“A power can be overthrown only by another power, not by a principle, and only one power that can confront money is left. Money is overthrown and abolished by blood.” —Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West, 1922
THIS IS A TRIPTYCH, three related panels, but while still religious—more of a cult, really—this one, unlike those of the early renaissance, has the panels up and down not side by side. These days nothing is normal.
Top third is of the trumpster fire (w/ an orange tip with his eyes and lips on it and above a combo of his straw-like hair and flames.) His bloated body oozes into the two lower panels. The middle panel has on one side a GOP (grand old party, AKA the Republicans) w/ a jerry (gasoline/petrol) can. And in lower panel has on the other side a DEM[ocrat] w/ a watering can. Also in the lower panel are a MAGA and a money bag, the two support animals of the GOP.
This is what it’s come to. The GOPs are OK with this; Long Con Don’s obvious personality issues are not now important. They have gotten over them. All of the right wings are pleased w/ the state of things: the neo-libertarians are getting the hands-off government they want, and the racists and fundamentalists are getting the hands-on one they want. All the while the DEMs play nice and get nothing for it, except the warm feeling from imagining they are better than the other side.
It could get worse. The media, formerly know as the “free press,” won’t help fix it: the current regime is too profitable for them. The institutions of state have failed too; they are just collections of pols trying to get/stay in power. By any means necessary, be that doing something or not doing something. And as Herr Spengler wrote a century ago, principles don’t succeed when fighting power.
But it could get better; if trumpism is like previous authoritarian events, it is not transferable; when the autocrat is no longer in power, it ends. The question that remains is: will it burns itself out before it destroys our chances to recover what we’ve lost, let alone allow us another chance at doing democracy better; to, as Masha Gessen says in her 2016 essay on autocracy, “remember the future”?