Seven Questions for Trump Haters

Seven Questions for Trump Haters

Joshua Tartakovsky, 1 April 2006   Donald Trump is hated by the liberals and neo-Cons alike. 1.  The American middle class is vanishing. Transnational corporations are moving overseas for cheaper labor. Who supports protecting the economy and who supports “free-trade” which means Mexicans will be producing goods, not Americans? Who supports American workers and miners? Trump supports protectionism. He wants to bring jobs back to America. He wants to tax imports so it will not be worth it for American companies to turn against American workers and move to Asia or Mexico. Hillary does not. She supports transnational corporations and “free-trade” agreements. She works for the corporations not the American people. She is a slave of the military-industrial complex. No wonder that the corporate liberal media, and papers as the Financial Times and the Economiststrongly dislike Trump. Trump is for the American worker, first and foremost. They are for the American corporations, which is not the same. These American corporations moved overseas. Also, when did Hillary utter a word about the dying middle class? Not since 2008 when she was competing against Obama (thanks Navid Nasr for the reference). I forgot that it’s taboo to mention the “M” word.  The same applies for white poverty  including rural poverty, which Bernie Sanders thinks does not exist as if ghettos can’t take on many forms. Bernie Sanders arrogantly denied. Denied. After all, he is from New England so what does he know about rural America?Poor whites must be trash and cannot possibly suffer from poverty.  That the American Dream is dying is another forbidden truth. 2. Are all human lives precious?...
In Greece, Liberalism is Exposed As A Fig Leaf

In Greece, Liberalism is Exposed As A Fig Leaf

Photograph: Zuma/Rex   By Joshua Tartakovsky, Athens, January 24, 2015 The Pontiac Tribune There is no place like Greece to expose ‘liberalism’ as an empty shell, devoid of any real passion for humanity, and entirely unaware of its own contradictions, a comfortable cover for neoliberalism and imperialism. In affluent countries, the fact that liberals practice nothing of what they preach is less clear. But here, where capitalism broke at its weakest chain, political and economic realities become clear, and in the future, they may also become more clear in other parts of the world. It is not just that George Papandreou, the Social-Democrat Prime Minister of Greece in 2009-2011, introduced the EU bailout to Greece which resulted in mass austerity for the people, while enriching the Greek financial elite and impoverishing the masses. It goes deeper than that. ‘Liberalism’ can exist, so long as there is a large middle-class enjoying financial security, which can claim to support ‘human rights’ or ‘gay rights’ as an abstract concept, while not being deeply disturbed by the undemocratic power exercised against the public by a tiny financial elite, and by  austerity plans which means that the public bears the brunt, for (intentional) mistakes and misdemeanors  carried out by immense financial actors. In Greece, where the population of unemployed is greater than the employed population, a majority of the population will vote for the radical-left Syriza tomorrow. A random encounter I had several days ago with a Northern European tourist in Athens, illustrates the hypocrisy of liberalism very clearly. Had we had this conversation in a cafe in Stockholm or London, perhaps its contradictions would have not appeared as...
Mass Killing in East Ukraine and the Failure of Liberal Intellectuals

Mass Killing in East Ukraine and the Failure of Liberal Intellectuals

Photo from ‘Save Donbass People from Ukrainian Army’   by Joshua Tartakovsky, August 16, 2014 AntiWar.com blog The recent events in Ukraine where a war is slowly emerging, do not mean that progressive critics should be silent on these issues. On the contrary, intellectuals should add their voice to pressing concerns, be they the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, the shelling of civilians by the Ukrainian government or US support for toppling an elected president despite the violent actions of neo-fascist groups in Kiev. However, in any instance when intellectuals lend their voice to present day concerns, one would expect they practice some basic norms of behavior. For example, when addressing a conflict and making its existence known to an uninformed audience, one who has intellectual integrity must not omit facts regarding actions taken by an existing government such as the ruthless bombing campaign of fellow citizens that killed over 1,129 civilians so far. One would also expect from intellectuals, not to engage in hate speech or in a categorical stereotyping of a particular ethnic group. Of course, pundits should not be making baseless accusations with no evidence to back these up as such an approach is irresponsible, manipulative and dangerous especially when a real conflict is taking place. Timothy Garton Ash and Professor Timothy Snyder, the former a writer for the Guardian, known for his political activism in Poland during the Soviet period, and the latter a professor of history at Yale University, not only fail miserably in portraying events in Ukraine accurately but in fact commit the grave errors (if not crimes considering the many human lives already lost) mentioned above. Both seek to demonize East Ukrainians who are...