Alan Woods clearly stated, the current political situation in his essay 2016: The Death of Liberalism:
” . . .For the last hundred years, the political system in the USA was based on two parties — the Democrats and Republicans — that both stood for the maintenance of capitalism and both represented the interests of the banks and big business. This was very well expressed by Gore Vidal who wrote “our Republic has one party, the property party, with two right wings.” This was the solid foundation for the stability and longevity of what Americans regarded as “democracy”. In reality, this bourgeois democracy was merely a fig leaf to conceal the reality of the dictatorship of the bankers and capitalists. Now this convenient setup is being challenged and shaken to the core. Millions of people are waking up to the rottenness of the political establishment and the fact that they are being deceived by those who claim to represent them. This is the prior condition for a social revolution. We see a similar situation in Britain, where for 100 years Labor and Conservatives alternated in power, providing the same kind of stability for the ruling class. The Labor Party and Conservative party were run by solid, respectable men and women who could be relied upon to run society in the interests of the bankers and capitalists of the city of London. But the election of Jeremy Corbyn has upset the apple cart. The ruling class fears that the massive influx of new members into the Labor Party may break the stranglehold of the right wing over Labor. That explains the panic of the ruling class and the vitriolic nature of the campaign against Corbyn. . . .
In the United States, the have been many laws on the books for years, and not fully instituted. One of the laws was The Taft Hartly Act and its amendment the Kennedy-Landrum-Griffin Act the laws have the potential to eliminate trade unions.
The ruling class followed the advice of James Madison. As he Madison once stated: “. . .I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments, by those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations. On a candid examination of history we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power by the majority trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions, which in republics, have more frequently than any other cause produced despotism. If we go over the whole history of the ancient and modern republics, we shall find their destruction to have generally resulted from those causes. . . .”
These laws have gradually been applied to get the Neoliberal Labor bureaucracy to give away workers rights in exchange for the Dues Checkoff, as the labor bureaucrats developed a new program, brokered by President Clinton’s Secretary of Labor, to organize a ‘partnership’ with their boss (Class Cooperation). Through the 1980s and 199os they even included this ‘partnership’ into their work agreements!
All of the liberals claim or don’t dispute the fact that there has not been a recovery in the economy since the 2008 crash of the stock market. For workers there has been no recovery. The unemployment rate is over 20%. The say nothing about the lies about the economy.
When Trump and The Media Monopoly declare that unemployment is low, the Neoliberals are as silent as lambs going to slaughter. They do not point out the flaws in the methods that used by the government to deceive the people! (Prior t0 1964 the Bureau of labor statistics did not count workers who ran out of benefits as unemployed. This created the illusion that the official unemployment rate has gone down, when whenreally has been at 20+% of all workers since 2009.. (Figure don’t lie, but liars can ‘figure’.
The Real Unemployment rate has been over 20% since 2009.
The seasonally-adjusted SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is added to the BLS estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes short-term discouraged workers.
The U-3 unemployment rate is the monthly headline number. The U-6 unemployment rate is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) broadest unemployment measure, including short-term discouraged and other marginally-attached workers as well as those forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment.
The Gross Domesticnational Prouduct Growth Has Been Stagnating At -2% since 2009.
And the Gross Domesticnational Product has been stagnating since 2009. (View the Shadow Government Statistics Alternate Gross Domestic Product Chart below.
The SGS-Alternate GDP reflects the inflation-adjusted, or real, year-to-year GDP change, adjusted for distortions in government inflation usage and methodological changes that have resulted in a built-in upside bias to official reporting.Alternate GDP Data Series (Subscription required.) View Download Excel CSV File Last Updated: October 26th, 2018Annual Growth(Year-to-Year Percent Change) in GDP is shown in the chart on the right. This is not the annualized quarterly rate of change that serves as the headline number for the series.Note: The GDP headline number refers to the most-recent quarter’s annualized quarter-to-quarter rate of change (what that quarter’s percent quarter-to-quarter change would translate into if compounded for four consecutive quarters).This can mean that the latest quarter can be reported with a positive annualized growth rate, while the actual annual rate of change is negative. Such was the case for the 3rd quarter of 2009.
Real Weekly Wages Have Fallen 100% Since 1965!
At the same time, Real Wages have Fallen Since the Wage Price Freeze of 1972 (Shadow Government Statistics):
Graph 3 plots the seasonally-adjusted earnings as officially deflated by the BLS (red-line), and as adjusted for the ShadowStats-Alternate CPI Measure, 1990-Base (blue-line). When inflation-depressing methodologies of the 1990s began to kick-in, the artificially-weakened CPI-W (also used in calculating Social Security cost-of-living adjustments) helped to prop up the reported real earnings. Official real earnings today still have not recovered their inflation-adjusted levels of the early-1970s, and, at best, have been in a minimal uptrend for the last two decades (albeit spiked recently by negative headline inflation). Deflated by the ShadowStats (1990-Based) measure, real earnings have been in fairly-regular decline for the last four decades, which is much closer to common experience than the pattern suggested by the CPI-W. See the Public Commentary on Inflation Measurement for further detail.
From the chart above, real weekly wages have been cut $160 per week since 1965.
Such a drasastic cut was done with the support of the neoliberal bureaucratic Trade Uunion leadership which now consider themselves to be in partnership with the boss—the capitalist 1%! (As do the rest of the leaderships of the Black, Minorities, women’s groups! — The Procapital Bureaucrats! The Capitalists know that there will someday be a revolution against these bureaucrats and themselves. And they don’t need to impose fascism this time.But over the years, measures have been implemented, the neoliberals to immediately impose fascism forms by the Capitalist Class if the need them.
Another factor is that the policy of the United State has been/is Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace and subsegunetly, perpetual inflation. Inflation is another factor to cutting of wges.
