Reprinted from Counterpunch
Perplexed global public opinion holds its breath at the (circus) best American "democracy" is able to conjure.
This is a circus quite fitting for a self-described "indispensable nation" where "evil" has been propelled -- seriously -- to the status of philosophical category.
For the basket of deplorables, and even beyond their circle, the temptation is immense to equate voting for Donald Trump with raising a finger against the establishment.
Ultra-savvy at playing mainstream media for invaluable free publicity, elevating Outrageousness to an art form and being impervious to irony and derision, Trump has been a master at tapping wave after wave of anger against the new liberal elite -- including a nomenclature of crypto-intellectual Ivy league-educated "experts" who could not give a damn about understanding the (real world) consequences of United States Government (USG) policies.
The anger is manifested by declassified blue collars, the unemployed, the functionally illiterate, white trash. Whatever you call them, they are the excluded form the Neoliberal Banquet, not only economically but also culturally.
But this being Trump, a master of self-promotion, the battle is more like Ego against The Establishment.
And it gets juicier when we learn from powerful, discreet New York-based interests -- supporters of Trump's platform -- about who's really winning:
"The Trump campaign is hardly spending any money at all and holding all over. They may use their money in the last month after the debates if Hillary recovers for those debates from what appears to be an attack of Parkinson's. He has a shot though no matter who wins I predict there will be peace with Russia; the oil price will rise; imports from Asia of military parts will be repatriated and rigging of currencies is over; there will be offsetting measures to stop the flood of immigrants and products under mis-valued currencies. The masters do not lose."
The "masters" are of course the Masters of the Universe who really run the USG.
And here's the clincher on how's in control:
"Both sides are controlled and that explains everything. Lenin said that the way to defeat our opponents is to take over their leadership of the opponent. Look at the Moral Majority which Jerry Falwell disbanded when it became too powerful. Look at Ross Perot who exited when he started making a real dent. Both were taken care of and Ross made money out of it....
"Their internal lingo for it is the concept of 'dynamic silence.' This is a technique by the masters to block out all news coverage of let's say a Nazi so that he could gain no following. That they could have done to Trump if he were not theirs. Who could have complained? He was just an apolitical real estate operator that no one was interested in....
"So what do we have in the end? An entertaining gladiatorial contest that they control both sides of and the winner gets all the money -- as with the Clinton Foundation. And the public is no wiser."