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Why i’m glad Trump won, upset Le Pen lost and hope that Merkel wins

Why i’m glad Trump won, upset Le Pen lost and hope that Merkel wins

Donald Trump is in the White House, Le Pen almost secured power in France and Merkel looks like she should take the German federal elections, all in all, things are looking pretty crappy and that has me extremely happy. Now please don’t get it twisted, it’s not that I  have woken up and suddenly said “Hark, I love the far right”, nor is it that I have drunk the neoliberal kool-aid of Mrs Merkel and her ilk, so what then would bring on such an odd statement from me, a person who has written from a position of the left?

The answer is simple though I’m sure many will find it both upsetting, sad and disgusting all at the same time. Again it’s not that I have become a new Mussolini, instead, I am chuffed that these people are doing well because it will and more importantly IS both undermining and showing what the neoliberal system is and hasten its downfall. In a nutshell, the electoral success of these people will bring the whole feculent and oppressive house of cards down. But it is more than that, it is quickly opening up peoples eyes to the fact that they system is rigged firmly against them and they are fighting back for a more just system.

This can be found all over the place, take for example France and their recent elections. In the end, the centrist Macron beat out the far right Le Pen, but that is not the whole story. While Macron was pushing for more of the same (the decimation of the French welfare state, increasing military adventures abroad, further integration of the EU and opening up the nation to neo-liberal regulations), Le Pen and her policies looked like they came from the left wing. She promised nationalisation of industries and the keeping of jobs that Macron wanted to get rid of. Needless to say she lost, but just barely (showing just how disgusted people are with the system), and now that we Mr Macron doing just as he promised (starting with the cutting of housing subsidies that will mainly affect the poor and students) we are seeing the push back from the poor and students who are demanding not just the safeguarding of the current system but also the creation of a whole new and more just France.

Germany is also a nation where the neoliberals have gone a bridge too far. Germany under the neoliberal model has done well only in a superficial way post-Berlin wall, but more so since the great international recession during the tenure of Mrs Merkel(which is still haunting the Eurozone). For while Germany has a great employment rate and a ‘robust’ financial sector, when one looks closer at the data we see wages that have been stagnant for over a decade and we see where the biggest and most important German financial institution Deutsche Bank has more debt than they can ever hope to repay in a thousand lifetimes. We have a nation that talks about multiculturalism but fails to integrate people while keeping old prejudices that then gives rise to parties such as the AFD (Alternative für Deutschland), we have a nation that pumps money into governments with actual neo-Nazi members as is the case with Ukraine while also supporting and funding groups that lead to the rise of ISIS (the very threat they now fear). The German people are waking up to the realities that the neo-liberal system is failing as seen in Mrs Merkel’s low (at least for her) approval ratings, hopefully, one more term of the abject CDU/CSU-SPD coalition will hasten the collapse of the failed neoliberal experience in that nation.

Finally, we come to the United States and Mr Donald Trump. What can one say but thank you for showing the world the true unabashed face and the end result of neoliberalism and all that it carries? Imagine if it had been Mrs Clinton in office who had announced the massive tax giveaway to the rich, would MSNBC, CNN et all be up in arms and calling out the oppressive administration and policy? How would the American citizenry have reacted if a hypothetical president Clinton met Field Marshal President Al-Sisi and the members of the house of Saud, would the media have its panties in a bunch or would they praise her on her ‘many air miles racked up’? How exactly would American society have reacted if say President Clinton was to have basically ok’d the sideswiping and blockade of Qatar by the Gulf Arab nations because of (and please don’t laugh) their support of terrorists (who amongst the Gulf monarchies doesn’t support terrorists), would they be roundly condemning her as a ‘dictator’ or would they praise her as they did in her inglorious Libyan adventure? No let us not condemn Trump but thank him for showing what the system is all about, the expansion of fossil fuels (as done under Obama who wanted oil independence), the cementing of the super rich and their companies (as seen with the Democratic bailout of Wall Street) the beating up of the poor and marginalized (like homosexuals who Democrats only took seriously when they realized that it was a great vote winner) for no one would dare raise a protest if it were a Democrat in office doing it (as we saw with Mr Obama). Mr Trump has awoken people to the fact that the American system is failed and that a change is needed, a change on both sides and a change that is more equitable and bereft of the twisted neo-liberal ideology.

