Three Lessons for the Left from the Mueller Inquiry

By Jonathan Cook

March 27, 2019 "Information Clearing House" -   Here are three important lessons for the progressive left to consider now that it is clear the inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russiagate is never going to uncover collusion between Donald Trumpís camp and the Kremlin in the 2016 presidential election.

Painting the pigís face

  1. The left never had a dog in this race. This was always an in-house squabble between different wings of the establishment. Late-stage capitalism is in terminal crisis, and the biggest problem facing our corporate elites is how to emerge from this crisis with their power intact. One wing wants to make sure the pigís face remains painted, the other is happy simply getting its snout deeper into the trough while the food lasts.

Russiagate was never about substance, it was about who gets to image-manage the decline of a turbo-charged, self-harming neoliberal capitalism.

The leaders of the Democratic party are less terrified of Trump and what he represents than they are of us and what we might do if we understood how they have rigged the political and economic system to their permanent advantage.

It may look like Russiagate was a failure, but it was actually a success. It deflected the leftís attention from endemic corruption within the leadership of the Democratic party, which supposedly represents the left. It rechannelled the leftís political energies instead towards the convenient bogeymen targets of Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

   

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