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Fascist Trump, Neoliberal Hillary, and Progressive Bernie: Three Contrasting Performance Styles

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Bernie Sanders rally in Madison, Wisconsin

Bernie is the scholar-gentleman--a Ralph Nader with charisma--that this country desperately needs. Consider his measured, tolerant, patient response to Black Lives Matter disrupters at two events, in Seattle and the Netroots gathering, to the fascist bluster of Trump in kicking out anchor Jorge Ramos of Univision (for Bernie, it is always about what the people need, in terms of specific policies that have zero echo in Hillary's world, while for Trump it is always about himself, bragging for instance about his $500 million lawsuit against Univision even as he throws quite the whiny fascist tantrum at the press conference):

Bernie Sanders's speech being hijacked by Black Lives Matter activists in Seattle

Bernie being interrupted during his Netroots Nation speech

And isn't it ironic that the Black Lives Matter protestors would be interested in going above all after Bernie, the one candidate who actually has their interest at heart, proposing real criminal justice reform and economic rehabilitation on a mass scale, compared to all the other fakes running for president? Black Lives Matter activists note correctly that it was neoliberal repression in the 1990s that set the stage for the current wave of mass incarceration and police brutality.

So there we have it, the style we need and deserve (Bernie's, offering not just hollow words that have had all the meaning rubbed out of them after a generation of Clinton-Bush-Obama neoliberalism, but real solutions for real problems), versus Trump's inverted populism, or fascism if you like to use that language (imagine every sane proposal offered by Bernie turned on its head, so it becomes a privatized, ruthless, brutal policy benefiting the rich even more than they already do, because after all we can all aspire to become rich like Trump), and the scariest of all, Hillary. No, it is not Trump who scares me--Trump at least lays it out in the open, let's have Trump and Sanders be the nominees and go at it with all they've got, representing the Republican and Democratic bases at their core--but Hillary, with her delusional meritocracy in a world that's become geared to benefiting only the already advantaged.

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Anis Shivani is the author of several critically acclaimed books of fiction, poetry, and criticism, including Anatolia and Other Stories (2009), Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, Controversies (2011), The Fifth Lash and Other Stories (more...)
 

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