What we call “the US”, “China”, and “Russia” are geographically based capitalist power-complexes. Their interests sometimes overlap, but often conflict. Even as dramatic a change of personnel as Trump’s victory isn’t going to dissolve these rivalries.
It’s no surprise that 2017 begins with attacks on migrant workers. But it’s disappointing that so many come from members of the Labour Party.
The right wing media has got into a frenzy over foreign aid. Britain spends 0.7 percent of its gross national income on foreign aid—that’s far too much for the likes of the Daily Mail newspaper.
There’s no reason for Labour to be squeezed between a racist Brexit and a neoliberal defence of the European Union
Mark Carney warned last week that politicians had to tackle the growing “isolation and detachment” that working class people feel towards capitalism. The Bank of England governor is just the latest figure in the ruling class to feel the ground shifting beneath his feet.
Will we see a national strike by large numbers of workers ever again?
One thing will be certain in 2017—the Tories will continue to tear one another apart over Brexit.