Denying the Dastardly Duopoly
When your country’s government seems to be controlled by characters from professional wrestling competing in a “loser retires” bout, it’s easy to ascertain villainy in every unfair maneuver. The people in the Trump Administration: bad guys. Heels. They cheat. They lie. They’ll do anything to win.
Who are the (baby) faces in this charade? Democrats, most of them un-progressive fake liberals in the Clinton mode? They see the daily failures of Republican “leadership” as a golden opportunity to play the part of courageous rescuer, running in from the locker room to save the country from naked treachery. They’re good guys. Heroes. They do things the right way.
Do you detect the essential difference? Can you feel how fundamentally opposed these two parties are?
If so, the system is working perfectly. The Heels and the Faces sold their story to the squares, who don’t seem to care that these sworn enemies work for the same employer.
When you’re merely a sub-brand of a larger entity — i.e., the Money Party — and travel together on the same jets and sing the same song in different keys, business works best when all conflicts may be framed as wrestling problems, with easily understood polarities fighting it out for the hearts and minds (and dollars) of the American People. This is the secret to the success of an ongoing duopoly controlling the political sphere.
If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that the so-called “two-party system” is over. Aside from the very few who fund the process and thus benefit from the process, the vast majority of Americans have no use for either the Republican or Democratic party. Both “sides” keep us in a constant state of war and terror; both heel and face choreograph their pugilistic dance and, like Hulk Hogan and The Rock, occasionally switch from bad guy to good guy. It’s a churn, like the stock market.
Surely 2020 is the time that so-called 3rd (or 4th or 5th) parties earn the support of millions of voters who are disgusted with what the duopoly has wrought. Surely we can do better than Wrestlemania.