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The plan is to have no plan

So believes NYU media professor Jay Rosen about how President Trump will try to win this fall:

The plan is to have no plan, to let daily deaths between one and three thousand become a normal thing, and then to create massive confusion about who is responsible— by telling the governors they’re in charge without doing what only the federal government can do, by fighting with the press when it shows up to be briefed, by fixing blame for the virus on China or some other foreign element, and by “flooding the zone with shit,” Steve Bannon’s phrase for overwhelming the system with disinformation, distraction, and denial, which boosts what economists call “search costs” for reliable intelligence.

Stated another way, the plan is to default on public problem solving, and then prevent the public from understanding the consequences of that default. ... The manufacture of confusion is just the ruins of Trump’s personality meeting the powers of the presidency. There is no genius there, only a damaged human being playing havoc with our lives.

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Oh, and 151 years ago today, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads completed the Transcontinental Railroad.

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  • Andrew Wilson

    5/13/2020 8:50:40 AM +00:00 |

    I am at a loss to know why nobody comments on your very excellent posts. I hope that, as I find on my own blog, you have readers if not comments. I started up with the A to Z 2020 Challenge and gradually built up a bit of readership but it would be nice to have some comments too. I appreciate an informed view on what is going on in the US although the BBC is probably reasonably objective coverage, a local view is great, thank you.

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