Mr. Trump is the president elect and the best that can be said about his victory over Hillary Clinton is that his candidacy is the symptom of the popular desire for change. Across the board, the Republican campaign tapped into the growing apathy and lack of trust most Americans have in their government. Riding these waves, Mr. Trump has exploited racial tensions, inflamed passions, and used every fear of poverty to infuse, if by magic, a strong delusion in the masses that change will come over night. He has promised to reorder America as a strong nation state, to bring manufacturing jobs back home, to produce more and in the context of capitalism, to “Make America Great Again.” In the words of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, “Trump has chosen his own way of reaching the hearts of the voters…He is representing the common people, and he is acting like a common guy himself.”
The oddity in Mr. Trump is that he is seen as a defender of the common man even though his policies will largely benefit the ruling class. Don’t forget he is a capitalist first, everything else is peripheral. Crumbs will fall to the poor insofar as they are put back to work for capital accumulation. His efforts to create space for American surplus-value extraction threatens to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, to take more aggressive lines with China, calls for the deportation of illegals and to renegotiate some of America’s defense alliances. The gauge of his effectiveness will be seen by the return on these actions; and if the people are not bound to labor unceasingly it will be seen as inefficient. If so, Democrats could gain the future by promising to be the better slave master by making “Change We Can Believe In”.
Nonetheless, the average persons role in a “great-america-again” will be the same as it was in 2008–when it was chanted by Mr. Obama’s bid to serve Capital, “Yes we can!” That is to say, with an economic reordering of a Trump administration a wage-slave will still be requisite to enrich the ruling elite. According to the laws bound to capitalism, to enrich one class another must be exploited and robbed. To ensure this a flexible State is needed; and with an ever increasing inequality gap, the capitalist State staggers to and fro every few years to allow another dictatorship rights to acquire wealth for Almighty Capital.
However which way a political party is chosen to misrepresent the people makes no difference. Common to them all is a golden mantra: “We the people” and the sweet smelling savor of “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” Such strong propaganda spews out of every dictatorship. A dictatorship can not have rule without popular support, and to be both popular and a oppressor, you have to posses the power to define these words. What ‘freedom’ means to the capitalist is wholly different than what it means to the poor. Hidden in words, then, is the war.
Trump has sworn to uphold these truths as self evident: Capitalism must be free to enslave and slaves must be ‘free’ for wealth extraction. In the West, and in all dictatorships, a person is free in a double sense. He is ‘free’ to dispose his labor power and to be a commodity. He is also freed of the means of production and all objects to realize his own power. For many of us under capitalism, we are only free to choose which master buys us.
It’s one thing to not trust the capitalist and be ignorant of his devices. It is another matter to not to trust him and be educated on his devices. In order for equity, peace and justice to fill the earth the oppressor has to be removed. This victory is sure, but requires our participation! We can not fight our enemies in the dark, we must be aware. We don’t fight to be wage-slaves, we fight to realize our full capacity as human beings.
Well now, you rich! Lament, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is rotting, your clothes are all moth-eaten. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be a witness against you and eat into your body. It is like a fire which you have stored up for the final days.
Can you hear crying out against you the wages which you kept back from the labourers mowing your fields? The cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of War. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the upright and killed them; they offered you no resistance.
Let us build on true independence and salvation for the people
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