Decaffeinated coffee. (What’s the point?)
The hula hoop.
Political nominating conventions.
The Celebrity, a meritless and insignificant person famous for being famous.
The Celebrity as a political force.
Carnival tent religion.
Mass-produced food and patented food crops.
Mothers in combat.
Euphemisms for war: Preserving the Union, War to End All War, Police Action, Crusade for Democracy. And don’t forget Collateral Damage.
Unguarded borders to replace the population of an advanced country with a new and different population.
Medicine bottles that can’t be opened.
“A nation of immigrants.”
Written constitutions that judges may change at will.
Atomic bombs and nuclear warheads (with a little foreign help).
Therapeutic television (Phil Donahue, Oprah Winfrey, etc.).
A financial system with privatised profits and socialised risks described as “free enterprise.”
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