2 thoughts on “Defending the Blue Line?

  1. Defending the indefensible says:

    Democracy’s Red Line by Hari Kunzru, a review of Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen (The New York Review of Books July 2, 2020 Issue) https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2020/07/02/masha-gessen-surviving-autocracy-democracy-red-line/

    “…In the first stage of this process, Trump turned the Republican Party from an organization whose leader was (at least formally) first among equals into a gaggle of fawning courtiers, not so much ancien as nouveau régime. Gessen describes the excruciating event held in December 2017 to celebrate the passage of Trump’s tax legislation, an enormous upward transfer of wealth that was one of the primary objectives of his backers. One by one, Republican politicians lined up “to offer praise to their leader…. Representative Diane Black, of Tennessee, thanked Trump ‘for allowing us to have you as our President.’” Orrin Hatch, who has represented Utah in the Senate for forty years, predicted that the Trump presidency will be “the greatest presidency we have seen not only in generations but maybe ever.” As Gessen writes, “in less than a year, the performance, on demand, of loyalty and adulation for the leader had become normalized, at least among Republicans.”

  2. Epilogue says:

    “A masked man who was seen in a viral video smashing the windows of a south Minneapolis auto parts store during the George Floyd protests, earning him the moniker “Umbrella Man,” is suspected to be a member of the Hell’s Angels biker gang seeking to incite racial tension in a demonstration that until then had been peaceful, police said.” https://www.startribune.com/police-umbrella-man-was-a-white-supremacist-trying-to-incite-george-floyd-rioting/571932272/
    “A Minneapolis police arson investigator said the man’s actions at the AutoZone on East Lake Street set off a chain reaction that led to days of looting and rioting. The building was later burned to the ground.
    At least two people died in the subsequent riots, which eventually spread as far as north Minneapolis and South St. Paul, and caused an estimated $500 million in damage.
    Police have also connected the 32-year-old man to a widely-publicized incident in Stillwater late last month, in which a Muslim woman was confronted by a group of men wearing white supremacist garb.” https://www.startribune.com/stillwater-police-investigating-report-of-racial-harassment-on-downtown-street/571547152/

    Agent provocateur https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_provocateur

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