…ners. There’s still people who do the watching separate from the watched. And that’s not real life. No, in real life we’re all guards and prisoners at the same time. We are all informants on each other. Contemporary political culture is an autoimmune disorder. Do you enjoy living like this? Are you not exhausted? Don’t you want to break out? Or are you happy here, content to judge and judge and judge and never stop judging? Then congrats. Welcome to the nation of finks, planet of cops. Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy.
…tening people, “nice company you have here… wouldn’t want it to get embroiled in some controversy”? People are alienated and worn down and hopeless, and so they see their opportunity to finally be the one pulling over somebody else’s car, lazily tapping the glass with their flashlights. “I’m the one in charge now,” he thinks, as he sends an email to somebody’s boss over a Facebook status he doesn’t like.
…he alt-right got, it remains a small fringe that was likely not very relevant to the 2016 election. Trump basically won with Mitt Romney’s coalition; Hillary Clinton lost because she didn’t turn out the Democratic base the way that Obama did. A bunch of video gamers posting memes didn’t have much of anything to do with that. Politics is not, in fact, downstream from culture; it’s still the economy, stupid. If socialism is to spread as a mass movement in America, it will have to come from people recognizing that socialism is in their own basic self-interest. There’s no alternative to that if we’re to gain sufficient power to actually do anything.