"The alliance of Republican and Democratic oligarchs exposes the burlesque that characterized the old two-party system, where the ruling parties fought over what Sigmund Freud called the “narcissism of minor differences” but were united on all the major structural issues including massive defense spending, free trade deals, tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, the endless wars, government surveillance, the money-saturated election process, neoliberalism, austerity, deindustrialization, militarized police and the world’s largest prison system."
Chris Hedges has for years argued that the Democratic Party sold its soul long ago and turned its back on the American people and that we Americans have been living through what he calls a “corporate coup d’etat in slow motion.”
According to Hedges, the neoliberal or traditional Democrats have squandered their credibility. Which is, of course, why Bernie Sanders is so popular. Yet the mainstream corporate media continue to promote Biden (while ignoring Sanders), and Biden has some popularity even though he represents more than any other candidate, the "failed" Democrats Hedges speaks of who More
The collapse of our political and cultural institutions has turned charlatans and thugs such as presidential hopeful Donald Trump into viable candidates.