Some tropes never go out of style. If, for example, you in any way criticize the corrupt excesses of the largely unregulated “Free Market” and the political culture that enables them, most often you will be shouted down as a Communist, a Red, an apologist for the mass murders of Mao, Stalin, a defender of a failed ideology, an Un-American who hates our freedom. It is an idiotically un-nuanced counter-attack to legitimate criticism of a power structure that openly favors the liberty of a few super-privileged individuals over the best interests, or even mere survival, of the vast majority of the earth’s population.
You would think that an attack so simplistic, stupid and one-sided would simply stop working over time. You’d be wrong to think that. Some tropes never go out of style. Check out Mike Bloomberg, a hideous modern-day avatar of the Eternal Jew of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, for example. As despots have proved over and over, if an argument is made continually in the mass media, spoken by everyone, even some dissenters, and repeated in endless variations, the argument itself need not be particularly coherent to find itself on everyone’s lips.
The argument, for example, that Bernie Sanders could never be elected in America because he represents a vicious and failed extremist ideology that America finally defeated once and for all, is advanced in sometimes subtle ways.
Here’s a nice one two punch from yesterday’s New York Times, often cited as the even-handed journal of record:
So, we can see now, reading the thoughtful, nuanced, authoritative account in the NY Times, that really only desperate people, America’s biggest losers, cling to the appeal of this Democratic Socialist and his promises to continue fighting for greater justice for all. Most reasonably successful people, of course, (and it goes without saying) will have a more nuanced view of what’s really important in the upcoming existential battle to unseat President Caligula. They all know that “moderation” is the only way to defeat an “immoderate” presdient.
As for Sanders’ call for paid health care as a human right for all Americans (including those hopeless desperados who are his loyal base) ? The New York Times has that one covered too — won’t happen, forget about it, losers:
The great Jeremy Scahill lays out, with great clarity, how Red Baiting works and how it’s being used against the Sanders campaign, here in less than ten minutes. Very much worth taking in.
I would weep for my country, but I’m too busy creating new dance grooves on my tenor ukulele and channeling the spirit of the martyred saint of the fucking First Amendment ,Mr. Lenny Bruce…