Well, it looks like the Resistanceâs long-anticipated âSecond Civil Warâ has finally begun â¦ more or less exactly on cue. Rioting has broken out across the nation. People are looting and burning stores and attacking each other in the streets. Robocops are beating, tear-gassing, and shooting people with non-lethal projectiles. State National Guards have been deployed, curfews imposed, âemergenciesâ declared. Secret Servicemen are fighting back angry hordes attempting to storm the White House. Trump is tweeting from an âunderground bunker.â Opportunist social media pundits on both sides of the political spectrum are whipping people up into white-eyed frenzies. Americans are at each otherâs throats, divided by identity politics, consumed by rage, hatred, and fear.
Things couldnât be going better for the Resistance if they had scripted it themselves.
Actually, they did kind of script it themselves. Not the murder of poor George Floyd, of course. Racist police have been murdering Black people for as long as there have been racist police. No, the Resistance didnât manufacture racism. They just spent the majority of the last four years creating and promoting an official narrative which casts most Americans as âwhite supremacistsâ who literally elected Hitler president, and who want to turn the country into a racist dictatorship.
According to this official narrative, which has been relentlessly disseminated by the corporate media, the neoliberal intelligentsia, the culture industry, and countless hysterical, Trump-hating loonies, the Russians put Donald Trump in office with those DNC emails they never hacked and some division-sowing Facebook ads that supposedly hypnotized Black Americans into refusing to come out and vote for Clinton. Putin purportedly ordered this personally, as part of his plot to âdestroy democracy.â The plan was always for President Hitler to embolden his white-supremacist followers into launching the âRaHoWa,â or the âBoogaloo,â after which Trump would declare martial law, dissolve the legislature, and pronounce himself FÃ¼hrer. Then they would start rounding up and murdering the Jews, and the Blacks, and Mexicans, and other minorities, according to this twisted liberal fantasy.
Iâve been covering the roll-out and dissemination of this official narrative since 2016, and have documented much of it in my essays, so I wonât reiterate all that here. Letâs just say, Iâm not exaggerating, much. After four years of more or less constant conditioning,