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The Significance of the Michael Cohen Trove Seizure

The Significance of the Michael Cohen Trove Seizure

By Dennis Loo (4/18/18)

Trump’s troubles just got magnified several times over. The Mueller investigation was threatening enough but now that the self-professed “fixer” Michael Cohen has had his records seized, a whole lot of shoes will drop.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Democracy

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Democracy

Added material 4:30 pm 4/13/18

By Dennis Loo (4/13/18)

My students and I have previously written about how democracies are run by bureaucracies – especially modern societies must have lots of bureaucracies to run - but the two make unfortunate bedmates because they are driven by an opposite spirit: Democracies are leveling in their behavior, whereas in a bureaucracy, lower bodies are subject to higher bodies, chairmen or chairwomen exercise far more control over the committees they lead than their few numbers would indicate, and only ideas from upper echelons tend to be taken seriously and implemented.

The clash between democracies and bureaucracies is, however, NEVER discussed in the public arena because to do so would reveal a problem that is far too fundamental; such a discussion of that clash would reveal a significant lie that animates this system. When a scandal erupts, then a few people are made scapegoats rather than the problem being seen as a root problem; system-wide issues are buried by blaming individuals.

I would like, however, to devote this article to discuss a different problem (and an advantage) of democracies.

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Trump and Pence's Prospects

Trump and Pence’s Prospects

This is part 3 of “Media’s Role and Trump/Pence’s Prospects”

By Dennis Loo (4/1/18)

Here I am going to elaborate on the opportunity that this ruling class fight over Trump’s presidency presents. If they – the RCP - were to recognize what a tremendous opportunity this is, and not miss out on this through a stereotyped response, then they could go very far with this. Instead of characterizing Trump as a “juggernaut” which they are doing, and as a result the RCP siding with bourgeois anti-fascist forces, the RCP were to see that Trump is actually tarnishing the bourgeoisie’s image through his overt extremism, and thus alienating most Americans and helping by so doing to discredit the bourgeoisie as a whole and the system that produces a Donald J. Trump, the RCP could turn this into a constitutional crisis and then perhaps wrest something more out of this. The RCP seems right now driven more by righteous outrage rather than taking a scientific attitude.

When there is a scandal, other forces that are normally suppressed and impotent, have a chance to emerge and exert influence far beyond their numbers. Such a situation now exists potentially.

The fight we want is not an anti-fascist fight per se, although that is an element in this situation, but it is not the situation’s essence. If you look at the US presidents from Reagan to the present, what stands out is that regardless of which party holds the White House – and Congress for that matter – is that the most recent president and the corresponding Congress and Supreme Court are overall worse than the last. The progression from what Reagan did, to today, is that the most recent administration is much more right-wing and dictatorial than those who came before him. Obama, for example, was worse than George W. Bush and considerably worse than Reagan and his Vice President, ex-CIA director George H.W. Bush, George W.’s dad who was a one-term president.

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Elaine Brower 2

Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12