Neoliberal Omar Obama got elected President in 2008 on the promise of ‘change’. And the depression conditions for the majority of the working class and oppressed minorities continues to get worse.
Obama’s Coup D’état By Roland Sheppard
Learning from history and the recent events in the world, United States capitalism knows that a working class upsurge will result from its austerity programs. Therefore the capitalist class is applying the Precautionary Principle, in order to be prepared to apply the iron heal to quash any upsurge. As their spokesman, Obama, is and has been slowly but surely setting up the police state iron heal. As Obama moves toward disarming the people and the working class, he is organizing an extra-legal domestic police force as capitalism, with Obama their spokesman, establishes a gradual slide into a police state — That would be the Envy of Hitler!
. . . The following quotes confirm my statments:
From Hooray for the new Patriotic police state Obama won’t veto law that turns military into domestic police force:
“It flew through the House today and should pass the Senate shortly. Along with the usual gazillion dollars for the Pentagon to buy death machines from military contractors via lobbyists/former members of Congress, the NDAA will also allow the military to seize U.S. citizens on U.S. soil and throw them in Gitmo forever. Remember how the terror prison at Guantanamo Bay was originally filled, after 9/11? And remember how a fraction of the prisoners held and tortured there for yearshad anything to do with Al Qaeda, because they were just random goat herders or whatever, picked up because the military and the CIA paid a per-head bounty on “terrorists”? Yeah well same thing now, but in the United States!. . .”
“. . .This behemoth, 1,600 page charter, allotting $662 billion of taxpayers’ money towards defense funding, contained controversial, vaguely-worded provisions that allow for detention of persons – including Americans here at home – indefinitely by the military without trial or military tribunals, and contains implications for abuse of presidential powers by significantly broadening the scope of executive authority with a simple pen stroke. Specifically, sections 1021 and 1022, reminiscent of Draconian laws, authorized indefinite detention by the armed forces without trial – this, despite the Constitution’s sixth amendment which guarantees right to fair trial for all, and the Posse Comitatus Act which limits governments’ use of military intervention to enforce laws. . . .”
From Glenn Beck’s : Aw, cute: Obama’s civilian army (FEMACorps) just graduated it’s first class:
“. . . Remember when Barack Obama asked for a civilian defense force as strong and well funded as the U.S. military? Well, here’s Obama’s first graduating class of FEMACorps workers. The kid in the video sums up pretty well how disturbing this is when he says ‘we don’t really know what our job is’ while adding that he’ll go wherever the government sends him. Nothing like a little brownshirt army to have at your beckon call. . . . You remember, how long was it, how long ago was it that I said that AmeriCorps is going to be working with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA and it’s not going to be a good thing? Remember they mocked me for that?” Glenn asked Stu on radio this morning.”
The prediction was prompted by Obama saying,
“. . . We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded. . . .”
Obama Left Trump the Power to Declare Martial Law! By Roland Sheppard
The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie. — Communist Manifesto, Chapter I. Bourgeois and Proletarians
The capitalist 1% ruling class has studied history, and it knows that it is only a matter of time before the working class and it allies overthrow the misleaderships of the working class and the world’s oppressed — even in this country. Therefore, it has carried out a policy of war abroad and preparing for war at home.
The only solution for capitalism, at this time is the worldwide application of the The Iron Heal, as described by Jack London in his book, The Iron Heal. In the United States it has already laid the basis for its implementation through ‘terrorist legislation’and ‘executive orders’ to declare martial law and suspend the Bill of Rights.
For the past few decades, the power of this capitalist states has more and more been centralized in the executive Branch of the United States Government. Learning from history and the recent events in the world, United States capitalism knows that a working class upsurge will result from its austerity programs.
Therefore the capitalist class is applying the Precautionary Principle, in order to be prepared to apply the The Iron Healto quash any upsurge. As their spokesman, Obama, is and has been slowly but surely setting up the police state The Iron Heal. As Obama moves toward disarming the people and the working class, he is organizing an extra-legal domestic police force as capitalism, with Obama theirspokesman, establishes a gradual slide into a police state.
The office of the President now has the power to declare martial law, if there is a ‘threat of teorrism” or or protest that are ‘deemed terrorist,in the United States — That would be the Envy of Hitler!
The cops have attacked all occupy wall street demonstrations and they have escalated violence in the minority and working class communities and have written laws to encourage vigilante ‘first strike’ ‘justice’ and which as Michelle Alexander describes as The New Jim Crow, the establishment of a prison slavery system that will eventually be used for all of us.
Now is the time to reorganize all anti-capitalist forces and fighters for working class emancipation and self-determination for people oppressed by capitalism for the rebuilding of a new revolutionary political organization to organize and build our combined power to overturn capitalism that is, in its death agony, waging war, famine, pestilence, and death, and the globalization of global warming throughout the world.
The only way to stop the current slippery slide in to police state is for mass action in the streets and, concurrently, a break from lessor evil pro-capitalism politics, which has taken us to this monstrous evil point of destruction of our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! If we do not break with this policy, human beings are doomed as a living species as capitalism goes global in its quests for profits at the expense of the environment.!
Since workers, Blacks, minorities and immigrants saw no economic between the republicrates, thse people either did not vote or they voted on the the basis of racism, sexism, or other issues.
This has led to the ability of Donald Trump to get elected, under the slogan to make America great again as he was able to rally the ‘white nationalist’ (Racists) to oppose and scapegoat Blacks, minorities and immigrants who ‘steel jobs’ etc.
Once in office, he has continued Obama’s policies reguarding immigration and the neoliberals just keep silent on the important issues of the day as condition for the 99% of us gets worse.
Trump’ America First policy has also isolated the United States from the rest of the world. World War III is now a very real possibility.