The Fujimorization of the USA

Julio Pino jpino at
Tue May 30 13:40:05 MDT 2000

          "What Mr. Toledo and Mr. Fujimori have in common is their
blurring of
          ideological distinctions. What does it mean to be conservative or
          progressive -- when the two candidates, who otherwise seem to be at
          war with each other, essentially share economic and social goals? "
          Cliffor Krauss, New York Times, May 29, 2000

Substitute Gore=Bush for Fujimori=Toledo and you have the recipe for the
2000 presidential elections in the United States, where not even the
PRETENSE of political conflict between the two major parties is important
any more.A few years back the Wall Street Journal actually ran a front-page
 story suggesting that Political Science be scrapped as an academic subject
because "what is there left for political scientists to talk about?" Now,
the "choice" offered to American voters is between the right and the far
right, just like in any banana republic. Electoral contests are more bitter
than ever precisely because the candidates have nothing to debate. Any
American voter can feel right at home in Peru right now, and vice versa.

Another analogy comes to mind. In a weird way it's as if the US had passed
through a time tunnel and re-entered the post-civil war period; one
mediocre president follows another, millions of dollars are spent on
meaningless elections, and the media does everything it can to liven up
interest in the candidates by focusing on their personal lives.
(Pop quiz: what was the closest presidential election in US history?
Answer: James(shot dead) Garfield versus James (who?) Cox in
1880.)Republicans dominate both the Congress and the White House for a
generation, except when an extremely conservative Democrat can convince Big
Business that he can manage the economy better. Bill Clinton=Grover
Cleveland, sex scandals and all.Now the real question is: where is the
Eugene Debs of today?
Julio Cesar

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