The method to the madness is madness.
Disorder comes soon enough. It is the default. The order of our lives is hard fought in the first place and hard to keep. Lose it at our peril…
Chaos is innate. Order requires discipline. Thanks for all the thought-fish!
You asked and answered a big question. Brilliant essay. I’m a happy subscriber!
Life on this planet has been hard for so many. Yet it may get better as innovation overcomes obstacles. I’m an optimist but I weep for those in pain. At 85 I have no way to change the world.
I salute you for trying. Good luck.
Everything moves in a cycle from chaos to order and back again. Too much order invites chaos. Too much disorder begs an ordering.
Putin, Trump, and the other madmen authoritarians have realized that by injecting enough additional chaos they can create the space to organize their own new toxic order.
I just heard it was Biden's fault this week from family. 🤦♀️
Looking forward to listening today!
Rather than trying to lay blame, there are so many who are to blame, coming to grips with the problem solvers is essential. While the Putins and Bannons are the merchants of darkness the real danger is the voters who may put 45 back in the Oval, a disaster of biblical proportions. What motivates these average, everyday Americans?
Figuring this out must be the only focus. Saying they are left behind, angry is a reality. This can be traced to firstly to Nixon then Reagan truly supercharged the widening of the gap that makes these people feel so left behind. Biden's recent rural speech tries to give context and hope but until he gains their trust his words fall on deaf ears. His well intended actions, the Inflation Reduction Act will help these folks but it moves so slowly, the good imperceptible. Joe's style is to speak like your grandfather, wisdom from someone of age, an experienced old hand. This gets drowned out by one tweet on X, shared disinformation on Facebook. Forget Truth Social, no one takes it seriously.
Who is the savior? Strangely I believe it to be the new kid on the block, one Michael Johnson. Gym Jordan the MTGs and peodo Gaetz are all mouth, no real action. Kevin McCarthy a joke, when he kissed 45's ring he was done. MJ's very aggressive and completely out of touch legislative agenda gives Hakeem and Chuck something to point to, to label evil in a way 45's followers can grasp. Call MJ the Tommy T of the House. TT's antics do rub 45's followers the wrong way. Hakeem better to take the lead than the staid Chuck who needs to manage the Senate. Hakeem's fire and brimstone approach will get the dissent voters attention, he needs to become the central Democrat figurehead with 46 being what he is, old reliable.
Am I grasping at straws? Yes but in desperate times out of the box thinking is called for. Dems, elevate Hakeem as your key spokesperson and let Joe do what he does best, get things done. Hell, even Kamala is starting to look good in a support role. She fits in nicely between old Joe and new Hakeem. The three need to paint MJ for what he is, a whack job so far on the extreme that Joe's steady hand looks desirable.
The starters gun has sounded. One year to DDay. Time is of the essence.
Do you think influential national media, like NYT for instance, understand this and are refusing to raise awareness of it because they benefit more from focusing on daily clicks?. Or do you think they’re aware and deliberately not reporting on it because they believe the deepening chaos will benefit them? What do you believe is their calculation in refusing to enlighten the populace?
One good thing I read this morning is that the likelihood of Putin being dead has gone from 15% to 25%, per sources in the Russian Oligarchy. Apparently, all we're waiting for is the Russian State TV stations to play "Swan Lake."
On the other hand, would Russia and the rest of the world actually, truly KNOW if he were gone? I've also heard that Putin has body doubles and stand-ins, which sounds like a stupid conspiracy theory, but if it were true, would we ever actually know for sure that his evil ass was dead? Too much to think about.
Oops! Forgot this. I found something called "Project 2025," a conservative think-tank agenda for the U.S., and find the whole idea horrifying. If this doesn't get people to the polls to vote BLUE, nothing will.
The following link is to their what I'm calling "terrorist manifesto." Don't try to read the whole thing because these freaks have made it a 920-page book, but just the Forward, starting on page 33, will suffice, and their "Four Promises." I haven't managed to bring myself to go further than that. https://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/project2025/2025_MandateForLeadership_FULL.pdf
Apart from being smart Hakeem speaks on all levels and can adapt and appeal to multiple audiences
An alternative partial understanding that I've been trying to promote for ages is that the GOP for at least the last 40 years has been successfully immiserating the populace while scapegoating the opposition. We have merely come to the extreme logical conclusion of this technique, and are seeing it applied internationally. (As Nazis applied Dixie eugenics).
Wow, what a podcast, Greg. Jason Pack brought me to a better understanding of where we are today; though he did make me realize how little I know about the Middle East. Still, too, I was heartened to hear him explain how important Ukraine is and that we must not abandon them. Many thanks.
Putins revenge against those responsible
for the "fall of the wall."
Attacking the "US export of democracy. "
Chaos is order.
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Thanks, Greg, for this at such a tough time. It’s clearly a 🫖 kind of day, and pretty complex. I’ll read tomorrow. The good news is... 👍🏼
An alien species might logically conclude that the more a human had, the less they’d want. But we don’t seem to work that way. The more obscenely wealthy a man is, the more money and power he seems to crave. And the more power he has, the more he seeks to limit the power of others. Chaos is an effective tool, no? (I’m not qualified to speculate whether women, when obscenely wealthy, react similarly.)
The image that keeps coming to mind is a tribe of tantruming two-year-olds turned loose in the block center armed with plastic bats--