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The U.S. protests against police brutality and white supremacy have inspired the people of this country and the world. In nearly every major city across the country, people have risen up to protest the murder of George Floyd and the larger system of police brutality.
Over the last couple of weeks right-wing anti-lockdown protests have occurred throughout the country. The protesters’ basic demand is the lifting of shelter-in-place orders against the recommendations of public health officials. In order to understand the nature of these protests, it is essential to analyze a few somewhat contradictory aspects of these demonstrations not typically covered in mass media and social media.
As the Coronavirus crisis intensifies globally, the U.S. elite are growing increasingly concerned about the impact that this pandemic will have on the economy and their wealth. Last week James Bullard, President of the St. Louis Fed, said that GDP could contract up to 50% in Q2 2020, and that unemployment could reach 30%.
The Coronavirus has caused an unprecedented crisis in the U.S. and across the world. Stock markets have crashed, businesses have failed, and unemployment has soared. In this crisis, governments are resorting to extreme measures to contain the spread of the virus.
On Wednesday night, U.S. President Donald Trump took to the media and gave an address wherein he lied to the country and its people about the COVID19 outbreak for nine and a half minutes, misrepresenting basic facts about the virus and its severity, downplaying its danger to the people (especially working people), massively overstating the U.
In the past couple of years, we have seen the growth of mass resistance in the U.S. Some sections of the ruling class, fearing the power of the people, have endeavored to co-opt this resistance. By painting Trump as the problem and Democrats as the solution, they frame the 2020 election as the people’s chance to change things.
Two years after the movement in Standing Rock, questions remain. Where did the movement succeed? Why did it fail? What could have been done differently? Was defeat inevitable? Can we win next time? Through analyzing the struggle, the successes and failures of the movement can be summed up so that successes can be replicated while we avoid repeating the same mistakes.
For over two years, the investigation into Trump-Russia collusion has dominated the 24-hour news cycle, and transfixed millions of Americans. The Democrats have been eager to focus on this investigation as a way to distract from their own political bankruptcy and total subordination to corporate interests.
The recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice and sexist pig Brett Kavanaugh has highlighted the fundamentally patriarchal nature of U.S. society. While Democrats mounted some token opposition as a build up to Midterm elections, they did little to actually stop Brett from being confirmed.
The U.S. ruling class has been pushing the lie that voting for the Democraic Party in the 2018 Midterms will solve all of the country’s problems from student loans to healthcare issues, ending racism, and even creating a four day weekend.