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By Jeff J. Brown
Pictured above: Amir Khan, is a deep thinker and caring writer for the global 99%, who has his finger on the zeitgeist, even when, as a communist-socialist, it takes him in directions he maybe thought would not happen.
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Note before starting: Amir and I got a chance to meet in Beijing and have been good friends and great comrades ever since. A professor in Dalian, China, he has written several books, one for which I interviewed him on the China Rising Radio Sinoland Show (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2019/11/13/amir-khan-discusses-his-movie-book-comedies-of-nihilism-the-representation-of-tragedy-onscreen-china-rising-radio-sinoland-191113/). Amir is a deep thinker and writer who sincerely cares about social and economic justice for the global 99%. He has a knack for keeping his finger on the zeitgeist, even when it takes him in directions he maybe thought would not happen, meaning contrary to his core convictions.
This is especially true for Donald Trump. When fellow socialist and communists are discussing the positive actions and policies that Trump has implemented, or which were blocked by the deep state – efforts that no Republicans, Democrats and Western leaders have the courage to try or back, you know we are living in an aberrated world of hypocrisy, inverted totalitarianism – spewed out by the Big Lie Propaganda Machine (BLPM). For better and for worse, Trump and Trumpism have struck a chord in the minds and hearts of at least half of the United States, making them think and consider, on both the left and the right.
Thus, I tip my hat to Amir for writing his essay below. Enjoy a voyage of discovery. Fake liberals and phony conservatives will be running for the hills.
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If you did not read/hear/watch Part 1,
Trump represents the people. By: Amir Khan. One of three guest submissions about Trump and Trumpism.
Trump Represents the People, Part II
We live in strange times, at a particularly strange moment in these strange times. I am offering what many will take to be extremely strange analyses of Trump and Trumpism. The usual rhetorical move at this point would be to assuage everyone’s fears at the outset. That is, before going on to discuss the promise of Trumpism, I ought to be polite and do my rhetorical due diligence by asserting that ultimately Trump is an imperialist, that he only cares about himself, his ego, his brand, and that deep down, he cares nothing about the people. I may also be obliged to say that I, as a Communist, do not actually support Trump in the “long run” (or some such thing), or that I prefer Trump because he speeds up the process of imperial decay to which capitalism will in all likelihood succumb anyhow. At no point ought I to assume that Trump is a man with any shred of integrity, that he cares at all about fairness or accountability in any serious capacity, that he is in any way a serious student of American history, nor that he actually loves and wants to see thrive the country in which he was born and raised. All of these latter possibilities have been negated by imperial propaganda, the same sort that creates Hitleresque monsters out of all of America’s enemies, like Stalin, Mao, Milosevic, Saddam, Mugabe, Assad, Putin, and even President Xi. So to begin, since imperial propaganda creates the reality we live in, I should tip my hat or nod my head in polite agreement to at least some of propaganda’s characterizations. If I refuse to say anything bad about the West’s train of Hitleresque monsters, I should at least take a brief moment to mention that some measure of the hysterical characterizations we all know of Donald Trump have at least some basis in reality.
I have no interest in doing this at all, nor in establishing my Communist “bona fides” at the outset either. Rather, I think it makes good common sense to proceed, as difficult as it might be in this climate, by assuming that Donald Trump is actually a human being. Entertaining such a possibility may be a true test of one’s humanity, which may further entail that Democrats and their supporters (with absolutely no capacity for doing so), for the most part, are far more inhumane than they think and that they themselves are more suitable candidates comprising the train of monsters they have no difficulty spotting everywhere else.
One such monster routinely gawked at by Liberals is Chairman Mao. The outrageousness of the coming comparison will irk pretty much everyone on the planet of every political stripe. This hardly seems a germane point of comparison. I don’t want to suggest that the two men would see things eye-to-eye on very much at all; but Trump is making moves that could be construed as Maoist. As both a theorist and combatant, Mao famously weighed in on the dialectical historical analysis of class struggle by isolating revolutionary potential in the peasant rather than proletarian classes proper. The usual trajectory of class struggle follows the Marxist-Leninist line that class-consciousness breeds within or out of the filth of industrial exploitation. With no industry comes no opportunity for struggle. Mao rather unambiguously added the peasantry to the class struggle, essentially nominating them as potential historical actors as well. Marxism-Leninism-Maoism respects a trajectory of class struggle whereby the proletarian base is expanded for maximal revolutionary efficacy.
