It cannot be denied that democracy is in crisis, not only in the US but in Europe and everywhere around the world where the far-right is once again on the march. Donald Trump’s victory and the speed and boldness of his assaults on democracy and human rights have done nothing but encourage and embolden like-minded demagogues and rightest movements around the world.
When it comes to the grey eminence behind Trump we have to pay closer attention to the vision of Trumpism. By its nature real hegemonic power looks to the future; it never stops strategising its own preservation, and it does this primarily in the construction of a narrative of threat in which only the powerholder can offer salvation.
In direct contravention of the Geneva Convention on Refugees the door to the United States has been closed on Syrian refugees, leaving them stranded and homeless either in a warzone or in other nations where their rights are being daily violated.
Trumpism is many things, but what it is not is an expression of the old Republican Party. Even now the GOP is struggling to catch up with where this movement is taking it, and not every Republican is on-board the Trump train.
Our first order of business is to accept the reality of the situation in which we now find ourselves. The threat we are facing is a concrete reality and only by staying firmly grounded in the world of concrete reality can we mount an effective challenge to the agenda of Trumpism.
At its core Trumpism is a conglomeration of mass movements of ordinary people who, for a multitude of reasons, have been left behind for decades by numerous US Administrations. The heretofore neoliberal political system – the marriage of massive corporatist interests and bought and paid for career politicians – has silenced and impoverished ordinary working Americans.