Election 2016: A Battle of Status Quo Dynasties?

In slogging through [Hillary Clinton’s State Department memoir Hard Choices], one is reminded of why the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency is so dreary. The dreariness begins with the real possibility that Jeb Bush will be her opponent, setting up another contest between two dynasties, one of which ‘exploited its vast wealth to obtain political power, while the other exploited its political power to obtain vast wealth’, as Glen Greenwald recently put it. Nothing could more clearly illustrate the merger of economic and political power in the oligarchy that dominates American public life. Were Clinton to win, her victory would ensure the continuation of business as usual in Washington.

via Jackson Lears reviews ‘Hard Choices’ by Hillary Clinton and ‘HRC’ by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes · LRB 5 February 2015.

In fairness, absent significant evidence to the contrary, if Jeb Bush were to win, it would also herald “the continuation of business as usual in Washington.”


Author: David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.

3 thoughts on “Election 2016: A Battle of Status Quo Dynasties?”

  1. I’m rereading Galbraith’s inestimable “The Great Crash”. My greatest fear of the either/or Clinton/Bush continuation is that it will signal a further deferral of the absolutely necessary and in any other age completely unpartisan reform required to halt the continuing slide to outright oligarchy.

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