Jan 23 2017

TRUMP – FROM DEMOCRACY TO TYRANNY

epublicancommunist.org/blog/2016/11/20/from-farages-brexit-to-trumps-brexit-plus-plus-plus-and-on-to-madame-frexit/

We are posting this article from the Real Democracy Movement about the possible political consequences of the Trump presidency. It was first posted at:– http://realdemocracymovement.org/trump-from-democracy-to-tyranny/.

TRUMP – FROM DEMOCRACY TO TYRANNY

Edinburgh section of global Anti-Trump protest on January 21st.

So, Donald Trump is now President of the United States of America, and its Commander-in-Chief.
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Nov 20 2016

FROM FARAGE’S BREXIT, TO TRUMP’S “BREXIT PLUS, PLUS, PLUS”, AND ON TO ‘MADAME FREXIT’?


WHAT DOES TRUMP’S VICTORY SIGNIFY?

– ALLAN ARMSTRONG IN CONVERSATION WITH

ALAN BISSETT, BRIAN HIGGINS, PAUL STEWART AND

JOHN TUMMON

(see short biogs at end)

 

 1. ALLAN ARMSTRONG – 9.11.16

“An even greater leap into fantasy land is the belief that Brexit will provide a progressive example to other member states wanting to break away from the EU…. The first and unfortunately well-known non-UK person to celebrate Brexit was none other than the Right populist US Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. With typical crassness he chose his new golf course at Turnberry in Scotland to declare his solidarity with Brexit… Another presidential hopeful, Marine Le Pen, of the French Far Right National Front, was the first significant European politician to proclaim her solidarity with Brexit.
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Jun 16 2012

THE DEMOCRAT PARTY DERAILS THE STRUGGLE IN WISCONSIN


The Wisconsin left failed to form a powerful opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s regime. That failure was the catalyst for the recall strategy. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin was able to utilize mass protest and street action for its own selfish goals, and hoped to gain power through a bourgeois electoral process which would pit one capitalist against another.

In February 2011, Governor Scott Walker introduced Act 10, which included cutting collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. Wisconsin reacted in fury. Mass protests resulted, with tens of thousands lining the streets and thousands occupying Madison’s Capitol building. Unions, teachers, students and firefighters all joined in to oppose the dictatorial measures taken by Governor Walker. Wisconsin was at a fever pitch, a perfect moment for revolutionary action; for a general strike to begin.

The Industrial Workers of the World union, as well as other revolutionary organizations called for an immediate general strike. Instead, the Democrats and liberals won out and the mass movement was co-opted into the recall effort. No general strike ever came to fruition.

14 state Democrats left Wisconsin in opposition to Act 10. These Democrats were seen as heroes, standing up for the working class. In reality, the Democratic Party made the issue at hand a Party issue, rather than a class issue. The Democratic Party’s candidate, Tom Barrett, did not have sufficient means from the national Party to defeat Scott Walker. This is in part due to the lack of caring the Democratic Party has for the working class. They view the working class as commodities used in elections and to gain support.

The re-election of Governor Scott Walker is a sign that the liberal ideology of petitioning grievances before government does not work. Mass action needs to carry the threat of further disobedience. This can only come about through organization.

The unions in Wisconsin have become so ossified from years of capitulation that they have forgotten how to struggle and cannot lead their own members. A major deficiency of the U.S. Left is a lack of appreciation for organization and the capacity that it provides. It is time to discard the Democratic Party and liberalism. It is time to implement more radical tactics for solutions to capitalism.

 Matthew Andrews, Joanna Straughn and Zach

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