Summary: It is a new chapter in our descent into ClownWorld, as the Left works to incite greater hatred in America – risking America’s social stability to gain more political power. Here are bulletins from the front lines of our political conflicts.
“When the men on the chessboard,
Get up and tell you where to go, …
When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen’s off with her head
Remember what the Dormouse said.
— “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Starship.
As we travel deeper into ClownWorld (the final meme for America), the standard sources of analysis become tribal, mad or irrelevant. We must turn to people better suited for our new era. People like the novelist James Howard Kunstler. This post was built on insights in his post “The Yin and the Yang of It.” I just added a bit to them.
He described the next stage in the fracturing of American society. Each tribe has its own truth. The Founders feared the growth of factions above all things. Rightly so, since our strong cohesion has carried America through tough times and been our greatest strength. These show how the Left is throwing all that away.
Even the strongest diamond can be destroyed by blows on its fault lines. The Left will do that to America unless they are stopped.
A new New York Times
In 1901, at the 50th anniversary of its founding, the NYT said its “covenant” was “All the news that’s fit to print” (per BBC). But that no longer fits the NYT that joined “the resistance” (aka the “get Trump” mob) that published so much fake news about RussiaGate, that has made racism the primary lens through which to see American society (i.e., their 1619 Project: agitprop for the 21st Century), and has crafted a Leftist narrative to impose on the 2020 election).
But the NYT’s marketing department has found a solution. Last October their marketing staff rolled out The Truth is Worth It campaign. In the old days, NYT journalists chased news. Now they claim to deliver the “truth.”
Stoking racial hatred for political gain
“Resistance team captain Elizabeth Warren” spoke about the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri, shot by a white policeman.
What a cynical strategy, deliberately stoking racial antagonisms for political gain.
It is a plan others are following. The New York Times’s op-ed writer Gail Collins wrote “How to Torture Trump.” The Left will applaud (only criticism from within the tribe matters). That journalists ignore this destructive ploy shows their allegiance. Can we afford this?
Politicization of everything
The NYT reports the next step in the politicization of everything in America. Public disclosure of Trump donors was the beginning. Boycotts of Trump’s supporters was a logical next step. If this catches on, Republicans will reply in kind. More political acrimony in America: not going to help.
The big picture
The key to understanding our situation is that we’re in the midst of a broad collapse of institutions. This includes both Left and Right in politics, both of which have turned against us. For more about this see A new, dark picture of America’s future (esp note the links to other posts in the For More Info section).
Loss of America’s social cohesion has brought America to the brink several times. The Civil War. The massive polarization of the 1960s: bombings, riots, burning hatred along many faultlines. We survived both of those. Third time unlucky.
For More Information
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If you found this post of use, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Also see these posts about the Left-wing of our politics, about political polarization, how to reform America politics, and especially these…
- The secret reason for America’s white-hot political rhetoric.
- Jonathan Haidt explains America’s out-of-control polarization.
- About the polarization poisoning our politics.
- Visions of America if the Left wins.
- The Democrats show us the politics of ClownWorld.
- Two levers to bring the Democrats victory in 2020.
Useful books explaining what happened to America
I have not found a good book explaining what happened to the Left, causing its hatred of America. These are the best I have found.
Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank.