Goodbye, cruel world!
The great Daddy Mueller is the God that failed, the idol we killed, the whimper not the bang. Constitutional democracy had a good run, I guess. We might as well put the chairs up and turn out the lights, folks.
The ToM gang has made no secret of our disdain for the Democrats’ obsession with Russia and Bob Mueller. Where are the Dems now on their journey of grief? Denial, anger, negotiating, acceptance? The fiasco of Mueller’s House testimony shows signs of all of the above, except of course for acceptance.
When people have traumatic experiences, they sometimes need to construct a narrative in their own minds, however unrealistic or inaccurate, to make sense of and live with the insensible and unlivable. For our liberal friends, Russia seems to be the needed mythology. The catastrophe that has befallen us was not our fault; it wasn’t Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party’s fault; it wasn’t even our Republican friends and neighbors’ fault, because they were duped, somehow. The threat came from the outside, a sort of nefarious Deus Ex Machina.
To think otherwise — to realize that we did this to ourselves, that our sclerotic political institutions made this possible, that we laughed at Trump and didn’t take him seriously, that almost half of voting Americans were all too happy to abet the Russian psy-ops because of their own stupidity and bigotry — all of this is too much to take. We have met the enemy, and they are us. But we would rather forget.
And Democrats, being Democrats, look in vain for someone else to do the work for them — in this case, Mueller. This is, quite palpably and evidently, not going to happen. As a successful Democrat once said, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. And as a successful Republican strategist once said, why have we been keeping ourselves waiting?
Here are some of our favorite pieces from recent media. Enjoy!
- Junkie Communism (Commune)
- Lascaux Paintings and the Taco Bell Breakfast Menu (The Anthropocene Reviewed)
- Donald Trump’s presidency has moved America left (Economist)
- What historians have to say on the US political moment
- Carol Anderson: The GOP’s Quest for a White America Is Destroying America (TIME)
- Larry Glickman: ‘These Terms Have a History and a Power We Have to Acknowledge’ (FAIR)
- Tim Shenk: Two Paths for Millennial Politics (Dissent)
- Josh Marshall: Nixon, Buchanan, Trump and the Larger Half (TPM)
- Boris Johnson can’t be found out: we all know he’s bluffing (Guardian)
- Brutalist concrete of old Yugoslavia inspires new generation (BBC)
- Zofia Rydet: how one photographer produced an invaluable record of communist Poland (Calvert Journal)
- “Building Meaningfully”: Burroughs Wellcome Corporate Headquarters, 1972 (We Are the Mutants) — featuring a shout-out to our ToM photo essay
- Along Buford Highway: A Multicultural, Multi-Generational Community Thrives (WABE)
- Caster Semenya: The Athlete in the Fight of Her Life (OUT)
- How Minneapolis Freed Itself From the Stranglehold of Single-Family Homes (Politico)
- Finding the Future in Radical Rural America (Boston Review)
- Gregory Bateson changed the way we think about changing ourselves (Aeon Essays)
- Willie Perdomo Comes Home (NPR)
- Was Adrienne Rich Anti-Trans? (American Prospect)
- Black Masculinity Under Racial Capitalism and What’s Wrong with Queer History? (Boston Review)
- Lana Del Rey: The Fake as More (New Inquiry)
- In Awesome Twist, GoFundMe Border Wall Spills Into Mexico (TPM)