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  • mistermuse 12:11 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Book Reviews, conservatism, ,   


    Lately I’ve been (and remain) a bit under the weather, so rather than strain my brain trying to write something original, this post will quote from three book reviews which have something pertinent to say about the likes of our favorite President, either directly or by extension (book titles in caps):

    KILL IT TO SAVE IT by Corey Dolgon

    “Dolgon’s astute look at the conservative turn in US politics … offers a fascinating look at the phenomenon that made Donald J. Trump the preferred choice of many voters. The long-term fallout of this turn has many of us thinking far less critically than we should be–exactly as intended–and how and why we’ve learned to tolerate the intolerable.” –Eleanor J. Bader (reviewer)

    UNDER THE COVER OF CHAOS by Lawrence Grossberg

    “In damning detail, Grossberg here lays bare the deep roots of Trumpism. Rather than a break from some imagined pure, nuanced conservatism, Grossberg shows Trump’s manic nonsense is actually a continuation, the result of a long struggle between the new right and the reactionary right. Everyone should read this book if they want to understand the rise of authoritarianism in the United States.” –Henry Giroux (reviewer)


    An account of the rise of fascism in Germany from 1933-45. As such, “A timely reminder of how otherwise unremarkable and in many ways reasonable people can be seduced by demagogues and populists.” –Richard J. Evans (reviewer)

    Upon further review, I couldn’t have said it better myself.


    • Paul Sunstone 12:23 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Trump will either be defeated or be the ruin of us. There’s no third way.

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 8:08 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you feel better soon, mistermuse, though I can’t hope any of us can feel better about our president or the state of our country. I don’t want us to. We can’t quit until this ends, one way or another…

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      • mistermuse 8:54 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Lisa. You couldn’t be more right — this must end, one way or another.


    • masercot 8:24 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Read Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here”…

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    • scifihammy 10:20 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Good book choices!
      And I hope you start to feel better soon. 🙂

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    • Garfield Hug 10:58 am on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Feel better Mistermuse. Garfield hugs! I hope sonething gets done to solve Trump’s mentality and improved government style

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    • mistermuse 6:22 pm on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, ladies, for the good wishes. Saw my doctor today and he said I’m healthy as an ox (an ox who’s seen better days). Luckily, I’m a night person. 🙂


    • dunnasead.co 11:44 am on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      1. Hope you feel better soon. 2. Thank you so much for writing. Twice even. 3. I don’t ever comment on politics- personal beliefs, but I do like your blog in general very much. 4 the reason you can’t reach me, is that my blog has been turned off so many times, by my psychotic troll, or, in two cases, by me since the comments were so vile I didn”t want anyone looking at them and this was the only way. (I have done music therapy with the very ill- I’m no shrinking violet. These are very very sick people.) 5. Please don’t take the problems personally. They basically locked off all the people who can think or have a heart. But many are now back. And I’m a-workin on it.

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      • mistermuse 12:09 pm on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, dunnasead. I can relate to your feelings, and I appreciate your taking time to express them. 🙂

        And speaking of heart….


    • markscheel1 5:59 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hoping the “weather” improves soon, Muse!


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      • mistermuse 10:35 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mark. I saw my doc on 9/12. The bad news is that he couldn’t determine what’s ailing me. The good news is that I’m starting to feel better anyway. I could’ve stayed home and been just as well off!


    • Carol A. Hand 10:32 am on September 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sending hugs and best wishes, Mister Muse. ❤


  • mistermuse 5:41 pm on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , conservatism, ,   


    Shortly after I became an ex-Catholic, my non-Catholic son-in-law asked why I’d remained in the Church so many years. Off the top of my head, I replied that I was brainwashed. I could’ve added that, possibly, that was the same reason he remained ideologically conservative all his life.

    Yet, I doubt that such an observation would have led him to consider re-examining his own thinking. In my experience, even very intelligent people like him seldom change their mindset – they’re so invested in what they’ve been and where they are. And, to be honest, maybe it’s just as well.

    We can theorize that self-questioning of entrenched views would lead automatically to a better place. Granted, it could lead you to a more open place, a wiser place, but a better place (if you equate better with more comfortable), probably not. There is nothing comfortable about realizing that everything you believed (or, at least, hoped) was gospel, is not. I would hate to think I caused someone I love to abandon their black & white comfort zone for a gray area they may not be equipped to face. An evangelizer, I am not. But if I were, I would challenge you to ask why you don’t challenge at least some of your own assertions.

    Even I’m not right 100% of the time.

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