24 October, 2017

Corbyn’s Labour Or Bannon’s Neo-Right?

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Steve Bannon, not Trump, true ideologue of American national-populism; Corbyn’s Labour or Bannon’s neo-right?

“Now is the time for government to be active in restructuring the economy; hold corporate board-rooms accountable for their actions; develop a model of economic management to replace the failed dogmas of neo-liberalism. Labour is looking not just to repair the damage done by austerity but to transform our economy with a new dynamic role for the public sector particularly where the private sector has failed. Take the water industry; of nine companies in England six are owned by private equity or foreign sovereign wealth funds. Profits are handed out in dividends to shareholders and executive pay soars, while infrastructure crumbles, they pay nothing in tax but service deteriorates” ~ Jeremy Corbyn: 27 September 2017, Labour Party Conference.

Jeremy Corbyn

The distancing of Steve Bannon from Donald Trump is a crucial event on the American right. Trump was forced to remove Bannon form the position of White House Chief Strategist under pressure from new no-nonsense Chief of Staff General John Kelly brought into to discipline the brawling White House mob around the President and to appease staid Republican leaders and the liberal media. Bannon (Harvard Business School – MBA 1985; Virginia Tech – Bachelors in Urban Planning 1976) is from a pro-Kennedy, pro-Union, working class family in Virginia. He is no clown, unlike Donald Trump. If you can invest the time, watch his videos on YouTube; you will see a sharp visionary and a dangerous enemy.

Bannon was interviewed after victory over Trump in the Alabama Republican Primary to select the Republican candidate to contest a Senate vacancy. (A primary in the US is a mass voting exercise in which loyalists of a party vote to select the candidate for a forthcoming election). Ray Moore, the more right-wing candidate backed by Bannon, won by 55% against 45% for Luther Strange for whom Trump campaigned. After inflicting a stinging setback on the President in a deep-south state in America’s neo-populist heartland, an exultant Bannon declared:

“This is a populist nationalist conservative revolt. It’s a revolt against the elites in this country. It’s a revolt against the globalists among those elites. It’s a revolt against the progressive agenda that is being jammed down the throat of the American people. Hard-working men and women of the world are tired of the global elites. They’re tired of being told what to do. This is a global revolution. You see it all the way from England, Europe and India. It’s starting in the Middle East, Australia, and yesterday, was Alabama.”

Bannon credits interconnectivity and the Internet as factors driving “a global revolution”.

“That’s why this is a populist nationalist conservative revolt. We’re populist because we’re anti-elite, because the elites of the world are corrupt and incompetent. We’re nationalist because we’re anti-globalist. We don’t believe in this globalist system that takes power away from people at the local level. We’re conservatives because we completely reject the progressive agenda being jammed down the throat of working-class people. The power of the Internet is that it disintermediates the big news organizations. It’s personal; you can’t hide as a phony on the Internet. People, particularly young people are searching for authenticity”.

As the liberal-bourgeois middle caves-in and millions desert post-recession capitalism, a new world order is taking shape. It is only in a few places that some sort of a middle is holding, for example Germany where Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union/ Christian Social Union alliance won with an extraordinarily small vote (32%) while the neo-populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) – previously unrepresented in the Bundestag – came the third with 12.6%. AfD even won a simple majority in the province of Saxony. The Social Democrats, Germany’s traditional alternative party, polled only 20%, its lowest since the Second World War. Neo-populism, true to Bannon’s boast, has added an advance in Germany to its surge in France (National Front).

Global capitalism as an economic order, and bourgeois liberalism as an ideology, have been bankrupted and replaced by two forces; a reviving social-democracy and a strident nationalist, anti-elitist populism. Trump is not an authentic representative or an ideologue of the latter; he is a crude and crass opportunist. The intelligent voice of American populism is Steve Bannon. The state form emerging in developing countries is a blend of social-democracy with some kind of state-capitalism, but the options in the West, in the next decade, broadly speaking, will be some form of social-democracy such as Corbynite Labour in the UK, or a “populist national conservatism” such as Bannon’s. Most political thinkers have woken up to this sharp dichotomy and yours faithfully has been plugging it for two years to deaf Lankan ears. A suggestion to a few friends to watch Corbyn’s 27 Sept speech at the Labour Party Conference on YouTube, evoked from one wheezing liberal the response “Corbyn, isn’t he that looney leftist?” and from another, “I have never been so frightened for a long time! Corbyn and McDonnell are nutters.” Phew!

