Why the US is Doomed, by Finian Cunningham

Democrats and Republicans

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Sputnik
August 31, 2020

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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, 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. 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.


Finian Cunningham, is a columnist at the Strategic Culture Foundation, Sputnik, and a Writer on Dandelion Salad. He can be reached at cunninghamfinian@gmail.com.

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  7. I have read Finian’s posts for many years and admire his cogency and analytic economy; one thing becomes very clear as the ecological clock precisely reduces millennia down to human seconds ~ it is exceedingly difficult to evaluate the full scope of US ‘success’ or failure as a nation, primarily because of its unprecedented overseas reach and almost immeasurable cultural influence due to both its covert and overt penetration of global cultures.

    Personally, I think the most useful measure of American cause and effect would be its influence on how our global health, education, economics, international well-being and planetary ecology have either suffered or arguably, maybe, actually improved and developed.

    The problem is, how to generate a suitably rigorous, reliable & inclusive representative index of these postulated cause and effect gradients ~ in other words how we should attempt to adequately and convincingly map the impact of US actions and affairs on ‘our’ international climate of thought; or more literally, on the global climate itself.

    This is a far more complex challenge than it may at first seem. To begin with we must have reliable & robust data; secondly we need to conceptualise the best inclusive models that our data can support and flesh out. So this is not a casual back of the envelope type of exercise, that can be easily approached in a rhetorical or partisan manner. It should be executed as a serious, comprehensive, scientific research program(me) that is impartial, inclusive and multi-faceted as is feasibly possible.

    To date I am not aware of anything like this that has been tried. Perhaps the variables are so great it is deemed to be impossible. However there have been some interesting examples that establish a precedent of sorts, that furnish us with some indications of what may be reasonably attempted. I will cite three of which I am aware and invite others to contribute further examples that may arise.

    The first is an impressive exercise in ‘counter-mapping’ that I have found powerfully instructive https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/ecologies-power

    The second is Harvard Prof Emeritus Edward O. Wilson’s Half Earth initiative based on the theory of island biogeography https://www.half-earthproject.org/discover-half-earth/

    The third is Piketty’s work: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/19/capital-and-ideology-by-thomas-piketty-review-if-inequality-is-illegitimate-why-not-reduce-it

    I could of course cite multiple climate research data bases, the gigantic plethora of valuable scientific initiatives now extant and numerous historical evaluations of CIA cold-war activities, plutocratic hubris, quasi-economic ideological perversity & reactionary geopolitics generally, but these are too numerous so would need to be reduced, condensed and collated with mathematical precision to be manageable.

    So I think the key point to accept is the formidable complexity of arriving at anything like an inclusive pragmatic consensus; but that notwithstanding, & given the scale of access and immense diversity of approaches now available across the Internet, it is a supreme challenge that could generate vitally relevant outcomes ~ especially in this sad current political and economic ‘US climate’ that favours denialist and apologist mindsets, hysterical moral absurdities peddled by bigots and poseurs who proactively exclude, trivialise, simulate, exaggerate or distort the empirical evidence of planetary ecological reality.

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