Biden-Trump Rematch Reflects a Democratic System in Terminal Decline

Source: Common Dreams
by Peter Bloom

“As the United States barrels towards another presidential election pitting Joe Biden against Donald Trump, a somber reality is setting in for many observers: despite the stark differences between the two men and their visions for America, their rematch represents a broader shift in how democracy functions in the 21st century. Increasingly, elections have become competitions between the ambitions and personalities of individual ‘great men’ rather than contests of ideas or visions for society. This phenomenon reflects a contemporary belief in the outsized power of elite individuals (whether CEOs, celebrities, or political leaders) to drive change and shape the world around them. It’s a worldview that has its roots in neoliberal ideology but has morphed into something more extreme: a ‘cult of personality’ that justifies massive inequality and the consolidation of wealth and power in the hands of a small oligarchic class.” (07/09/24)