by Robert Reich
old Democratic and
Republican parties are exploding. When you take a closer look, America
has six political parties right now:
Establishment Republicans, consisting of large
Street, and major GOP funders. Their goal is to have their taxes
Anti-establishment Republicans, consisting of Tea
Partiers, the Freedom
Caucus, and libertarians. Their goal is to have a smaller government
shrinking deficits and debts. Many of them also want to get Big Money
politics and end crony capitalism.
Social conservative Republicans – evangelicals and
whites. They want America to return to what they call “Christian”
Establishment Democrats – corporate and Wall Street
executives and upper
middle-class professionals. They’d also like a tax cut, but they
Anti-establishment Democrats – younger, grassroots
movement types, and
progressives who still call themselves Democrats. Their biggest issues
widening inequality, racism, sexism, and climate change. They also want
Big Money out of politics and they reject crony capitalism.
The sixth party is Trump. This party consists of
Donald J. Trump and his
fanatical followers. Trump’s goal is to get more money for himself, get
power for himself, get more attention to himself, and get even.
can put together elements of a governing coalition among these six
win future elections.
possibility is a coalition of anti-establishment Democrats who want to
money out of politics and who reject crony capitalism, and
Republicans who want the same.
other possible coalition is establishment Democrats who want their
and establishment Republicans who want the same.
the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of
Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing
secretary of labor in the Clinton administration and Time magazine
one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century.
written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The
Nations, Beyond Outrage and most recently Saving
founding editor of The American Prospect magazine,
chairman of Common
Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and
the award-winning documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL.