See Marcus’s post about Caesar for an example of what courage looks like. Courage is a virtue, in the sense that “virtue” originally meant manly qualities, and while it can sometimes be good, it can also be decidedly evil. From the time those American nazis entered the Capitol Building, all it would take to snuff out the already miserable vestiges of US democracy would be a rich person exercising evil courage.
I say a rich person rather than a politician because they’re the ones with all the levers. If a Koch grew a pair and took a risk, they could grab Trump’s ear, tell him all the right things to say, grease the right palms, pull the right levers. Trump has very little control over his messaging because he’s an impulsive dipshit with a paper-thin concept of reality. But if the right rich person sidled up like the serpent and told him what he had to gain from following a script? He could be far more dangerous than he is now. He could actually be effective, instead of just being a half-assed stochastic terrorist.
But late capitalism is all about playing it safe. Don’t take risks, even the bare minimum ones necessary to maintain control. Just keep ratfucking everyone in sight and hide when you get spotted. Cowardice. They know they own Biden, that he’s the safety, the security, so while they’ll boost the Trumpism that lets them run riot over the natural resources and slaughter-me sheep of red states, they won’t help keep Trump himself in power.
Nothing good will come of today, but the worst case scenario will not either, and for that I’d like to thank our country’s rich for being more Antoinette than Machiavelli. Stay down, cowards.