Paul Krugman had another piece on Trump in NYT yesterday. It’s becoming comical this meticulous autopsy on every possible eccentricity from the conman, mostly without any attempts at analysis. To really deal with a problem you have to look for causes. But the “liberal” establishment is just interested in blurring explanations, probably since they know they wouldn’t like the answers. Here’s a readers comment to NYT:
The root of the problem is the same here in Europe, albeit the effects are not as pronounced. It’s called neoliberalism.
For all intents and purposes our countries are run by the corporate class, promoting the interests of the rich, at the expense of ordinary people. Politicians regardless of party (with some exceptions) have been mere tools in the process.
In elections 2016 US voters finally revolted. The more enlightened turned to Sanders, others to Trump, and the usual third group showed their apathy by not voting at all. Together these groups constitute an overwhelming majority of the electorate.
But then it turned out that Trump was completely treasonous to his voters, turning even more power over to the corporate class.
From outside it seems futile to engage so furiously in Trump’s eccentricities, without addressing the roots of the problem, which are people’s legitimate grievances. Capitalism has come to a point where it’s stretched to its limits (Spätkapitalismus) leaving two alternatives. One leads down the Weimar abyss, the other to real democracy.
It seems as if the best way to disempower Trump would be to approach the large majority and work for real democracy, something we in Europe also are in need of.