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America is not so much a nightmare as a non­-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence.

                                     —William S. Burroughs

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1.5  That’s When I Reach for My Revolver

 “It is deeply symptomatic,” notes Slavoj Žižek, diagnosing the political climate of 1989 Europe, “that instead of class struggle the radical Right speaks of class (or sexual) warfare.”—a war cry grown shrill in 2011 America. In this section we gloss rhetorical techniques brought to bear in full on (and by) ‘identity politics’ in chapter three. For “if you’re like most Americans,” then you suck, from a tube, pap nuggets pre­-chewed by a tea-bagged nut-job choked-up on his own petard, a bloviated bloat no rumination can stomach—but if we agree that you are not “like most,” we shall agree that populist pundits serve not discourse but polemic. What sets Slavoj “I am a monster” Žižek apart from Glen “I’m a rodeo clown” Beck is (Žižek’s overt Marxism vs. Beck’s covert Mormonism? that, and) the former plies discourse to explicate theoretical constraints, while the latter peals polemic to implicate conspiracy theories. Whether you dress to the Left or the Right, we taylor explicit tools armed for implicit disarming—for we all stand to gain by the redressing of fools. 

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