*New Video* The Divided State Of America: As Seen Through The Reaction To Charlottesville

Does it ever feel like others respond to the events of the country as if you and they aren’t even seeing the same thing?

The chaotic, violent weekend at Charlottesville comes to mind.

But while differing interpretations of events is nothing new (even beneficial so that we can gain a more complete perspective), it seems now the two major political halves of the U.S. are further apart than they’ve ever been. They’re hardly even within shouting distance of one other.

In this video, I attempt to explain:

1. What these two sides are, as seen by their reactions to Charlottesville
2. How we got to this point of such polarization
3. How we can best move forward as a country

Enjoy, and please share your thoughts below.

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3 Responses

  1. Georgina Smiley

    Hi Brandon
    Thank you for producing such a well-rounded feature, very rare today. I have a collection of dictionaries dating from just after WWII to 2010. What I’ve gleaned from these dictionaries is how the word ‘fascism’ has changed, starting around 2000.

    In 1919 Benito Mussolini started the fascist party in Italy. Mussolini was a socialist. In communism, the state runs and controls everything. In fascism there are private corporations but they are controlled by the state. Both believe in maximizing borrowing, getting workers busy with big works projects, and state control of the media and schools. The only quibbling difference is fascists maintain some ownership of property.

    The Nazis added the racial component to this brew, using ideas about race, then called eugenics (meaning well-born), borrowed from early 20th century American progressives. So to hear Antifa call conservative Americans, ‘fascists,’ is just about meaningless. If they really tried to do away with fascism they’d have to attack themselves, for they’re doing a creepy imitation of Mussilini’s Black Shirts.

    A more useful barometer of power and abuse of power is this: Draw a straight horizontal line. Draw a short perpendicular line in the middle. Label the far right of your horizontal line Anarchy. Label the far left of the line Communism. Place 1787 about halfway in from the far right. Put our present form of government about 1/8th of the way in from the far left. These lines describe government power, in visual form. Not some arbitrary, slogan, but what the nuts of bolts of power looks like when diagrammed.

  2. Georgina Smiley

    Oh, on your horizontal line, early Italian fascism would be about where we are today, 1/8 of the way in from the far left. Later Italian fascism, and German fascism from the beginning are at the far left, where communism, is for those forms of government have absolute control over life and death.

What say you?