Such wayward fuddy-duddies, unless they prefer neo-right nationalism (admittedly short of classical interwar fascism) have no choice but to educate themselves on the only other option, social-democracy. So I will outline the programme “For the Many not the Few” adopted at the Conference in Brighton by a wildly cheering hall of 12,000. (Labour with 600,000 members is the largest political party in Europe and twice as large as all other parties in Britain combined). Today’s centre ground is not where it was twenty years ago; what was then seen as too far left is now seen as common sense. The centre has shifted and Corbyn has no intention of leading the party into the wilderness of a dead liberal-capitalist “centre”. In Britain the centre is moving into the party.

The Labour Party programme

Corbyn’s message was uncompromising because Labour’s critique of the destructive effects of austerity has been vindicated – that’s why Brexit happened – and the June election was a resounding vote of confidence. Who said the Tories won the election? Well, the hysteria in Britain suggests otherwise! This pleases me, the first columnist to declare long ago: “Jeremy Corbyn, Britain’s next Prime Minister”.

The key elements of the message are modern progressive socialism:

* Changing the economy to make it work for the whole country cannot be done separately from changing how the country is run; a new model of economic management will be established.

* Big decisions cannot be left to the elite. People are not marginal and the public not consumers first and citizens a distant second, as liberalism proclaims.

* Plans to invest in National Health and reduce university tuition fees will be implemented.

* Labour is committed to take back common-goods (basic utilities) into public ownership, place them at the service of the community and end rip-off.

* Regional development banks will be formed to invest in an industrial strategy for every region.

* Unstoppable massive changes in employment patterns under the impact of automation must be planned and managed and demands reskilling of millions in the workforce.

* Residency rights of the three million foreign workers in Britain will be guaranteed.

Bannon and Trump

Although both Bannon and Trump are treading cautiously about their rift, the divorce proceedings have got moving and will end in a parting of the ways. It takes only a few minutes to watch the two clips below; they convey with clarity the anti-establishment resolve and thrust of neo-populist ideology.

Liberal ‘intellectuals’ who merely ridicule Trump, granted it’s hard to resist the temptation, need to understand where the revolt is coming from and its possible enlargement. Programmatically, the Democratic Party has nothing to offer the deprived white working class and the alienated hinterland outside metropolitan centres and the East and West coast – typified by New York, New England and California. It cannot stop the carnage of small business and retailers arising from the falsification of the price of money by zero interest rates and quantitative easing. Ordinary folks want jobs, security of livelihood and opportunities for their children. The other ingredient the hordes who surged to the Nazi flag wanted was nationalism and patriotic rhetoric. The liberal bourgeoisie, its intellectual leaders, the liberal media and, except for Bernie Sanders the American Democratic Party, have nothing to offer. They have no programme; they repudiate left-wing ideas as much as the neo-populists do. This is the cardinal difference between bourgeois-liberalism and, for example, the British Labour Party.

Trump, frustrated with the failure of a Republican dominated Congress to get anything done, and under attack by the media and now big business, is shifting his ground. He negotiated a compromise with Democrats, Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, allowing certain categories of improperly documented minors to prolong their stay in the country. This brought stern warnings from right-wing nationalists like Bannon that if he went any further (full amnesty) the base would revolt, and paradoxically, also infuriated traditional GoP leaders.

Bannon will not yet denounce Trump as a sell-out who has crossed over, betrayed the base which elected him, and aligned himself with the elitist swamp that he promised to drain. Trump is an opportunist dealmaker pure and simple, whose lodestar is only Trump himself. Aware of the threat from a shifting base he is straining to sell his proposed tax-cuts as relief for low income earners while in truth it is pure gravy for the rich and for corporations. The populist base has not yet called his bluff on this and other issues, but the day of reckoning is nearing and divorce is unpreventable.

The thesis of this essay is that the two options described here are the long-term alternatives available at this time in the advanced societies of the West. In the less developed world it will be a blend, in various proportions, of social-democracy and statist/state-capitalist experiences. This Ranil’s UNP is unable to handle and the skulls of MaRa’s JO and Sirisena’s SLFP are too thick to penetrate.

