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There is no "right" v "left": it is Trump and the oligarchs against the rest

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The president is the puppet master so Americans of all persuasions must look behind him, to where the real danger lies

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I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved "left" and that Democratic candidates may be "too far left."

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A half-century ago, when America had a large and growing middle class, those on the "left" sought stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads and research. Those on the "right" sought greater reliance on the free market.

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But as wealth and power have concentrated at the top, everyone else whether on the old right or the old left has become dis-empowered and less secure.

Safety nets have unraveled, public investments have waned and the free market has been taken over by crony capitalism and corporate welfare cheats. Washington and state capitals are overwhelmed by money coming from the super rich, Wall Street and big corporations.

So why do we continue to hear and use the same old "right" and "left" labels?

I suspect it's because the emerging oligarchy feels safer if Americans are split along the old political battle lines. That way, Americans won't notice they're being shafted.

In reality, the biggest divide in America today runs between oligarchy and democracy. When oligarchs fill the coffers of political candidates, they neuter democracy.

The oligarchs know politicians won't bite the hands that feed them. So as long as they control the money, they can be confident there will be no meaningful response to stagnant pay, climate change, military bloat or the soaring costs of health insurance, pharmaceuticals, college and housing.

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There will be no substantial tax increases on the wealthy. There will be no antitrust enforcement to puncture the power of giant corporations. There will be no meaningful regulation of Wall Street's addiction to gambling with other peoples' money. There will be no end to corporate subsides. CEO pay will continue to skyrocket. Wall Street hedge fund and private equity managers will continue to make off like bandits.

So long as the oligarchy divides, Americans split off people of color from working-class whites, stoke racial resentments, describe human beings as illegal aliens, launch wars on crime and immigrants, stoke fears of communists and socialists, it doesn't have to worry that a majority will stop them from looting the nation.

Divide-and-conquer allows the oligarchy free rein. It makes the rest of us puppets, fighting each other on a made-up stage.

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Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at www.robertreich.org.

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Without addressing the wealthy crumbs that preceded and led to Trump, your words are moot. This U.S. sh*thole didn't just pop up a couple years ago. Remember, Mr. Reich, 'divide and conquer' is ancient strategy; it's not just Trump-a-Lump.

I bet your vision can extend farther. Start writing bigger, and people won't ignore your ads.

Your last 3 lines are correct. This boat sails or sinks with everybody aboard. The one-government World depends on its sinking.

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I couldn't agree with you more, Mr. Reich...but I don't think what you want is going to happen. I'm so sick of all of this I could bite nails in two, but there is just no getting through to people.

As evidenced by Biden being at the top of the heap on Dem polls.

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You can forget the evangelicals. They won't forsake their king. Christians, maybe, but not evangelicals.


As long as we go all in for identity politics, nothing will change. Blacks for Harris or Booker. LGBT for Pete. Latinx for Castro. Women for Liz or Kamala.


If you criticize Obama or Harris or Booker, you are racist. If you criticize Harris or Warren, you're a misogynist Bernie Bro. We have been going down this road so long, people can't see the division it sows.


We see the problem, but the solution may be difficult to find. Why not make suggestions for accomplishing this?

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There's no "Right" versus "Left" because, quite simply, there is NO LEFT!

What people are calling "the Left" these days has nothing to do with what true leftists think.

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True,There is only one party,the War/Bankster party.

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