Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
A couple of thinkgs leapt out at me.

"Civil unrest will not be a problem for the Trump presidency. It will be a resource. Trump will likely want not to repress it, but to publicize it--and the conservative entertainment-outrage complex will eagerly assist him. Immigration protesters marching with Mexican flags; Black Lives Matter demonstrators bearing antipolice slogans--these are the images of the opposition that Trump will wish his supporters to see. The more offensively the protesters behave, the more pleased Trump will be."

In an online article for The New York Review of Books, the Russian-born journalist Masha Gessen brilliantly noted a commonality between Donald Trump and the man Trump admires so much, Vladimir Putin. "Lying is the message," she wrote. "It's not just that both Putin and Trump lie, it is that they lie in the same way and for the same purpose: blatantly, to assert power over truth itself."

Gil Scott Heron was wrong; the revolution was televised. It's just that it's not the revolution we were expecting. I remember a communist boasting to me that the Constitution of the USSR was far more open and democratic than that of the US, what he failed to note was that you can have the most rigorous systems of over-sight in the world, but if there is no will to enforce the rules or hold people to account, then it's meaningless.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 31st, 2017 at 04:09:27 PM EST
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