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Touch of Evil Donald; Trump drags us down to Chinatown, by Maureen Dowd

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“Chinatown... is about terrible truths you can’t undo,  a cynical world where you can’t beat the house and money wins, where you think you’ve got it figured out, and then, you realize you’re dead! The movie is a good metaphor for the Trump era, when you hope that this grotesquerie is an aberration but you worry that the bad guys have already won. What makes the metaphor so powerful is its unAmericanness. In democracy, we supposedly have the power. But in Chinatown, there’s nothing you can do. Forget it, Jake. It’s an oligarchy.Even if Donald Trump is impeached, we know now that the Russians have figured out how to rig our elections — and our dictator-loving president doesn’t seem too disturbed about that.Is the impeachment inquiry the false hope, the cocky detective?'

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Humor and satire are the only way to deal with the endless "media versions of "truth" which work by seeding doubt and confusion, evoking a world full of endlessly intricate conspiracies that you, the little guy, have no chance to work out or change." I got those words when I read this by By Peter Pomerantsev, who remembers living in Russia in the first decade of the 21st century.

"Instead of conspiracy theories being used to merely buttress an ideology as under Communist rule, a conspiratorial worldview replaced ideology as a way to explain the world, encouraging the public to trust nothing and yearn for a strong leader to guide it through the murk a tactic that's as common in Washington these days as in Moscow."

...and we get stuck with pure evil.


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