Andrew Nikiforuk of The Tyee looks at the current state of affairs of our world — failing states and collapsing systems — as a result of the end of cheap energy. Citing the work of British investigative journalist Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, he notes how Trump's rise to power is not the problem the world faces but, instead, a symptom of imperial decline.
Vote fraud or not, Trump’s rise to power was enabled by an increasingly defunct two-party democracy which has become more beholden to the power of an unaccountable economic elite, and more distant from the majority of Americans.
Which is why, of the 227 million eligible American voters, just a quarter voted for Trump. Almost equally, around a quarter voted for Clinton. A tiny minority voted for third party candidates like Jill Stein of the Green Party. And everyone else, fully 42% of voters, just refused to vote.
The obsession with blaming Russia for the rise of Trump is therefore a convenient way of ‘otherising’ the problem. It helps us avoid admitting the far more fundamental role of structural flaws in American democracy.
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