The Surprising (?) Democrat Party Loss
The Democrat party loss everywhere but in the presidency was unsurprising to this observer. The warning signs have been coming in for years in books and papers, especially from observers and institutions not directly connected with the Oligarchy.
Here are some of the recent sources:
The 2014 Gilens and Page study pointing out that the U.S. is no longer a democracy, but is now an Oligarchy.
….And Forgive Them Their Debts – The book pointing out that for thousands of years, unregulated debt has led to civil unrest, “strong man” leaders and ultimately national collapse.
Peter Turchin points out that popular immiseration, intraelite competition, and state weakness have led to socio-political instability over 10,000 years of human history.
And at least one post-mortem of the election makes the same point.
These authors and others point to the source of turmoil in our country being the startling increase in wealth and security inequity.
The issue is not so much “wealth inequity” – you could imagine a society with massive wealth inequity where the bottom 10% still had enough resources to live comfortable, fulfilling lives. It is rather “security inequity” – the fact that the bottom 40% or so of Americans are scrambling every day to meet their day-to-day needs.
And “deaths of Despair” are potent reminders that some are failing.
The Democrat party, joined at the hip to Wall Street and the other Oligarchs, has no potential for improving security inequality. Nor do the Republicans, despite a dawning recognition that they could claim to be moving in that direction.
So what do we do?
Sticking with the Democrat party seems like a losing proposition in most cases, except when we can run our own candidates under their banner.
In states like Nebraska, the Democrat party is on life support. Riven by petty disputes and unable to monitor who even runs for an office, it would seem to be ripe for either takeover by energized Progressives or sidelined by a new party.
There is a need for discussions like this around the state. Maybe this organization, PRI, which is in the process of reinventing itself, can help by promoting economic and social policy discussions statewide. Or maybe another venue can be found.
Time is running out.