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The populist insurgency that is erupting right now in the United States is by a “rabble,” or a “proletariat,” that is ripping itself free of the mind-control shackles clamped on it by the corporate contractors hired to manage the public to the profit of the oligarchy. These corporate contractors include the managers of the Republican Party establishment, the managers of the Democratic Party establishment, and the media (print and broadcast).
The swag for the party-management contracts is in various forms of “campaign contributions” (PACs, super-PACs, foundations), while the take by the media for public mind management work is in the form of “advertising sponsorship.” This entire class of apparatchiks, the careerists cogs in the machinery for managing the status quo, is now feeling the chilling realization that it is a naked emperor proxy in the gaze of an enraged proletarian Godzilla.
On the political right, Donald Trump and his partisans are ripping apart the Republican Party in order to take control of it. The opposition to Trump from the Republican Party establishment is due entirely to its dismay at having absolutely no control over the most popular “Republican” in America, neither by purchase (he can afford not to be bought) nor by bonds of shared ideological fanaticism (establishment Republicans call Trump a RINO: Republican in name only).
On the political left and center, Bernie Sanders is raising a growing wave of revolutionary people-power that is undermining the legitimacy of the Democratic Party establishment and the credibility of the media, by inundating both with a visionary fervor for compassion, unity and justice. The dismay of the Democratic Party establishment over Sanders’ exploding national popularity is the same as that experienced by their Republican apparatchik colleagues: Sanders’ power is independent of the oligarchy’s money. To them, Sanders is the hot flaming breath of Godzilla.
It is a wondrous and satisfying marvel to see how each of the three divisions of the apparatchik class is de-legitimizing itself in full view of the public, by its panicked reactions to an outbreak of authentic popular democracy.
With their obvious and heavy-handed favoritism toward Hillary Clinton, their continuing dismissiveness of Bernie Sanders, and contentiousness with Donald Trump, the broadcast and print news networks are giving a fabulous lesson on their fundamental purpose of “manufacturing consent,” in the form of a self-delusional striptease (they don’t look good naked) to a fully comprehending public interconnected by social media feedback loops.
Hillary Clinton is the opponent that the Confederacy wants Donald Trump to beat. Hillary is the past, the Nixon of the Democratic Party (“I am not a crook”). Sanders is the only Democrat-in-actuality in the race.
The national election the proletarians want is between Sanders and Trump. Godzilla wants to flame all the apparatchiks and then choose what style of populism the nation will operate under: Trump’s bombastic and divisive right-nationalism, or Sanders’ visionary and inclusive social democracy. I think Godzilla wants to feel the love.