The neoliberal system is a sick one and this is its end result the rise of the far right. The far right thrives in situations like this because they despise liberalism and in scenarios like this can point to the hard evidence of the failures of liberal (neoliberal) variety. When a government is more concerned with exploiting persons for the profits of the super rich rather than the welfare of their starving society (almost half Americans live near or below the official American poverty level) then that is a breeding ground for the rise of the far right. The sooner the neoliberal experiment fails then the faster the far right can both fail and be tackled, that is the reality of things, so again disgusting as it may sound let us have a drink in the name of the trinity who may very well cause the system to implode.

And it’s Germany at the death

The world is a funny old place, one hundred years ago a war was fought primarily in Western Europe to stop an imperial upstart (Germany) from becoming too powerful in Europe. Some seventy odd years ago yet another war was fought (in almost exactly the same places) to stop the resurgent Germany from being the sole power in the European hemisphere. Much blood was shed in order to stop German hegemony in Europe and many a leader were secretly happy that the once powerful Germany had been split, made a useless rump, but things and times change.

Germany as things stand IS the dominant force in Western Europe and has been, this fact was hammered home when yet again right after an election the French president immediately went to Berlin to pay homage to the German president. During this trip they discussed a strengthening of the economic union, something the Bundesbank has long championed as it would mean cementing Frankfurt as the economic heart of Europe. The fact that Germany is the sole power in Western Europe was also made evident when the UK, the only other nation comparable to Germany chose to go it alone and abandon the continent, thus leaving the continents western hemisphere to the mercies of Germany.

Why should one be worried or even take interest in the fact that Germany is turning the European Union into its own personal play thing where it alone is the dominant player and everyone else must tow the line, and is this even happening? Well one can take Greece and its ongoing economic crisis for a bit of evidence of this. Now let us ignore that fact that everyone knew that the debt was un-payable and that a haircut was needed, and let us discount the fact that the economy was burning and they wanted them to cut more social services to service the un-serviceable debt. The Greek people were given an option by their government, a simple yes or no to yet another u-payable bailout. They chose no and instead of honoring that the Troika led by Germany held the Greek banks to hostage and demanded that the Greek government ignore the express wishes of the people as reflected in the referendum.

We are also seeing Germany, the most populous (and strongest in terms of arms manufacturing) actively pushing for the formation of a European army to take the place of NATO. The Germans have long wished for a European army as they know that realistically only two nations would dominate it (Germany and France), and in reality only one because the other EU ‘superpower’ is quickly becoming a basket case. This European army thus will be led by the Germans, and just as EU foreign policy is dictated from Berlin, so to Paris.

However they (the Germans) will not be in such a strong position as it is now. The central and eastern members of this union will not and are not taking this situation laying down. Nations like Hungary and Poland  are quickly becoming upset with the mutterings from Berlin and and Brussels and have united because of a sense of culture disappearing. The central and eastern nations also will not stand idly by as the EU becomes more like a session of the German Bundestag. These nations, barely off the leash that was soviet oppression will not being talked down to lightly, this could lead to the breakup of the EU as we know it and in its place we would be left with two continental powers sharing a border.

The EU as is is dead, it has little to no authority over the member states who continually ride roughshod through the ‘sanctions’. Germany is in a precarious position and it is one that they certainly entertain as serious.. They are being asked to be the king maker of the EU and this could spell badly for the rest of Europe. Will Germany with its new found leadership role play the part of good cop, or will they isolate the issue and badger on and on until fixed.

The world must surely be awake now, but as the years go by Germany accrues more power and that should give everyone pause for thought. These actions are the type of things that lead to the death and of whatever the Germans have done. Still the captain said ‘you can do it or get out’ and i fear that most of us will get out rather than doing the labour, I hope i’m wrong but as things stand the world is looking a bit darker than before