[Marxism] Fwd: R.W. Johnson · Trump: Some Numbers · LRB 14 November 2016

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 16 12:10:15 MST 2016


There has been much talk of the similarities between Brexit and the 
Trump victory. As Peggy Noonan puts it in the Wall Street Journal, they 
have both been ‘an uprising of the unprotected’. The old class politics 
has been reversed. Clinton could win the rich but lost the workers. 
Labour can win London, the richest part of the UK, but has lost the 
workers to Ukip and the SNP. We are in uncharted territory. One fact 
that has to be assimilated by both Labour and the Democrats is this: 
when Bill and Hillary arrived in Washington in 1992 they had little 
money. Now, despite remaining notionally in public service throughout, 
they are worth many millions of dollars. Tony and Cherie Blair were not 
obscenely wealthy when they arrived in power in 1997. Today they are 
worth more than $75 million. Consider the working-class voters whom the 
Clintons or the Blairs exhorted to vote for them in the 1990s: they are 
probably worse off now than they were then. In effect the Clintons and 
Blairs surfed on their grievances and inequities, making themselves rich 
and leaving their voters in the dust. This hasn’t gone unnoticed, which 
is one reason the old politics is no longer working.

full: http://www.lrb.co.uk/2016/11/14/rw-johnson/trump-some-numbers



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