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    KASmaalam K A SumanaSEKERE

    The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) has agreed financing of up to 900 million dollars for a program that will upgrade Sri Lanka’s road net work in Eastern, Northern, Western and Uva provinces.

    Have UNP and SLFP decided how they are planning to divide the total amount among themselves? Is that why Basil went to the North a few days ago?

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        KASmaalam

        Brilliant
        Thanks.

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          Dear Native, No probs mate……….Now I know Dr Kumar lives in England….

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            KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

            “Dear Native, No probs mate……….Now I know Dear Native, No probs mate……….Now I know Dr Kumar lives in England….lives in England….”

            Dalits don’t care where Dr Kumar lives.

            They do want to know where the clan had hidden their illegally gotten wealth during the period from 2005 and 2015. Do you think former ambassadors can help unearth the treasure?

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    Well, David, now you have let the world know that you are not only an expert on chaos theory, but also of European, American and international politics. Does vanity have any limits or, is it a case of stupidity knowing no boundaries?

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      You are jealous of those who know more than you; aren’t you?
      I guess dear Proof Reader that you are not too well educated.

      Wow say you: “How can any one know chaos theory and US, European
      and international politics? Impossible!”. Try night school dear PR

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        Nimali mocks Proof Reader but there is a serious point. I knew David at the EFac; he topped Electrical Eng and was thought to have a very high IQ. Now, assume that Proof Reader is average or not much below – say 90 to 100. The gap (log scale) is large and it is unsurprising that the latter considers the former to be odd or non-existent person.

        I have noticed that some other commentators on CT too resort to personal comments rather than discuss the substantive issues in articles.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      Brilliant
      Thanks

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    I wonder what is more difficult. Writing about the future of UK or Sri Lanka?

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      Of course writing about SRILANKA. (btw, a good day to you – here it is cold , wet and windy)

      As one who spent 2-month as your vacation lately, you should be able to judge it better Mr Rodrigo.

      I am used to talk to various kinds of people from TUK TUK driver to Uni lecturerers and Profs each time back in the country. It is just to gather info as much as I can and have my own opinion on the people down there as a whole.
      This I will do next in Feb 2018:

      Regardless of the status, jobs, education, family backgrounds and lot others that play a role, most are part and parcel of lanken kind of අනෙකාව අනුගමනය කිරීම, මිත්යාද්රුශ්ටිකත්වය just being followers and going after astrology and yantra mantra culture. Latter is a tool tie them with the political cutlure being spread by some brutal politicians.
      As you know as no time before, from 2005- 2015, various kind of TV channels brought ASTROLOGY or the like programs entwined with buddhism. No matter any truths were part of them, but even strone throws to becoming unconscious for some mental or psyche reasons were loudly therapied by using fraudulent ASTRO or YANTHRA mantra masters. State TV channels round the clock were busy to promote them than anything else.
      As a result, even thugs on their way to next contract killings look alike to non-violent sometimes real buddhists, since both types of people look weaing PIRITH NOOLer or any other ornaments.
      Some europeans visited to the country in 2013, questioned me the meaning of coloured PIRITH nule – for which I had no CONSTRUCTIVE answers even if I had contacted the MALWATHUchapter nayaka theros.
      Each and every street corners were equipped with loud speakers that caused lot more sound exposures than the prayers louds of MUSLIMs in Galle city in the areas of Mosques for example.
      I have no doubt, you may have noticed all these closely, Mr Rodrigo. Ours has been made NO second to a Myanmar during Rajapakshes days.
      So transmission can take longer as I strongly believe today.

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        LEELAGEMALLI ~ “…………Some europeans visited to the country in 2013, questioned me the meaning of coloured PIRITH nule – for which I had no CONSTRUCTIVE answers………”.
        The three answers are: Superstition superstition superstition.
        If that 2013Europe-person then asks “Is’t superstition alien to Buddha’s teaching” proceed to enlighten the person. One may even point out that our “leaders” rush to South Indian temple for favours!

