November 28, 2014

WHAT WE HAVE HERE ARE TWO POSSIBILITIES:

Why the right keeps winning and the left keeps losing (MICHAEL LERNER 28 November 2014, OpenDemocracy)

Why does the right keep winning in US politics?

Sometimes it's through electoral victories, sometimes by having the Democrats and others on the left adopt what were traditionally right-wing policies and perspectives. Of course, the right has support from billionaires and many major corporations. And I know that the median household income has continued to drop, that while jobs are increasing the pay for middle income and working people has been falling, and that two thirds of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, with great economic insecurity.

But these are all reasons why we would reasonably be motivated to go to vote to ensure that the right, with its program of further cutting the social support network, making it harder for people to get basic governmental services and threatening to close the government down, doesn't win. Yet the opposite keeps happening. Why do so many people end up voting to elect politicians who stand for policies that hurt the economic well-being of a significant section of the people who voted for them?

It is, of course, not just an American phenomenon, but an Anglospheric one, that the conservative party has come to dominate politics to the point that when the liberal party experiences success it is by aping conservative positions.  So we must consider one of two policies : either electorates throughout the English-speaking world (and Scandinavia) have determined that their lives are rather comfortable, conservatism works and advocates of conservatism deserve their vote; or, these voters have all been fooled, have not  noticed that their consistent conservatism has yielded lives of misery, and vote against their own self-interests in election after election from country to country.




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