I’m glad to see this discussion as I’m Canadian and the disease has spread to our provinces. Indeed, the Trump vision—I don’t know what to call it—has given license to too many, in loose terms, public servants, all over the world. As well, we have a federal election in a couple of months and the right-wing is getting ready, in spades.
But, I don’t understand. What’s the purpose and the intention of today’s right-wing politicians? Why do they seek power and what do they intend to do with it?
Fear is the entire rhetoric of populists or whatever, to bring supporters, the most vulnerable and the most desperate to heel as neoliberalism has taken all their hopes and dreams, and worse, their kids’, to bleed them for the 1%, taking them and the country back to the Middle Ages and serfdom. What will Trump, et al, have when everything is consumed and his legacy is an impoverished nation?
To deny climate change, (no one is that stupid), to stand by and watch, even encourage young American men and boys kill each other, to foster isolationism, bigotry and ignorance, invade constituent’s homes with surveillance and kill the golden goose, the masses, the source of his great wealth, unpaid and short-paid workers. Anand Giridharadas quotes Michael Porter in ‘Winners Take All.’ “We sort of created a cartoon…if you can force your employee to work overtime without paying them, then you should do it—that’s free markets(sic), and that’s profit maximization.” It’s also fascism, which T. Douglas said: destroys political democracy “in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege."
So many millions have been sapped of a decent life and have so little left they are turning to the far right in their hopelessness and a creature like Trump calls it a love affair.
My question is a serious one and I’m open to all ideas. I need to fight this aberration and I can’t unless I understand it.