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Forgotten Schnippet

I fear that the current media campaign against the “alt-right” is simply a way to distract Americans from their true enemies. Now that “Trump’s a Russian agent” has played itself out, the “Trump’s a racist” narrative comes back into play. But the same bastards who promote “Trump’s a Russian agent” and “Trump’s a racist” are the ones who unleash illegal wars abroad, while conducting domestic terrorism at home (through increased surveillance, economic policies that devastate inner cities and suburbs, and a for-profit prison system). Our predominant enemy is not the local yahoo waving a Confederate flag, but the Wall Street tycoon who is destroying America.

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Another Monday Morning Schnippet

“Just listen to any phone-in and you’ll routinely hear punters who have swallowed whole whatever tabloid or government orthodoxy that has become common currency this week… They pick up on some simple slogan and then repeat it in lieu of actual detailed knowledge or learning.

Just because you and I surround ourselves with people who are not like this, that doesn’t mean they’re not out there and out there in large numbers. My pal said after weeks of campaigning in her constituency during the election, she thought the vast majority of the public were “too ignorant about almost everything to know how ignorant they even were”… The gap between the well-informed, well-considered view and the rest is very wide and lopsided.

When your sources of information are half-digested half-truths from press and media, mixed with fictional stories on Facebook and Twitter and an inability to apply intellectual rigour to any of these things, you end up with a pliant electorate capable of being easily manipulated for profit. Look! Boobs!

John Nicholson

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Canoa: A Shameful Memory

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Another Huysmans Schnippet

“Now it was all over… the jovial bourgeois lorded it over the country, putting his trust in the power of money and the contagiousness of his stupidity. The result of his rise to power had been the suppression of all intelligence, the negation of all honesty, the destruction of all art…” more »

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A J. K. Huysmans Schnippet

“Well, it is all over now. Like a tide-race, the waves of human mediocrity are rising to the heavens and will engulf this refuge…” more »

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Another Calvino Schnippet

“Do people only hear and understand only what they know and have experienced? Does the story, once told, belong to the storyteller or the listener?” more »

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Italo Calvino Schnippet

““I speak and speak,” Marco says, “but the listener retains only the words he is expecting.” more »

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