The Forever Purge (2021)

The Purge is a warning.

The first was way back in 2013, before Donald Trump was elected president, and The Handmaid’s Tale redefined our understanding of America as the totalitarian theocracy, Gilead.

Since then there’s been two sequels, a perquel, two seasons of a television show, all revelling in the idea that lawlessness, for one night of the year, purges the population’s rage. It’s blood-letting as balance for an unjust society.

The underlying tenet of this night of violence is inequality. By making violence more than acceptable, necessary, it offers those at the bottom of the pile a chance to take revenge for the injustices they feel, the violence done to them. In a society that believes might is right, the purge is justification, reinforcing business as usual.

The plot for this iteration is simple. Two families, one American the other Mexican, flee the forever purger’s revolution, battling their way across Texas to Mexico. The good guys survive and protect their families by killing purgers. The story is equally heroic. The mildly racist American learns to respect his Mexican allies, fighting beside them as they seek sanctuary in Mexico. The action is fast, the explosions large, and the violence intense.

The purge represents more than a comment on the world we’re all surviving, it’s a prediction. Inequality, enforced by violence, benefits those with resources and punishes those without. It thrives in the simplistic polarisation of us and them, and appeals to the authoritarian mindset of the far-right. It’s entirely logical the managed civil unrest of the purge, is the catalyst for a nationalist revolution. It’s what would’ve happened if the January 6th insurrection had taken hold. The ensuing violence would’ve seen America turned into Gilead, making the New Founding Fathers commanders, and Purgers their Eyes.


Is Elon Musk a far-right activist?

I’m intrigued by Charlie Warzel’s article in The Atlantic.

Warzel thinks Musk’s far-right activism lacks “a strong political ideology or value system”. Instead it’s motivated “by the accumulation of money” and “being perceived as a visionary”.

For me that drops Musk into the narcissistic and opportunistic mould of Trump, rather than ideological zealot, making the outcome and means far more dangerous.

Johnson will start fires we’ll find hard to put out

Sienna Rodgers reports, LabourList readers think “Boris Johnson is biggest threat to Corbyn and the country”. I’m not sure you can extrapolate LabourList readers to represent the wider population, but some of the statistics are a concern.

“Which of the following potential candidates do you think would be most difficult for Jeremy Corbyn to beat in a general election?” Readers fear Mr. Johnson the most at 45.2%. Why? Is it because he’s the Donald Trump of British politics? A “strong personality” who can charm people? A hook upon which the dissatisfied can hang their frustration? Isn’t that Nigel Farage’s unique selling point, a voice for the angry and disaffected?

I think Johnson has a better education than Trump, and is more articulate than Farage, but when the bombs start landing I’m sure he’ll do what’s best for Boris Johnson, not what’s best for this country.

I heard the end of an interview on Radio 4 a couple of days ago. Two pundits talking about Johnson and the possibility of him becoming a Prime Minister. One extolled his virtues as a “man who lights up a room” when he enters. The other highlighted his considerable lack of moral character, and his bumbling indiscretions as Foreign Secretary.

Personally, I’m not sure I want someone who “lights up a room” as Prime Minister. He might be able to light up the country, but I fear he will start fires we’ll find hard to put out.

Trump’s playing with apocalyptic genocide

I think the terms of the argument about the climate need to be changed.

The Washington Post

I would argue that the consequences of ignoring global warming isn’t some kind of “environmental vandalism on a tragic scale” as Eugene Robinson assets. Trump isn’t playing with matches. He’s playing with a country sized flame thrower. Global warming is not vandalism. Vandalism implies something that can be undone, painted over, made good again. Ignoring, obfuscating, delaying and denying global warming is more akin to apocalyptic genocide.

Trump sells himself as a self-made billionaire, but daddy gave him more than $400 million in the nineties

Can you imagine the rage from Trump when he has someone this read to him.

The New York Times

He’ll be bouncing off the walls, tearing through the White House like a rusty ball in a pinball machine. When he’s finished, he’ll emerge in public like a wounded puppy, hurt beyond belief that “fake news” would attack his beloved parents this way.

How this will diminish his self-made-man delusion is anyone’s guess?

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