“More than 700 esteemed economists, including more than a half dozen Nobel Prize winners, have signed an open letter urging voters to reject Donald Trump at the ballot box in this election. ‘In just one term in office, Donald Trump has rendered the United States unrecognizable, and has faced no consequences for doing so,’ the letter reads. ‘He has carried out a sustained assault on democratic institutions, put his family members in charge of critical government functions during a pandemic, called for his political opponents to be thrown in prison, normalized corruption, and weakened the economic recovery with selfish and reckless behavior. For these reasons, we strongly recommend that the electorate do what no one else can: reclaim your democracy by voting to remove Donald Trump from office.”
The Republicans are the radical Neoliberals who have made money the god of this nation and by extension of the planet. The Corporate Democrats are only a lesser evil and might, by great effort, be steered back toward the Imbedded Liberalism of The New Deal. Trumpism is the Dunning-Kruger version of Neoliberalism and a clear and present danger to our species. It is fairly simple to discern who is crossing the line into fascism by statements such as “America is not a democracy, it is a Republic”, and terminology like “the radical liberal mob.”
Exactly how much of the profits made are you entitled to as a worker? The Neoliberal answer is zero. You get what the owner in an ownership society decides to pay you and if you don’t like it you are free to seek other employment. No entitlements. The Neoliberal believes this is all you get and it is absolutely fair because you are not a slave and have the freedom to leave just as they have the freedom to pay you whatever they want to. Neoliberals see this as the only exception, the only necessary restraint, on their absolute greed- that if they are not paying their workers enough then they will not have enough workers and will have to pay more. Any taxes are theft and an infringement of their freedom. When all the land and water become the property of the few this quickly becomes a bizarre game and exposes the hypocrisy and true thieves. In theological terms this is called Latifundalization.
In laymen terms it is the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
The golden rule for Neoliberals: those with the gold make the rules.