Trump must be happy coming across as a remorselessly American buffoon — embodying America’s economic & psychological bravado & its associated insecurity.
Arthur Koestler, in his 1964 book, The Act of Creation, claims the Joker intermediates between the Artist & the Scientist.
Like the child in the Emperor’s New Clothes & Shakespeare’s Fool, Trump freely speaks truth to power.
Trump would like to be seen as the lovable rogue. The hero in a dystopian world. The only sane man left in politics.
He needs just enough of your brain & heart for just long enough to get that vote.
Trump’s stance on trade appeals to disaffected traditionally left wing voters as pointed out by Thomas Frank in this week’s Guardian.
Back in 2011 I came across Thomas Frank’s book Pity the Billionaire — about the rise of the Tea Party. It claims Obama was attacked from the left. That Tea Party populism inspired the righteousness of Che Guevara with the cash of the fossil fuel billionaire Koch brothers.
This strategy was used in Germany in the 30’s when Prescott Bush and the Dulles brothers met with and funded Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party.
And it’s being attempted again in Britain today.
Billionaires pour funds into campaigns which claim to look after the interests of hardworking families.
This move by Zac Goldsmith will no doubt come as no surprise to many disabled Londoners. Goldsmith is an example of the clique of multi millionaires in the Tory who don’t just run the country – they own most of it.
And are the same people whose wealth has doubled since 2008 while the rest of us give up everything we have, individually and collectively, to facilitate this. Goldsmith and his cronies peddle the myth of ‘incentives’ and ‘fairness’ while living off public money, inherited wealth and corporate freebies. For the rest of us it’s food banks and payday lenders.
This will harm tens of thousands of disabled people. It will leave many destitute, isolated and without hope. If there is to be any possibility of change, disabled people must take action together and with others to take on this government and their austerity agenda. We must create our own spaces, tell our own story and build a future where we take our part as equals.
Richmond Aid’s CEO, Lucy Byrne has released the following statement:
Byrne would not comment on Goldsmith’s future with the charity.
Cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) come into force in April 2017.
Zac Goldsmith’s Media Team were not prepared to comment.
A parliamentary petition has been set up to reverse the cuts: