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American Politics as a Confidence Game

sashamanda Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:15 AM
Both political parties have been gaming the electorate as Marvin Folkertsma suggests. The various crony capitalist elements and actors that created the Great Recession remain in place.

Reading post-2012-election news reports can be hazardous to one’s mental health, particularly for the sanity-challenged among us. But perhaps the singularly most prescient comments come from long ago—from the pen of America’s most profound novelist, Herman Melville, whose words in his powerful novel of deception and intrigue, “The Confidence Man: His Masquerade,” echo across the decades: “Any philosophy that, being in operation contradictory to the ways of the world, tends to produce a character at odds with it, such a philosophy must necessarily be but a cheat and a dream.”

Welcome to the 21st century, Herman, because little did...