janan.ganesh@ft.com embraces ‘The Class Struggle’: Almost Marx scoffs

Headline: Time for America to embrace the class struggle

Sub-headline: This faultline feels less fraught than rifts over race, gender and sexuality

Mr. Ganesh spends most of his essay chattering about ‘Identity Politics’ in its various iterations of Left and Right, ( Usually its the Right that attacks the Left for this political crime!) yet he misses entirely ,or is simply ignorant of, The Rainbow Coalition of Jesse Jackson, as a uniting force in the desert of Identity Politics?

Mr. Ganesh ends his essay with this paragraph awash in jejune political chatter. Mr. Ganesh’s political myopia, allows him his expression of cultivated ignorance of the fact that the American Nation is still in the collapse of the Neo-Liberal Swindle. The real division between the 1% and the 99% defines our political present, in all its bleakness. Senator Sanders reminds his fellow citizens, that Mrs. Clinton was the partner of President Clinton, and his Financial Reform ‘Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999’ that was/is the harbinger of economic catastrophe, that has become a permanent part of American life. And the concomitant rise of the dreaded Know-Nothing Trump, in all his Game Show Host glory. The ‘choice’ has already been made, Mr. Ganesh myopia again expresses itself.

How telling that it was Bernie Sanders, a socialist, who blamed Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016 on a fixation with such things. The “fight of today”, he said, is against the “oligarchy”. The senator for Vermont sees a class-based politics as good for the party. A better argument is that it is good for the US. A democratic nation has to fall out over something. Exactly what, it must choose with the most enormous care.

Almost Marx


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