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Another worthwhile book is "A Nation of Sheep" by William J. Lederer
Today Kellyanne Conway announced that we were given alternate facts. Shades of changing the past and controlling the present
Get ready to party like it's 1984
It tells the story of an imaginary future world that is dominated by three perpetually warring totalitarian police states. Winston Smith is a minor party functionary in one of these states. He works in the Records Department in the Ministry of Truth, rewriting and distorting history. His longing for truth and decency leads him to secretly rebel against the government. His rebellion does not stay a secret for long and Winston soon discovers Big Brother is all about power.
How knee-deep are we in this hoopla? What can we learn from Winston's & Julia's plight?
It's that we're, well, not *quite* there yet ... but the corners, once turned, aren't re-doable.
Here's what's up: "This plan, this Christofascist takeover of the US government, [that] has been in the works for decades" which you've heard about on Autostraddle has been documented by others (see C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy); a sizable chunk of Democratic voters don't even get to *go* the polls, there's been a concerted campaign of interference (see The Best Democracy Money Can Buy); Citizen United made most things all-but-impossible, period (Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right); the noise machine obscuring truths about non-Republican is quite real and well-established (Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government); 1/5 of the global GDP is black-market economy (see McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, where this figure comes from); the "fake news" parodied in my own Glenn Beck: Limp-Dick Detective; and uh Bush/Cheney left things a tuned-up machine (Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy) to ... well. We'll see.
ALSO: I've found J.G. Ballard's Hello America: A Novel and Philip K. Dick's Radio Free Albemuth, both of which I've gotten through recently, to be apt, timely, and of-the-moment. Ditto John Shirley's A Song Called Youth trilogy, which he's revising, once again, for a *3rd* edition, which was how I first found out about this far-too-far-right Le Pen family to begin with! Stay tuned.
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