Free Thinking Through the Fourth Turning with Sasha Stone
Free Thinking Through the Fourth Turning with Sasha Stone
This is What Totalitarianism Looks Like

This is What Totalitarianism Looks Like

As the news of the tragic death of Alexei Navalny broke, another headline was chasing right behind

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Donald Trump isn’t Alexei Navalny. He wasn’t poisoned or beaten or tortured, then left to die in a Siberian gulag. We aren’t under the control of a dictator like Putin. But there is no getting around the ugly truth that none of this would happen if Biden weren’t trailing Trump in the polls.

News of Navalny’s death sent shockwaves through both sides of the political aisle, as each tried to grapple with the many conflicts we’re now facing, the war in Ukraine and the war on Donald Trump, but it’s the Democrats whose actions of late were put into the spotlight.

Only one political party is actively trying to jail its primary political opponent, has thrown political protesters in solitary confinement, and violated the First Amendment by censoring speech on social media.

How would they shapeshift their way out of this problem? It’s easy. They don’t even respect the people enough to be honest with them. Instead, they rationalize it, “Trump committed actual crimes,” they said. “Trump’s the one who chanted Lock Her Up,” they insist, as if chanting is the same as doing.

Similarly, most Russians believe Navalny committed “actual crimes” because that’s the power of taking complete control of the media narrative. Putin charged him as an extremist and with “fraud,” just as our government has done to Trump.

What has our corrupt kangaroo court charged Trump with to throw him in jail or convict him of a felony BEFORE the election? Extremism and fraud. That our media and our public are being duped the same way Russians are is an embarrassment for a country that claims to be a beacon of Democracy.

What a farce. How shameless can they possibly be after what they did before, during, and after the Trump presidency? The lies flowed freely on Twitter from self-important politicians like Eric Swalwell and Alexander Vindman.

Thankfully, real journalists like Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger are hot on the trail to uncover the long con perpetrated on the American public for a decade.

After Russiagate and the 2020 election, many of us simultaneously came at the story from different angles. We were like the characters in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, who all see the same shape of Devil’s Tower but have no idea what it means until the end.

I started this Substack in 2020 not just to make sense of what was happening to me and the Left overall but to be able to speak my mind freely without having to self-censor for fear of attacks and reprisals. I could see they rigged the 2020 election and that Trump won Ohio, Florida, and Iowa and was on track to win had it not been for the bags and bags of mail-in ballots.

Here, Matt Taibbi and Walter Kirn are getting close to solving the nagging questions about what was happening in this country that none of us could understand.

When they banned Trump from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, I knew that something had gone terribly wrong between when I got online in 1994 and now. Not only wasn’t this the country I grew up in anymore, but it wasn’t the internet I’d built half of my life on.

It wasn’t until this astonishing video with Mike Benz and Tucker Carlson that the gaps were finally filled, and the big picture took shape.

When we imagine dictators like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping taking complete control of the media message, we all falsely believe it couldn’t happen here. But it has happened here. Benz explains how the Department of Defense took control of the internet once it saw its power to mobilize uprisings worldwide.

They weren’t just interested in compliance. They wanted hearts and minds. Just like in 1984, it isn’t enough to obey Big Brother. You have to love Big Brother.

It wasn’t just the media; it was social media. Now I know why I was hand-picked to attend the Joe Biden fundraiser in May of 2019 and why Neera Tanden admonished me in my Twitter DMs when I started speaking out about the blatant hypocrisy I could all of a sudden see on my own side:

It always seemed strange that she even knew who I was. But now, thanks to Benz, I know they were mapping all social circles online. That’s how they were able to censor Trump supporters. This was especially chilling regarding their campaign for mail-in ballots, which they’d planned long in advance.

It turns out Operation Destroy Trump started long before Trump won in 2016 because Trump was only part of a growing fear of uprisings like Brexit driven mostly by social media. But Trump’s win erased the line between the US meddling in foreign countries and brought it back home to the United States.

It probably wouldn’t have mattered which political party was in power. It would have played out the same way. It just so happens that it’s the Left, not the Right, that colonized the internet, and it’s on the Left where all of the money and power is now concentrated.

The last time we saw a power alignment like the one we’re living through now was in the 1950s. A post-war American utopia that was likewise driven by fear and paranoia with McCarthyism and Black Lists. The difference is we have no Eisenhower now, a man who would ultimately see how destructive and divisive it was becoming and shut it down.

Trump had every opportunity to turn America into a police state in the Summer of 2020. He didn’t. He had every opportunity to “lock her up.” He didn’t. He could have jailed political protesters, calling them terrorists. He didn’t.

