Friday, April 25, 2008
Right Turn Ahead
I think Michael Fisher is right. While an Obama defeat does not necessarily correlate with the ascendancy of Louis Farrakhan it would signal an irremediable turn by the electorate toward nativism. A rise in Black nationalist sentiment would be a logical outgrowth.
America has a debt mountain to climb which is so high as to be impassable. The considerable problems citizens face are even worse than conventionally described. The manipulation of inflation and unemployment numbers is scurrilous beyond belief.
Since the economic downturn of the 1970s, white ethnonationalism has moved from being a mostly regional and marginal influence to mainstream legitimacy. The main reason for the dominance of cable news over network news has been the former's relentless embrace of white nationalist sentiment. This accounts for right-wing radio's popularity as well. And last week American Broadcasting Company became the first network channel to vigorously express this language. Obama's careful avoidance of Fox News was undone in the ambush set by ABC.
The United States currently faces the same challenge that Germany had in the Thirties. How does a state create an economy to support a military superpower yet meet fundamental human needs beyond physical security? The answer, of course, is that it can't and the ensuing scarcity management requires a Darwinian approach.