I haven’t finished reading this article yet, but This is a great article, and the opener has been weighing on my mind:

For most people, the luxury of living in a relatively stable democracy is the luxury of not following politics with a nerve-racked constancy. Trump does not afford this. His Presidency has become the demoralizing daily obsession of anyone concerned with global security, the vitality of the natural world, the national health, constitutionalism, civil rights, criminal justice, a free press, science, public education, and the distinction between fact and its opposite.

This is basically the Picard-Damage-Report meme that has been popular since the Nazis took over, and it perfectly captures my daily routine now. G+ used to be a space where I came to escape and talk about RPGs, but now that has almost disappeared. I spend more time reading news than at any previous point in my life, because I’m trying to get a gauge on when I should start getting my family ready to emigrate.

I have never been so disillusioned about my home country. I have never hated capitalism so much. I am angry all the time, and it’s exhausting.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/01/a-hundred-days-of-trump

32 thoughts on “I haven’t finished reading this article yet, but This is a great article, and the opener has been weighing on my…

  1. He’s a leech. One of the things that keeps me going is the realization that this is a taste of how most humans throughout history have lived: with a bully constantly on the radar. We hang on so the people of tomorrow can have justice. And the new edition of Runequest of course.

  2. < ![CDATA[He's a leech. One of the things that keeps me going is the realization that this is a taste of how most humans throughout history have lived: with a bully constantly on the radar. We hang on so the people of tomorrow can have justice. And the new edition of Runequest of course.]]>

  3. < ![CDATA[Terra Frank I can only hope that — barring impeachment (fingers crossed) — enough people will be so disgusted by 2020 that the Republican party will basically evaporate.]]>

  4. Also, the Democrats need to completely transform themselves, ASAP. America needs an actual Left, not this mostly centrist BS the Dems offer. They need to become Social Democrats, and push for real progress — universal healthcare, UBI, massive taxes on the wealthy, internet as public utility — without remorse.

  5. < ![CDATA[Also, the Democrats need to completely transform themselves, ASAP. America needs an actual Left, not this mostly centrist BS the Dems offer. They need to become Social Democrats, and push for real progress — universal healthcare, UBI, massive taxes on the wealthy, internet as public utility — without remorse.]]>

  6. What keeps weighing on my mind is that a nontrivial minority enjoying some structural advantages isn’t just okay with Trump, they’re totally in love with him, what he represents, and what he’s doing. I feel weirdly helpless, which, you know…privilege or whatever, but ffs I feel no representation in our representative democracy. And I feel no faith at all that either 2018 or 2020 will bring such swelling change that it’ll crush the GOP. They dominate all three branches and a majority of state governments. It’s a nice fantasy, imagining a population that shares our values rising as one. It won’t happen. We’ve been divided and conquered.

  7. < ![CDATA[What keeps weighing on my mind is that a nontrivial minority enjoying some structural advantages isn’t just okay with Trump, they’re totally in love with him, what he represents, and what he’s doing. I feel weirdly helpless, which, you know…privilege or whatever, but ffs I feel no representation in our representative democracy. And I feel no faith at all that either 2018 or 2020 will bring such swelling change that it’ll crush the GOP. They dominate all three branches and a majority of state governments. It’s a nice fantasy, imagining a population that shares our values rising as one. It won’t happen. We’ve been divided and conquered.]]>

  8. I guess that depends on what we want as optimal outcome. In my personal opinion that would be a shift towards federated, self governed entities, directly elected.
    The creation of frameworks outside the current structures, parallel and “hidden”, would in my view be the least traumatic way to carry forward.

  9. < ![CDATA[I guess that depends on what we want as optimal outcome. In my personal opinion that would be a shift towards federated, self governed entities, directly elected. The creation of frameworks outside the current structures, parallel and "hidden", would in my view be the least traumatic way to carry forward.]]>