The Superman Fallacy
Or, Why The Two-Party System Is Effing Up U.S. Democracy
"It makes no difference which one of us you vote for! Either way, your planet is doomed, DOOMED!"
- Kang, from the Simpons (episode "Treehouse of Horror VII"_
In the most casual and careless way, I have been sneaking in digs about our country, the US of A, for quite some time.
I do it, mostly, to make grander points (in my mind)… than the typical history rhymes and this country will sing the same turn critics. I focus on taking the shit down to bowel-level understanding — the timelessness of the human condition.
Because I don’t have a new Weekend Whats episode this morning (archives), I wanted to rehash a few of my older posts, about how robotic the hive-mind in America has gotten. Well, at least, the good news is that these posts have sprinkles of hope and inspiration embedded in them, too.
And what’s interesting to me is that, just yesterday, one of my favorite Substack writers, Jeff Childers, could have easily written the preface for these posts of mine. Again, you’ll see them way, way down yonder on this email / post.
For now, let me hand this over to Jeff:
I’ve often complained about what I call the “Superman fallacy,” which is the false but alluring notion that if we could just somehow elect the PERFECT person to the presidency, he would fix all our problems with one stroke of his mighty Montblanc fountain pen:
He’d pull the plug on the WEF, abolish the UN and the FED, turn out the lights at the Department of Education and the EPA, shear the CDC, NIH, and the IRS, leash the intelligence agencies, broker world peace, stop China, return the USA to the gold standard, make communism illegal again, and forever end the detestable practice of adding fruit to perfectly-good pizza.
As we speak, some conservatives are battling it out in a bloody presidential primary Super Bowl, which I fear represents just another Lucy-and-the-Football style psyop, tricking us — again! — into pinning all our hopes on one single person, and distracting us from fixing the real problem, so that once again we will wind up flat on our backs staring up into Pigpen’s sad, muddy face.
The Superman fallacy is designed to distract us from the real solutions. Let me give you a recent example. From the Washington Post this week:
In North Carolina, Republicans have (finally) taken super majority control of their State House and Senate, making the state’s feckless, inconstant governor Roy Cooper unnecessary. The legislature is now primed to pass laws that will bind the executive branch regardless of what the Governor does.
The solution of bypassing the executive by electing a legislative seems harder, but is it still vastly superior to a flurry of executive orders signed by Superman, which even if they were legal (doubtful), are always promptly cancelled or overridden by the very next executive who sits down at the desk.
Even if they have no idea what they are signing or what day it is.
Think about how Joe Biden cancelled so many of President Trump’s executive orders. Those Trumpian executive orders felt very satisfying at the time they were signed, and many of us were extremely grateful for them, and Trump deserves tons of credit, but how did it feel when they were all wiped away on the very first day of the new Administration?
[Excerpt from KICK IT ☙ Saturday, May 20, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS ]
Back to me, da Bear.
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Getting around to the point of this post — the idiocracy of American’s color-coded (RED / BLUE) ideological “system” of indoctrination. Allow me to link to my timeless posts about that:
Click whichever title fancy’s your curiosity. Enjoy and talk again soon.