Scanlyze

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What is to be Done?

I admit that Mr. Trump reminds me of Mussolini with his puffed-up sense of arrogant self-importance, his childlike delight in praise, his bullying sense of wounded pride when confronted by honest criticism or any limits on his self-aggrandizing greed and entitlement.

Trump’s irrational demonization of immigrants, his attempts to equate Nazis and anti-Nazis or even to make anti-Nazis and the press the villains, his revanchist call to “Make America Great Again,” all this is reminiscent of the worst days of fascism and stalinism.

But for all that, having lost the support of 2/3 of the American electorate, big business, the joint chiefs, congressional leaders of both parties, the press and America’s allies, Trump must soon depart the stage. Indeed, one wonders if he is not yearning to have someone remove him from this cleft fork of his own cutting, with his increasingly deranged “stop me before I tweet again” morning raves and rants.

But as disturbing as Trump is, what most worries me is the 35% of Americans who refuse to accept rational evidence or logic, who join with Trump in vilifying the nation’s most honored and reliable news sources as “fake news,” who, in defiance of 70 years of American conservatism, apparently see no problem at all with the corruption of the US electoral process and the office of the President by Russians in the regime of Mr. Putin, an authoritarian and Machiavellian former KGB spy. That 35% of Americans won’t be going away. What is to be done?

Copyright © 2017 Henry Edward Hardy

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24 August, 2017 Posted by | Fascism, It Can't Happen Here, Make America Great Again, Mussolini, scanlyze, What is to be Done | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

American Dark Ages, year 41

The United States wasn’t defeated by communism. The United States has been defeated by capitalism.

I count the American Dark Ages as starting December 7, 1972 with the last moon landing.

I have been looking at old ads and propaganda films and I am struck by the ringing tone of confidence that Americans effused back then. There was nothing that Americans couldn’t do. And corporations competed to see who could provide a higher standard of living to the working class.

But now, it wasn’t a communist invasion which ruined and depopulated New Orleans. It isn’t a Russian occupation ruling Detroit and keeping the people in penury. Though it might as well be.

At some point, the predatory element of American capitalism overcame the good sense of the ruling class and the United States started consuming itself. We neo-colonialized our own people. The US now is a hollowed-out caricature of what it once was. In reaction to the introduction of basic environmental and labor protection laws US corporations began to move production, and the jobs and income associated with them, overseas.

The productive effort and scientific and technological genius of the US was squandered on ten million million dollars of military spending. Not a typo, ten trillion dollars.

How can the US afford to bail out AIG for 182 billion but not Detroit for 18 billion? And since AIG was a giant re-insurance firm, why did banks insured by AIG still get bailed out too? And if banks got bailed out, how did AIG lose 182 billion overnight?

Instead of the patriarchal way of the Rockefellers and Carnagies and Mellons, who sought to improve the society through industrialization and philanthropy, albeit for uncertain motives, we now have the Kochs and Scaifes who appear to seek actively to destroy the Republic from within. And a Republican Party that would actually contemplate bankrupting the US in order to try to deny people the chance to *pay for* reasonably fair healthcare.

I am quite sorry to see that dystopian writers like Zamiatin, Huxley, Orwell, John Shirley, Phillip K Dick, Norman Spinrad, John Brunner, William Gibson, and Rudy Rucker, have been largely proven right. Though I am deeply impressed by their insights.

American Dark Ages, year 41. What fun.

Copyright © 2013 Henry Edward Hardy

15 August, 2013 Posted by | bad idea, bailout, capitalism, communism, democracy, Detroit, military-industrial complex, scanlyze, science fiction, too big to fail | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment