Van has finished reading…Drift by Rachel Maddow

15 Jun

Drift by Rachel Maddow


A madman describes the thing he sees. He describes his worst fears. He believes them to be real, though they’re not. He believes them vehemently, and wants us to believe them too. He gets more and more unnerved, the more we are inclined to question. The thing he sees becomes more and more distorted, more and more dangerous. He urges us to believe. The more he urges, the more we question, the more his view distorts.

  Eventually we realise that he has become the thing he fears; that the thing he describes is his own reflection.

Politics is an insidious disease. The trouble with Politics is that it invariably most affects those who’ve not contracted it, or perhaps those who are paying the least attention. I guess Politicians are the virus then. It’s only after having read the book that the apposite title really comes to the fore.

 I think that’s what’s really good about this book. Whether you take Rachel Maddow’s words as cold fact, as interesting and informative, or with a Republican size block of salt, you can’t help but think about what you’ve read. As I’ve said before; what more can we ask of any book but that it makes us think.

  I suspect there are depths and intricacies that pass me by, being from the other side of the pond. I do remember the palpable cloud of fear that we all lived under in the eighties though. I do remember seeing and hearing the things that Reagan said and thinking ‘Did he really just say that?’

It’s clear the box is well and truly open. Is this book the winged hope we all seek? I don’t know, but it’s a comfort at least to know there are people who are prepared to look beyond the mirror, and encourage us to do the same.


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