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Joe Biden Personifies a New "End of History," This time for U.S. Imperial Rule

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"Five mega rich individuals have usurped more than half of all planetary wealth."

Biden is thus a political miscalculation as much as he is the perfect candidate for a large section of the ruling class. With "the end of history" marching toward U.S. imperialism, Joe Biden has shown that he is willing to enact the policies necessary to protect the interests of the oligarchy. Biden has decimated Black American communities through the mass incarceration regime and possesses friendly relations with finance capital. He has been a champion of for-profit healthcare and education. Biden can be trusted to drone strike thousands out of existence and to escalate war against Syria, Iran, and whichever nation needs to be "brought to heel" by the empire. The ruling class can place their trust in Uncle Joe.

But will the people, mainly Black Americans and working-class Americans generally, trust Biden? His campaign is already fraught with scandal. "Lunch bucket Joe" been accused of making several women uncomfortable through touching, sniffing, and other obscene gestures. His campaign kick-off event was organized by prominent Comcast executive David Cohen. To make matters worse, Biden has shamed millennials for raising issues important to them, stating that "I have no empathy" for what is now thirty-seven percent of the electorate in the United States.U.S. imperialism is at a dead-end. Biden personifies that dead-end. The U.S. ruling oligarchy has facilitated a crisis of legitimacy within its political apparatus that cannot be arrested. This crisis will worsen the more that the oligarchy plunders, pillages, and impoverishes the growing working-class and poor domestically and internationally. It should come as no surprise that Biden's political weaknesses have become potential liabilities in a period where much of the imperialist orbit is wracked in a similar crisis of legitimacy in the Western world. Brexit has engulfed the U.K. and the Yellow Vests continue to demonstrate in opposition to the endless austerity in France imposed by the E.U. Trump was not a singular phenomenon, but rather an aspect of a larger political vacuum in the imperialist world order made larger by austerity and economic crisis.

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"Biden has decimated Black American communities through the mass incarceration regime."

The chickens of nearly five hundred years of colonialism, genocide, and capitalist development have come home to roost. A new world free of U.S. imperialism is not yet ready to be born. But the current epoch is pregnant with possibility. Joe Biden is the miscarriage of peace and justice waiting for another turn to crush the hopes of the masses even as he promises to restore the "values" of the nation back to their rightful place of exceptionalism. For the poor, the impoverished, the incarcerated, the homeless, the indebted, the colonized, and the bombed, U.S. exceptionalist values are of no material benefit. The Sandernistas will inevitably learn for the second time that the Democratic Party is only capable of suffocating the masses with austerity and has no greater desire than to cheat Bernie Sanders out of another bid at the Democratic Party nomination. Biden is a DNC favorite and will surely be in the top of the class of those who will profit from another rigged primary. Yet his victory would no doubt fuel the end of history coming for U.S. imperialism. The only missing element to ripen the conditions of social revolution is the power of the people. The ruling class knows it, which is why the jury on Biden is still out and the other 18 or so candidates still have their chance to persuade the corporate oligarchs in the Democratic Party that they too have what it takes to defeat Sanders and save the party from his New Deal-like policies. Hopefully this process will lead masses of people to heed the immortal words of George Carlin, "it's a big club, and you ain't in it."

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Danny Haiphong is an activist and journalist in the New York City area. He and Roberto Sirvent are co-authors of the book entitled American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News- From the Revolutionary (more...)
 
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