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Sometime in a not-so-distant alternative future...the birth of Real America is not without complications.
In case you missed the memo, former political reporter Michael McCord's satirical tale of American political dystopia remains ahead of its time. Set in an eerily familiar alternative universe, The Execution Channel: A Political Fable anticipates the spectacle of a Trump-like political armageddon.
Readers travel to the new Real America in 2018 where citizens celebrate the mysterious economic religion of the Galtian Imperatives (inspired by Ayn Rand, the goddess of Real American liberty). Tax cuts for the rich and austerity starvation for moochers define a new era of prosperity for all who matter.
The Real America parade of characters includes:
Gov. Lawrence C. “Demon Seed” Bowie – Bowie is the leader and co-founder of the Real American Party and elected governor of The Real American Republic of Texas. A proud Mad Hatter politician, Bowie vows to eliminate government and privatize every government function including his own office. He is in a political fix because his ‘War on the Poor’ economic plan isn’t working and his corporate sponsors aren’t happy.
Col. Rufus T. Fairbush – Chairman of the Militia Committee of Real American Patriots, Greater Texas Chapter, Fairbush challenges Bowie in the 2018 gubernatorial primary and runs on platform to outdo Bowie and abolish the idea of government. He plans to take Bowie out by the bullet or the ballot. Fairbush became a legend by standing his ground and killing two federal agents by shooting them in the back.
Jason Bravtart – The visionary conservative reality TV producer and Ayn Rand disciple who came up with the history-changing idea of The Execution Channel. Bravtart prays daily before a seven-foot statue of Rand, the goddess of Real American liberty, and vows to create daily monuments to his genius. He was called a hero for his moocher-bashing series Foreclosure Justice but he seeks redemption after the scandalous flop of The Real Homeless of Malibu Beach.
Sandy Bravtart – The wife of Jason is the chief marketing officer for the 1st John Galt SoCal Militia. Sandy believes that the success of The Execution Channel will give her the opportunity to purchase one of the lawless western territories in Real America and establish her own militia.
James “Big Stake” Frimmer – After cornering markets in foreclosures, bad mortgages, drug money laundering and gun running, reclusive billionaire Frimmer seeks another big score to cement his political control over Real America and prove that democracy can be bought on the cheap.
Penelope the Psychic – The most popular psychic in the SoCal Liberty Territory, Penelope is forced to become a confidential informant for Mr. Jones, the most feared security operator in Real America. She upholds her entrepreneurial spirit by retaining her status as a double agent for the British and German secret services.
William Notman – The first condemned prisoner executed on the premiere of The Execution Channel’s flagship show, Execution Night in America. Notman is innocent which only increases publicity, public outrage, and ratings and proves that for justice to be profitable in Real America, guilt or innocence are less important than profit margins.
Real America – The secessionist new nation which prides itself on eliminating government and trimming back democracy at all levels to enact the priorities of the profit-making Guardians of Galt. The goal is to promote prosperity and liberty for all who matter.
Guardians of Galt – Rich, free market heroes (See Frimmer, James) who believe their genius propels the universe and that government must be privatized and serve their every need and whim.
Galtian Imperatives – The new economic religion is enforced as revealed gospel but understood by no one. When government is eliminated, austerity enforced and moochers are put in their rightful, irrelevant place, the Galtian Imperatives promise that paradise is close at hand.
Imbecile Caucus – Led by Bowie when he served in Congress, this band of renegade Mad Hatters prided itself on destroying the economy, using fact-free-statements only and in shutting down the government at every opportunity.
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