Really interesting. Thanks for the deft summary; the focus on the appeal of dominance is frightening and sadly in tune with how I feel when I watch Bush or turn on the TV. And the concluding chilling fact about the Rumsfeld/Rather ownership connection would be rather breathtaking — if one hadn’t already become pretty cynical about the lack of “disinterest” in the media .

I’m still not utterly convinced, though, about the main danger to our democratic institutions being the crytpo-theocratists (or even the not-so-crypto ones) — I still think the incredibly powerful and swift corporatization of both public life and culture is the more immediate threat to our being anything like a democratic republic — maybe I’m wrong; that fact about the financial backing of the electronic voting companies is interesting (though it might not mean what it seems to mean).

I am admonished, though, to stand a bit more firmly on guard about these things…