Crony cap­i­tal­ist ver­sus racist crony cap­i­tal­ist

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor, “Drain the swamp” chanted sup­port­ers as the elec­tion wins rolled into the Trump head­quar­ters in New York.

The Clin­ton grifters would not be re­turn­ing to the White House.

It turns out that the elec­tion was Trump’s to lose be­cause the Democrats had promised rad­i­cal change eight years ago, only to be­tray Mid­dle Amer­ica again by bail­ing out Wall Street and cheat­ing Main Street. In fact, the last two Demo­cratic pres­i­dents have ad­vanced the in­ter­ests of the cor­po­rate elite more than any politi­cians since the Gilded Age. Hil­lary was on track to push for even more frack­ing, “free” trade deals, end­less wars abroad, the de­struc­tion of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion. And she had the back­ing of al­most all the cor­po­rate-con­trolled me­dia.

What Trump of­fered was a roll­back of any ad­vances made by im­mi­grants, mi­nori­ties, gays and women over the last sev­eral decades. A crony cap­i­tal­ist and racist him­self, he was able to di­rect Mid­dle Amer­i­can anger to­wards those who are dif­fer­ent. It is a fa­mil­iar po­lit­i­cal tac­tic in our plu­ral­is­tic so­ci­ety, and a very dan­ger­ous one.

It is no co­in­ci­dence that so­ci­eties that are thor­oughly cor­rupted by crony cap­i­tal­ism end up vi­o­lent and racist. The elites of­ten pre­fer a type of fas­cism to shar­ing the wealth with work­ing peo­ple. Nixon and Rea­gan un­der­stood this well.

So, of course, did Adolph Hitler.

Our cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is il­le­git­i­mate and our me­dia is hope­lessly com­pro­mised.

But, we the peo­ple, will bring down this hate­ful klep­toc­racy be­fore it de­stroys our lives and our planet. Fred Nagel Rhinebeck

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