Are We Ready For The Big Trump Surprise?
We are in the middle of a perfect storm of white supremacy, fascism, a police killing spree, an uprising against it, the Coronavirus pandemic, and a mad genius who will be willing to fake his own vaccine shot just to get re-elected in an election he has no intention of holding.
If Tulsa taught him anything it was that he cannot trust the poor redneck racists to come out for him. So he’s already on to Plan Z while we’re wondering what B is. Michael weaves together all of these elements and raises the question about what a desperate Trump is plotting between now and November 3rd — and invites his listeners to help him come up with a series of strategies to guarantee Trump’s unconditional surrender.
In 1842, Edgar Allen Poe wrote the Masque of the Red Death, a prescient short story about a country devastated by plague. “No pestilence,” Poe wrote, “had ever been so fatal or so hideous.” But the Prince of the land ignored the epidemic. He holed up in his castle and held a masked ball, insisting the revelers dress in grotesque fashion, as if daring the contagion to threaten their immortality.
In episode 6 of Madness: the Podcast, Steven Reisner finds Black Americans taking to the streets to stand up to both: the Coronavirus that disproportionately affects their community and to institutionalized white supremacy that makes COVID so much more deadly. What will white people do now with our fears?