Have we reached the endgame of Western democracy? When I heard American intellectual dissident, Noam Chomsky, a week ago on Democracy Now, saying that if pushed he’d vote for Hillary Clinton, it felt like the end. So hell is this Hobbesian choice: xenophobia or genocide? And it’s seeing the best of us choose genocide.
Which is worse: the deportation of a few million or the destruction of a few million? Both are hellish but the extermination of millions is obviously worse. So why would Chomsky choose otherwise? He’s not alone. Western wisdom is behind Clinton even though she supported the Iraqi genocide; helped to organise the Libyan and Syrian genocides; and for the heck of it primed the weapons of genocide in Eastern Europe. All that Trump wants to do, in comparison, is to build a wall and reach out to the Klu Klux Klan (an extremist racist mob). Yet he is supposedly the greatest threat to Western democracy. Although Trump’s foreign policy will probably be “genocide as usual” there is a chance, however tiny, that he will disrupt the West’s plans for World War III. We know that Clinton is part of the West’s foreign policy establishment. And we know that Trump is not. So why fear Trump more than Clinton?
Professor Mike Whitney attests the problem is nationalism. He avers that to Western Liberals and Leftists nationalism is the dirtiest word there is. In their mistaken eyes it simply means fascism, protectionism, ethnic poison or just good old xenophobia. In the age of globalization: nationalism is the bogeyman. And Trump is playing the part to perfection. This age of globalisation however is a euphemism for yet another period of Western Imperialism. The counterpoint to nationalism therefore is imperialism. But the word imperialism is rarely if ever mentioned in the West’s media. The talking heads and pen pushers laugh at the idea of Trump “making America great again” but remain silent in the knowledge that Clinton’s intention is to “make the American Empire great again” through a genocidal foreign policy for sure. In general the West acts dumb when it comes to Western imperialism and its genocidal record. But it is very vocal when it comes to Western nationalism. As if nationalism rather than imperialism were to blame for everything. If only it was true. If only nationalism was the problem, if only America was nationalist, if only America focused on itself and its own borders and left the rest of the world alone and if America was nationalist the rest of the world would rejoice and would feel safe. And that’s the point. The world doesn’t feel safe because America is everywhere. It is imperialist. And if America were to suddenly return home and focus on itself: America for once would have to live like the rest of the world. America would have to live with America. America would have to live in fear of America. Is this what the critics of Trump fear the most?
Trump’s “nationalism” is a threat to Western Liberals and Leftists because it might force them to actually fight for their treasured value system for the first time in their lives. In contrast Clinton’s imperialism will not disturb their slumber. Clinton’s killing fields will be
While being in awe of America’s New Dealers, he completely ignores America’s headhunters in NATO. Shocked by Europe’s economic establishment, he bypasses Europe’s (America’s) military establishment. Frustrated by Europe’s narrow minded elite, he himself is narrow minded before Europe’s crimes in the Eastern Mediterranean. Varoufakis and Chomsky think that we are living in a “1930s moment”. One fears the neo-nazi Golden Dawn and the other fears the irrational Republican Party (as if the Democratic Party is rational). They fear the collapse of Western civilisation.
We are in truth living in a 1940s moment. The West today, following the lead of Hitler and Hirohito, is marching on Russia and China. And to keep the parallel frighteningly real, the West today has already carried out its own anti-Semitic genocide in the independent Arab nations. In the context of this horrendous bellicosity Trump and Golden Dawn are harmless. Harmless that is to the victims of imperialism, but not to the smooth planning of imperialism. It is not too late to exit hell however. There is a way out of this Western endgame. To continue as it is Western imperialism requires a blind Western united front.