Culture Wars/Current Controversies

The end of democracy? To many Americans, the future looks dark if the other side wins.

Some people are taking the WWE Smackdown a little too seriously. First, what we have going on now is not “democracy,” but an oligarchy, and a rather deeply entrenched one. Second, to call what we do “elections” is to stretch the definition of elections. What we have are theatrical productions staged every few years to make the ruling class look legitimate. Third, the current “contest” is between a de facto moderate Republican (Biden) and a de facto Blue Dog Democrat (Trump). So regardless of who “wins,” the oligarchy wins.

By Marc Fisher, Washington Post

A psychiatrist examining what has happened to America’s soul chooses for his book cover an iconic image from “Planet of the Apes” — a charred, half-buried wreck of the Statue of Liberty.

A minister who believes the United States is God’s chosen nation decides that a Joe Biden presidential victory would mean doom, a crushing of the nation’s essence.

And a filmmaker whose work has celebrated the raucous mess of U.S. politics concludes that the reelection of President Trump would be “the end of democracy.”

One week before Americans choose their path forward, the quadrennial crossroads reeks of despair. In almost every generation, politicians pose certain elections as the most important of their time. But the 2020 vote is taking place with the country in a historically dark mood — low on hope, running on spiritual empty, convinced that the wrong outcome will bring disaster.


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