Postmodern Conservative

Play-Acting and the Personal Logos

What, if anything, is real?

I only have a moment this morning. Given the reaction below, I should make another prediction to help ratings.  

I’m sticking with Cruz is the clear favorite for the nomination.

And I’ll add that the allegedly invincible limits to the Sanders surge might not be so real.

The violence at the Trump rallies is the fault of both Trump and the MoveOn faction of Sanders supporters. Why? They both benefit from it. It’s all a kind of play-acting turned dangerously real, in response to no objectively observable political reality (such as a depression or a Vietnam War or something!). See Tocqueville’s Souvenirs.  

It’s just bleepin’ ridiculous to think of American politics right now as a showdown between fascists and socialists. We can hope the voters in both parties will rebel against all this billionaire-generated craziness.

Meanwhile, my advice to you all is to stay away from Trump rallies. Not so long ago, they seemed like harmless — if silly and self-indulgent — fun.

I would advise all the candidates to stop exaggerating any and all crises facing our country right now. Things aren’t so bad and continue to get better and worse. Well, Trump actually getting nominated would be pretty darn bad, but it can be stopped, probably pretty easily.

That advice, all is along, was the foundation for my choice of Rubio over Cruz.

Meanwhile, you might want to know that I’m giving a lecture tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Benedictine College in Kansas on “Defending the Personal Logos.”  Now that’s something real, and something you can believe in!

Peter Augustine LawlerPeter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor of Government at Berry College. He is executive editor of the acclaimed scholarly quarterly Perspectives on Political Science and served on President George ...

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