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        Astrology: Buddha was against practices like astrology and Yanthra Manthra and considered them to be foolish and time wasting. Unfortunately, Buddhists are doing exactly what the Buddha did not want them to do by believing in such nonsense. Many monks are engaged in astrology, witchcraft etc. I agree that this is not a good situation. But then such things have been happening since Buddha’s time. One must understand that the monks are not perfect people. Only the Arahats are perfect. How can layman expect the monk in his village to be perfect, when he himself is breaking the 5 percepts? We expect them to improve as time goes all the while paying for their bad Karma in the Narakadiyas and reaping the benefits of their good Karma in Deva Lokas, shuttling between such existences, only a handful realizing the truth on their own (Pacceka Buddhas) or by studying the Dhamma. It is for the benefit of the handful of the 2nd category that we have to protect the Dhanna.

        Astrology & Manida: When my Nano driver starts accusing the Y-palanaya for going after Mahinda I tell remind him that it is Mahinda who is responsible for the mess he is in. No one asked him to go for elections but he did and lost, 2 years ahead of time. It was like a Cricket Team A declaring the 2nd innings in a match wrongly assuming that had a high enough score. Now if they loose the match can they ask for the declaration to be null and void? This is exactly what this man is doing. He did so on the advice of an astrologer. It is OK to consult an astrologer for your private affairs of your family like marriages. But to decide on matters that affect the whole country based on an astrologer’s advice is simply unbelievable. Such a man should never be a ruler of any country.

        Noise Pollution: My biggest concern during the visit was not the noise of loud speakers but a noise of very much lower decibel, that of mosquitoes. Every time I heard a ‘keen keen’ I was terrified that it may be Dengue mosquito.

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          Thanks. You have been adding here a balanced view.
          I thought as DJ or other men who would appreciate Rajapakshe even for brutalities he deliberately commited, you too would do so. Nice NICE Mr Rodrigo, you see it different.

          Really, you compare sound of EAR DRUM TREMOURING loud speakers of so called PIRITH with mosquito buzzes ?

          wow:.. what a comparison ? I just walk down Biyagama Road, near to Kelaniya Temple, I was helpless not being able to bear the sound exposure.

          WHen lankens would impose laws help people becoming more civilized ?

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            It is better to be deaf than to be dead. Actually, in my village there are no such noises anyway. Sometimes, the silence deafening.

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              I think sound exposure related laws should be known clear to the people.

              Kiribathgoda or Pettah market – you cant just go shopping the sound exposure damaged your ear drums as is the case in Somalia or the like countries.

              So is the case in PVT buses too. I once happened to ask the conductor to lessen the sound, while all other commuters stood as if they were deaf. Most young chaps were busy with their smart phones. Indifference is part of their today Life Edwin mahaththayo. Even nothign seems to be disturbing them. No rules at all.
              I hate to see them on and on. But it is our home place.

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            Punchi burampi: YOur religion is also foreign to your culture. the best thing go and live some where in Jerusalem. Sinhale is not for you.

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              Jimsoftiyo,

              SINHALE is no good even to my DOG. He is more civilizied, educated, and sensible than you guys. If you support those extremists groups, you can be better to any other fierce dogs right ? I would never allow my dog to trespass even if you guys as human beings are used to do so not respecting laws and orders.

              There are no such SINHALE, we the ones who fought against terror and then Rajapakshe terror are well aware of the fact THAT this country, nation should finnally learn to respect law and order and learn to respect all EQUAL. Rajapakshe dirty politics have given a birth to THOSE SINHALE groups. He will have to pain it in the days to come, if not today. That is crystal clear.

              Why not you guys try to have blood tranfusion replacing yours with BALU LE ?
              That can be the only alternative to change your attitudes.

              That can then help us living there in peace or not ?

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              Besides, dimwits of your nature make efforts to build up new versions of Buddhism.
              Buddhas teachings would never reflect with what you ve been doing on and on.
              At least to respect five precepts as a buddhist – should be made before going to talk high.
              Most of these PINGUTHARAYAS that stand and go amok have no what soever feeling about being buddhist.
              Buddhism we were taught was totally different from what you guys practise down there today.
              Rajaakshe has taken it as his AMUDE, while you have beeen making and creating new form of division by taking the religion and your origin.

