Number 438

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 438 20 August 2016 The fascist movement…was in reality a religious awakening in which Christianity was to be either sloughed off and replaced or “updated” by the new progressive faith in man’s ability to perfect the world. The USA’s Political Future Obviously Trump is teetering on the brink of self-immolation, and Hillary is extraordinarily likely to be the next president. That will probably reduce the Republican party to Stygian irrelevance. It is therefore appropriate to try to intuit the probable consequences of a massive failure of the Republican party. Of course losing three or four elections in sequence need not destroy a political faction. If, however, the core of a party cannot cohere — as today’s Republican core cannot — there is a probability that decline will accelerate. The nomination of Trump does seem to indicate that desperation shattered the GOP some time ago. The party’s well-known stalwarts were all bypassed by voters whose loyalty to the GOP is highly suspect. When Hillary re-enters the White House, the Republican hard core is likely to be devastated. As loathed figures, the Clintons have no current equals. Their enemies are as rabidly sincere as were the Nixon-haters beginning in approximately 1970 and ending some thirty years later. Consider, therefore, the distinct possibility that a resolutely one-party regime would emerge. Imagine Obama assuming a major role in...

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