Crisis of Legitimacy
Nothing new for us here at c99p, but a well written analysis by Bob Urie over at Counterpunch:
In 2016 the national Democrats demonstrated that they were utterly indifferent to the political disaffection plaguing both duopoly Parties. How could they lose 20% of their affiliated voters in the preceding years and not be in a panic over their electoral prospects?
Their calculation appears to have been: (1) the Republicans were even less popular and (2) duopoly Party control assures that no matter how few people participate in the electoral process, one Party or the other will prevail.
So it's all good, right? Because:
Carried to its logical conclusion, as long as there are an odd number of votes cast to prevent a tie, the duopoly Party leaderships are indifferent to how few voters participate in the electoral process. The obverse implication is that campaign donors, a/k/a ‘the rich’ and corporate titans, are the real constituents of the duopoly Parties. Taken together, these aggregate to a scheme where the duopoly Parties are the faux-democratic façade on a system of state capitalism.
Democratic PTB are not stupid:
It can’t be completely unknown by the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) and the DNC (Democratic National Committee) that voters have been fleeing the Democratic Party. As a political entity, this is a catastrophe. But as a corporation that derives its revenues from duopoly control of the electoral process, it is selling access to those who have the means and desire to pay for it, and not political outcomes. In other words, even if Democrats keep losing elections, they still have access to the electoral process as their ‘product.’
Here's the core problem and the only reason I bothered to waste valuable bandwidth with this article. Political dysfunction in America is a win/win for the GOP and the Democratic party.
The problem for reformers is that bottom-up electoral wins are utopian in the sense that they leave the globalist networks of that serve existing power in place. The corporate models of control that the duopoly Parties use mirror those of multinational corporations because they evolved together around levers of social power. Conversely, why did the national Democrats believe going into the 2016 election, against all of the contradictory evidence, that Barack Obama’s tenure had been a raging success? Because for a few people at the top, it had been.
"The problem for reformers" is an American as well as a global problem. The only rational unified goal for reformers is crushing both political parties, because reform is a pipe dream.
I wish nothing but the best for all of the progressives running to "reform the Democratic party". Even the limited success they are having is exposing the duplicity of Democratic operatives in the DCCC and DNC. For all their flaws and mis-steps, Bernie and Liz are helping expose the dark underside of the Democratic party.
The 2018 midterms are still a long ways out. Movements are being formed that are looking past 2018 to fundamental structural reform. We are nowhere near a new dawn, but progress is being made.