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.