Re: Will there be a "coup"?
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I think John and Farans are on the right track -- and I actually think some of this was foreshadowed way back in 1974 when Robert Heilbroner wrote a book called AN INQUIRY INTO THE HUMAN PROSPECT in which he speculated about environmental (including global warming) trends leading to the world opting for HIGHLY REPRESSIVE MILITARY STYLE governments to deal with the upcoming crises ---
I think the military will in the end step in to "maintain order" --- the question is --- which wing of the ruling class will it support --- the story about the titans of capital approaching General Butler who surprised them by blowing the whistle is echoed in the use as a PROP by Trump of General Milley in Lafayette Park which led to General Milley's embarrassment and his commitment to NEVER let Trump use him again ....
Of course (and this is a cause for optimism) if the combination of the ruling class and the revulsion of the majority of the population against the Trumpists --- especially the wilingness of local (= state) leaders to literally kill hundreds of thousands of their fellow AMericans with COVID to support some ridiculous sense of "freedom" for a rather small minority -- might finally lead to a (surprising) ballot box repudiation of Trumpism either in 2022 or 2024 --- that would make all these fears moot and we'll be back with fighting neo-liberalism as opposed to neo-fascism (!!) as the ruling class seeks to slough off the costs of fighting global warming on the rest of the world or the "lower orders" (= POC, immigrants, "essential" workers)
Contemplating the two alternative future scenarios, I would rather fight against neo-liberalism as we did under Bush II and Obama (too many dropped the ball in fighting Obama's policies -- mesmerized by the symbolism of a black President, I think ---) than against an American version of Orban or Bolsinaro or a "smarter" Trump ---
Just saying ....
On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 9:22 AM John Reimann <1999wildcat@...> wrote: