DONALD TRUMP has arrived in the UK to try his hand at regime change.
He is treating the UK ruling class with supreme contempt, as a completely spent force, which it is, and the UK as just another unruly sphere of US influence that has got to be cajoled, threatened and coerced to take the right line as crisis-ridden US capitalism sets out to ‘Make America Great Again’.
This is at the expense of the rest of the world – former allies such as the EU, liberated nations like Venezuela, and ‘rivals’ like the degenerated and deformed workers’ states of Russia and China, the latter being a former favoured business partner.
Trump told The Sunday Times that Nigel Farage should be involved in the next Tory government’s negotiations with the EU, as the Brexit party is demanding, and that the UK must be prepared to leave the EU without a deal, paying not a penny of the £39bn that has been pledged to the EU, and that a trade deal with Uncle Sam is there for the taking (ie the US bosses want to take over and privatise the NHS).
Trump considers that the UK ruling class is finished insisting that: ‘One of the advantages of Brexit is the fact that now you can deal with the No 1 country by far.’ The UK working class is being given the opportunity to swap one crisis-ridden master, the EU, for another equally crisis-ridden body, the USA.
He also had a warning for Labour leader Corbyn. In an interview in the Oval Office ahead of his state visit, Trump warned Corbyn that he was ‘making a mistake’ by failing to make America a friend because of the close co-operation on military and intelligence affairs between his country and Britain.
Corbyn’s response to Trump’s intervention was to issue a statement saying: ‘President Trump’s attempt to decide who will be Britain’s next prime minister is an entirely unacceptable interference in our country’s democracy.’
However, Trump the bully is acting as the ‘enforcer’ out of weakness not strength. The US is now being overtaken economically by China, is involved in a trade war with the EU, and is the centre of a new and devastating banking crisis and a massive and growing indebtedness that is greater than even before the 2008 crash.
American capitalism is fighting for its survival. The United States last June imposed 25 per cent tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods in a bid to try to impose its crisis onto China. Beijing retaliated by hiking tariffs on $60 billion worth of US imports starting from June 1st.
Last week, the Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe criticised the United States for its naval operations in the disputed South China Sea. Wei told the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Asia’s premier defence summit, that China would ‘fight to the end’ if anyone tried to split China from Taiwan.
Wei also used the phrase ‘fight to the end’ in regard to the ongoing trade war between world’s two largest economies. US imperialism is seeking to cripple China and cut oil prices by engaging in regime change adventures against Iran and Venezuela.
The capitalist crisis is driving the imperialist powers into trade war with the US versus the EU, the US versus China and with war plans against Iran, Venezuela and Libya.
The way out of this growing world capitalist crisis is for the working class to take the power in the UK, the US and the EU. The enemy of the workers of the US and the UK is at home. It is the bosses that are grinding down the the working class.
The US and UK workers and the workers of the EU, of France, Italy, Germany and Spain, must make a common front against imperialist war.
They must rally under one banner, that the enemy is at home. The US workers must break with the Democrats and form a Labour Party, and a section of the Fourth International to lead the struggle for the US working class to take the power.
In the UK the trade unions must bring down the Tories with a general strike and bring in a workers’ government that will expropriate the bosses and the bankers and bring in socialism.
The UK workers must unite with the workers of the EU to bring it down and replace it with the Socialist United States of Europe. This is the way forward.