Ahavati, scanning this thread I don’t see what I can offer to it, because I’m not really interested in individual events, and certainly not in individuals. It’s easy to get what i think is “stuck” on an event, and miss the landscape.
The storming of Capitol Hill is a good example. This isn’t really interesting, and is more a media event to stir emotions than anything else (I think)
(I will now however go on a longish and possibly pompous-sounding sidetrack of how I think about the US, to prove my point about something I claim to not be interested in)
When I think of the us I think of the last 50-70 years, and how this moment is somewhat inevitable on a continuum of previous events.
- giving corporations the same rights as a human being, but then excusing any one individual from taking responsibility for the behaviour of that corporation.
- the privatisation of healthcare, education and prisons
- the gutting of taxes on companies and the wealthy (wealth and corporate taxes)
- allowing lobbying-for-profit
- the build-up of a military-industrial complex post ww2
- the intertwining of outdated free speech legislation, the rights of the tech industry and their social media platforms, and for-profit lobbying
- the rise and fall of the middle class in America, the ones who could buy a house and a car and put their kids in college on the salary of one blue collar worker (mostly this came from external pressures, but the US never figured out how to protect themselves)
- a two-party us/them political system, where you either win all or loose all
What have these things led too....what do you get as a society when the above plays out?
- an increasing gap between rich and poor (the greatest at any time, anywhere, in history). This is the most common and stark predictor of civil war and societal collapse
- an economy that can’t produce, because it’s workers are unproductive, uneducated, in jail, sick, poor, and poorly informed
- powerful media interests using their total control of what you hear and see to suit their private agendas, or the agenda they are paid to present
- a low-literacy population with no sense of history, philosophy, or their place in history. A rabble, to put it bluntly.
- polarised politics, because it is win all/loose all, so you lie, cheat, steal, gerrymander, pay off....you do whatever you have to to win
- a federal budget that has the highest military budget in the world. Who has the biggest military airforce in the world? The United States. What is the second biggest military airforce in the world? The US navy. What is the effect of this? It is a war machine incentivised to sell the “global policeman” narrative to politicians and the public? What does this mean to an American citizen? It means schools and hospitals you can’t afford, education you can’t pay for, because your war machine is eating it. The us war machine is a vampire on its own people. No politician could survive the suggestion to address this in any real way, not when every ball game, every high school event, everything has a military presence embedded in it....the us population is a martial people, and paying dearly for it
- a great robbery of wealth (look at the us share markets gains through quantitative easing to “help the us economy”). To protect the moneyed class the news media are being bought to tell the citizens that immigrants are the problem, that China is the problem, that drugs are the problem, that blacks are the problem, that democrats are the problem....anything but that democracy has been stolen by wealthy people, the war machine, and corporate banks.
- you get polarised, stupid, dog-whistle tuned idiots on all sides
- you get a trump. A fascist leaning personality cult figure who seeks only power and gets it by choosing an “other” to blame all ills on, to get enough votes to get in to power.
What happens now?
Nothing or everything. The us needs a fundamental and seismic shift in several key areas of their political system to avert civil war, and in fact it may be civil war that is required. It will happen tomorrow or in 20 years, but it’s coming as plain as day.
So, do I care about trump, or who said what on what day....no. He/it/this is a symptom of a sick system.
In regard to how I take my news, I scan a variety of news sources every few days, across the globe, and from all sides of the media-ownership spectrum. I’m interested in how an event is reported across countries and outlets. I only actually read commentary, and remain a fan of some dead guys (Alistair cook, Hitchens) as well as pilger, Chomsky, and the great Nz based Kim hill who guides conversations and holds people to account rather than prints her own pieces.
I also read Roman history. Everything you see above you has played out in Roman society. You don’t have to speculate on what might happen in a particular trend/period, you can just go look for the times that same thing happened in Roman history. There is a great series on YouTube that is about 150 hours of the history and politics of Rome, and that alone would give anyone a better grounding in how powerful people run societies than even many people with PhDs in political science.
Long way of saying I have nothing to add to this conversation.
(Last word: if you look up the relationship between pandemics and times of civil uprisings and system change, you will find a fascinatingly close association between the two....something to reflect on when combined with that other great indicator, the wealth gap)