American (and British, and other) businesspeople and politicians of a corrupt and/or authoritarian bent are now truly reaping the rewards of having carefully dumbed down their own society for decades, leaving huge swaths of the population seriously under-educated and far too easily satisfied.
As such, these huge swaths are compliant and unquestioning, ignorant of the great harm that's being inflicted as they uncaringly look elsewhere, and not just satisfied with but ever more reliant upon "entertainment" that turns their minds further to mush. Never mind trashy TV (which is most TV); the advent of the internet in general, and social media in particular, was an absolute godsend to the would-be plutocrats and autocrats, social media alone having probably knocked a entire generation off their expected timescale. In broad terms this is nothing new at all, of course (think bread and circuses
); but it's depressing to realise that it still works so well in our supposedly sophisticated societies, when the "information superhighway" was supposed to educate and liberate us all.
It's no coincidence that authoritatian regimes always make it a priority first to discredit and then to imprison or murder all the dissident voices and the so-called intellectuals, characterising them as enemies of the people who need to be locked up.
The world we've grown up in is on the verge of destruction, and yet John Bolton is more concerned about saving all his juicy revelations for the book for which he's reportedly received a $2M advance. I sincerely hope I'm wrong but I don't believe for one moment that he, nor Don McGahn following the latest court ruling, nor anyone else significant for that matter will find - suddenly, out of the blue, subpoena or not - the moral fibre to testify against the Trump regime in any meaningful way. If they appear at all I think it will be all executive privilege this and executive privilege that.
I still absolutely believe that the House should go ahead and impeach the mthrfckr but I now have near zero hope that the pusillanimous Senate GOP will follow suit and do the right and honourable thing. It would take something truly extraordinary now - like secret tapes?