Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Rabid Right Revealed

This demonstrates a great deal about the extreme right, doesn't it?


  1. Ingraham is a provocateur, one of a small legion at work today. They're like 19th century cattle drovers, separating the herd and driving them into different directions, stockyards.

    This may sound a tinge paranoid but why would anyone or any group work so diligently for so long (easily 20 years by my reckoning) to sow such deep division in a society? Who benefits when a society is carved into camps or tribes that view each other with fear bordering on paranoia and deep contempt? Someone has whipped up the American people to a state of division that some contend hasn't been experienced since the Civil War.

    This is much too well orchestrated to be inadvertent, Lorne.

    1. I wonder if, by fragmenting society, Mound, those with power simply go up the middle and prevail. The greatest threat to the contemporary power structure is unity. They care nothing, it seems, about their fellow human beings, and everything about themselves.

    2. I imagine the answer lies in discerning the group that has most to fear/lose from a cohesive society in which the blue and white collar working classes pursue a general self-interest. Consider the inequality that America is so renowned for today. Could that have taken hold without a divided and crippled society?

      Remember the days when we were warned of "creeping socialism"? I think what we've witnessed over the past few decades is creeping neoliberalism. Recall that Harper was an ardent fan of incrementalism, taking baby steps that wouldn't unduly alarm the public but would gradually, step by step, allow him to implement some pretty radical policy. Let's face it, but for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and a Supreme Court willing to wield it, Canada today would look immensely different.

      In The Guardian, Richard Wolffe weighs in on the "judicial coup" of the elevation of Brett Kavanaugh. He says the perfidy is evident in Mitch McConnell's comments:

      “This project … is the most important thing that the Senate and an administration of like mind – which we ended up having – could do for the country,” he told Politico. “Putting strict constructionists, relatively young, on the courts for lifetime appointments is the best way to have a long-term positive impact on America. And today is a seminal moment in that effort.”

      Ah yes, “strict constructionists.” Them’s fancy words for conservative ideologues who get jobs as judges. They emerged in opposition to the clearly crazy supreme court that voted unanimously against segregation in Brown v Board of Education.

      In my view they're exploiting this social division of their own creation to remake America's essential institutions to serve, not the public, but the oligarchy. The Ghost of Scalia now dominates that court to ensure it dishes out ideologically focused decisions. It is no longer a court of law and the Gullibillies cheer from the bleachers.

    3. Thanks for the analysis, Mound. In all of the right's machinations, there seems to be an underlying hubris in the assumption that a day of reckoning will never come. Unless one believes the swill about American exceptionalism, they are ignoring the lessons of history at their peril.