Not much to add, besides I’m outta time, you folks know the drill. Monbiot very often reflects my perspective better than any of the other articles I’ve read.
Unless Biden fights big money, he could pave the way for someone even worse than Trump.
By George Monbiot
Posted: 18 Nov 2020 03:21 AM PST
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th November 2020
It brought a tear to the eye and a hand to the heart. Joe Biden, in his acceptance speech, called for unity and healing. He would work “to win the confidence of the whole people”. I just hope he doesn’t mean it. If he does, it means that nothing has been learned since Barack Obama made roughly the same speech in 2008.
The United States of America is fundamentally divided. It is divided between exploiter and exploited, oppressor and oppressed. There is no unity to be found with kleptocrats and oligarchs. Any attempt to pretend there is will lead to political failure. It will lead not to healing but to a deflected polarisation. If Americans are not polarised against plutocrats, they will be polarised against each other.
I understand that, in a sentimental nation, bromides like Biden’s might be considered necessary. But I fear he believes what he says. When he spoke to wealthy donors at the Carlyle hotel in Manhattan last year, he told them not only that “no one’s standard of living will change, nothing would fundamentally change”, but also that “you have to be able to reach consensus under our system”. In this context, consensus looks like appeasement. …
It’s a problem, accepting the necessity of being happy with less, is the first critical lesson that no one, left, right, indifferent, rich or poor human can stomach. So nature will run its course, no matter how much we pretend we’re in control. So sad, so predictable, unless we are changing minds we are losing.