It’s a narrative that says everything and everyone everywhere is broken
The entire culture is broken.
and only Donald Trump has the intellectual, moral, and ethical compass to fix it.
Donald Trump is a part of the cultural narrative that might unroll the current madness to an earlier, arguably saner, state. Either that, or precipitate more division and polarisation. If not, then the future is clear; we are indeed at the precipice of unprecedented cultural collapse and a new Dark Age.
Meanwhile, objective reality shows that Trump has a history of defrauding people,
This is quite irrelevant to Trump’s alleged criminality. He was not charged with any crime, ever. You can argue that he’s not a nice person, but that’s an opinion that carries zero weight in a court of law.
cheating on his wife with a porn star right after his child was born
He’s not a nice person. This is a moral judgement that might have carried more weight in conservative times, but in this era of child-sniffing Joe Biden and cocaine-addicted, prostitute-indulging Hunter Biden, it’s irrelevant.
of putting his own children in positions of power (and allowing them to make billions in profit from their positions),
I agree. I’ve said before that I object to his nepotism. Though on a positive note, none of the Trump children are cocaine addicts or prostitute johns.
of attempting to overthrow a democratic election and conspiring to send fake electors to DC with zero court evidence.
He believes, with certainty, that the election was stolen. @raybennett suggests he’s insane, and therefore belongs in a psych ward. You believe that he’s a liar. He’s not lying, because he believes it, how could that possibly be lying? As a believer, he feels a duty to stand up for what he believes in. Only time will tell whether he’s a hero who belongs on Mount Rushmore or fraud that belongs in jail.
He has surrounded himself with criminals and con men from the very beginning, from Manafort to Stone to Flynn.
A lot of unsupported value judgements here. I don’t know who among them has a criminal record. The Deep Swamp that Trump had to rely on to source his people was always a mixed bag of unknowns. A system that is broken is not to be trusted, I don’t care if they lock Sister Tereza away as a criminal. It’s just not relevant when a system has become a joke.
Our news feeds are dominated by reactionaries reacting to reactionaries, which only makes the extremes louder and more prone to violence. Trump represents one of those extremes. I am anti-Trump, because I am anti-extremism.
And puppet Biden doing the anonymous oligarchy’s every bidding, with his cocaine-addicted, prostitute-hiring son in secret deals with China on behalf of the Big Guy is another extreme. Your point?
Gaining sexual agency and autonomy is a big deal. All of these are genuine accomplishments of feminism, reducing the restrictive inertias in the public sphere from previous eras.
As should be clear by now, from my previous post, I disagree with you. Feminism is an epic failure that seriously hurts women in the darkest of ways.
Because we placed so much emphasis on equality in the public sphere, we’ve ignored equality in the private sphere, and I think many men (and women!) are acutely feeling that pain.
Just to be clear. Equal outcome is not equal opportunity. All too often, equal outcome gets conflated for equal opportunity, and the manipulations required to achieve equal outcome are anti-democratic. The fairest mechanism is the free market. Let the free market decide, let men focus on their careers, let women choose the men that provide for them.
My theory is, just as the industrial revolution shifted women into the public sphere for the first time, which solved old problems and created new problems, the information/automation revolution will do something similar for men, expanding their identity and roles enough to allow them to share the caretaking of the private sphere.
Sticky problems. They don’t always have easy solutions. People who think they do, are the stuff of which totalitarians are made.
As Warren Farrell often points out, traditionally men have been forced to show love for their family by staying away from their family, working themselves to the bone in order to support their loved ones. Which, to me, feels like oppression (and is fortunately an oppression I have not had to endure, as I am able to work from home and raise my daughter alongside my wife every day, because my surrounding techno-economic base in the LR now allows for that. And I appreciate the fact that I am likely only a fraction of a percent of all men who have ever lived who are able to do so.)
You can’t ignore the lies from the Bush administration that led to countless dead civilians and the longest war in US history.
Ugh, the neocons are a disgrace.
You can’t ignore the fact that the last two Republican presidents have left the economy in tatters when they left office.
You can’t ignore that conservatives have fought every expansion of human rights in modern history, including recent things like gay marriage or eliminating pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps from our insurance systems. You can’t ignore that Trump directly expanded the “swamp” by putting industry leaders in charge of regulating their own industries, known as regulatory capture.
A broken system with broken narratives is not sustainable across all levels. It is destined to unravel.
You can’t ignore that there is simply no analog on the left to something like Qanon
Not this fringe conspiracy Qanon thing again? Why is this a thing?
And on the other side, you can’t ignore the real successes of the Biden administration. Medicaid can now negotiate medicine costs. Injured veterans can now get the medical support they need after being injured by burn pits. We are now placing critical investments in clean energy. We finally have real investment in our crumbling infrastructure, something Trump could never accomplish.
Oh dear. Too much here to respond to. Where do I begin?
Does that mean the left is all good and the right is all bad? Of course not. There are extremists on both sides, and there are times when the left’s extremists bother me even more than the right’s — but I’m also not blind that these extremists are creating each other.
We agree on something!
And yes, saying that Biden is “the most corrupt administration the US has ever seen” — after Trump tried to burn the Constitutiom based on his own unsubstantiated “beliefs” — is a product of extremism.
Time will tell, if either of them goes down in history a hero or a felon.
As I said before, Trump tried to undermine the election, and this resulted in the first non-peaceful transfer of power in modern history. That is a fact.
Time will be the ultimate judge, depending on whether he becomes a hero or a felon.
He also stole confidential documents and hid them at Maralago (which even he admits, you can’t say the FBI and DOJ are making this up)
I don’t care what an FBI stasi doing the bidding of a corrupt administration allege. It’s irrelevant.