Scribblings: Brace Yourself

The country will soon go into shock.  It will learn firsthand what it is like to be in a cult. We’ve already seen how quickly people fall into line, dispensing with reasoning, questioning, logic. Blind obedience and empty slogans will be the norm. A large number of people will not survive the psychological terror. Every pillar of society will crumble and they will not be able to depend on it for help. They will not be able to withstand the forces aligned against them as they try to maintain their sense of self. Even worse, because we saw this during the Reagan era, in small ways we will incorporate the “new wisdom” into our lives. Though we will try to fight against it, to maintain our sense of our “true” selves, we will not be able to completely escape it.

The following is from a discussion between Ron Rosenbaum and Martin Amis. Amis mentions Sebastian Haffner’s book, Defying Hitler.

“When Hitler picked up the keys to the Chancellery, all sane Germans felt not just horror but a complete sense of unreality…. What happens to you, as the public space and pressure increases, the private space decreases, and all your finer feelings, all your sensitivity, all your imaginative sympathy has to shrink….they called themselves ‘internal exiles,’ you went on an exile into yourself.”


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Scribblings: Not So Random Thoughts

“The evil are not really there. They have a problem being present.” (On Evil, Terry Eagleton)

Doesn’t this describe Kellyanne Conway, a human being who is physically but not spiritually present, who appears before us though she speaks as if she’s on a different plane of existence? 

Hitler did not “conquer the masses” but, instead, he “portrayed and represented them.” (Konrad Heiden, Der Fuehrer)

  1. The Russians create the anti-Semitic fiction “Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion.”
  2. Hitler believes it to be true, and uses the methods it describes to “outsmart” the Jews.
  3. Hitler kills 6 million Jews to eliminate a fake existential threat.
  4. Hitler defeated, but the idea of a worldwide conspiracy remains alive.
  5. A faux billionaire gains popularity by repeating conspiracy theories (Bankers, Globalists, Soros, Birtherism).
  6. Russians employ tactics to help sway election to the advantage of the faux billionaire. 
  7. Russians are fingered as the force behind devious methods — hacking, fake news.
  8. Faux billionaire uses purveyor of fake news, along with purloined emails, to deny Russian involvement, labeling all such claims as part of a conspiracy to delegitimize his election.

The American experiment is over. We see that checks and balances can disappear overnight. We see that the electoral college that was supposed to protect us from the insane, from foreign influence, or both, is a fiction. The system has failed.

We are living in a badly written author-less novel. The characters can’t differentiate true from false. They are unaware of the other characters in the story. Whenever the plot moves towards a conclusion, it circles back and starts all over again.

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A Very Brief History of Fake News
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