This is an idiosyncratic selection of what I consider to be some of the most important reports and documentaries released during the 2016 US presidential election campaign, with direct reference to some of the maximum stakes and vested interests behind the maintenance of the current “global (dis)order”. Collectively they address the groundwork of the globalist regime: the construction of the status quo of encrusted elitism of corporate and financial interests, their lobbies, and how the ruling oligarchies have rigged the political and economic system to their benefit. While the ruling elites and their dispensable, desperate followers among the middle class, shriek at the “coming disorder” portended by nationalist movements in Europe and the USA, I instead tend to side with Benedict Anderson who in 1992 wrote in an article in the New Left Review, titled “The New World Disorder”: “Behind the language of ‘fragmentation’ lies a Panglossian conservatism that likes to imagine that every status quo is nicely normal” (p. 5). The current neoliberal state of affairs is far from “orderly,” if stability is what people want to defend instead of justice. In that spirit, the final video in the list below (the seventh) is neither a report nor a documentary, but an extended campaign advertisement that speaks to the issues shown in the videos above it–it is the “closing argument”.
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While there may be fifty or so shades of grey, Ms. Clinton represents a darker grey than Mr Trump. Perhaps Mr Sanders could have advocated successfully for working people, but “sweet reason” has been so undermined and hi-jacked by the neolibs (and even the neocons) that ordinary people have responded to a candidate who is partly a rabble-rouser.
Who made the rabble (cf Killary’s dismissive description of half of the Trump supporters) ?
Well, the clue has been the media, of course; in an environment loaded against him, Trump’s main hope of getting change (Mr Hopey Changey ? -does that ring a bell?)has been stridency rather than bland more-of-the-same smugness.
We note in the UK the horror of the “bien pensants” at the “unelectable” Corbyn.
From genuinely repulsive rabid Rightists to smooth, sophisticated New Labourites, Mr Corbyn has been reviled , even mocked. He does not thump the drum, and is, thanks to the media manipulators, quite possibly doomed to fail. Still, as a Labour Party leader in Australia said when his principled stand against Oz involvement in murdering Vietnamese, “It is better to lose telling the truth than to win on lies”.
The narcissistic complacency of the encrusted (love that epithet !) – maybe, “encysted ” would be even better ? as they are encapsulated as a kind of useless fluid in a bubble which allows no real interaction with the outside world- and their dependence on skullduggery have to be cut away (lanced) they have been, to a degree, exposed as against The People. Not just the redneck aunt sallies of Killary’s rhetoric, but all working people of whatever background colour or culture, all the victims of the disdainful elite and its financiers.
As a billionaire noted years ago “Class war ? Of course there’s a class war, and we’re winning it”
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