So scary are the consequences of a collapse of white privilege that many Americans have flocked to a political platform that supports and translates violence against the defenseless as strength. These people are not so much angry as terrified, with the kind of terror that makes knees tremble.
Is it that bad? Is that really what the alt-white fear?
But look at the photographs from Paris: there's nowhere to get away from it; the barbarians who yell "Allahu Akbar!" are there waiting for you ...when you go to a soccer match, you go to a concert, you go for a drink on a Friday night. They're there on the train... at the magazine office... in the Kosher supermarket... at the museum in Brussels... outside the barracks in Woolwich...
Maybe it's just rhetoric, a line to draw attention.
“My strong suspicion is that it’s really not about the policy. It’s about controlling the conversation. What is everybody talking about?”
Just business; hit the button that gets the result you want, even if it means hurting someone else in the process.
Whenever I set up a political war room, for instance, I tell the assembled youngsters their loathing of conservatives is a purifying force. "Let it wash over you," I tell them. "Step on their necks, and don't lift your foot until the day after the election. Hurt them."
It's like a boxing match, right? When the bell tolls, the match is done, the competitors shake hands and go out for drinks.
Politics is a blood sport, they say.
Except it isn't. It's not an arena, it's not entertainment - and winning isn't the end of the match.
"You have to put the black man down, plant your foot on his neck, and keep him that way forever, lest he spring up and slit your white throat."
That was the basic ideology behind Apartheid. Apartheid, like any oppressive regime, isn't about sport, friendly competition, aggressive play. It's about dominance, which is about suppression.
The political platform is part of the problem.
It has fed the fears, stoked the angers, ignored some voices, picked fights.
Yes, there are latent issues, historical contexts, all the rest of it. But we ended up where we are because we lacked leadership to see the path ahead and head in a different direction.
This is where winning has brought us.