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Response to trailmonkee (Reply #49)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:31 PM

64. It's so hard to predict, 'what's next?' with those folks.

Painting with a very broad brush (from the end of a spectacularly long handle, since he's so high up on that mountain top), Mr. Hedges sez:

Populist movements, from labor unions to an independent press to socialist third parties, have been destroyed in the United States. A protofascist movement that coalesces around a mystical nationalism, that fuses the symbols of the country with those of Christianity, that denigrates reason and elevates mass emotions will have broad appeal. It will offer to followers a leap from the deep pit of despair and frustration to the heights of utopia. It will speak in the language of violence and demonize the vulnerable, from undocumented workers to homosexuals to people of color to liberals to the poor. And this force, financed by the most retrograde elements of corporate capitalism, could usher in a species of corporate fascism in a period of economic or environmental instability.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/101648010

But even before any of that happens, from the Infotainment + Fabrication + P.R. + Koch Brothers Construction Co. fake news front (see, "Cain, Herman" and "Bachman, Michell and Marcus" from the most recent Leading Presidential Contenders list), I think you're right. They're going to need a fake-Populist "one of us" type that has some other talent besides yelling at the neighborhood kids to get off the lawn, and stop moochin' from the Federal Treasury.

I would have thought they'd go for a distinguished (but warm and personable) military type, but look how that's gone:

http://soundcloud.com/mike-in-raleigh/mission-incomprehensible

Hit the orange button at left to play the audio track. Very nice summary/recap of the most recent monkey business.

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