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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - international, US: Clinton what it means failure (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:05:52 +0200

As for the Brexit, insolvency Clinton result of a reaction combining social revolt and reactionary rancor. For revolutionaries, the challenge is to encourage the former, while fighting the second. ---- A billionaire and reactionary Face, Donald Trump will enter the White House. Worldwide, after eight years of office of a president to the substantially different style, Barack Obama, it raises questions. ---- This presidential election put competing two showcases of US capitalism: ---- capitalism "old" protectionist, isolationist, patriarchal and WASP ( "white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant"), illustrated the point of caricature by Donald Trump; ---- capitalism "modern" free trade, globalized and "rainbow", that is to say so-called inclusive vis-à-vis the ethnic, religious and LGBT, played by Hillary Clinton.

For women, minorities and all working men and women, the victory of the first is bad news, even if it required nothing expect from Hillary Clinton. The feeling is cooking a "backlash" reactionary after years of struggles for gender dominated minorities, particularly the movement Black Lives Matter. All this is the reactionary aspect of Trump vote.

But to understand how the character won, one must also consider the social dimension of this vote, which revealed a disaffection of the working class to the Democratic Party. Clinton lost, among others, because it failed to take the traditionally democratic industrial states, especially those known from the rust belt [1]of the northeast. The Democratic Party also failed to renew the enthusiasm that the Obama illusion was raised in the black minority.

There was no wave Trump, but collapse of the Democratic vote

The low turnout (46%) during this election is eloquent, but more telling is its distribution. On one side there was no wave of enthusiasm around Trump. He has met 59.8 million votes, that is to say less than the Republican candidates in 2008 (60.9 million) and 2012 (59.9 million). But the Democratic side, it was the collapse: with 200,000 ballots more than his rival, Clinton, however, has collected 60 million votes, against 66 million for Obama in 2012 and 69.5 million in 2008.

Weariness of unemployment, factory relocation, houses of evictions ... Even obamacare has generated disappointment that: increasing contributions of the aisé.es salarié.es without creating a real social security for the poor . The disgust of the disaster rises. He just hunt Hillary Clinton. Next time, he will drive Trump, after he has led the same capitalist policies. But, meanwhile, it has done much harm in decomplexing racist hate speech, sexist and homophobic, and legitimizing climate denial. One can legitimately fear that tries to put its promises into practice.

Neoliberal ideology appears threadbare

In the West, people are looking for an economic and social alternative. Neoliberal ideology - even decorated with a supplement of soul "rainbow" - appears threadbare. She no longer dreaming person outside of the propertied classes, and this terrifies the small media-political clique who comments, dumbfounded, conflicting evidence of this obsolescence: on one side, massive struggles against the social destruction; on the other hand, withdrawal of xenophobic and reactionary reflexes with, for example, the threat of the FN in France.

It is urgent to create a genuine alternative, a response to the social distress of millions of workers and workers who feel abandoned. And the answer is neither in a headlong rush neoliberal nor isolationism a national capitalism. Free trade and protectionism are the two sides of the same coin that leaves the capitalist masters of the game. The central question is that of their expropriation and socialization self-management of the economy.

Alternative Libertaire, November 14, 2016

anti-Trump event in New York on 12 November.
DC Kelly Kline

[1]Rust belt: the "rust belt" of the industrialized areas.

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