Readings – Moyers & Company: Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

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No question, Donald Trump must not prevail in his bid for the presidency. In this article, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship trace a particular American virus “feed[ing] on fear, paranoia and bigotry” from Joe McCarthy to Donald Trump.  Is there a Joseph Welch among us?

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Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship | Moyers & Company | June 16, 2016
“He’s the latest in a long line of American demagogues but has come closest to the White House. That makes him the most dangerous of them all.”

“There’s a virus infecting our politics and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear, paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a timely opportunity — and an opportunist with no scruples.

There have been stretches of history when this virus lay dormant. Sometimes it would flare up here and there, then fade away after a brief but fierce burst of fever. At other moments, it has spread with the speed of a firestorm, a pandemic consuming everything in its path, sucking away the oxygen of democracy and freedom.

Today its carrier is Donald Trump, but others came before him: narcissistic demagogues who lie and distort in pursuit of power and self-promotion. Bullies all, swaggering across the landscape with fistfuls of false promises, smears, innuendo and hatred for others, spite and spittle for anyone of a different race, faith, gender or nationality. ” ~ Continue reading at Moyers and Company

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