We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lapp√©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Stay Alert, America: The Worst Is Yet to Come

Click here to access article by John W. Whitehead from The Rutherford Institute

I can't agree with all of his statements, but most of my differences are only ones of emphasis. However I'd like to point out that in these two paragraphs he essentially contradicts himself:
After all, presidents are just puppets on a string, made to dance to the tune of the powers-that-be. And the powers-that-be want war. They want totalitarianism. They want a monied oligarchy to run the show. They want bureaucracy and sprawl and government leaders that march in lockstep with their dictates. Most of all, they want a gullible, distracted, easily led populace that can be manipulated, maneuvered and made to fear whatever phantom menace the government chooses to make the bogeyman of the month.

Unless Trump does another about-face, rest assured that the policies of a Trump Administration will be no different from an Obama Administration or a Bush Administration, at least not where it really counts.
Either presidents in the US have become puppets or they are not. I conclude that they are. Thus if Trump substantially changed policies of previous administrations, it could only be if the ruling class think tanks, which serve as clearing houses of capitalist ruling class policies, substantially changed their policies. This has never happened in recent decades and there is no reason to believe that this will happen now. Should Trump defy these deep state authorities, he would be removed from office one way or another.

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