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism-Trumpism? Rather than suggest outright a clean line of historical necessity here, this particular string of concepts may be able to open up space in the imagination to “picture” the revolutionary mandate Trump has taken up, or has had placed before him. Trump is mobilizing the “post-industrial” proletariat, those who have reaped the benefits of so called first-world industrialism at one point but have now been third-worldized. The unfortunate propaganda that Trump must employ to mobilize America’s third-world population (by demonizing other countries more readily fitting the third-world description, i.e. China and Venezuela) will no doubt aid and abet America’s continual denial of class-consciousness. Nor does it help when hapless socialist leaders prematurely congratulate fake President-elects. However unlikely that Trump will usher in any type of watershed moment of class-awakening among America’s most dispossessed, there is potential to see him, if one chooses, as a viable link in the chain towards something like class-consciousness in America. This may involve many more decades and many more links beyond Trumpism. Yet one could commit to the power and potential of the people in America this way albeit with no real way of knowing how it might all play out. Like all commitments, one must place one’s bets at the outset. One simply cannot first wait to see if, in this instance, the people are actually capable of achieving class-consciousness before throwing one’s lot behind them. These are the same sort of convictions, if I may, of those who would have abandoned Mao during the Long March and sidled right up with Jiang, the fake President-elect of China nominated by equally fake Western news and propaganda outlets at the time. Only China’s deplorables stayed with Mao and kept fighting to the very end. That end of course was total victory, albeit 12 years later.
The only other option would be to wait for America’s pending collapse, betting on the fact that its inability to see class warfare marks its departure point into fantasy land. From there it stands to reason that any nation actively allied to fantasy and not reality is destined to succumb to its own lies in cataclysmic fashion. This is a simplistic and childish understanding of history. Imperialism is very happy if, in your own self-righteousness, you avoid the historical arena altogether. Comrades who insist on doing exactly this, I believe, do so because committing to Trump, Trumpism, and the people in America may be a fight spanning much longer than 12 years. Better to just put Biden in the White House and avoid even thinking about such long protracted struggle; sleepy Joe, that is, also puts Comrades to sleep, allowing them to continue their charade of speaking truth to power, offering armchair critiques of imperialism without facing the burden of actually having to choose a side (and possibly choosing incorrectly, as Trump may lose).
Yet the struggle continues apace now at the heart of the imperial Empire, the Oval Office itself. Banally demonizing both sides masks a severe problem of nerve behind supposed intellectual strength. Once again, doing so betrays an allergic inability to enter the arena of history and actually make a choice. To wait for the holiest of holy Comrades to lead us to the promised land is a denial of historical responsibility. True third-world combatants do not have the luxury of waiting for such souls. Maos are not so readily forthcoming. For the time being not only is Trump willing to fight third-world battles that urgently require fighting, but he can actually win.
We are entering days and weeks and months ahead of extreme anal clenching. Holding on to the plethora of lies by “graciously” accepting Biden’s win will prove worse than the alternative. At some point, psychologically assaulted Americans and English speakers worldwide will have to relent, learn to stop worrying and just love conspiracies. They will have to face the most harrowing of scenarios: that conspiracies aren’t conspiracies at all but merely business as usual in the late stages of a metastasized global capitalism now in its terminal stage. Get right with Jesus about this: Democrats implemented massive voter fraud nationwide, a true conspiracy gone wild. Stop seeking to sidestep the epithet and begin to embrace it. Unless Comrades especially can learn to relax these muscles, no effective opposition to the onslaught of capital can be mounted at all. We will trip over ourselves eternally trying to distinguish and decipher the “fine line” between legitimate, evidence-based opposition and that beyond the bounds of genteel resistance. But naturally, whatever threatens the status quo will be placed off limits to mainstream thoroughfare with increasing frequency. One will go crazy staying confined within the set parameters of acceptable intellectual discourse; one must have the courage to breakout and break free now. This is the only hope for sanity, concomitant with making a free choice. It is the only way to become, if only intellectually at this point, a true historical combatant oneself, someone who is finally willing to choose a side rather than equivocate endlessly over “evidence.”
