In many ways the establishment in the U.S. and in Britain are identical in their hatred of strong populist leaders (“populist” as in those leaders that are popular with the 99%) but the strategies of engaging them differ.
In Britain Corbyn is relentlessly demonized in the corporate media being called a Russian spy, anti-semite, Marxist, vampire, anti-military, pathetic threat to everything that Brits (rich ones anyway!) are against.
In the U.S. no such labels are hurled at Sanders, America’s version of Jeremy Corbyn, despite the two of them having identical world views. Instead Sander’s is ‘ignored’ by the MSM as if he really doesn’t exist. Sanders is never invited by the MSM to discuss issues that matter to most Americans as his less popular members of the Democratic Party are given far more media coverage and his bold agenda is never delivered to the American people in clear and precise detail for the citizenry to seriously ponder. It’s as if our rapacious corporate CEO’s have gotten together to try two different approaches in undermining the will of the people with one experiment being conducted in Britain and the other in the U.S.
The good news is that not everyone is being fooled by the corporate media’s assault on these two beacons of true democracy and their anti-imperialist agendas. Young voters in both countries, who have never experienced a government that represents their interests, aren’t buying it. This is partly due to the the excessive tendencies by media in each country to create and reinforce the “ennemi du jour” (‘enemy of the day’) whether is be muslims, socialists, communists, environmentalists, climate protesters or pro-democracy demonstrators. As a result the media has lost their credibility as most voters realize that the assault on all of these groups are for political and ultimately financial gain by a handful of powerful, special interest groups. This is not to argue that the media has no effect at successfully steering the public away from making choices that will undermine their own interests, but merely to point out that their influence is waning.
This is due in part to the media’s endless support for failed policies such as wars promoted by the same special interest groups or economic measures that punish the poor while enriching the wealthy even further. But it is also due to the media’s endless parade of manufactured circuses that are blatantly obvious to anyone watching them that each and every crisis the media presents to us, is of little or no concern to the 99%.
Now that the MSM has so thoroughly undermined its own credibility, more and more people are abandoning the traditional forms of media like TV and major dailies, for social media and alternative websites. The wealthy are worried as the older generations who were much more easily manipulated by these institutions of State and capitalist propaganda, are being replaced by a younger generation that never really bought into the mainstream lies to begin with.
But dangers still abound as concrete plans and well defined strategies to replace the ruling elite are woefully inadequate. Too many still associate all their problems with a few figureheads where too much of their rage is concentrated. For example, if Trump were impeached tomorrow, millions of Americans and even more of their supporters abroad would celebrate the removal of Trump while never pondering the fact that Trump’s replacement, a narrow minded, politically and environmentally ignorant, corporate friendly, devout Evangelist by the name of Mike Pence, would replace him. The U.S. may find itself in an even worse state of affairs similar to when Mubarak of Egypt was replaced by the ruthless dictator El-Sisi despite the wild celebrations that followed Mubaraks downfall.
Hyper capitalism is well entrenched all over the planet. We must be careful how change comes about by concentrating on the institutions that buttress this evil system rather than the carefully selected faces the MSM has chosen to deliver to us for our collective scorn.