The Trump Fetish


I was asked to write a few words for the Buddhist-Marxism Alliance (UK) site regarding the election of Donald Trump from a Marxist-Leninist perspective – look away now, if leftwing viewpoints offend you:

‘The BMA (UK) condemns the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States of America, but would remind Comrades that this does not represent a ‘failure’ of the US capitalist system, but rather its exact opposite. In other words, the liberal democracy founded by a group of privileged (racist) White men in 1776, is functioning exactly as it was intended to do. The bourgeois ‘moneyed’ class must a) maintain the capitalist system at all and any cost, and b) retain their dominant (ethnic) position within that capitalist system. All other ethnic and cultural groups may participate in the US capitalist system, that is true, but only from a subordinate (and inherently ‘unequal’ position). When the Socialist and Communist (Marxist-Leninist) left (from both inside and outside of the US) respond with such rhetoric that states the US system has somehow ‘failed’ because it has ‘elected’ a White, racist male, it is buying into the ‘normalisation’ of the capitalist system, and the Trotskyite idea that capitalism can be ‘reformed’ without being over-thrown. It must be remembered that it is ‘capitalism’ that generates racism, and it is capitalism that must be continuously and ruthlessly criticised to facilitate the historical transition into Socialism. For Marxist-Leninists, this means the refusal to turn the election of Donald Trump into a ‘fetish’, and the continued pursuance of dialectical analysis in the service of the working class.’

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