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The US is headed for a descent into civil war and fascism, warns Finian Cunningham

American citizens are being misled by their “fake political representatives” – Little wonder that people have taken to shooting one another. —

No 2657 Posted by fw, September 1, 2020 —

Below is my repost of Finian Cunningham’s article. But first, here’s my summary —

Finian Cunningham

Political groups in the US have a “chronical political disease” but offer no valid diagnosis or remedy. Instead, voters get all kinds of flawed convictions that just compound the problems. The US faces two problems: one stems from decades of corporate capitalism’s waste of economic resources. The other problem is the absence of “informed” public debate and political leadership. Biden and the Democrats see the problem as getting rid of Trump. Trump and the Republicans see the problem as defeating “far left radicals” and “socialists”. In fact, both parties represent two faces of the same coin – capitalism and militarism. Democrats dodge the real problems because they are instruments of the same evil system. Consequently, the US is headed “for much greater political division and social chaos.” American citizens are being misled by their “fake political representatives” – Little wonder that people have taken to shooting one another. What the US needs is a genuine political third party, and mobilize the population. Failing meaningful change, America faces more failures and descent into civil war and fascism.

Hands up those who believe the US is willing and able to create a genuine political third party, and mobilize the population.

Finian Cunningham, is a columnist at the Strategic Culture Foundation, Sputnik, and a Writer on Dandelion Salad.

Below is my slightly edited repost of Cunningham’s clear and concise article, including my added subheadings, text highlighting, images, and, at the bottom, a link to a related article by Australia’s brilliant analyst of US politics, Caitlin Johnstone.

To read Finian’s article on Dandelion Salad’s website, click on the following linked title.

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Why the US is Doomed, by Finian Cunningham, Dandelion Salad, August 31, 2020

Political groups in the US have a “chronical political disease” but offer no valid diagnosis or remedy

The fatal trouble with the US is that it has a chronic political disease. But none of the political class, including “populist”* President Donald Trump, have a diagnosis to offer. And any remedial action always requires accurate diagnosis. [*populist – appealing to or aimed at ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups]

Instead, voters get all kinds of flawed convictions that just compound the problems

What we have instead are all sorts of quack, or at best inaccurate, assessments, which never lead to remedial action, but rather to a compounding of problems because the problems are left unaddressed and neglected and ultimately allowed to fester.

The US faces two problems: one stems from decades of corporate capitalism’s waste of economic resources

The basic problem is that the United States has devolved into a hyper militarized oligarchic state. The vast, growing social inequality in the nation, and its grotesque waste of economic resources on militarism are but two manifestations of this state. That is the outcome of decades of US corporate capitalism. All Western states tend to share similar deformities, but the American version of the disease is at its most virulent and moribund.

The other problem is the absence of “informed” public debate and political leadership

The next problem is that there is no informed public debate, awareness or political leadership to diagnose the disease and how to cure it.

Biden and the Democrats see the problem as getting rid of Trump

We just witnessed the two ruling political parties hold their national conventions to nominate presidential candidates. For the Democrats and Joe Biden, the “problem” is all about getting rid of incumbent White House occupant Donald Trump.

Trump and the Republicans see the problem as defeating “far left radicals” and “socialists”

For the Republicans and Trump, the “problem” is all about defeating “far left radicals” and “socialists” as allegedly represented by Biden and the Democrats. The Republican rallying call is particularly ludicrous. To equate Democrats and career politicians like Joe Biden as “socialist” is an audacious and bewildering falsehood.

In fact, both parties represent two faces of the same coin – capitalism and militarism

The truth is both parties are but two faces of the same coin. That coin is the oligarchic system of American capitalism and its reliance on the monstrous military industrial complex.

Democrats dodge the real problems because they are instruments of the same evil system

Sneakily, the Democratic leadership tries to misdirect public misgivings about the Trump presidency by making the forthcoming November election a referendum on personality. But the Democratic party establishment will never permit a more accurate critique of America’s problems because the party is after all an instrument of the system, just as the Republicans are. The notion of “right” and left” or “conservative” and “liberal” is a misconception. The Democrats endeavor to blame it all on Trump in order to distract from the core problem which is the system itself. Perhaps some Democrats are privately aware of a more accurate analysis. But for whatever reason – political cowardice, media censorship – they don’t speak out. Some may say Bernie Sanders and his ilk come close to a proper analysis of all that’s wrong. But then why do they endorse Joe Biden who is a long-time friend of the oligarchic system and its record of countless overseas wars?

Consequently, the US is headed “for much greater political division and social chaos”

Lamentably, the way things stand, the US is heading for much greater political division and social chaos. The majority of ordinary Americans are being turned against each other because they are being misled and misdirected by false narratives.

American citizens are being misled by “fake political representatives” – Little wonder that people have taken to shooting one another

Instead of being united by a common suffering and exploitation by the oligarchic system, American citizens are being driven into futile factionalism by fake political “representatives”. Trump sermonizes about saving America from “socialism”. Biden implores voters to save America from “Trumpism”. Trump’s supporters see a patriotic duty to defend the nation from “Marxists” and “anarchists”. Throw into the conspiratorial delirium stacks of assault rifles and no wonder people are beginning to shoot each other dead.

What the US needs is a genuine political third party, and a mobilization of the population

What the US needs is a genuine political third party, one that transcends the status quo of “two-party stitch-up” for the oligarchy. One that offers Americans an accurate political analysis for why their country is imploding from inequality, police brutality, debt and endless imperialist wars. What the US needs is a mobilization of the population against the corrupt oligarchy of which Trump and Biden and their party cronies are creations.

Failing meaningful change, America faces more failures and descent into civil war and fascism

Until that happens, the US is doomed to descend into even more failure with frightening potential for civil war and fascism. All because the political disease of American corporate capitalism is allowed to persist.

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SEE ALSO

You Can Have Peace Or The US Empire. You Can’t Have Both by Caitlin Johnstone, caitlinjohnstone.com, September 1, 2020 – “The US ‘economy’, if you can even call it that, is upheld not just by an incomprehensible web of debt and bureaucratic fiat, but by a petrodollar agreement on arms manufacturing and military alliances, by endless acts of mass-scale brutality, and by the most sophisticated propaganda machine ever to exist. The United States of America is built on war, is made of war, and is sustained by war. If the wars end, America as we know it ends.”

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