The vulgarity of Trump reveals the vulgarity of capitalism and its exploitive nature central to its survival. American right-wing evangelicals have openly revealed their complicity again with the capitalist morass through their worship of a new wealthy demigod, but the hypocrisy and hatred is too stark and won’t be ignored this time around.
All of its components, from corporate control of government to the lies of relentless advertising, work together in an intoxicating cloud of obfuscation and lies. Capitalism depends on a lack of self-awareness and it marginalizes those who oppose it through absorption or marginalization. The opposite of capitalism is consciousness.
The fact Donald Trump apparently used the word “shithole” to describe the countries of Haiti, El Salvador and Africa is not surprising given his core racist beliefs, and the use of the vulgarity itself doesn’t really coarsen a political discourse he has already obliterated in just over a year in office.
These issues are not listed in order of importance but universal health care, a major hike in wages, free college tuition, student loan forgiveness, the protection and strengthening of government programs such as Social Security and Medicare, decent housing for all people, equality for all people, large tax increases on the wealthy and the rigorous implementation of environmental protection are some of what the American left needs to embrace if it wants to stay relevant.
Our country’s slide from a vulnerable, teetering democracy into a quasi-fascist state after the election of the despot Donald Trump was, of course, the biggest news event of 2017, providing both darkness and clarity when it comes to the American experiment.
When the real analysis begins years from now about the demise of the United States empire and its democracy, two major occurrences will be at the forefront of why the country collapsed.