A New Essay by Ernest Partridge

Vladimir Putin as Emanuel Goldstein



April 5, 2017







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NEW:  Vladimir Putin as Emanuel GoldsteinIn times of turmoil, public support of an oppressive government is solidified by fear and hate, usually fear of, and hatred toward an alleged foreign threat or of internal “subversion,” and, more often than not, hatred focused upon the enemy leader. In George Orewll' 1984, that hated individual was Emanuel Goldstein, who "represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible." Could it be that to the mainstream media, and thus increasingy the American public, our "Emanuel Goldstein" is Vladimir Putin?

REPRISE: In the Throes of a National Hissy-Fit. True or false, the "Putin hacking the Democrats" charge has evolved from an unsupported accusation to an unchallenged dogma – a "cognitive frame," to use George Lakoff’s trendy term – within which a "what to do about it" debate rages, while few step outside that frame to ask, "but did Putin really do it?" or "even if he did, what was the extent of the damage?"  (From January 16, 2017).\


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James Comey Visits his Shrink.  James Comey is an emotional wreck as he tries to deal with the political snakepit that is the FBI these days: a pro-Trump faction engaged with a more moderate faction in a war of pre-election leaks. Come needs help. In his psychiatrist, the Bureau director finally has somebody he can vent to. 

REPRISE:  Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism  This essay, written when the CheneyBush administration was running roughshod over the Constitution, is still relevant today as our homegrown neo-fascists have entered the political mainstream. Trump makes George W. seem like a genteel moderate. The parallels to the rise of fascism in 1930 Europe, of course, are not exact, but seem eerily familiar.(First posted June 9, 2003) 

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