Common Dreams - October 25, 2019

"When the centrist neoliberals tell you that change is incremental, what they’re really saying is they don’t want that much change. And the reason they don’t is that they are beholden to corporations and rich folks."

Neoliberal centrists either don’t understand why Trump won, or they’re so desperate to stay in control of the Party they’re willing to risk four more years of Trump.

So let’s look at the arguments they’re mounting against the progressive candidates and policies.

But first, let’s get one thing clear: the overwhelming majority of voters support progressive issues on a case-by-case basis, and they support the candidates who espouse them. Doubt that? See here, or here, or here, or any poll on the issues, not the labels. Terms like liberal, moderate, centrist and conservative have ceased to represent any real political perspective, because they’ve been distorted by a four decades long propaganda campaign funded by the oligarchy.  As for supporting the progressive candidates, Sanders’ and Warren’s combined share of the voters exceeds Biden’s by a factor of two, and both poll far better than Trump.

Ok, so onto the neoliberal’s arguments.

The way to win is to get some centrists back from Trump. No. Real centrists are a rare breed, and pinning your hopes on getting a few to switch sides will be futile, for two reasons.

First, they’re not about to go from Trump to an elitist neoliberal who calls him or herself a moderate.  It was the policies and the hypocrisy of the neoliberals that drove them to Trump in the first place.  He’s their protest vote; their Molotov cocktail tossed in the face of Democrats who promise the moon around election time, then represent Wall Street, corporations, the ultra-rich and big banks the rest of the time. The fact is, Sanders and Warren are more likely to win back a few disgruntled centrists precisely because they understand this and back policies that matter to the people.

Second, there’s simply not enough of them. If you add up left leaning Independents and Democrats they equal about 48 percent of the electorate, while right leaning Independents and Republicans add up to 39 percent of the electorate.  Real centrists comprise only about 7 percent. ...
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