Dividing And Conquering

by William Skink

Because I’m a sucker for dystopian narratives I’ve been watching Colony on Netflix. The show envisions a post-arrival earth where the alien “hosts” have imposed a transitional authority to manage the remaining humans, who are segregated into blocs. There is, of course, a resistance to this occupation, but it’s fractured. One group that emerges in season 2 is unwilling to work with any other group as they impose lethal vigilante justice to anyone who collaborates with the transitional authority.

Today it struck me that there are some disconcerting parallels in this fictional narrative to what we are seeing happening. As domestic tensions escalate it seems anyone who collaborates with Trump/Hitler is now fair game, be it Sarah Sanders or some teenager at a fast food joint wearing a MAGA hat.

One of the recent noble stands by the resistance to deny a collaborator services happened in New York to a guy who advocates disillusioned Democrats to walk away from their party. The question Brandon Straka was asked before being denied the ability to purchase a microphone was this: “Are you planning to use this equipment for alt-right purposes?”

Divide and conquer is a strategy that is used over and over again because it works. As divisiveness escalates, any chance to step back and ask who does this divisiveness ultimately serve disappears.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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2 Responses to Dividing And Conquering

  1. Eric says:

    You really can’t divide a group without their permission.

    You are on to something, that I’ve been noticing, and that is that the Dem party as a whole is undergoing an identity crisis.

    The GOP has assimilated the never-trumpers, but the Dems are deeply divided. I listened to President Trumps rally in GF, and he has even noticed it, calling Maxine Waters the leader of the Democratic Party. We all know she isn’t, as the Dems who hold the power have stayed with Nancy Pelosi. So is the President acting as divider-in-chief over the opposition?

  2. Big Swede says:

    America today is just like Nazi Germany.

    Except that everybody is trying to get in, nobody is trying to leave, everyone is free to criticize the government, and nobody has lost any rights.

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