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(Why) Americans Are Too Busy Reacting to Authoritarianism to Act Against It

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We have become 'reactionaries, alarmed, shocked, baffled, outraged by the day’s latest terrible, events,mute recipients of tragedy, passive receptacles of our own demise, unable to discern the reason behind it all. If all that Americans can do is react to authoritarianism’s daily transgressions, each one a little more terrible & violent than the last, then it will surely win, because it is constantly pushing the bar down into the abyss. Authoritarianism is only the flood, not the storm. It’s the mechanism of collapse — but not the cause. One reason is that Americans don't listen to intellectual analysts, we hear pundits.  But, the job of a pundit is not to tell the truth — but to spin it.  We are trapped in reactionary cycles. Like most cycles, it gets harder to break every time because we are all are too busy desperately, furiously reacting to act.' It is sad and tragic.'

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How often I think about this constant noise, awaiting for our corrupt Congress to do something. I do feel "trapped in just such a classic cycle of reaction to abusers."

I feel like I am waiting to be rescued!

Yes! "The point is to break it. To really defeat authoritarianism takes an active, not just a reactive, stance. It means not just responding with outrage, alarm, and shock, playing defense, as it were, against the opposition"--"but acting. Acting how? For what? For whom? What does "acting against authoritarianism" really mean?"

The author says: "It means this. Offering a positive, transformative, unifying vision for a broken society. Crafting a new social contract. A grand new bargain. A sweeping new compact. Made of new rights, institutions, obligations, duties, public goods, services, agreements, and interests, which genuinely better people's lives again. That is the only thing in history, which has really brought down authoritarians.'

But , IMO , even if a clear vision comes from a new voice, the pundits will have "at it' and the PAC $$$ will flow in to denounce the person and the vision, and it will be the same-old, same-old cycle.

But I only know what I have seen since that ignorant psycho became our leader!

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