“Trump’s ascent to power opened my eyes in other ways, particularly after the bending of the knee by so many Republicans, including some I expected to have more integrity.”
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” (Voltaire)
Following the real money is the next step. I don’t mean the piddly campaign money. Sure, that seems pretty significant, but it pales in comparison to the money spent to spread hate and discontent (aka “individualism”) among all Americans just to sell shiny, noisy crap we don’t need. The news ‘product’ that we see with all of its biased reporters (chosen for ratings/cashflow) is a commercial function of business. It is not a political arm of either party, even though that’s the commercial aspect of various brands. Their function is to sell beer, cars, picket signs and hate while keeping actual information to a minimum (it costs money to investigate things). So-called “public” news outlets have the goal of disinformation and distraction while providing the pretense of ‘investigative’ reporting, but never investigating the fanatical beliefs of its base or the massive entities that make tax-deducted contributions.
To many people, Republicans seem more honest and direct in public (for better or worse). That’s probably even true to some degree, except with themselves. Keeping life simple and having a simple platform makes it easier to stay on track and not slide off into the woods of nuance.
“It is certain, I think, that the best government is the one that governs the least. But there is a much-neglected corollary: the best citizen is the one who least needs governing.”
― Wendell Berry, The Long-Legged House
For thousands of years, people have been led around by priests and mythologies of how entitled we humans are to everything we see on the planet, but instead of caring for it and being responsible, we have unquestioned beliefs in an Invisible Hand or other invisible imaginary beings that supposedly give us the right to destroy our grandchildren’s places while having blind faith that everything will work out in the end (or at least not fall apart until the weekend).
Democrats are not any better. They make a lot of noise about saving the climate (too late) or getting “equal protection” under laws, but they really don’t want to face the truth that we have to stop the “Greatest Generation’s” consumerism empire that allows all of their political money and poverty-dependency to exist.
It’s all in the marketing, and it’s ALL marketing. Humans (Americans especially) have lost the ability to live without someone or something telling them who they are, what to think, where to go, what to buy and what is the price of everything(but the value of nothing). We have no skin left that isn’t branded, no motion that isn’t tracked and no gesture that isn’t judged for its dollar value to The Economy.
We have civilized ourselves to oblivion. Instinctively, that makes us seek barbarism and excitement for Change and Hope and Exploration even as we destroy the places we should change, care about and let our children explore. We spend billions extending the lives of dying people out of some blind sense of Life, afraid to face the natural process of death. We pass laws to prevent abortion as though every human life is sacred, but we don’t have a policy that says what humans are good for (except blind worship of imaginary beings and wealth). We don’t even let the bodies decompose for fertilization. They must be processed for profit and protocol by strangers.
Meanwhile, the dirt under our feet goes untended except by machines, the air warms from the breath of those machines, and we build homes and roads for machines rather than building communities and gardens for families and wildlife.
The dominant species is money. The money always votes for the other money. It always finds ways to convince people (animals) how to make more money and to support the desires of money over people. Republicans and Democrats will contort themselves and the government into a bucket of worms to protect their particular brand of money, regardless of their proclaimed moral righteousness.
“I watch and I wonder and I think. I think of the old slavery, and of the way The Economy has now improved upon it. The new slavery has improved upon the old by giving the new slaves the illusion that they are free. The Economy does not take people’s freedom by force, which would be against its principles, for it is very humane. It buys their freedom, pays for it, and then persuades its money back again with shoddy goods and the promise of freedom.”
― Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow
“There is only one threat to their empire of debt: people acting in the interests of ordinary society — which in the rest of the world is known as socialism. Consequently, we have no socialist politicians and no socialist journalists in our entire press and media, which is simply unimaginable in most civilized places like Europe. It is important that the working class thinks it has the self-determination they learned about in high school civics classes designed in the universities, that they feel any kind of individual power at all, which basically comes down the tepid power of consumer choice, which makes them malleable, and intolerant of any voice that suggests otherwise. But if even one iota of class awareness were allowed to flourish here, well, much of the American business class and the entire Yale University faculty would be hiding out in Argentina.”
- Joe Bageant (RIP), “A Feral Dog Howls in Harvard Yard” 17 April 2007
In the unfettered rapacity of so-called “free” markets, Republicans bet on a game of chance. Democrats claim social morality while allowing money to rape and plunder in the name of cheap food and “fairness” somewhere down the road. Democrats say “Sales taxes are REGRESSIVE!” while their programs take the wages of labor before labor sees them. Republicans say we need “Job Creators” while preventing the redistribution of resources so that people can be their own employers to their own ends. The Democrats say we need to “Tax the Rich”, but that implies we should always have a system that creates people rich enough to tax and pay for their system of taxing them. Republicans say “Abortion is Murder!”, but war for resources and police brutality waged upon devalued human beings is not. Both determine their platforms based on continuation of human civilization as though it can exist in isolation from the natural resources each person needs in order to live. Neither attempts to disassemble the walls separating beliefs from reality.