Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

May 1, 2017


Filed under: Film — louisproyect @ 6:52 pm

My readers in the Toronto area might want to check out a documentary titled “PACmen” that will be shown at various locations starting tomorrow as part of the Hot Docs Festival.

This is a cinéma vérité about Ben Carson’s bizarre campaign in the 2016 Republican Party primary that whatever it lacks in substance certainly makes up for as morbid entertainment and a reminder of how backward the USA is, particularly from the point of view of the more civilized nation to the north.

Lacking interviews or commentary by political analysts, it is mainly a fly-on-the-wall observation of the strategy meetings of two separate PACs that raised millions of dollars in a futile effort. One PAC was a grass roots effort mounted by John Philip Sousa IV drawing small donations after the fashion of Bernie Sanders; the other was led by much wealthier and traditional Republicans—at least as traditional as you are going to get with people believing in a geek like Ben Carson.

The most fascinating aspect for me was the rank-and-file volunteers and lowly paid staff members who approached the whole thing as if it were a religious crusade. Every other word out of their mouth is Jesus and their entire purpose in supporting Carson is tantamount to saving the USA from the wrath of god as if it were Sodom and Gomorrah.

Both Carson and his supporters are Christian fundamentalists imbued with the belief that we are in the end times and the need to prepare for Armageddon. There is no question in my mind that many would welcome a nuclear war with Russia or whoever if a President Carson made a speech telling them that god instructed him to push the button. Not only that, Ted Cruz was not far behind in religious fanaticism.

I hate to say it but if it were a choice between Carson and Trump, we are probably better off with the vulgar nouveau riche real estate developer from Queens who seems to enjoy life thoroughly even if working people could matter less. I doubt that Trump believes in god and that is probably the most reassuring thing about having such a monster in the White House.


  1. very much agree with your conclusion that we’re better off with donny, who at least isn’t a “believer”…it’s “nice” to have something good to think about him

    Comment by isabelle rawich — May 2, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

  2. Trump has already detonated the third worst bomb in history http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/afghanistan-isis-moab-bomb/

    Comment by Lawrence — May 3, 2017 @ 8:25 pm

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