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Dear Friends:

 

I wrote something on Trumpism (please see below). However, I'd like to talk about politics in general first. Most people have their own idea of what politics is. My definition is: The activity of getting the power to decide how resources are to be distributed. I reached that conclusion before I knew that one of Lasswell’s books was titled: “Politics: Who Gets What, When, How” (1936).

 

Basically, politics is a分贓活動。Therefore, unless you and the other person belong to the same gang, party, class, race, or interest group, there is no common ground to discuss politics.

 

James

 

On Trumpism

 

 

I don't know how to translate it, so I'll say it in Chinese:

 

川普不過是個「什麼都要就是不要臉」的蹩三。

 

That being said, I’ll offer my two-cents worthy opinion on the subject.

 

Politics, by and large, is a reflection of the socio-economic deep structure of a given society. The election of Trump does show the dissatisfaction of the American “middle” class (lower-middle to middle-class) with the status quo. The deteriorating economic condition in the world is mostly due to the results of globalization and neo-liberalism, aka 2008 financial crisis, that the other Clinton helped to unleash. The 2016 poll showed that, in addition to the rednecks, the so called Trump electoral “base” include college educated, young and middle-aged, white people. On the other hand, Hilary was just too phony to be able to mobilize (excite?) the poor and the disfranchised as Obama did to overcome Trump’s advantage in the aforementioned group.

 

And Trump demonstrated again and again that he is indeed the patron-saint of the upper-middle class and the super-rich 5, on a short-term base notwithstanding.

 

China is challenging the super-power status, i.e., the modern-day Imperialism which entails cheap resources and open market-place worldwide, of the U.S., and that worries a lot of people across the board and rightly so (from the American’s perspective). Trump knows how to score points on that front as well. As for whether his policy or approach is effective, who cares? American are not known for long-term vision anyway.

 

That is my take of Trumpism in a nutshell.

 

I’m rooting for his re-election. Trump’s chaotic and incoherent foreign policy helped China to fill in the void created by the U.S.’ non-presence. We all know China made great stride in Africa and Latin-America during the last few decades or so. Do you know who is the number one peace-maker in the Middle-East now a days? Not the U.S., not Russia, but China (1). The more screw-ups Trump makes at home and abroad, the more breathing room China gets in Marching towards Made in China 2025. I hope I won’t offend my American-Chinese friends over there.

 

Four more years of the Trump White House is just what the doctor ordered.

 

And God forbids that there is an America-Iran war. But if it happens, it would be the proverbial last straw that breaks the America’s back.

 

1.      “China’s Ultimate Play For Global Oil Market Control”

Yossef Bodansky, Oilprice.com08/16/2019,

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-ultimate-play-global-oil-230000292.html?guccounter=1

 

 

(以上是和在美國的中國朋友在群組上的討論)



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