One of the many positive results of the 2016 presidential campaign is that it has served to highlight the essential unity of much of what passes for left and right in this country. Thus, in the face of the deepest political crisis faced by the system in the last 50 years, we’ve seen a de-facto coalition spanning from Noam Chomsky to the Koch brothers united in support (however critical) of the system’s candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Within the left what purports to be a lesser-evilism is clearly dominant. (Although there are some who simply cannot stomach a vote for Clinton under any circumstances – even here, however, a significant number are willing to vote Green or for some other minor party because they feel that Trump cannot win anyway and so see a protest vote as “safe.”) In any case, when one peels away all of the criticisms of the critical-supporters, one is left with the realization that most leftists see Clinton as “one of us”, however wrong she may be on so many of the issues, and Trump as “one of them” regardless of the fact that on many issues he is actually running to the left of Hillary.
The left’s response to the Trump candidacy has shown that more than anything else, the left’s agenda is informed by a visceral hostility to middle American working class and petty-bourgeois whites, and that on this issue it is essentially at one with the ruling class.
Nothing better demonstrates that the vast bulk of the left is in its essence a part, rather than an opponent, of the system than the fact that just as massive numbers of Americans begin to rebel, the left heeds the call of the system’s elites and rallies to its defense.
The unanimity of all civilized, right-thinking people from across the political spectrum in their opposition to Trump and his “deplorable” movement once again shows the truth of Marx’s dictum:
“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas…”