              In the war was at its heights, you the kind of men were no in sights. Nor were there Balusaraya or Mangalaramaya Pissu ballas. All these facists and racists were given a birth by GOTABAYA and MAHIDA barbarians for their political and selfish gains.
              They will have to face it for all SOONER than later. I pray further, all ones that rabble rouse the gulliable folks should be punished in accordance with lord Buddhas teachings.
              No hatreds should be spread the way you have been upto.
              We just need to build the nation regardless of the races, religion or other factors that have been instrumental by some selfish men for their own addictions.
              We should not ALLOW Weerawanse to ruin this nation.
              We should NOT allow Udaya Gonthadipila to ruin this nation.
              All alike we have to fight against EXTREMISTS of your nature JIM. There we do everything for the sake of mother land.

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    “The liberal bourgeoisie, its intellectual leaders, the liberal media and, except for Bernie Sanders the American Democratic Party, have nothing to offer. “
    This is a most welcome change of mind of Prof. AKD who, throughout the Democratic nominations contest was dismissive of Sanders, in favour of Hillary C.
    *
    Had he won, Sanders for the US would have been the same as Corbyn would be for the UK if he becomes PM.
    Both are welcome changes who could make some difference, but not enough to alter the nature of the state, which cannot be controlled by White House or Downing Street.
    Without informed mass mobilization, no individual can bring about change.

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    SJ

    “Both are welcome changes who could make some difference, but not enough to alter the nature of the state, which cannot be controlled by White House or Downing Street.”

    Blame Sambandan and Federal Party.

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    The Trump used “political steroid”. This consisted of “We are superior” drug. Sold well because of inherent bigotry. Macron has started using another steroid “Africans have a civilisation problem”.
    Corbyn on the other hand showed what political stamina is. His party was against him and worse the media worked hard for the distracters. Corbyn did not waver.
    Kumar David ~ “……..The distancing of Steve Bannon from Donald Trump is a crucial event on the American right. Trump was forced to remove Bannon form the position of White House Chief Strategist under pressure from new no-nonsense Chief of Staff General John Kelly ……..”.
    So what?
    Surely Kumar David, have you listened to “Puppet on a string”?.
    Kumar David: But the destiny of SL will be decided by Asia.
    Across the Strait, the BJP led resurgence of Hindu-bigotry in what is now a secular nation is alarming. Modi has declared that “terrorism” is the cause of the Rohingyas exodus.
    Bigotry may become respectable in SE Asia. We must address this although May-talk is more exotic.

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    KD,

    What Bannon is not open about is that he is on the pay of the family of Robert Mercer, a Hedge Fund billionaire, who was previously doing research at IBM. So while Bannon espouses white nationalism, he gets paid well; as a political consultant as well as head of Breitbart.com he made more than $1.3 million in 2016. All of it for pontificating about the plight of the poor whites and the working class. How comforting?

    Bannon denies he is a white nationalist, that he is only an economic nationalist, but he then proceeds to justify the KKK and Nazis who marched in Charlottesville, leading to the murder of a young lady.

    While he is known to make antisemitic comments, the late Andrew Breitbart of breitbart.com was Jewish, as are most of its top editors and Bannon’s assistants, such as Alexander Marlowe, Joel Pollak, and Julia Hahn. It seems to me that these people are just right-wing Jews opposed to non-white immigration ( even though many whites think Jews are not whites ) playing a dangerous game in trying to make good money by peddling white nationalist puffery, which can eventually boomerang on them as these white nationalists have a large number of people with Nazi sympathies who seek to target all Jews. The Rebel Media, in Alberta, Canada, is in the same white nationalist mold, but is owned by Ezra Levant, who is Jewish.

    As for Roy Moore of Alabama, he is someone who wanted to defy Supreme Court rulings on the secular nature of American life; a lawbreaker willing to defiantly assert that when the law of the land conflicts with his backward religious beliefs– a literal interpretation of Christianity and the ten commandments, unmindful of its contradictions.–he will choose his beliefs over the law.

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      Correction:
      It should read, “…in the pay of….” Not ‘…on the pay of….”

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    People can discuss western individuals. some people consider these westerners as gods to be worshipped. what ever it is, your title is correct. Crobyn comes and he will consider the British Interests and British values and all his socialism will not be shown at that time. It is like TRUMP. He talked something, does something. So, he is bullying who ever he can.

