tagged this to read fully at my night job
meanwhile – other resources not mentioned here
Dwights MacDonald – 30s commentor – had instructive things to say about what did/did not work here and in Russia
also Walter Karp – Liberty Under Seige – check him out at Amazon – essential stuff
Right after the Civil War the farmers tried to confront the financial predators and make them change their ways. Instead, politicians distracted people with appeals to prejudices that had been inflamed by the war.
All these decades later it looks like that old game is still in play. Our lizard overlords are going to keep distracting us from the real problems until they kill us all.