US Election as a Turn of an Era
by Bernd Drucke, 11/30/2016
Karl Marx modified a Hegel quotation that world-historical events always occurred twice, the first time as tragedy and the next time as farce. Since November 9, 2016, we know they can occur as tragedy and farce at once.
Trump is not the president of all Americans. Trump is the president of angry white men, the anti-Semitic “Alt-Right.”
For ecology and the world climate, the victory of the coal-, nuclear power- and fracking lobbyists would be a maximum credible accident.
Anarchism criticizes parliamentarism that too little is freely discussed, not too much.
Donald Trump and the Rise of the Nationalist Right, 16 pp
by the Rosa Luxemburg foundation, November 2016
We are witnessing a tidal change, and it will not be for the better. Right-wing nationalist populism
continues to rise throughout the Western world. With the victory of Donald Trump, its ascendancy
has reached a new height. Over the course of the last years, far-right movements have grown more powerful in small towns and capital cities across Europe. In the United Kingdom, right-wing nationalists were the driving force behind Brexit. In other countries, the far-right has joined in?or even taken over?national governments. Its ambassadors now include heads of state from Turkey to Hungary to Russia to Poland. With the election of Trump, even the “leader of the free world” will belong to the authoritarian right.
While the nationalist right used to be in disagreement and disconnected, today these forces are much better linked up than commonly known. Stephen Bannon’s Breitbart News is already reaching
out to Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front and to the far-right Alternative for Germany. They
share a broad set of values and goals: anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-Muslim, anti-feminist, and
other sentiments are woven into an ideological net of white nationalism, traditionally known as white
In this context, it is a bitter irony that Donald Trump?who lost the popular vote (and it wasn’t even
close)?could only win because of the Electoral College arithmetic, meaning that his victory is the
result of an institution that is a direct vestige of slavery. With Donald Trump in the White House, the seriousness of the far-right threat can hardly be overestimated. In the US, major accomplishments of labor and civil rights, women’s and LGBT, climate justice and other social movements are at stake. On the international and global level, the election of a president who ran an explicitly racist and anti-Muslim “tough guy” campaign will increase existing tensions and the likeliness of further hostilities.
This series takes a look at four major explanations for why Trump won this election.