Trumpism: The New Neo-Liberal Mythology


The first and primary rule of the capitalist system is that as a vicious, one-dimensional economic ideology, it will always protect itself, and present itself in the best expedient light. Although justifying capitalist ideology runs through endless cycles of ‘re-invention’ and ‘new’ perspective, the underlying reality of the pathological search for monetary profit and the political power it attracts, remains exactly the same, even if its surface nature twists and turns in its attempt to appear contemporary and relevant.  The simple fact of the matter is that those (as a distinct class) who possess control of the greater part of profit, also possess the decisive balance of political power. This is why, within liberal (capitalist) societies, capitalism can never be ‘voted’ out of power as part of a democratic process, but merely permits the electorate to ‘choose’ (every four or five years) who is to represent and administer the capitalist system in their name. This supposedly ‘democratic’ system ‘ropes’ everybody into the lie that ‘capitalism’ is the ideology of choice for the majority of voters.  In reality, capitalism is the ideology of choice of those in a society that already own the means of production and possess the greater part of the profit, and the corresponding majority of the political power. In other words, regardless of what politicians say to gain your vote, capitalism always wins.  The concept of ‘choice’ within the capitalist system is nothing other than a bourgeois sham.

What does this mean for the recent election of the billionaire Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States of America?  It means that those who possess the most money within the capitalist system, have access to the greatest amount of political power.  The ‘new’ mythology developing throughout the political spectrum is that Donald Trump’s election is ‘unusual’, or marks some-kind of substantial ‘shift’ in the balance of capitalist power, or ideological emphasis amongst the electorate.  This idea of ‘specialness’ has infiltrated not only the political rightwing (which is to be expected, as Trump for this group, represents something akin to the second-coming of ‘White’, racist Christ), but has also permeated the (Marxist-Leninist) Communist and Socialist left.  This demonstrates the moribund nature of those who refer to themselves as ‘Revolutionaries’, or ‘Marxist-Leninists’, when in fact they are nothing but ‘fetish’ capitalists that use a form of leftist nostalgia to co-operate with the forces of capital, operating under the false flag narrative that the victory of capitalism is inevitable.  Of course, outside of this distorted interpretation of Marxist-Leninism, the Trotskyites have always adhered to this of co-operating with the forces of capitalism..  True Marxist-Leninist critique does not ascribe ‘specialness’ to any capitalist leader, regardless of that leader’s political views.  Capitalism as an ideology, is the enemy of the people it exploits, and all capitalist leaders are, by definition, exploiters of the people.

Capitalism was invented by rich, White Europeans, and has always favoured that class and ethnicity.  Non-Whites are tolerated providing they align themselves with Eurocentric ideology and ‘know’ their subordinate place within it (take the example of President Barak Obama – a Black man – who along with Hilary Clinton, presided over the Nazification of Eastern Europe, and allowed US police to embark upon an epidemic of the murder of unarmed Black men during his term in office).  The election of Donald Trump is not the ‘end’ of the neo-liberal, capitalist system, but rather its dramatic confirmation.  The USA is an institutionally racist country that routinely votes in White racists, or in the case of Barak Obama – an African-American who fully aligns himself with the Eurocentric project.  Why has there been so much ‘mock’ surprise and horror at the election of Donald Trump, when the same country has in the past elected the rightwing (and senile) Ronald Reagan (who reduced life in the real world to films he had once starred in), as well as the father and son Bush team, and of course the corrupt Bill Clinton?  Going back further, there was Harry Truman – a rightwing Christian bigot and architect of the Cold War.  US election history is strewn with examples of White, racist bigots elected to political office.  Making Donald Trump out to be something ‘special’ is the misreading of history, and the misuse of historical materialism.

Such a flawed analysis attempts to elevate Donald Trump to the status of religious martyr – nothing less than a White man standing up for the White race.  This ‘new’mythology suggests that the White race, after centuries of vicious imperialist expansion and colonisation, is ‘re-invented’ as some-how being the victim of its own success.  All of a sudden, the non-White victims of White imperialism are forced to ‘change places’ with their White oppressors without question.  Those whose hands firmly held the whip in the past, re-interpret their own history as being victims of the very whip they once held.  Donald Trump is not special in any historical manner.  He is symptomatic of the ‘inverted’ bourgeois mentality that turns reality upon its head.  White people are not the victims of imperialism, because as a class and an ethnicity, they are the perpetuaters of imperialism.  White people, as a class and an ethnicity, invented and applied ‘racism’ to all non-White peoples.  In the world that Donald Trump inhabits, it is the White race that is ‘beleaguered’ by its own political power and economic success.  The only distinguishing feature about Donald Trump is that he has been open and honest about his racism from start to finish.  This honesty is merely a matter of political expediency, and does not make Donald Trump ‘special’.  Nor does his election mean the end of the neo-liberal establishment – on the contrary – a White racist nation  has elected a White racist billionaire.  The excesses of capitalism cannot be ‘reformed’ out of existence, and the natural division of labour it practises (and the logical development of racism that division entails), cannot be legislated out of existence.  The election of Donald Trump is not an aberration, but rather a confirmation of the racist American system.

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