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The American Dream

THE BRUTAL murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis cops has triggered angry protests from coast to coast in the USA. This is the United States that the British ruling class call the leader of the ‘free world”. This is the society that they worship as the model of neo-con or ‘libertarian’ capitalism.

James Truslow Adams, an investment banker turned writer, coined the term ‘The American Dream’ in his 1931 bestseller, the Epic of America. This was a “dream of a better, richer and happier life for all our citizens of every rank”, which he said “has been realised more fully in actual life here than anywhere else, though very imperfectly even among ourselves”.

Last week millions upon millions saw the footage of an unarmed Black man being choked to death by a cop in broad daylight. That brutal scene has now gone around the world, exposing the real face of the ‘American dream’ in the 21st century.

The US President now threatens to send in the troops to quell the protests, which he says are led by “radical-left” and anti-fascist “anarchists”. Trump claims that the media “is doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy”. He clearly wants to make political capital out of the crisis, which he hopes will divert attention from his inept handling of the coronavirus crisis and mobilise racist opinion behind his re-election campaign.

We can do little or nothing to influence events in the USA, but we must show solidarity with the workers and the ethnic minorities who are now taking the struggle against oppression on to the streets of towns and cities across America.