For instance, one does not require the ability to recite, on cue, a long litany of America’s abuses to know that America routinely overturns election results they do not like. From there it is simply common sense to know that America is now doing this to itself. It makes no sense to side with Mossadegh, Allende, Sankara, Aristide, Chavez, Zeleya, Yanukovic or Morales (to name just a few) against blatant US interference only to then attack the man pushing back against precisely the same sort of interference. Those more interested in attacking Trump in his fight against the Deep State have revealed themselves as naked imperial apologists. The comparison I want to make here is neither historical nor dialectical; it is metaphorical. Donald Trump is Mossadegh, Allende, Sankara, Chavez, Aristide, Zeleya, Yanukovic, Morales (and a host of others). Forces of history have granted Donald Trump third-world credibility. Yet astonishingly, as sitting President of the United States of America, he has opportunity to take up third-world grievances with “first-world” state apparatus. He is willing, like Mao during the Cultural Revolution, to use the power of state to undermine the state. However much you may cringe at such a comparison, you will never in a thousand years (either by logical or dialectical necessity) get a man at the head of the imperial empire willing to risk his own skin to press what is at least nominally a third-world affair—who is willing, further, to use a first-world hammer to demand third-world redress. Trump is not only the American people. Trump could be construed as the people—at the very least, if only for a brief historical juncture, the people’s best hope.
For those dumbfounded by the idea of Trump having anything at all to do with any person of color, allow me to clarify further. Here is where race really matters: the most decimating act of “white privilege” is having the audacity to assert a fake reality you prefer while denying the reality and existence of those suffering on the receiving and less fortunate end of your distorted worldview. The Democrats and their supporters reek of such privilege. Assert as true the election results and worldview you like; deny as false the election results and worldviews you don’t. Furthermore, as long as a few comprador colored heads are participating in the plunder and propaganda, all the easier it becomes to naively believe that such participation demonstrably shows that things are “getting better” (Barack Obama) and that the institutions of power to which we are subservient actually care about redress (AOC). These are the founding myths and intellectual modus operandi for American military and election interference worldwide. Those who rail against such interference abroad but cannot see the same forces at work on their own institutions or even their own psyches have on permanent blinders. They deny the horrors and atrocities of bombing brown people by instead championing a brown person’s right to push the button. They have become imperialism’s unwitting accomplices. The subsequent need to deny this fact will entail they howl all the more vociferously against Donald Trump. He becomes the cultural lighting rod around which the pent up resentments and confusions bred within a Liberal intellectual prison house coalesce—a prison house of language, by the way, which conveniently asserts itself as post politics and ideology altogether.
As Liberal reality cracks, to be revealed as everything its staunchest supporters believed themselves to be allied against, a scapegoat becomes necessary. The violence behind this sort of awakening is much worse than the revolutionary violence of people actually fighting for progressive rights. The reactionary violence of a brainwashed class of Liberal do-gooder racists is far more likely to imperil the world than the so-called “white trash Nazi” variety (another convenient scapegoat for globalism’s failures, like Trump). That is to say, these brainwashed souls can never “break” from this spell in any productive capacity, to be humbled by some final recognition of truth with acts of forgiveness and reconciliation to follow. The pent up Liberal rage to come will of necessity spill over (BLM), all the while being branded by even more deranged progressive propaganda slogans. This material fact is as good a place as any from which to formulate a clear and definitive prophecy that America indeed is headed for all out civil war. The unwitting apologizers for a system of imperialism and domination will be its greatest defenders to the very bitter end. Comrades can choose whether or not to struggle with the people against such forces or just wait and see.
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JEFF J. BROWN, Editor, China Rising, and Senior Editor & China Correspondent, Dispatch from Beijing, The Greanville Post
Jeff J. Brown is a geopolitical analyst, journalist, lecturer and the author of The China Trilogy. It consists of 44 Days Backpacking in China – The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013); Punto Press released China Rising – Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations (2016); and BIG Red Book on China (2020). As well, he published a textbook, Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). Jeff is a Senior Editor & China Correspondent for The Greanville Post, where he keeps a column, Dispatch from Beijing and is a Global Opinion Leader at 21st Century. He also writes a column for The Saker, called the Moscow-Beijing Express. Jeff writes, interviews and podcasts on his own program, China Rising Radio Sinoland, which is also available on YouTube, Stitcher Radio, iTunes, Ivoox and RUvid. Guests have included Ramsey Clark, James Bradley, Moti Nissani, Godfree Roberts, Hiroyuki Hamada, The Saker and many others. [/su_spoiler]
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