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Danny Haiphong
Danny Haiphong

Location: USA

Specialization: War, Racism, Capitalist exploitation, Civil rights

The 2016 Elections: The End of Washington's Corporate Duopoly?

The crisis of US imperialism is to blame for the unraveling of Washington's two corporate parties.

The New York Times recently published a grim forecast for the Democratic Party after Hilary Clinton's victory in Super Tuesday on March 1st. The article cited low voter turnout in the Democratic Party Primary as a possible weakness in the general election against the Republican Party. The Republican Party has a different set of issues. Donald Trump's success has intensified deep divisions in the party. Republican Party officials have distanced themselves from Donald Trump's successful campaign. With public excitement for the Democratic Party dwindling and the Republican Party coming apart at the seams, could the 2016 elections be the beginning of the end of the two-party corporate duopoly in the US?

Broadly speaking, the 2016 elections have created fissures in the corporate stranglehold on the US political narrative. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, despite their lack of Wall Street support, have remained viable options within US imperialism's two-party (s)election system. The Republican Party fears Trump's unpredictability and the concrete statements he has made on foreign policy. Some Republican Party operatives have pledged to support Hilary Clinton before voting for Donald Trump. This aversion to Trump's campaign could spell political suicide for the party. Trump has been the most popular Republican Party, winning Super Tuesday by a wide margin.

The Democratic Party establishment is also scheming to take out Bernie Sanders from the race. The Sanders campaign, for all of its flaws, has spoken to a broad section of people in the US who are sick of unmitigated Wall Street rule. Super Tuesday went to Clinton but Sanders still has a chance to create significant obstacles for Wall Street's preferred candidate who is of course Hilary Clinton. Overall, voter turnout is down on the Democratic Party side. If Clinton fails to excite voters and the imperial establishment further angers Sanders supporters, Clinton may very well lose to the fractured Republican Party come November. Trump and Sanders thus have Washington scrambling to repair the tears in the two-party duopoly in Washington.

The crisis of US imperialism is to blame for the unraveling of Washington's two corporate parties. Imperialism's capitalist economic system is in a permanent state of crisis and a recovery in the falling rate of profit is nowhere in sight. Endless war, so necessary for the expansion of capitalist profit, has forced nations such as Libya, Syria, and the Ukraine into a destabilized hell. But the ruling class needs to wage war on behalf of predatory finance capital to achieve its ultimate goal of short-term profit. So although the global elite has become richer and more consolidated over time, underconsumption and the system’s high social and economic costs could plunge the system at any moment into a crash more severe than the Great Recession of 2008.

Workers from war-torn Libya to privatized Detroit have seen their living conditions deteriorate immensely since the 2008 crash. Many of imperialism’s victims feel as if they are disposable and without purpose. The 2016 elections reflect the sharpening contradictions of imperialism's terminal stage. Bernie Sanders was at one time believed to be a convenient sheep dog for Hilary Clinton. Similarly on the American right, Donald Trump was supposed to galvanize a vulnerable white American population into the Republican Party camp. But these two campaigns, rather than being seen as precious assets, are now seen as obstacles to the two-party dominance. 

The Republican Party has already begun the process of taking Trump out of the race and the Democratic Party is not too far behind in doing the same to Sanders. The demise of Trump and Sanders at the hands of their own respective parties could reverberate throughout the two-party establishment. Sanders and Trump have symbolized the extreme conditions of US imperial society to a broad section of US voters. Two terms of Obama Administration's collaboration with capital is coming to an end and so is the corporate consensus it fostered. The left no longer has a so-called Black President to defend nor does the right have a convenient scapegoat to attack as a means to distract the masses from the miserable conditions of imperialism. This left the corporate establishment scrambling to find a replacement Commander in Chief that perfectly aligns with imperialism’s agenda.

The best possible scenario in the 2016 elections is a split in the two-party establishment. A fractured Republican Party would undermine the liberal argument that unquestioned support for the Democratic Party is necessary to thwart the GOP. It would also weaken the infrastructure of white supremacy and force right-leaning masses to address material problems rather than attack scapegoats. Trump is attractive to conservative whites because he reconnects white superiority to economic progress. But a fractured Republican Party, even with Trump in office, would be unable to meet the demands of their base.

Furthermore, a decline in the Democratic Party would give anti-imperialist forces room to lead the discussion of independent, political alternatives to the material problems of both Trump and Sanders supporters. While it isn't clear how this will pay out, what is clear is that masses of people in the US are beginning to understand that exploitation, war, and racism cannot end under the rule of the corporate Democratic and Republican parties. Trump and Sanders, while not the solution in and of themselves, may create the conditions for a struggle out in the open between the masses and the two-party state. This opportunity should not be squandered.

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