Honest bunnies have to admit that it is impossible to figure out the dysfunction of denial, however, we often get a taste of it at Easter dinner, after the chocolate eggs have been delivered and consumed, when Uncle Lew begins to hold forth over the creamed carrots. The scams that our nearest and dearest fall for are scary, they are meant to be scary, scary separates the marks from their money. Rick Perlstein called it the long con and was eerily accurate (as you shall see and hear to your cost if you dare start the video below )
The strategic alliance of snake-oil vendors and conservative true believers points up evidence of another successful long march, of tactics designed to corral fleeceable multitudes all in one place—and the formation of a cast of mind that makes it hard for either them or us to discern where the ideological con ended and the money con began. .
But the New Right’s business model was dishonest in more than its revenue structure. Its very message—the alarmist vision of White Protestant Civilization Besieged that propelled fundraising pitch after fundraising pitch—was confabulatory too.There is more, and anybunny who has not read Perlstein in the Baffler, go do so now.
As Perlstein, Eli is also on a couple of remailing lists that are, shall we say curiously right wing, probably owning to the Rabett making comments here and there. While they are ostensibly political lists, they have nothing against selling space to the grifters, a great example of which is below. Start it if you dare, but think about it as a Uncle Lew test. Eli also advises strongly turning the speakers down to zero before inserting head into vice, but if and when the bunnies do so, reflect on Christopher Monckton, Anthony Watts, the Pielkes and the others selling their oilfields in the placenta.
How to deal with your denialist Uncle? Ask him how much he spends on right wing bling.