[Marxism] Fwd: Don’t Give In To Coup Fantasies; Power is More Straightforward

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jan 31 11:44:26 MST 2017

I am getting notes and articles forwarded from numerous people, smart 
people, that are full of paranoid speculation about coups, false flag 
operations, and military mobilizations.


This is exactly what the Trumpkins want. They want you to be paranoid, 
to be consumed by fear and irrationality. The last thing they want you 
to be is thoughtful, careful, rational. They want you to overreact and 
succumb to lurid fantasies.

Their exercise of power thus far is muscular but also chaotic, banal, 
and largely symbolic.

Take the Muslim ban. It is possible the botched order was a trial 
balloon by Bannon to see how various forces would react — the media, 
protesters, the judiciary, civil society. But it spurred an incredible 
resistance. Yes, many people will suffer but they really shot themselves 
in the foot with this one.


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