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      Jim Bumty, believe or not without westerners, we would not have been there where we have been today.
      Just see the countries such as Ethiopia. That country had never been colonised. So what remains for them today is only STARVATION and pride.

      And tell us since Independence what have our leaders achieved ? I now think had the country been under BRITAIN, things could have turned out ot be better. – as is the case in Hongkong for example.

      You the like Henamiti people would never let our nation to raise their head.
      You are born idiots to destroy this nation.
      Rajaakshes should be hung by their balls if we at all to see it correct.

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        Rarity minds: Don’t be so smart. Read this and understand who the idiot is. You Do not know what Sinhala buddhist civilization is. that is why you are talking this way. Before the Portugeuse and colonuzers coming we had a good civilization. Just go t Rajarata, Polonnaruwa and see, we did not build those Reservoirs, Large dagobas with those westerners who were still climbinb trees. Sri lanka was exporting rice long before those puka hodenna nethi suddaa were here. That is just a little bit. So, grow up.

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    Neo right wins. Even liberals in Denmark are turning against the obduracy and idiocy of fundamentalist Islamists wanting to force their values in secular christian western democracies. Economic nationalism is on the ascendancy. That is reality. Hungary turned right. German elections saw afD taking 13% and become the first far-right party to enter Bundestag in six decades. Wake up you bankrupt socialists. Most germans who voted for afD are from former communist East Germany where unemployment is really high amongst Germans. They don’t like Turks, Tamils or Muslim Arab refugee ghettoes. Wake up. Tamils are mostly trouble free cleaning our toilets and serving food and doing room service in our hotels but the Turks are trouble makers. Arab refugees are even worse. You manage your nations and you want to sound nationalist and you exclude people. Take India: Does it accept millions of refugees? Does Saudi Arabia accept refugees like we do? No your people come and abuse our welfare system , you refuse to adapt and learn our manners of hygenie and proper social interactions, you want to force us not to drink alcohol or force us not to eat bacon. That is not going to happen. Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, über alles in der Welt

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    See for how many decades, the Sri Lankan Prime minister is the laughing stock of the world. but, other countries are not like that. In Sri lanka, the whole parliament is a joke, full of you know who…. REad this; One, an ex-Conservative Party chairman who was forced to resign amid allegations of bullying and who was returned to the back-benches years ago, and is now reported to have the insolence to try to unseat Theresa May in order to try to install himself as Prime Minister!

    Shapps, Fox and Johnson are three somewhat stained politicians, any of whom, as Prime Minister, would make the UK a laughing stock in both Europe and America, never mind in Britain. That’s probably why the British electorate want a government headed by a political leader of unquestioned integrity. Jeremy Corbyn would, according to public opinion, certainly fit the bill, or possibly, Jacob Rees-Mogg. If Britain does indeed need a new Prime Minister, which is debatable, then it must be the democratic choice of the people, not that of a disaffected Tory MP with ambitions way above both his qualifications and his unsavoury history.

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    Predictions of Analysts and Astrologers: The type of predictions that people like AKD make are no more sceintific or accurate than those made by astrologers, sooth sayers etc. Take for example the final para, where he says, The thesis of this essay is that the two options described here are the long-term alternatives available at this time in the advanced societies of the West. In the less developed world it will be a blend, in various proportions, of social-democracy and statist/state-capitalist experiences. This Ranil’s UNP is unable to handle and the skulls of MaRa’s JO and Sirisena’s SLFP are too thick to penetrate.

    Of course, no one in advanced countries is going to read and/or listen to AKD unless he/she happens to be a Sri Lankan. But regarding our own country, I don’t know of what practical use the statement about a ‘blend in various proprtions’ is, unless the ratio of the blend is also given. One year from now, let us see how accurate AKD’s predictions are, if anyone can remember them.

