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  1. Zugzwang
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    15 Jan '17 21:50
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/shortcuts/2016/oct/09/it-cant-happen-here-1935-novel-sinclair-lewis-predicted-rise-donald-trump

    "The 1935 novel that predicted the rise of Donald Trump:
    Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here features an antihero who whips up
    support among angry voters on the back of firebrand rhetoric,
    fearmongering populism and anti-Mexican sentiment. Sound familiar? "

    If the US presidential campaign conveys a flavour of unreality, that may
    be because it is rooted in fiction. In 1935, Sinclair Lewis sat down to
    write a novel about political radicalisation and social upheaval in the
    depression-ravaged US. What emerged after four months of feverish
    work was It Can’t Happen Here, a runaway bestseller that quickly sold
    more than 300,000 copies.

    Lewis was alarmed by what was taking shape in the country. The New
    Deal had delivered a false sense of optimism to the Federal Reserve, if
    not to the millions queueing at the soup kitchens. The money supply
    was tightened in anticipation of a sustained rally, government spending
    was cut and taxes were raised. As a result, the US was pushed to the
    cusp of a double-dip depression, with manufacturing back to its 1934
    level and unemployment up by 5%.

    This created fertile ground for Father Charles Coughlin, Huey Long,
    William Randolph Hearst and other fanatics to spread the gospel of
    bigotry. It was no fleeting backlash: on the eve of the second world war,
    the German American Bund packed more than 20,000 militants into
    Madison Square Garden in New York for a pro-Hitler rally. To wild
    applause, their leader, Fritz Kuhn, derided the US President as Franklin D, “Rosenfeld”.

    Lewis’s antihero is the ignorant demagogue Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip,
    who wins the 1936 election with the support of millions of impoverished
    and angry voters. They marched carrying placards that read: “We are on
    relief. We want to become human beings again. We want Buzz!”

    Windrip could count on a number of real-life champions who appear in
    the novel, such as the newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. In
    1935, the man widely regarded as responsible for goading the US into
    the Spanish-American war proclaimed: “Whenever you hear a
    prominent American called a fascist, you can usually make up your mind
    that the man is simply a loyal citizen who stands up for Americanism.”

    Lewis’s hero, the New England journalist Doremus Jessup, attends a
    Windrip rally in Madison Square Garden. Jessup reports that Windrip’s
    rhetoric was irresistible to his thousands of downtrodden admirers. He
    later can’t remember a word Windrip said. But it doesn’t matter: if
    Windrip contradicts himself, backtracks on policy or simply spews out a
    torrent of lies, he tells them what they want to hear. Every American will
    be guaranteed a minimum income of $5,000 ($88,000 in today’s
    money), US-hating Mexico will be severely dealt with and Jewish
    bankers will be punished for landing the country in this mess.

    Windrip unveils his 15-point manifesto, which includes “prison or the
    death penalty” for anyone advocating communism and the recognition of
    Jews as “fully Americanised”, so long as they continue to support “our
    ideals”. Substitute “Muslim” for “communist” and “Hispanic” for “Jew”
    and there emerges an uncomfortable picture of what is taking place in
    the US today.

    Windrip wins the election. He orders the invasion of Mexico, after which
    his victorious militia returns singing When Johnny Comes Marching
    Home. Political opponents are herded into concentration camps, while a
    flood of refugees flee across the border to Canada."
  2. Behind the scenes
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    15 Jan '17 22:042 edits
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/shortcuts/2016/oct/09/it-cant-happen-here-1935-novel-sinclair-lewis-predicted-rise-donald-trump

    "The 1935 novel that predicted the rise of Donald Trump:
    Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here features an antihero who whips up
    support among angry voters on the back of firebrand rhetoric,
    fearmongering populism and ...[text shortened]... herded into concentration camps, while a
    flood of refugees flee across the border to Canada."
    We have a novel written 80+ years ago during the Roosevelt administration which predicts the rise to power of a future leader by whipping up support among angry voters on the back of firebrand rhetoric. This novel seems to have some (but not all) of the elements of Trump's rise to political power. And so, what are we supposed to do with this "little treasure" of information you've blessed us with?
  3. Zugzwang
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    15 Jan '17 22:10
    Originally posted by mchill
    We have a novel written 80+ years ago during the Roosevelt administration which predicts the rise to power of a future leader by whipping up support among angry voters on the back of firebrand rhetoric. This novel seems to have some (but not all) of the elements of Trump's rise to political power. And so, what are we supposed to do with this "little treasure" of information you've blessed us with?
    The racist troll Mchill does not have to read anything that I post.
    Mchill seems motivated, however, to stop everyone else from reading what I post.
  4. Behind the scenes
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    15 Jan '17 22:34
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    The racist troll Mchill does not have to read anything that I post.
    Mchill seems motivated, however, to stop everyone else from reading what I post.
    The racist troll Mchill does not have to read anything that I post.

    Mchill is keenly interested in everything you post, in fact I do agree with some of it. It's sad however that when I do not, or seek clarification on some point, I am demoted to "the lying racist troll" or some other unflattering term. As far as Mchill's motivations about what you write, I would point out that you do not know my age, race, sex, location, or values, and so you can have no idea what my "motivations" are. You do however seem willing to attack anyone here who disagrees with you, this would suggest a personality disorder of some kind. - and I am very sorry you seem afflicted with it. 🙁
  5. Zugzwang
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    15 Jan '17 22:42
    Originally posted by mchill
    The racist troll Mchill does not have to read anything that I post.

    Mchill is keenly interested in everything you post, in fact I do agree with some of it. It's sad however that when I do not, or seek clarification on some point, I am demoted to "the lying racist troll" or some other unflattering term. As far as Mchill's motivations about what you write, ...[text shortened]... est a personality disorder of some kind. - and I am very sorry you seem afflicted with it. 🙁
    The lying racist troll Mchill's tirelessly reiterated favorite lie is that I must hate all white men.
    Of course, Mchill dishonesty ignores and denies all evidence to the contrary, including
    my endorsement of Bernie Sanders, a white man, as the US President.

    Given that Mchill has absurdly claimed or implied that white men (like himself) are the most
    oppressed people in the USA, he would qualify as a sympathizer with the racist Donald Trump.
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