Goebbels in America
They failed in the game which they invented, maintained, and defended at all cost, and now, they want another shot at it, but with altered rules, ones that would guarantee their advantage. This is the core of the microsolidarity and fractal belonging of the current identity politics. It is also fascism at its purest. — Read more from NOTES FROM DISGRACELAND and follow on Twitter 19. IX 2021 Three quarters of a century after his death, Goebbels is back in vogue. After the 2020 shipwreck, R
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The problem with this social toxicity at this point in time, is the wonderful magic of the internet highway, which allows any moron to use technology to amplify and supercharge stupidity, into a louder resonating voice that can travel across a vast network, where like-minded people listen to pied pipers. The amplification process is currently easier (for everyone) to see now because of trumpism and covid-19. The internet is efficiently helping connect toxic people to magnetic nectar-like ideology that harmonizes their mental distortions and deficiencies — allowing simpleton insects to forge themselves into dangerous mindless swarms — able to attack national capitols, or burn down foundations of social structure, e.g., Reichstag Fire.
One doesn’t need to look much further than terrorist organizations to see that our world and country are at risk, as long as there are media megaphones like fox, crime families like the trumps and the means to spread crap all along the Info Highway … but how doers it work, to keep them off?
It’s too bad that states closing highways for winter snow storms, doesn’t act as an example for vaccine and media storms.
Very insightful comment ! Amazing to read this from an American author ! It corresponds completely to my European view on the US nowadays…
The failure of American leadership is the failure of America (and Americans) itself. Over the past 100 years the American identity has been tied to wildly ambitious objectives that led to a feeling of moral superiority. Defeating the Keiser, defeating the Nazis, getting a man on the moon, and defeating communism. All of these goals required a national unity we can no longer achieve anymore because there is no one objective big enough to unite the masses. The war on terror was the last of these and an abject failure in its lie to the people. The war on terror was the war for more government oversight and bigger oil and military industrial complex profits. That’s obvious to everyone now, even those on the far right who claim ignorance. Biden is attempting to unite the clans, so to speak, over rebuilding the country. Rebuilding the country is not exciting, it’s not dreamy, and it is not working. At the end of the day, it seems that Osama Bin Laden was far more brilliant than we give him credit for. In one single day he broke the back of America. Ever since his unprecedented attack, the United States has never been the same, may well never be the same. Since 9/11 we have seen significant government overreach, corruption, and failures at all levels. Trust in the systems of government have never recovered from that day. Every lie told after 9/11 only further harmed the public trust in its government. The GFC further expanded upon the line Reagan used by demonstrating that we don’t punish the financial perpetrators of our undoing, we reward them and blame you, the tax payer.
Knocking down the WTC was a horrible thing but I’m more concerned about our own internal terror groups. The OKC bombing was not funded by ISIS but it sure killed a bunch of people. We don’t remember those folks who died every year on the day because it’s too painful to admit that an American did this. Terrorist activities are nothing new here in America. First we killed millions of indigenous people (and their food) who stood in the way of Westward expansion and stole their land. At the same time we brought many hundreds of thousands of African people to the US to work for free to enrich ourselves. When they acted up or tried to escape we killed them, terrorized them, whipped them and chased them down with dogs. After the Civil war we just ignored the freedom these people were supposed to have been given, lynched them, chased them out of our towns covered with tar and feathers (and third-degree burns), made them use separate facilities (something that still goes on in some places). I was in high school when the first black player took the field in an NFL game. Racial profiling and redlining still haunt our minority populations. If you’ve never had a cross burned on your lawn, seen a friend swing from a tree, or been refused service in a public place then you don’t know the full extent of what terrorism is in this country. Then, of course, there was Jan 6, when even the Vice-President of our country had to lock himself and his family in a safe space in the Capitol until those taking over that hallowed institution were driven out and it was once again safe to conduct our country’s business in the Senate. I am truly sorry for the thousands who died on 9/11 but I am much sorrier for the millions we have collectively objectified, marginalized, and terrorized and killed right here in the home of Purple Mountains Majesties (anyone know who we took those mountains away from?) And of course when we finally stumbled on to Bin Laden in his lair one of us, following his Christian principles, walked right up Osama and shot him in the face at close range.
Having done a root cause analysis of all the evil and sorrows listed above, I find the ancient wisdom of Timothy to be true. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” And our good Senator Manchin is currently the best case study of this destructive human characteristic.
Thanks a lot for your comments. I’m right there with you, Mr. Lucky, particularly in regard to the treatment by the United States of enslaved peoples and the slaughter of indigenous peoples and destruction of their cultures.
I do not forget the OKC bombing. As you point out, it may be harder for some Americans to recognize the date because the bombers, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were red-blooded Americans, not a lot different from the mindless rabble who stormed the Capitol on January 6th.
Trivia FYI – The federal prosecutor who tried Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols is now the US Attorney General, who’s office will try all defendants charged by the FBI in the ongoing Jan. 6 investigation.
I enjoyed your thoughtful comments very much. Thanks for posting. I have long agreed with the assertion of one of our illustrious House Speakers that, “All politics is local.” Never has that been more true than in the last 18 months.
As a born and raised native of Oklahoma City, I do not forget the day those $@)@&$)@#$ blew up my town. We remember and even have a marathon on that day. The desire to go down there and help was very strong. And McVeigh had no remorse, zero, none. I was approximately 20 miles away and could feel the explosion shake the ground slightly. He killed children in the nursery which he knew and yes he would be a proud boy or oath keeper today. One party has embraced the strategy since Nixon in 1971 or so and it has only escalated since then.
So here we are, indeed.
I take the words of Bjarne Knausgard as I take the history of the world, from which we all, hopefully, learn in preparation for conversation about our own politics. It is delusion to imagine the United States is in any sense immune to prejudice, fascism, brutality, and the whimsical decisions of maniacal dictators, whether at home or abroad, to murder masses of our people.
Our politics work more slowly than my imagination, so I can become rather upset about whatever happens today. I personally have always found that the complexity of our politics generally and the limits of my own humanity and imagination make politics not just hard to understand, but a daunting and frightening mess. And I sympathize with anyone who tries to understand our politics through the lens of daily experience. But over the years I have learned that US politics is about much more than what happens today.
Today I read a story on AP about Putin guaranteeing a super-majority in the Russian parliamentary election by removing competing candidates from the ballot. We kid ourselves if we fail to realize the possibility of our own version of a similar despotic subversion. Today, red states overtly pass laws to achieve a biased outcome, by either suppressing the vote or by directly controlling the vote counting process. Now the Congress, as a result, must pass a measure at the federal level that overrides these subversive state initiatives. Thankfully, that initiative has been introduced in the Senate.
In our country we have tools to shape our politics, coming importantly through exercise of free speech in our votes. That’s all we have. It may not be a complete comfort from day to day. But we hold a much greater right than the abundance of the world’s people. And though everyday chaos may challenge us daily, let’s not be discouraged, but instead understand the power of our voices.
Heisenberg, I hope you’re right about this time being a comedy. I’m thinking The Producers or To Be or Not to Be. Or comedians like Bill Hicks and Lewis Black.