The gov-corp model is endemic to American politics, with its most explicit expression by an American politician in Woodrow Wilson’s 1887 essay “The Study of Administration.” It’s also the cornerstone of the philosophy of neoliberalism, as propagated by wankers like Friedrich Hayek, von Mises, and Milton Friedman. Under the neoliberal
“Nothing appears more surprising… than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.… force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded, and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the freest and most popular.”
Hans evades having to pen this weeks ‘long read’ content by submitting instead a short but sweet takedown of religious experience. He reveals it to be another case of addict-personality, a useful Trojan story with chapters for regulating emotion (numbing) to chasing the junkie hit (rapture).
Tamsin isn’t interested in more useless dead-end stories and in this ‘long read’ she presents her conclusion that all the talk about Russians and their influence on election propaganda is a red herring, not simply because it’s unlikely but because it wouldn’t matter if it were 100% correct.