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Joseph Natoli

Joseph P Natoli is a retired college professor and author of numerous books on culture and politics. He is a member of the editorial collective of BAD SUBJECTS, the oldest political online magazine on the web. He writes regularly for a number of political and pop culture online magazines, including SENSES OF CINEMA, BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL, POPMATTERS, AMERICANA, DANDELION SALAD, GODOT, TRUTHOUT

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    Anthony Bernardo

    Good article. I was initially puzzled by the lack of reference to religion as an additional factor, but you got to that at the end. I believe religion has also been shamelessly used as a tool by those happy to keep a divide and conquer strategy to maintain their own positions of power. Our rights derived from the natural order devised by God are not dependent on the US being a Christian nation, as those desiring a”Christian caliphate” claim to maintain unquestioning observance to the so called American way of life. The freedom and independence to be or not be a Christian is what helps create a freedom of living globally. That freedom is perverted into a dependency of voting for the candidate hiding behind a cross, when in fact that vote takes away freedom. A second thought is that I believe that a rising tide raises all boats, but when some of the boats can rise faster than most if not all of the others, (no physics implied here) eventually too many of those boats go underwater. It is inevitable that unregulated capitalism will lead to feudalism. It just takes some time. What mystifies me is how those that will suffer continue to vote against their own best interest because the candidates cloak themselves in a wrap of patriotism, economic fantasies, and religion. We’re still in Plato’s cave.

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