The Obama Overton Coup Window and other fairy tales


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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33 Responses

  1. Avatar Some Popes says:

    What’s with the nuts and their north american union fantasies? Why do they fall so hard for that particular paranoid delusion?Report

    • Avatar Simon K says:

      @Some Popes, I thought it was a UN takeover and a world state, wasn’t it? Same difference really – its symbolic of homogeneity and a loss of peculiar local differences and priveleges. In the context its pretty clear what peculiarities and priveleges the audience is likely to be fretting about.Report

  2. Avatar Cascadian says:

    Canada’s resources and Mexico’s labor? Sounds like a pax american dream/nightmare.Report

    • Avatar Katherine says:

      Yep. The idea of something approaching a “North American Union,” is at least as much feared by Canada’s far left as it is by America’s far right. The reason why Americans would be absolutely terrified about the idea of something that amounts to annexation of Canada and Mexico is beyond me.Report

  3. Avatar Scott says:

    Don’t some liberals already want the FCC to crack down on right wing talk radio for spreading “hate speech?” Talk of a US/Canada union reminds me of the Clive Cussler book Night Probe.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Farmer says:

    “Don’t some liberals already want the FCC to crack down on right wing talk radio for spreading “hate speech?”

    Sean Penn thinks they should be jailed. That’s almost as bad as Rosie O’Donnell defending Helen Thomas — Helen meant for Jews to go back to Germany and Poland as these countries are now, without the gas chambers, so that’s okay. Then you have Bill Maher calling an intern’s head at the foot of Max Baucus’ bed — yes, the liberals are all about love speech.Report

  5. Avatar A.R.Yngve says:

    “North American Union” is code speak for The Union, i.e. the blood enemy of the Confederacy. Some people never got over the Civil War, see… no, really! That’s the basis of the American extreme right… I know it’s ludicrous but there it is.Report

  6. Avatar cfpete says:

    I suppose the rest of the mainstream media, lefty commies that they are, simply tow the government’s line throughout. Bastards.

    When Bush was going to bomb Iran, cancel the 2008 elections , and take over the government under Presidential Directive #51; the media (being tools of the fascist right) was supposed to go along with the coup. Bastards!

    “According to Russotto, the site’s designers despise Democrats and Republicans, and they will show their political balance next week, when the site introduces an “Ambush Bush” scenario, which will give players the chance to hunt down the ex-president in Texas.”

    Just a bunch of anarcho libertarians trying to make a buck.
    Who cares?
    Why do you post this crap?Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain says:

      @cfpete, Because I’m a blogger, and in between bouts of deep thought and profound insight I enjoy posting things I find amusing, hilarious, stupid, insane, or otherwise interesting to me. And because I can. Why do you read it?

      Oh, and P.S. – I’ve got nothing against these anarcho-libertarian types making this game. I just think it’s hysterical that we’ve come to this point.Report

  7. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    tow the government’s line
    E.D, say it ain’t so!Report

  8. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    The medium is new but the message is perennial. I have some great paperbacks from the 70s in which liberals establish a socialist government and finally welcome the anti-Christ. My absolute favorite had staged photos in which women were being branded by cops with 666 on their foreheads. If I can find it, I’ll post some pictures here. Then, of course, there was the Turner Diaries, which is about the coming seizure of guns and connected race war. I’ve also got some from the 90s about the North American Union and the race wars that are supposed to result.

    I think there probably are equivalents on the left. Honestly, I thought, the Shock Doctrine was a bit nutty. There certainly are survivalist books after society collapses aimed at lefties. And I definitely knew people here in Canuckia who said things to me like, “After Bush gets elected for a third term, he’s planning to annex Canada”.Report

  9. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    “After Bush gets elected for a third term, he’s planning to annex Canada”.

    This is of course true by the definition of the material conditional.Report