We don’t have mainstream journalists who care about getting the truth anymore. They know they will lose everything. We don’t have writers like Rod Serling and Arthur Miller. We have only obedient thought robots who accept the party line and never ask questions.

That’s why it was such a relief to hear Mike Benz finally validate what so many of us have known since 2020. Yes, they rigged the election. Yes, they knew Biden would win in advance. Yes, they censored speech via social media with the sole purpose of pushing the mail-in ballot scheme on their obedient flock. They censored and silenced Trump supporters — American citizens — all to install Joe Biden and remove Trump.

Racists, Rapists Everywhere

When it came to coordinating the four indictments against Trump and the Civil trials, they cast their melodrama with mostly Black prosecutors, judges, and DAs. If they are female, all the better because now they’re not only aiming at their party’s base, but they believe some higher justice has been delivered unto Trump for the two causes of mass hysteria in the US over the past seven years, racism and rape.

New York AG Letitia James, DA of Fulton County, Fani Willis, District Judge Tanya Chutkin

They’re punishing Trump the same way they convicted suspected Communists in the 1950s and accused witches in 1692. Spectral evidence is what you can’t see but only suspect. Trump and his supporters have been convicted of the lie that they’re angry white supremacists, which has given Democrats a license to dehumanize them and violate their fundamental rights.

Because it all exists in their insulated, isolated bubble, they think it plays well among most Americans. I can assure you, it doesn’t.

The Democrats are so arrogant, so cut off from ordinary Americans they can’t see they’ve made Trump every bit the martyr that Alexei Navalny was. Because no matter how chaotic and unpredictable Trump might be, Americans remember what he was like when he served for one term.

I don’t know how much more the people can take. I can’t help but think of the quote about the Russian Revolution by Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovitch, “the last spectacular ball in the history of the empire ... [but] a new and hostile Russia glared through the large windows of the palace ... while we danced, the workers were striking, and the clouds in the Far East were hanging dangerously low.”

Crazy Clown Car

It’s possible that by the end of all of this, the Democrats will regret having gone down this road with a cast of characters that are, shall we say, not quite ready for primetime.

We have the crazy lady E. Jean Carroll, whose improvisational storytelling takes her to strange places that often contradict the claims made against Trump, like “it wasn’t sexual violence, it was a fight.” Or “We didn’t say anything because we were so hot for each other.” Or rape is somehow sexy.

Then there is Fani Willis, who was so sure no one would care what she did just so long as she charged Trump with something in Georgia that she went on a spending spree with her boyfriend, traveling all over the world.

And let’s not forget the Best Supporting Actress, the Grand Jury foreperson herself:

Trump caught a lucky break that these are lunatics straight out of central casting. But we should not lose sight of what our country has become, where it’s taken our Justice Department, courts, and media. This is a dangerous precedent the American people should unanimously reject.

Make America Great Again

Probably, they figured they could dispense with Trump easily enough. They hired foreign intelligence agencies to spy on him. The FBI sent dozens of informants to embed themselves in the Trump administration. But everything they tried kept blowing up in their face, Keystone Cop style.

Because whatever Trump is to them, that isn’t what he is to the millions of Americans who support him. He spends hours just talking to them, and when his already too-long rally is about to come to a close, his audience begs him to stay. How many politicians can you say that about?

By the time a long Trump rally nears it end, we’ve heard him joke with the “Front Row Joes” and the ladies from North Carolina, and he’s done the poem The Snake, and he’s made many jokes at his own expense, the music begins to play, and that’s when his supporters know it’s almost over.

There is no politician in America right now. The people love as much as they love Trump. The more our government, cultural leaders, and late-night comedians go after him, the more they love him. Most people miss that about MAGA rallies, this is a love story more than it is anything else.

If Trump shares anything with the brave Navalny, it’s this: he never backed down. Both men could have saved themselves. They could have stayed silent and said nothing. Navalny would still be alive, and Trump would be off playing golf somewhere, not fighting for his good name, legacy, and family fortune.

The Democrats and their “deep state” have become the bad guys in the eyes of a growing number of people in this country. And now, a new and hostile America is glaring through the large windows of the palace.


Free Thinking Through the Fourth Turning with Sasha Stone
Free Thinking Through the Fourth Turning with Sasha Stone
Essays on politics and culture from Sasha Stone's Substack. A former Democrat and Leftist who escaped the bubble to get to know the other side of the country and to take a more critical look at the left.