No, no, no. One small group of people cannot create a national psychosis. Hitler couldn't have been Hitler unless a large set of Germans secretly felt the way his philosophy was conceived. In other words, you just don't create a whole image like that; it has to be there in the beginning.
Another one of the great dreams that Americans seem to have, more than most people, is this: That we can separate the governments of nations that we don't like from the people. In other words, Khrushchev doesn't really represent the people of Russia; that the Communist regime there is really not the Russian people. [We have] this great illusion that we can separate the things that come out of the people, from the people themselves, that Hitler didn't represent all the Germans, no. That Castro doesn't represent the Cubans. Welllll, this is a questionable thesis. That Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan don't represent American tastes... Oh yes they do. [In fact] the people we elect [as] President represent our tastes rather than our thinking. It's a matter of taste, a matter of disposition. You can never separate what people do on a large scale from what they really secretly want. Television is the way it is because the large majority of people want it this way, even though they protest loudly about it.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.