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Tue Apr 12, 2016, 11:20 PM

 

The Democrats have no soul: The Clintons, neoliberalism, and how the “people’s party” lost its way.

Looking beyond the daily tussle between Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party, or Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party, let’s consider the larger historical picture to see what the current election campaign tells us about the state of the two major political parties and their future.

Over the last forty years both major political parties have been in a state of terminal decline for a number of reasons, primarily the ideological contradictions each has developed quite in sync with the other, driven by the same economic trends. Both are in a death spiral at the moment, but this being America, where political accountability is not as rapid or conclusive as in Europe, it’s likely that they will continue in more or less their existing forms for the foreseeable future, further deepening the crisis of legitimacy. Whatever the realities about their loss of credibility, we are not likely to hear an announcement anytime soon that the Democratic or Republican parties are dead, having ceased to serve the respective functions for which they accumulated much legitimacy at different points in the twentieth century.

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Reply The Democrats have no soul: The Clintons, neoliberalism, and how the “people’s party” lost its way. (Original post)
pantsonfire Apr 2016 OP
Zira Apr 2016 #1
FreakinDJ Apr 2016 #3
Zira Apr 2016 #8
ViseGrip Apr 2016 #2
gabeana Apr 2016 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2016 #5
closeupready Apr 2016 #6
LuvLoogie Apr 2016 #7
quantumjunkie Apr 2016 #9
SoLeftIAmRight Apr 2016 #10
delrem Apr 2016 #11
quantass Apr 2016 #12
pantsonfire Apr 2016 #15
highprincipleswork Apr 2016 #13
ThePhilosopher04 Apr 2016 #14

Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Tue Apr 12, 2016, 11:23 PM

1. What killed them is they no longer represent the people but the 1%. If they represented the will

 

of the people, people would flock to them.

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Response to Zira (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 12, 2016, 11:31 PM

3. The Clintons did that to the Party

 

Back then we had no internet

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Response to FreakinDJ (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 12, 2016, 11:49 PM

8. I have 35 more mins of a Bernie speech I'm watching then I will read this article.

 

I have no doubt you are right.

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Tue Apr 12, 2016, 11:25 PM

2. What killed them is Al From and Bill Clinton with the DLC, corporate wing of the party.

 

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Tue Apr 12, 2016, 11:32 PM

4. So true n/t

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Tue Apr 12, 2016, 11:33 PM

5. An excellent read! K&R n/t

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Tue Apr 12, 2016, 11:41 PM

6. A bit deep, but agree that it's a brilliant synopsis of how

 

we got to where we are today.

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Tue Apr 12, 2016, 11:45 PM

7. Well now. You're doing it wrong, Democrats!

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Tue Apr 12, 2016, 11:55 PM

9. Hillary Supporters think everything is just dandy.

 

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Response to quantumjunkie (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 13, 2016, 12:36 AM

10. they like the slow boat to destruction

 

so sad

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Wed Apr 13, 2016, 12:52 AM

11. The US reminds me of late '50s early '60s post-coup Columbia,

where the victors after the coup agreed to share power among themselves in a two-party "democracy", where power exchanged hands between like minded plunderers. It didn't work so well, there, as in the US where that game was invented. But it's the same.

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Wed Apr 13, 2016, 03:01 AM

12. +1

 

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Response to quantass (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 13, 2016, 10:22 PM

15. +99%

 

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Wed Apr 13, 2016, 03:20 AM

13. Sad, but so true.

 

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Wed Apr 13, 2016, 04:00 AM

14. Only differences in the two parties are on the wedge issues. Otherwise, they're both out to steal

 

from the American people in order to enrich the oligarchs and big corporations. Good cop, bad cop. They take turns. Americans are finally waking up.

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