American Greatness is an interesting example of what I think of as the ‘new breed’ of news sites. Not being in the business I have no idea what theirs and similar business models are. They seem like a going concern, yet how do they exist without recognizable names and some sort of backing? Everyone of these sites look a little familiar. The same clickbait ads and the same Disqus sign-in (the Disqus that censors a comment because it used a potty word, but allows Google ads, “I made $80K working from home!“)
They had the most fascinating article [The Narrative, the Coup, and the Bourgeoisie] this morning. Milton Abdiel was showing the parallels between America today and Russia of 1917. He focused on two areas: Communism’s need for an eternal ‘enemy’, and their need to censor the opposition. I just love the topic and reading about the birth of the Soviet Union.
Great article, totally pointless, but a great article. The failure of it was a refusal to be intellectually honest about two things. The fields are ripe for sowing the seeds of communism here, because the pendulum has swung in the favor of corporatism WAY too long. The ‘right’ loves to believe America is this bastion of laissez-faire free market capitalism, which it never was from the start (slavery, monopolists, imported exploited labor: Chinese, Irish, Italians, Mexicans…)
But the last point is the nearly the most crucial. He points to the savior of cancel culture and censorship of conservatives, as if it was the establishment platform Parler (note the Parler share button on their page next to Facebook’s & Twitter). A controlled platform. He completely ignores about the only true free speech platform on the internet, Gab. Gab is the threat to their total censorship.
Communism didn’t arise out of a vacuum, it was a response to something. It arose because of the abuses of the elite. Communism or corporatism, its just changing one set of masters for another. But that’s been the game for both sides (D’s & R’s), keep people focused on the battle between the two sides, so that they never see the third way. The only hope out of all this, is that they didn’t have the internet in 1917.
[One of the most intriguing aspects of the Soviet Union, was the lack of credit they get for their gulags, and being the #2 killer of all time of their own citizens. #1 being China of course. For some reason Hitler is always awarded the #1 spot, and he was actually #3. On top of that, when they do talk of Hitler, its only about the 6 million Jews, and not the 5.3 million other. I was talking to a college graduate about that era one time, and it was honestly news to him about the 5.3 million. He had no idea. And as I say, if you talk to anyone on the street, the automatic recitation of Hitler is bizarre.]