Sunday, November 20, 2016

USA's 2016 presidential election

Three years ago, I published an article entitled "The future president of the USA in 2016". In that article, I was essentially saying that the biggest force at work against people's interest was the financial sector and that Elizabeth Warren looked at the time like a potential candidate and one that would really tackle the problems of Wall Street doing bad things.

I also mentioned back then... that was much before any of the mud slinging we've seen during this 2016 campaign... some strong issues I reproached to Hillary Clinton and why she appeared to me as a bad candidate. To sum up and update, we can say she is pro-establishment, a fundamentalist religious with a track record of being anti-gay (yup, "Progressives"! that's the candidate YOU supported). She has been in favor of Bush's Iraq war, in favor of the war against Libya, the patriot act, NAFTA, TPP and we know... yes, we know that she committed serious crimes like deleting emails after the FBI told her they needed to see her emails. Anybody who ever worked in the field of security (I have!) knows that accessing classified material comes at the cost of losing some of your privacy rights. And that is for the sake of your country's security because the government or its subsidiaries like the army and the intelligence departments need to be able to assess if information is secure or if it's being leaked to enemies and through what channels. Because if Russia hacked into the Democratic National Convention's email server then they might have hacked into the Clintons' email server and they might know information that diplomats need to know.

Was Donald Trump a good candidate? No! He's anti-science and frankly unpredictable. I don't care at all that he said privately, 11 years ago, something that is gross about how having money and power makes a man more able to sleep with women. Because it is a fact. Money and power alone are not enough, and of course they won't attract all the women in the world. But all other things being equal, being rich and powerful makes a man more attractive to more women than the same man being broke and powerless. And sure he said something about "grabbing women by the pussy". Wow! big deal! He said gross things in a private environment. Like just about every single person on Earth. What's dangerous about Trump from my point of view is essentially that he is unpredictable. His promises are of course unreliable... which you might see as a good thing if you didn't like what he promised. So he could do anything from terrible to wonderful. At least he isn't an ideologue and that makes him better than the average Hillary supporter. Because he allows himself to change his opinion if people can show him that what he does is bullshit. Not that he will. But he might. While Hillary's supporters just can't.

So what do I think of the 2016 election? It's been terrible. It's showed that journalism is irredeemable and that collectivist ideology is now firmly entrenched in the left wing while the right wing failed to produce any decent candidate. At least, Trump emerged as someone who was not corrupted by PACs or in the pocket of Wall Street. But he is unpredictable. I am somewhat delighted to see left wing ideologues crying and right wing ideologues relatively quiet because it is a sign that things are changing. If Hillary had won, the lefties would have been smug naggers and the righties would have been... well, I'm not sure... I think they've been rather quiet for the past few years actually. Politics is in a bad state. So is (even more) journalism. But I've seen some independent voices rising (cf "The Rubin Report") to remind us that talking to each other and sincerely considering that we might be wrong and that the right answer might come from the people we opposed, is the way of reason and the way of virtue.

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