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    A. You people stick to your countries.
    B. We will stick to our countries. We already have too many mud people in our countries.
    C. You people refuse to adapt and adopt.
    D. You people are xenophobic and racists be you Tamilian, Sinhala or whatever Indian or other tribals you represent. YET, you want us in secular western christian based societies to be “accepting and understanding” of your groups when you come here as economic refugees. You stick to your group in marriage, you oppose your daughters having sex with white and black natives of the west. You people build Temples and smuggle in Indian artisans to build these temples on visas and they never go back.
    E. You people spread around, and you want your stores and your curries and we accept you. Yet, you remain closed and anti immigrant in your nations.
    F. Bannon and Trump are very close. He left because of “image” and not over ideology. Trump is all about our White race.
    G. Blood and soil Blood and soil. We are remaking the west the way God wanted it to be. Separate continents for separate people. If you want to be accepted, adapt to our ways and our cultures and our values that include justice, fairplay and equal access. I find it sad for your caste ridden Hindoos the most and the Muslim Wahabis who cannot adapt.

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    All this political hogwash theory amounts to naught. I mentioned here before Trump won, that he had a very good chance of creating seismic change by winning. No need for theories of bourgeoisie blah blah ad infinitum. I doubt if I saw Dr. David ever entertaining the idea that Trump could win back then. Did you Sir? I did.

    I am going out on a limb again; this mad man dictatorial thin skinned bully will win again in 2020, provided the Russian investigation does not lead to his criminal conviction.(does not seem to be probable). It is coming; the Tsunami of rightwing nationalism is here. There is a good chance he will start World War III as well. Who knows? I didn’t vote for him nor Hillary! As long as the loser Democrats have rich arrogant liberals like Nancy Pelosi clinging to power, they will keep losing over and over again at State and national level even with the Trump factor in play. Democrats lost so many States and local Assemblies under Obama.

    The racial Divisions are becoming wider and more permanent. Trump knows to play the clueless class of white voters like a great Stradivarius. Brietbart and Bannon are still his key cards to spread his message as an outsider. US Ambassador to Sri Lanka must be squirming not being able to force their liberal agenda from last year! Christian right is on the rise. Backlash against a lot of social policies also kicked in. Russians played a big hand too. Now we await the pee-pee tapes.

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    If President Sirisena’s election was a rainbow coalition of Inclusiveness, Trump’s election was one of clear Exclusionary demographics. White non-Hispanic voters went to Trump by a whopping 58% to 37%. Hillary’s percentage of black votes also fell from Obama’s 93% to 88% and that is massive except when you consider total number of votes cast in the battleground states. The US is racially and economically divided, angry and polarized.

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    FYI Dr. David, I mentioned several possibilities here long before Trump became my President.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/race-in-races/

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/us-elections-will-it-lead-to-a-wall-erection/

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    Mano Ratwatte / August 13, 2017 17:56
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    Before the election in 2016 in the blue collar working districts of the Swing states, people felt disrespected and not heard. Obama won the 91% WHITE Iowa both times. Hillary lost. She was so arrogant and did not visit Wisconsin after the primaries were over. She lost all the states Bernie won based on younger white voters. Why is that?
    My mother in law’s family were working class people who emigrated from Northern Italy. Her grandfather worked in the Coal Mines and died of Black lung disease and so did her father, who was first generation american born. They were hardworking proud people. My father in law was die-hard Union worker at Chrysler. His grandfather was a German emigrant farmer in a battleground state. They had no lights and running water growing up. His father had to get up at 4am to go tend to the cows; he only went upto 8th grade and my father in law only finished High School and had a job that paid $20/hr.. They have honour and dignity of labour. He is a strong union supporter: Republicans are anti Union.

    When Hillary said she will shut down all coal mines and put them out of work(“We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”), even I , a soft lazy University Lecturer who has never worked a field or a physically demanding job(I bet you have not either Dr. David), felt angry at this arrogance.

    The elite intellectually arrogant lefty and liberals had become so smug to believe that obvious narcissistic bully with a thin skin with zero knowledge of global or even local economic and geo political issues could win and beat the anointed corrupt insider, who was a failure as Secretary of State. Check polls on Monday Nov 2nd in 2020 and not now. Even those polls were wrong in 2016 no?

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    AKD, Corbin and Ranil: Just put some glasses on Jeremy Corbin and the similarity between him and Professor Kumar David is striking, including the skin colour. And we know how important that is in the so called advanced countries. I wonder whether the whole purpose of this article is to drive home the point that AKD is future political material. If so I agree with him. Let us give him a chance at least in SL.

    Surely his performance could not be any worse than that of Ranil, his friend.

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