Interesting assessment of the psychological afflictions of young trumpeters, They’ve been dominated (and not in the fun way) by the magic of a dark shaman. Not abracadabra magic, magical thinking in the sense of inducing decision-making by manipulation of the subconscious.
John Shirley is a great writer of philosophical speculative fiction. Also great action stuff like Halo stories. Buy something:
A better title for this blog post is “The Subconscious Mind is the Real Power of Politics.”
Us, them – yes, that’s an appeal to unconscious racism. Threatened people, worried about their future, look for scapegoats; xenophobic instinct arises. They are afraid of the future-of poverty, of competition for money. “Us! Them! Me, Gold, Me, Behold, billions-behold, Gold!”