This week the Power Hour makes its triumphant return just in time to celebrate one of the newest, but most solemn festivals, Insurrection Day. Given the way they have been carrying on for the last year, it is surprising that a congressional idiot has not suggested making it a federal holiday. Then again, that would make it more difficult to brainwash school children into thinking that this is the time when orange Nazis tried to burn down the
Reichstag Capitol and seize power with Big Lies!
The absurdity of this ridiculous drama conceals something interesting about the psychology of the political class. They seem to require an Alamo-type event to rally their minds around as they lash out at their enemies. Charlottesville, another trivial affair, has been a rallying point for them. They got three years out of that one, so January 6th will probably be with us through the next presidential election unless some new political tragedy is engineered by our good friends at the FBI.
Part of it is the fact that the ideology of liberal democracy does not provide the sense of struggle required to keep everyone engaged. Like communism, liberal democracy has evolved into a revolutionary mindset without a defined end. It is just a process that goes on until something magical happens and we reach utopia. The commies came up with perpetual revolution to solve this problem. Liberal democracy is evolving a culture of permanent crisis to keep the believers engaged.
Charlottesville and now January 6 are legends that can be told around the campfires as reminders of the struggle. They both have the same elements. The cause was the good people were not vigilant, which allowed the bad guys to form up. Both stories have a point where things could go either way. Both have the point when the righteous swept the villains from the field and triumphed over evil. Both have their martyrs, although the January 6 martyrs are imaginary.
Of course, the more you examine it the more you see that the overlap between ideological zeal and insanity is quite large. These people cannot exist in the world as it is, so they have created a fantasy world. This world of imaginary villains is one where they can pretend to be on the side of angels in the great struggle. By itself it would be harmless, but this madness comes with a fanatical drive to control society. These people are crazy and highly motivated to take over society.
Communism eventually sidelined the fanatics. That is largely what happened when the Brezhnev faction deposed Khrushchev. The more sober minded saw that rule by true believer would get everyone killed. They were still left with an unworkable system full of logical contradictions, but they were able to stabilize it for a generation. It remains to be seen if liberal democracy can pull it off. Biden is the closest analog to Brezhnev and he is a doddering old fool incapable of doing anything.
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This Week’s Show
- NYT: Another Far-Right Group Is Scrutinized in Effort to Aid Trump – Link
- NYT: Jimmy Carter: I Fear for Our Democracy – Link
- NYT: Prosecutors Move Quickly on Jan. 6 Cases, but Big Questions Remain – Link
- NYT: One Single Day. That’s All It Took for the World to Look Away From Us – Link
- Daily Beast: The Real Tragedy of Jan. 6 Is That It’s Still Not Over – Link
- Bulwark: Did the January 6th Coup Fail? – Link
- Salon: Republican voters don’t actually “believe” the Big Lie about January 6 — they’re in on the con – Link
- Mother Jones: A Key Reason Jan. 6 Rioters Aren’t Facing Sedition Charges: They’re White – Link
- AP: Ashli Babbitt a martyr? Her past tells a more complex story – Link
- Paranoid Delusions
- Boston Globe: The coup is still underway – Link
- WaPo: If American democracy is going to survive, the media must make this crucial shift survive – Link
- Salon: Mussolini seized full power 97 years ago: Does Donald Trump long to follow suit? – Link
- NyMag: Conservatism and Fascism Are Not the Same Thing – Link
- Authority Appropriation
- Twitter: Doctor Hailey Banack – Link
- The Pigs & The Farmers
- New Republic: Inside D.C.’s Rowdy New Progressive Scene – Link
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