My title today is a reference to a famous political cartoon of the 1890s, showing the new German Emperor, Wilhelm II, getting rid of the famed chancellor who had fashioned, politically and militarily, the creation of the very Empire which the 31-year-old Wilhelm Hohenzollern had inherited two years before.
That may be Your Intrepid Reporter, looking over the Great and Good Noam Chomsky as he leaves the Good Ship Progressivism (at least, in my imagination, as I conceive this post) with this interview: “Those Who Failed to Recognize Trump as the Greater Evil Made a Bad Mistake“.
It is striking, how much the advice of Mr Chomsky here aligns, point for point, with that of Mr Krugman, whom I discussed a few days ago. We are supposed to forget the context of the failed two-party system; despite its well-known distortion of actual political forces, we are supposed to take for granted that action remains limited to the two toads on offer.
Worse, we are to forsake, before even beginning to formulate a policy, any thought of reaching outside of the Democratic Party. I wonder why we cannot, for example, even were we to assume ourselves limited to the Two Major Parties, contemplate making changes from within the Republicans, seeing as how they are now the vehicle, as the Democratic Party is not now and hasn’t been for some time, of the working class.
Certainly both Senator Sanders and the Green Party have been saying, virtually in unison, that the road to progressive power leads through working people. In order to do that, however, we have to bid adieu to the likes of Krugman and Chomsky, who ask us to kiss the Toad of the Democratic Party, no matter what, no matter how.
Chomsky even tells us that it is morally required.
You know, I may be wrong, but that’s not a politically rational view, in my not-so-humble opinion. Standing with the Standing Rock demonstrators, organizing around environmental change, healthcare for all, and non-intervention abroad — and to hell with the Democratic Party, which opposes now and has opposed in the past, all of those — is the politically pragmatic as well as politically rational stance.
We are no doubt going to be facing Power in the hands of reactionary politicians, what with the commitment of the Trump faction of the Republican Party to neofascism. Now, however, is the time to reach out to Trump voters and confirm that we are aligned with them in their intentions, and to join them in demanding the very things that Trump is not going to deliver. That is, to do just the opposite of saying “Bad Mistake, you rural yahoos.”