The US Republican Party convention, which took place this week, paints a terrifying picture of US politics at its worst.
Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president, pumps out a poisonous mix of racism, Islamophobia and utter veneration of the rule of money.
A victory for him is a frightening prospect.
Trump is partly the conclusion of years of appalling mainstream pro-capitalist politics. He is also fraudulently riding the wave of a backlash against the corrupt elite at the top of society.
David Clarke, the Sheriff of Milwaukee County, was one of the main early speakers at the convention.
He won his place by saying that the US is waging a civil war against Black Lives Matter protesters. He compared them to Isis.
Convention delegates who tried to raise mild objections to Trump’s triumphal progress were drowned out by cries of “USA!”
There were protests outside the convention—which was protected by 5,000 police and other “law enforcers”, as well as National Guard troops on standby.
Unfortunately Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton offers no real alternative to Trump.
She will be just as slavish to the military and big business—as her record demonstrates.
Hope in the US lies with the movements and the interest in socialist ideas that fuelled Bernie Sanders’ campaign.