Matt Taibbi - how America made Donald Trump unstoppable. I came across a rant about Trump and fascism in der Spiegel a few weeks ago, but didn't bother posting a link because it was such utter bullshit. But now Taibbi's fallen for the same narrative, I have to wade in:
Trump's basic argument is the same one every successful authoritarian movement in recent Western history has made: that the regular guy has been screwed by a conspiracy of incestuous elites. The Bushes are half that conspiratorial picture, fronts for a Republican Party establishment and whose sum total of accomplishments, dating back nearly 30 years, are two failed presidencies, the sweeping loss of manufacturing jobs, and a pair of pitiable Middle Eastern military adventures – the second one achieving nothing but dead American kids and Junior's re-election.
"Authoritarian"? Really? Taibbi (and pretty much everyone on the left) wants to paint Trump as a fascist, and really it's starting to look ignorant.
Isn't Bernie Sanders also arguing that "the regular guy has been screwed by a conspiracy of incestuous elites"? Hell, hasn't Taibbi been arguing this for years? How about Joe Stiglitz or Naomi Klein? Are they also "populist", then?
Yes, Trump is playing dirty and ugly. He's brought the Republican racist dog-whistles out into the open. And honestly, I think he's done this only because he knows that's how he can get the base to vote for him.
Trump doesn't really hate anyone. Why am I so sure? If he was a hateful cunt who drives people away from him, then he would have been a fucking dismal failure in business. Similarly, Trump isn't disconnected from reality, otherwise he would have been a fucking dismal failure in business; and Trump isn't a bellicose psychopath randomly taking stupid chances, either, otherwise he would have been a fucking dismal failure in business.
At best, you can call him pathologically uncensored. But he knows that's where he wins eyeballs. Trump's a showman; but Obama also had to be a showman to get elected. (Remember hope and change? How'd that work out? Did Obama accomplish a single fucking thing before Ted Kennedy passed away and the Democrats lost their senate supermajority?) Don't fault the guy for giving better speeches than Jeb; he's exactly the type of public speaker that the US used to proudly turn out by the thousands, a hundred years ago.
Anyway, the rest of the article is good, but please don't fall for this "Trump is a fascist" bullshit line from the left. They're scared that he really has a shot at getting the Republican nom, and once he gets it he has a much better than 50-50 chance of beating Hilary, given her bankster/kleptocrat connections and her utter lack of standing up for the people in the past 20 years. At this point in time, not even drunk right now, I'd assert that only a Sanders/Warren ticket would have a chance against Trump.
And honestly, I don't think a Trump presidency would be that bad for the US. It might even be a fair bit better than a Hilary presidency. The real fascists are cunts like Cruz and Rubio, and their bankrollers Adelson and the Koch brothers.