The New Hokey Pokey

in #politics8 months ago

The new lyrics:

You put your Right Wing in

You put your Right Wing out

You put your Right Wing in

And you shake it all about

You do the Hokey Pokey and

Epstein Didn't Kill Himself

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But unfortunately the world is sealed away from whatever is said in Ghislaine (hope that's how you spell it) Maxwell's trial.

What I would give to be a fly on the wall in that courtroom

Yes, because the conviction of a single washed-up pedophile is far more important than signs of rising right-wing fascism in the most powerful country in the world. After all, what could go wrong?

I'd disagree with that on three points:

  1. Epstein's connections within America's political elite (all over the political spectrum) makes you wonder how many accessories there are in his story
  2. I'd say America has taken a turn leftwards, seeing as Trump is sidelines and the Republicans lost both houses of Congress
  3. America isn't the most powerful country in the world, not anymore

I'd say America has taken a turn leftwards, seeing as Trump is sidelines and the Republicans lost both houses of Congress

You have totally misunderstood American politics if that is what you think. Eventually America will probably turn more leftward as the younger part of the population gains power, but that remains to be seen. But at the moment, Europe is far more towards the left than the US.

Republicans got kicked out because of Trump, nothing else. Not even so much his policies as his extreme craziness and the willingness of too many Republican congressman to go along with a lot of it.

There hasn't been a US President in this century at least who had so many insiders sound the warning about dangerous authoritarian behavior and just outright stupidity as there was under Trump. Note that those insiders were Republicans.

Unfortunately, even now a lot of people in the American population don't understand what almost happened to democracy in the US, because Trump managed to train them to ignore any source of information other than him (it was not hard, as his supporters were already primed to distrust the establishment due to increasing economic disparity and his rhetoric was exactly what they wanted to hear). This is the danger faced by America now.

America isn't the most powerful country in the world, not anymore

O Rly? That's fascinating, but completely wrong... What country do you think is the most powerful now? And maybe cite some stats to back it up?

You don't like authoritarians?

I do not.

But the weird thing is how many voluntarists and anarchists were easily fooled by a stupid and very obvious authoritarian like Trump, just because he paid lip-service to their beliefs . Maybe they were starving for approval of their ideas, so they became excited when someone on the political stage embraced some of the common conspiracy theories that tend to have followings in anarchist groups.

I guess it worked for right-wing Christians too, come to think of it. Trump only paid lip service to Christian ideals, while trampling all over them very publicly in his personal life.

But in that case I think it was all about abortion. Christian leaders knew that pro-abortion groups held the majority in the US and changes to abortion laws could only be achieved by non-democratic action. And because Christian leaders have a lot of political control over their flock, they can get them to vote for anyone with enough effort.

I'm with you. However, I observe an incrementalism argument. Trump may have appointed the judges who will switch abortion to an issue of state's rights, which is incrementally less authoritarian. Right?

I'm the type of anarchist who wants to push the Rothbard's Button. I'm not into incrementalism, as such. But I get it.

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