Too many things in too many places

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

As usual, the Journalist Soledad Gallego-Diaz performs an excellent analysis of the “glocal” situation, as it is said now.

I simply repeat it with the same title and terms because I believe that its reading can inspire many attitudes:

"It is possible that after a few years go by, any historian will refer to the months of June and July of this year as the two months that started to change the world. Surely this historian will not focus in the Spanish elections on June 26 (unfortunately, we are not in a position to influence, although some will, perhaps) but in the referendum on the exit of Britain from the European Union (23 June) and the Convention of the US Democratic Party, from 25 to 28 July. And surely will add the Austrian presidential elections, with the extreme right wing to attack and a resigned Social Democrat Prime Minister, unable to gather the left; the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff at the hands of a gang of thieves that rules the Parliament of Brazil; the election of a violent as president of the Philippines who swears to kill 100,000 criminals and, undoubtedly, the authoritarian coup of the Turkish President Erdogan, blindly supported by the European Union unable to assume its responsibility in Syria.

The point is that too many things are coming together in too many places and after a short time. It is possible that, finally, Britain does not leave the EU and that Donald Trump is not elected president of the United States, but nothing ensures, today, that will be this way. And although these two monsters do not sit at our table, it is sure that will leave their mark on the door which is already chipped by the increasing authoritarianism of central Europe, the immolation of the social model of the West in the hands of capitalism which exacerbates inequality and the crisis of immigrants, whichever way we look at it, is a logical stage of globalization.

The calendar will start next 7th, with Democratic primary elections in California, on which the chaos can be introduced in July’s Convention. The enormous difficulty for leftist parties to reach agreements is not exclusive to Spain, not even in Europe. In its own way, the same battle is occurring within the US Democratic Party, among the two candidates for the presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Sanders, who has made an extraordinary campaign and defines himself as a socialist outsider, is not willing to leave  before the Convention of his party, but aims to defend his positions against the Democratic delegates, in spite of reaching minority . The problem is that the attitude of Sanders does not allow Hillary Clinton to combat the Republican candidate Donald Trump, as it should be up to this point. Trump, who has got rid of his domestic competitors, finds the way nearly free, for fear of those who begin to think that is not only an intemperate and violent public character, but represents a real danger in the polls.

What makes Clinton tackles more resistance than any previous Democratic candidate? Some believe that being a woman is what makes her rival feels unable to concede defeat. Others, quite the opposite, defend Sanders and his fight for urging the Democratic Party toward more unconventional positions, even if it means having a position of extreme aggression against Clinton to the end. All these analyses are very interesting, provided that Donald Trump does not win the presidential elections. Because if it occurs, will not matter in the least what Bernie Sanders pretend. The only important thing, unbearable, will be to see Trump at the White House and Clinton, defeated ".
El País, May 22, 2016