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You've got to be kidding me

People are losing their shit all around me and the only real evidence of tyranny or treason comes in the form of media reports, he said she said, and no end of tweets and retweets. Even the most basic of warnings, "there's nothing to fear but fear itself," has no effect on the immobilizing panic that has stricken most of the people in my life, in my world.

The men and women who I have depended on to be the smartest, most sane, touchstones of my life have shown such hate, impatience, resentment, and susceptibility to even the least plausible of propaganda.

People have become so addled with fear that they have become as vulnerable to the worst of the 80s propaganda as they are the worst of 80s fashion.

While we only call them our adversary, pundits accuse Russia of invading us, attacking us, and even doing something compared to parachuting commandos into Washington and onto the White House lawn.

The same with North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran; Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia. To say nothing of the sudden conversion of normal Americans who have suddenly and domestically been painted as either Communists or Nazis.

Even worse, maybe, is that it's perfectly OK to dismiss our neighbors and fellow Americans as deplorable others who are not merely lost causes but dangerous, unpredictable, and irredeemable.

Unlike the McCarthyism of the late 40s and 50s, today's anticommunism witchhunt is being led by the left instead of the right—an irony and history and obvious misdirection that everyone but I—or very few—are willing or able to recognize.

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