Monday, November 30, 2020

Tag: House of Cards

House of Cards

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by Deena Stryker, New Eastern Outlook:

One of the consequences of modern civilization is that change can happen with unexpected speed. Since the election of Donald J Trump to the White House, Americans who follow politics have become accustomed to witnessing events they never thought would happen. But during the last ten days, events have cascaded with such rapidity that one wishes there were a slow-motion button like on a movie camera.

And yet, through all of this, the same phalanx of ‘experts’ is paraded in front of the television cameras. Learned contributions by famous historians and law professors alternate with sophisticated analyses by often Black, often young, and mostly female contributors. MSNBC being the most ‘progressive’ (sic), it’s the one I usually watch, alternating with France 24 in order to know what’s going on in the rest of the world, channel hoping to CNN, and as of recently, Fox News. (And No one thought that channel would ever turn against Trump, but in the last two days it has all but thrown in the towel, its star anchors sermoning the president for his in-your-face unconstitutional behavior.)

House of Cards

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by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:
Despite unrealistic plots and weak characterization (except for Francis Urquhart), Michael Dobbs’ books, House of Cards, Play the King, and The Final Cut were best sellers that provided the basis for a long-running TV series.

I haven’t seen the films, but I have read the books. I conclude that plot and characters are mere props for the didactic lesson of the novels: Democratic politics is concerned only with power and sex. Nothing else is in the picture. There is no such thing as a politician concerned with the people’s well being or capable of marital fidelity. The media are as bad as the politicians. Female journalists use their bodies for access to power and become accomplices in political intrigues. Idealism is merely another vehicle used in the competition for power.