Insane Clown President

Insane Clown President

Dispatches From the 2016 Circus

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Matt Taibbi's first piece on the 2016 presidential election, published in August 2015, opens with these words: "The thing is, when you actually think about it, it's not funny. Given what's at stake, it's more like the opposite, like the first sign of the collapse of the United States as a global superpower. Twenty years from now, when we're all living like prehistory hominids and hunting rats with sticks, we'll probably look back at this moment as the beginning of the end." In twenty-four pieces from Rolling Stone -- plus two original essays -- Taibbi tells the full story of the campaign, from its beginnings to its conclusion, through on-the-ground reporting, analysis, and gallows humor. This isn't simply a blow-by-blow recounting of the election season, but the wider story of the seeming collapse of American democracy. Unlike many campaign chroniclers, Taibbi grasped the essential themes of the story from the beginning: the power of spectacle over substance, or even truth; the absence of a shared reality between warring sides of the political spectrum; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism that would destroy what was left of the Kingian dream of a successful pluralistic society.
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399592461
0399592466
Characteristics: xxxvi, 314 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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PamBurtonW
Jul 05, 2018

Interesting book. Sometimes I found the footnotes better than the sardonic ideas of the author. I agree many people don't know the difference between socialism and communism. Communism does not work as history shows but Socialism does and is progressive. I do agree Bernie Sanders may have been a better alternative to run against Trump, who appears insane but? maybe not- maybe he was the perfect choice for the U.S. oligarchy style of governing; after all one of the first things Trump did was get rid of the estate tax which was bringing millions and millions of dollars revenue into the country and now it is hoarded by the rich who inherited it by questionable means and who protect their wealth through skewed news stations like Fox news. I do agree the news media does seem to prevail in determining who gets elected. Interesting read.

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pmaison
Jan 25, 2018

5 (five) FAT STARS - Taibbi's blowtorch gaze reminds me of the more hilarious and spot-on writings of H.L. Mencken, the great Baltimore newspaper columnist of the early 1900's. And anyone who thinks he's being pro-Clinton here simply hasn't read the book.

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21288004246712
Dec 02, 2017

good read if you appreciate his irreverent style of humour, but he missed the Russian connection

Hilarious, horrifying, and insightful. This book is a cross between Stephen King and Jerry Seinfeld with a dash or three of Dan Rather and Don Rickles. This is a must-read account of not only the 2016 election but of the end of American politics as we knew it (or thought we did).

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mswrite
May 17, 2017

In the final chapter ("November 18, 2016: President Obama's Last Stand") of this thoughtful, angry, stingingly funny book, Matt Taibbi writes: "Donald Trump won the White House, but he will never be a man like his predecessor; whose personal example will now only shine more brightly with the passage of the time. At a time when a lot of Americans feel like they have little to be proud of, we should think about our outgoing president, whose humanity and greatness are probably only just now coming into true focus."

I agree wholeheartedly, and take some comfort from this assessment. Not a lot at the moment, but some.

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Memawrayne
Apr 04, 2017

Humorous at times. Also a little scary that someone like a "trump" could get elected. There were many influences and Trump did not just fall out of the sky. He had recognition whereas the other Rep. candidates were unknown. With that many in the primaries, it is no wonder Trump got a plurality. When 30% of the voters chose him, 70% wanted someone else. Some of the author's conclusions are interesting although I don't agree with all of them. His idea that Sanders would have been a better candidate against Trump, one has to remember the argument opposing Sanders would have been that he was a "communist". Some voters would not have accepted that being a socialist is different. Some readers need to lighten up when they read a book like this. Some other comments sound like they are "freaking out".

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dmckenziehague
Feb 08, 2017

I am amazed at the comments listed here all you have to do is look at the man's behavior (Trump) to understand he is acting like a dangerously spoiled child who is in charge of the US.
Try reading the Economist or listening to the BBC if you don't trust our US media. The warnings of his actions are there you just have to recognize them. Look at history when a dictator takes over he first makes sure the media is demonized and not respected eventually shutting down newspapers etc...
Keep aware of his actions I think this is our only recourse we have to hold him accountable. We have a Constitution which has checks and balances to protect the people against tyranny we cannot allow him to demonize or shut down the press and our courts and our judges.

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foxhollow
Feb 04, 2017

Please stop spending the libraries money for these negative books against our current President Trump. I am sick and tired of this hateful and untrue type of literature. Hate literature needs to go and the library does not need to encourage it.
Please do not buy another book on Michelle or Barack Obama .The library has bought quite enough about the Obamas.
I'd rather you spend more money on fiction and things I'd rather read than about these political figures that have left the White House.

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StarGladiator
Jan 07, 2017

]Update: Although I did not vote Trump, nor have I ever voted r-con, and have given up on the faux crats long ago, what this election really shows isn't // postfactual \\ anything, but the Fake News which has been in place for many decades, and went into high gear from 1963 onwards. Every Fake Newsy and Progressive Fake Newsy, et cetera, claims 46 percent of the American people voted Trump, which is arithmetically absurd and impossible, since together Clinton and Trump DID NOT receive 46 percent of the vote, 60 percent did not vote for them, and they received only 40 percent total, Trump something aroudn 19.? and Clinton 21.? of the votes cast. And the Fake Newsies all warn us that a ban on 7 countries will be a recruitment tool for ISIS -- they are all reading from the SAME EXACT SCRIPT? Since officially the gov't and CNN report that 75 percent of ISIS has been destroyed [BTW, thanks Russia], there shouldn't be all that much to worry about in terms recruitment, now should there? Figures from end of Obama Administration: source]
Oh gar....!!! I will try to read this, but it sounds like Taibbi never recovered from his blow-up at The Intercept, and his writing on the presidential campaigns was rather mediocre!
From the description sounds more of // white nationalists massing on the northern border, awaiting invasion. . . .\\???
Problem is, instead of discussing the absolutely non-correlating claims [Harvard's Ken "can't do Excel spreadsheets" Rogoff claiming that 11.5 million jobs were actually created during Obama's time in office, completely contradicted by the Rutgers' study which stated that at least one-third of the so-called new jobs couldn't be verified as existing, and the Katz and Krueger study, explaining that 94% of the so-called newly created jobs were part-time] of excellent job growth, with a contradictory lack of the tax base increasing dramatically [since payroll taxes make up the bulk of tax revenues - - since majority of corporations don't bother to pay their federal taxes] while numbers indicate the worst new business formation, worst new bank formation and worst new homeownership for many decades! [Why oh why do all these fakey newsy types always veer to identity politics instead of discussing the economic warfare against American workers [and others]? They can't all be on the payroll, or can they????]

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