Boris Johnson’s victory in Britain is generating predictable headlines in the USA. Scanning the New York Times this morning, I saw a headline suggesting the Democratic Party is drifting too far to the left to win in 2020. What arrant nonsense.
In the mainstream media, political issues in America are almost exclusively presented in terms of left and right. Again, this is nonsense, because America has no leftist party. We have two rightist ones: the Republicans and the moderate Republicans, otherwise known as Democrats.
In America, the true political divide isn’t about left-right; it’s about top-down, as in the richest Americans and corporations against the rest of America. When Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Jeff Bezos are worth as much as the bottom 50% of Americans (that’s 160 million people), do you think top-down disparities in wealth and power might just be a bit more important than left–right issues?
At least Warren Buffett is honest about this. “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” The only candidate who’s willing to tackle this issue consistently, Bernie Sanders, is the one who’s either ignored or vilified as extreme by the mainstream media.
Sanders is right. America needs a political revolution, one in which workers’ concerns would finally take first rather than last place. And that has nothing to do with being a leftist or rightist.