The unprecedented rally taking place right now at the University of Illinois in Chicago against Trump and the US presidential primaries shows the strong anti-establishment, anti-racist, anti-war sentiment among voters across party lines. All major media now acknowledges this.
CNN is reporting “we are looking at thousands of protesters right now (inside the hall) . . . half the arena is anti-Trump.” (The seating capacity of the UC arena is 9,500.)
An estimated 10,000 people and more — “shoulder-to-shoulder for multiple blocks” — is rallying outside.
About 7.40 p.m. EST tonight (6.40 p.m. in Chicago), the Trump camp cancelled its rally.
A statement issued by his campaign said: “Mr Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date.”
Students and faculty members signed a petition to stop the billionaire’s event. USA Today reports that the petition garnered more than 50,000 signatures by Friday night.
Similar though smaller protests by Black Lives Matter, several of whom were arrested, have denounced Hillary Clinton.
Who is “violent” and “disruptive”?
Immediately the news flashed from Chicago, the monopoly media went into full-court press with a sucker-punch of their own. The entire media and prejudice of those days was arrayed against the people, who are now having to contend with the barrage of disinformation and attempt to portray them as troublemakers, spoilers, intransigent and incite them to fight amongst one another instead of focussing their energies to win the justice of their cause.
In the real world rent with impoverishment, exploitation, racism, militarism and attacks on the rights of all, the Chicago protest reflects the broad angerof the American people with the existing politicians, government dysfunction, a drive for representatives whom actually represent the electors and do what they say and a society based on the rule of law.
When we speak of the U.S. state, we speak of governance and police powers, including military might. Both exist as a single unitary power keeping the rich in power and the people out. The primaries and 24/7 cable TV coverage have been an orchestrated effort by the rich to capture this growing anti-establishment sentiment and rein it back in to acceptance of the existing authority, rather than rejection of it.
The aim of the electoral fraud is basic: to keep the rich in power in the USA and on the world scale by using the elections to legitimize government even if it is not a government of laws. This they call “making America great again” – by any means. There is no statement that is not too vile to be popularized 24/7 to debase and degrade the American people and their ideals and justify the unjustifiable. Everything is being done to divide the polity and turn people against one another to prevent their unity and drive against the rich and their state.
The major media, Trump and others, turn truth on its head. They incite violence or hysterically debate who is “violent”; at the same time they laud the “new tone of civility” in the two most recent Democrat and Republican TV debates as the golden mean. Or trying to trump the protest by claiming “right to speak.” The people of Chicago rightly said, “racists and fascists have no right to speak or organize.” It is the U.S. state that is the most violent and uncivilized in the history of humanity. On the international plane, it bans all politics that do not suit the interests of Washington. Obama talks of the 10,000 bombings against civilians in Syria and Iraq. His administration has used drones more than any other. No other society in the word has launched so many wars or has such a proportion of people who are armed, incarcerated or murdered with impunity by official police forces.
In parallel, the massive eulogy of the passing of the wife of Ronald Reagan with a “bipartisan” state funeral on the same day is outrageous. This is the virulent reactionary who shamelessly visited the Nazi SS graves in Bitburg, Germany in 1985 with the the president of Germany, Helmut Kohl. Both he and his wife were common FBI informers and stool pigeons in the actor’s guild in the 1940s against progressive actors, directors and writers, before the open onslaught of McCarthyism and the Cold War against the right of conscience. This seems to be what is meant by civility!
The current cold civil war going hot
The possibility of a coup d’etat and civil war between the self-serving factions of the U.S. ruling class cannot be ruled out. It is not fortuitous that the monopoly media increasingly uses the phrase “civil war” to describe the competition between the camps of the individual candidates. Not so unprecedented! It is not fortuitous that the U.S. president is increasingly referred to as Commander in Chief. The media are setting this up as the standard to judge the remaining candidates, who must make certain the public treasury can be utilized for U.S. war aims in conditions where the economy is not recovering.
