Theories of Elite Fracture. The New York Times offers coded messages to American Elites through its descriptions of the current chaos in Venezuela. If the "ruling clique" of Venezuela can hold together during its darkest hours, shouldn't the American Ruling Class be able to do the same? Plato claimed that a "united elite" could resist popular uprisings -- so should the anti-Trump "resistance" take heart? But we ask in return: Could the slow-building subtleties of President Trump's leadership ultimately provoke the much-needed Fracture of malfeasant American Elites? Going further, we consider the role of ongoing "surveillance" of American citizens in terms of Ruling Class consolidation of power. Senator Rand Paul wants to know if the Obama Administration was spying on his campaign. Will he get answers? Meanwhile, we examine the cold anger emanating from Late Night Comedians such as Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher. Too hateful to be funny? Also, we offer vignettes on media monopolies, Marvel Comics propaganda, the growing trend of cord-cutting and the unbelievably amazing Judy Woodruff. Plus, our notes on the "totemism" of sociologist Emile Durkheim and the uncertain fate of our hyper-differentiated Western Civilization. With Listener Calls & Music via Royksopp, Ylvis, R.E.M., the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dwight Yoakam.
May 7, 2017