this thread is pretty much assigned to dems

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i don't consider myself particularly alarmist, but 'america' has always been an aspirational myth. you too can go from the gutters to the penthouse as long as you aren't female/black/papist/etc. but, you know, not *really*

modern economics considers itself perfectly ideal and rational, yet the stock market goes into a frenzy whenever trump mentions a corporation on twitter. les etats-unis considers itself perfectly ideal and rational but the fabled checks and balances were customs, not regulations

newt began discarding the customs 25 years ago, and trump and hunky paul ryan will finish them off. idk what this will result in -- no shitty hollow government in history has had this kind of firepower advantage over its rivals, nor the circuses at its command -- but when 'silvio berlusconi' is the best-case scenario, yr polity is fucked

we all think the current situation will carry on forever, but it doesn't work that way. no one of importance -- apart from this navy rotc dude i met who'd been an exchange student there (!) -- predicted the fall of the ussr. giving nuclear codes to a reality television star is just the first step. it's only going to get worse.

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 January 2017 05:42 (five years ago) link

sorry for pontification

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 January 2017 05:43 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

toadstool might (tehresa), Saturday, 1 April 2017 04:59 (five years ago) link

I did spend two years genuinely misreading this thread title btw

esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 23:16 (five years ago) link

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