, will knock 22-23 million people off the rolls, most of them Trump fans, according to the non-partisan CBO. Many of them pay scant attention to the news, a fact which many of them are proud of. And they mostly show little ability to reason anyway, they being attracted most of all to a strong man who says he will fix it all. 

Let me give you a thought, that I plan further elaborating upon later. It is this: even though if he has not an ounce of care for anybody but himself, and his most loyal fans clearly don't know how to think - nearly all their reasons why they see him as they do, seem idiosyncratic and irrelevant rationales, dismal reading fare, with the one thread that they mostly have in common is conforming to authority and that Trump says out loud what they are thinking, but have too much sense themselves normally to say. He is emotionally one of theirs. 

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Elaine Brower 2

Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12