They stand with the angels, if not Aristotle for whom in philosophy, the golden mean was the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. They are holding up the chimera for each party: select a presidential candidate, one whose virtue will be that he or she has the courage to “make America great,” “strong” and “first” but whose candidacy, if taken to excess would manifest as recklessness, and, in deficiency, cowardice. Following World War II, the golden mean was presented as, in the famous phrase of Schlesinger representing the American liberal conscience, “the vital centre.” The drive to single out the two candidates who are so-called “bipartisan” – that is, who will work together as “moderates” to “achieve bipartisan solutions” as the golden mean – to be presented in November as the “choice” for the electors has become paramount.
But the Democrat and Republican parties are not political parties in any traditional sense and the conditions are different, where everyone is expected to fend for themselves before the brutal anti-worker, anti-social, pro-war offensive. Their electoral machinery is clearly disintegrating and individual candidates with their own well-oiled machinery are backed by contending factions among the billionaire class. The not so secret meeting of Republican oligarchs held four days ago at the remote Sea Island resort in Georgiato find a way to gang up on Trump – they were flown in by 64 private jets – provides the latest evidence. 
What is meant by bipartisanship in the secret deal-making, TML Weekly pointed out two years ago, is to find “who is the champion able to preserve the union under conditions of the current cold civil war going hot. Who is the the one who can be successful in putting the public purse strings directly in the hands of the monopoly financiers, keep the people repressed while keeping the union whole. Or at least that is what the rulers hope.” 
It is also significant that Chicago – with its massive police force the size of a small army and controlled by Barrack Obama, when all the police powers are centralized in the presidency and exercised by it – reportedly made but five arrests of the protestors. Unprecedented! This indicates how different alliances are maneouvring behind the scene.
A stand to reject the establishment
The issue for those wanting to give expression to an anti-establishment stand is to find the ways and means to reject the existing set-up and break with both Democrats and Republicans, says the U.S. Marxist-Leninist Organization and other forces in the movement for rights. The discussion is not so much about who someone is voting for or who is the “lesser evil” — which serves to pit people against each other and line people up behind the candidates of the rich, thus drawing people into the establishment set up. Nor is the discussion merely about who is lying, when Watergate established that lying is the stock-in-trade of U.S. presidents.
Rather it is how to pursue a stand of rejecting the establishment. How to give expression to the stand of the people, across party lines, which is a pro-people and pro-social stand against the attacks on rights, such as in education, of immigrants, refugees and Muslims, of workers and their unions — pursued by the Democrats and Republicans alike.
The stand of the majority is also an anti-war stand. Depending on the situation in each state and the existing movements of the people, an anti-establishment stand is one that rejects Democrats and Republicans and favours those who are pro-people and anti-war.
If the warmonger Hillary Clinton secures the nomination, all those who have worked to oppose her, such as those backing Bernie Sanders, have the opportunity to continue to build the movements for rights by breaking with the Democrats. Serious consideration needs to be given to ensuring that the anti-establishment stand being expressed advances further by refusing to accept the establishment parties and fighting instead for empowerment of the American people for the first time in history.
With a file from usmlo.org
1 The conference was organized by the American Enterpise Institute (AEI) think tank. “A specter was haunting the World Forum–the specter of Donald Trump,” William Kristol wrote in an emailed report from the conference, borrowing the opening lines of the Communist Manifesto. “The key task now, to once again paraphrase Karl Marx, is less to understand Trump than to stop him,” Kristol wrote. “In general, there’s a little too much hand-wringing, brow-furrowing, and fatalism out there and not quite enough resolving to save the party from nominating or the country electing someone who simply shouldn’t be president.” Attendees included:
- Arthur Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times
- Apple CEO Tim Cook
- Google co-founder Larry Page
- Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker
- Philip Anschutz, Anschutz Entertainment Group
Between 2002 and 2013, AEI received a total of $867,289 in funding from the Charles G. Koch Foundation. AEI was one of the leading architects of the Bush administration’s foreign policy.
Such is Kristol’s morbid fear for the US bourgeois order that he does not paraphrase but vulgarizes Marx and Engels to serve factional ends. Here is the opening declaration of the Communist Manifesto:
“A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.”
Marx further wrote, “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways — the point is to change it.” [Theses on Feuerbach]. The test of the validity of ideas is to be found in their capacity to transform the world.
2 The U.S. electoral fraud and a “coalition of centrists” in the making, TML Weekly Information Project, November 3, 2012 – No. 41