Vladimir Putin as Emanuel Goldstein.
In times of turmoil, public support of an oppressive
government is solidified by fear and hate, usually fear of, and
hatred toward an alleged foreign threat or of internal
“subversion,” and, more often than not, hatred focused upon the
enemy leader. In George Orewll' 1984, that hated individual was
Emanuel Goldstein, who "represented absolute evil, and it
followed that any past or future agreement with him was
impossible." Could it be that to the mainstream media, and thus
increasingy the American public, our "Emanuel Goldstein" is
the Throes of a National Hissy-Fit.
or false, the "Putin hacking the Democrats" charge has evolved
from an unsupported accusation to an unchallenged dogma – a
"cognitive frame," to use George Lakoff’s trendy term – within which a
"what to do about it" debate rages, while few step outside that
frame to ask, "but did Putin
really do it?" or "even if he did, what was the extent of the damage?"
(From January 16, 2017).\
James Comey Visits his Shrink.
James Comey is an emotional wreck as he tries to
deal with the political snakepit that is the FBI these days: a
pro-Trump faction engaged with a more moderate faction in a war
of pre-election leaks. Come needs help. In his psychiatrist, the
Bureau director finally has somebody he can vent to.
Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism
This essay, written when
the CheneyBush administration was running roughshod over the
Constitution, is still relevant today as our homegrown
neo-fascists have entered the political mainstream. Trump
makes George W. seem like a genteel moderate. The parallels
to the rise of fascism in 1930 Europe, of course, are not
exact, but seem eerily familiar.(First posted June 9, 2003)