Article 1 — Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
As promised, our webmaster Winton Wedderburn and I shall post this series of articles here on our website at humanitycollege.org . Our means are limited, but we hope we will be able to explain the situation to you in an honest way. Please read, comment, and share. Circulating would greatly help.
The social, economic and political scenario is so unthinkably complex — in America, in India, in Europe, Latin America, and worldwide that short articles with nutshell observations cannot do justice. Yet, the biggest challenge we have today is our time and attention span. Even the living Aristotle Noam Chomsky’s analyses have limited audience, especially in America and India.
Of course, in Chomsky’s case, New York Times, CNN, Washington Post and such major “liberal” media have purposefully excluded him from public awareness. That is what I have been calling “Journalism of Exclusion.” Unpopular, controversial, anti-establishment commentaries: do not print, do not air, do not mention at all — and nobody will ever know they exist. A beautiful, subtle way to brainwash the “customers.”
Chomsky has for many years illustrated how big media does Manufacturing Consent. We are indebted to him for it. Journalism of Exclusion is truly a supplemental element to his seminal theory with empirical evidence. It only adds to his theory.
Is Trump going to be re-elected on November 3, 2020?
We don’t know yet. We shall discuss in this series of articles.
Can Trump still be re-elected even after the catastrophic Coronavirus crisis that killed nearly 200,000 people here in America, the new round of explicit police brutality and racism that created a new powerful resistance movement, a massive unemployment and economic disaster that followed the health crisis, his now-exposed misogyny, anti-black and anti-immigrant hate, and his insane vulgarity and contempt for civility?
The short answer to the above is: Yes, he can. And there are many reasons why. We shall try to enunciate in this series.
*How Can Trump Win in November 2020?*
- By Massive Racism.
Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen in his new memoir “Disloyal” recounts Trump’s pattern of blatantly racist statements and behavior. “As a rule, Trump expressed low opinions of all Black folks, from music to culture and politics,” Cohen writes. “Tell me one country run by a Black person that isn’t a shithole,” he recalls Trump saying.
(New York Times, September 8, 2020)
People’s memory is short and fleeting these days, and that works terrifically well for the people in power to sow their seeds of lies and misinformation. Trump’s “shithole” remark about poor countries is now long-forgotten. On January 12, 2018, Trump made the disparaging remark about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.
It was so outrageous that even the normally spineless human rights commission at the U.N. openly called it racist.
Since Trump’s taking over of U.S. presidency, anti-black, anti-immigrant, anti-poor racism has spun out of control, and once-fringe politics of explicit hate and violence have become mainstream. Hundreds of racist, violent and white-Christian supremacist groups have sprung up across America, and with their grassroots network and far right-wing radio talk shows, TV stations, and social media have unleashed bigotry that one would have thought was a matter of distant past.
Southern Poverty Law Center, anti-racism watchdog group reported that the number of hate groups since Trump’s Day 1 as president has rapidly surged.
“The numbers tell a striking story – that this president is not simply a polarizing figure but a radicalizing one,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project. “Rather than trying to tamp down hate, as presidents of both parties have done, President Trump elevates it – with both his rhetoric and his policies. In doing so, he’s given people across America the go-ahead to act on their worst instincts.”
The recent violent attacks by far right groups in Wisconsin, Portland and other places is a very ominous alarm that hate groups are organizing massively — to strike.
(To be continued once a week, every Tuesday until November 3)