“Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself from thinking,” thought Aldous Huxley. That’s why his Brave New Worlders were so smitten with the happy distraction of soma. It may be why we consume our politics as entertainment.
Last night’s convention debut was entertaining enough. The impromptu comedy act of Franken and Silverman was good, we got to hear the First Lady’s own words from the First Lady herself, and Bernie did his bit for party unity.
In a thoughtfully-devised politics we’d now look forward to hearing the nominee’s substantive speech Thursday night, we’d then reflect on our stark choice, and next week we’d vote.
In our circus politics, instead, we’ll spend unconscionable sums on 100+ days of entertaining, often outrageous, mostly irrelevant campaign distraction and false-or-misleading advertizing first. Then we’ll roll the die.
What fun. Pass the soma, please.
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