Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Wizard Of Ahs

We have spent a fair amount of time talking about media bubbles since 2016 shocked the world in Britain and America.  The basic idea is that we only talk with our like-minded partisans and shut out the messy fact that about half the people disagree with us on fundamental issues beyond mere policy.  I mean, are you surprised that there is still a Flat Earth society? How can you be surprised by anything anymore?

Still, there is another bubble we wrap ourselves in as Americans.  We are a people uniquely powerful in the world beyond our borders and uniquely ignorant of it, too.  Are you curious how the president* is viewed from abroad?  Take a listen to this analysis from a reporter from a country arguably as similar to us as any in the world.  There is not a word that a fair person could argue with and it is as devastating a take down of the Marmalade Mussolini as you could imagine.

Make America Great Again went from a joke to a threat.  It is now so painfully and pathetically ironic that it almost leaves me breathless.

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