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Friday, August 10, 2018

Anarchy Is Not Progress

A young child behind bars in the U.S. Border Patrol Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. (photo: AP)
A young child behind bars in the U.S. Border Patrol Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. (photo: AP)

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News
 
here is a poorly defined, individually influenced, and often disingenuous argument swirling around to the effect that Trump can be useful to achieve a “fill-in-the-blank” objective.

There is a laundry list of objectives. Things that individuals and groups have tried to achieve for better or for worse over the years, only to be frustrated by the US government.

The wish list for the US right includes expansive gun rights, ultra-conservative judges, tax cuts for the wealthy, the privatization of just about everything, an end to the silly notion of democracy, and the accession of permanent minority rule.

For the Russians, the destruction of the NATO alliance, a lifting of US sanctions, a US no longer capable of mounting or enforcing sanctions, and Western democracies in general decline as their markets become more easily exploited are all things they hope Trump might open the door to.

But there are voices on the left who believe but do not readily admit that Trump creates what they view as a climate of opportunity as well. Like the Russians, their aspirations include a US less militarily and economically powerful globally, a US intelligence community brought to task over longstanding and in fact well-documented abuses, and an opportunity for the political ascension of new left-leaning policies.

What could go wrong?

Children could be ripped from their parents’ arms at the US-Mexico border and incarcerated in cages. Nuclear war could casually be threatened with North Korea, Iran, and China. Nuclear war could be threatened by Russian president Vladimir Putin targeting Donald Trump’s property in Florida. Nuclear war could be threatened against the US by North Korean president Kim Jong-un. Nuclear war could occur. A new cold war could occur. The NATO alliance could in fact be damaged, perhaps beyond repair. An impulsive trade war could shut factories, cost jobs, and seriously damage the US economy.

Donald Trump could offend every ally the United States has. The EPA, the State Department, and the Bureau of Consumer Protection could be dismantled. The Supreme Court could be stacked with right-wing fanatics for generations to come.

Affordable healthcare in the richest nation on earth could be dealt a death blow along with affordable education, abortion rights, labor rights, the right to vote, and everything else that is truly redeeming about what is left of this country.
It’s pretty daunting.

One of the benefits of peace is social progress. A society not at war can more easily progress. Donald Trump, his enablers, and his dependents both declared and undeclared see a war on US governance as necessary. It is an anarchic concept.

A lot can go wrong. A lot has already gone wrong. Progressive social achievement flourishes in a climate of peace. Visualize peace and progress.

Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

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