Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Does Hillary get it?

That's the question Robert Reich asks in his op-ed. He argues that the biggest divide in America is not right vs. left but establishment vs. anti-establishment.

I understand his reasoning, but have a different take on the divide. The question is not whether there is (to be) an establishment. There is always an "establishment" - even after revolutions. The source of the divide is how the present establishment is failing the (vanishing) middle class and the American workers. Clinton needs to fix the establishment.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to move toward the “middle.” In fact, such a move could hurt her if it’s perceived to be compromising the stances she took in the primaries in order to be more acceptable to Democratic movers and shakers.

She needs to move instead toward the anti-establishment – forcefully committing herself to getting big money out of politics, and making the system work for the many rather than a privileged few.

She must make clear Donald Trump’s authoritarian populism is a dangerous gambit, and the best way to end crony capitalism and make America work for the many is to strengthen American democracy.

With that I agree.

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