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Ignore it and it will go away?

This is how it’s going. The forces of fascism are not letting up, people.

#NoParody — as usual, the reality of our crazy decaying society defies the ability to create parodies of it. Poor Tom.

America’s Abstract Freedom

Kottke laid this awesome quote on us today:

Americans are, of course, the most thoroughly and passively indoctrinated people on earth. They know next to nothing as a rule about their own history, or the histories of other nations, or the histories of the various social movements that have risen and fallen in the past, and they certainly know little or nothing of the complexities and contradictions comprised within words like “socialism” and “capitalism.” Chiefly, what they have been trained not to know or even suspect is that, in many ways, they enjoy far fewer freedoms, and suffer under a more intrusive centralized state, than do the citizens of countries with more vigorous social-democratic institutions. This is at once the most comic and most tragic aspect of the excitable alarm that talk of social democracy or democratic socialism can elicit on these shores. An enormous number of Americans have been persuaded to believe that they are freer in the abstract than, say, Germans or Danes precisely because they possess far fewer freedoms in the concrete. They are far more vulnerable to medical and financial crisis, far more likely to receive inadequate health coverage, far more prone to irreparable insolvency, far more unprotected against predatory creditors, far more subject to income inequality, and so forth, while effectively paying more in tax (when one figures in federal, state, local, and sales taxes, and then compounds those by all the expenditures that in this country, as almost nowhere else, their taxes do not cover). One might think that a people who once rebelled against the mightiest empire on earth on the principle of no taxation without representation would not meekly accept taxation without adequate government services. But we accept what we have become used to, I suppose. Even so, one has to ask, what state apparatus in the “free” world could be more powerful and tyrannical than the one that taxes its citizens while providing no substantial civic benefits in return, solely in order to enrich a piratically overinflated military-industrial complex and to ease the tax burdens of the immensely wealthy?

Three Cheers for Socialism by David Bentley Hart in Commonweal Magazine

Beginning with the staggering success of the Marshall Plan, which enabled the triumphs of socialism in Europe, the American Right (who would have been happy to leave it all to Hitler) started a hate campaign against everything associated with it, tarring it all with the brush of Stalinism.

Now, “Commie” is a vicious insult among uneducated Americans, who wouldn’t recognize actual Communism or Socialism if it jumped up and hit them on the nose with health care or workplace justice.

It’s not clear if the US is salvageable.


Eleven senators in the pocket of Exxon, whose corporate mission is now pretty much congruent with the end of human life on earth. But hey, in the meantime, they will produce several quarters of…

great shareholder value!

History Lessons

Manchin can teach us a lot of surprising facts about the history and traditions of democracy.

Careful attention to these traditions can keep the capitalists and the Russians in charge for a long time, from an increasingly smaller minority.


The average is not automatically desirable.

The Rethuglicans are -900. The Democrats are basically clustered around, oh, let’s say +50. What we need is actually +75 or +100 (or, to be honest, +900)… but after four years of Pumpkin, the +50 would be a good start.

What Manchin thinks he’s going to deliver is -425.

What he’s really going to deliver is -900.

This analogy is now officially stressed enough to reinforce concrete.

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