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They managed

to stoke


racism against

Michael Dukakis, who was



not even an anti-racist, with the


whole Willie Horton fiasco.  They will try

to do the same thing with Joe Biden and socialism.


They might succeed.  It’s a bitter irony.  Joe Biden, dik-dik

of neoliberal politics, who himself has built a career out of a


patented fear of socialism.  Maybe he shouldn’t have stoked those fires.

Maybe Dukakis should have been more anti-racist running against a black man.


It strikes me that, counterintuitively, Jesse Jackson would’ve made a harder target

for race-baiting, and Bernie Sanders, a harder target for red-baiting.  We fear


what we can’t see, and see

what we fear.



Posted 08/25/20
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