The Historic Moment of the 2016 Election

This article was originally published on Dissident Voice.

The 2016 presidential election presents the American working class with a historic moment.  No, I am not talking about the possibility of the first rich, neoliberal woman president.  Nor am I talking about the social democrat masquerading as a socialist.  Nor am I talking about the arrogant, racist, borderline fascist Donald Trump.

The historical moment is not in the outcome of the election itself. After all, the State is subservient to capitalist elites.  So long as economic power is concentrated in the hands of a privileged few, the State will always act to safeguard the private property and power of the capitalist ruling class.  Rather, the moment presents itself in the delegitimization of the political system, especially the growing hatred of the two corporate parties. Continue reading

TPP and Corporate Control

No thanks to the Obama administration who wanted to keep the agreement a secret, the New Zealand government released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  This “free trade” agreement currently includes 12 member countries encompassing 40% of world GDP (Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Chile, United States, Australia, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mexico, Canada and Japan).  President Obama tried to assure the public that it need not know what is in the trade deal because he and the corporate lobbyists who shaped the deal had the public’s best interests in mind.  With the release of the full text, we now know that it is worse than even its harshest critics feared. Continue reading