Western Democracy

25 Jul

Bread and Caucuses: US primaries, Brazilian coups, and the depressing irrelevance of Western democracy.

A 2013 Princeton University study by Martin Gilens entitled Affluence & Influence suggests that the US is no longer a democracy but an oligarchy, in which power rests with a small number of wealthy elites. Hillary’s decision to back the 2010 Citizens United bill which protects multi-million dollar political donations as the exercise of “free speech” confirms this. It doesn’t take an IQ of 180 to realise that under a capitalist system the political class exist to serve the interests of capitalists.

In scenes reminiscent of the 1930s the euro is rapidly dissolving and we are seeing the rise of fascism across Europe. While NATO surrounds Russia’s borders, the US continues to run destabilising coups in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. Currently there are some 250,000 US military personnel deployed to over 725 military bases throughout the world. As the popular meme goes, that’s not self-defence; that’s an empire.

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