[Marxism] Fwd: Is Donald Trump a Traitor?

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 07:45:14 MDT 2018


Some might be uninterested in whether Trump is guilty of "treason", but
that is only seeing the issue superficially. When viewed more seriously, it
is really the issue of the day.

"Treason" means siding with a foreign power and betraying the "national
interest". But what does "national interest" mean? It means the interests
of the main wings of the capitalist class of that particular country. So,
if a president is siding with a rival capitalist class, this means that the
mainstream of the host country - in this case the most powerful and one of
the most politically stable (up until now) capitalist countries in the
world. *The mainstream of the US capitalist class has lost control over its
president*, and this isn't of interest?

Look at it from another point of view: For all the years of the Cold War,
we had the Communist Party receiving money from the Soviet Union and
advocating for the interests of the Soviet bureaucracy. Yet even in the
McCarthy period, they weren't charged with treason. Why? Because they
weren't a threat. Of course, I'm not saying that they should have been; I'm
just pointing out the weakness of the mainstream of the US capitalist class
today.

This is what we really need to consider: Yes, Russian agents influenced the
last presidential election. Given that it was so close, yes, they might
have made the critical difference. But why was it so close in the first
place? Why was the mainstream of the US capitalist class unable to even get
the nomination of its preferred candidate - Jeb Bush? (Remember him?) Then,
when his candidacy shriveled up and died on the vine, why was its next
preferred candidate - Hillary Clinton - unable to run away with the
election?

And what does it mean that the mainstream of the US capitalist class has so
vastly lost influence in US society? In my over 50 years of active
political life, I have never seen such a mainstream media campaign against
a sitting president. Yet Trump's approval ratings are over 40%. Sure, part
of that is due to the expanding economy, but the great majority of Trump
supporters are true believers who would support him even if he "shot
somebody in the middle of Fifth Avenue", as he said. The mainstream media -
one of the bulwarks of bourgeois democracy - has lost a tremendous amount
of influence.

In other words, these are the classic symptoms of bonapartism, or one-man
rule. Will Trump go all the way, or will the mainstream of the US
capitalist class be able to reign him in? I think it's impossible to know.
But that very fact - that we cannot know - says a whole lot.

We'd better take an interest in it, because it's going to take an interest
in us.

John Reimann
-- 
*“In politics, abstract terms conceal treachery.” *from "The Black
Jacobins" by C. L. R. James
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