Psycho/Pathogen: Intubating Democracy – A Cultural Diagnosis of the Virus of Hate by Rain Mathuin
Psycho/Pathogen defines this tumultuous moment in America and is a literary cartography of how we got here, which precedes the nation’s founding. This tapestry of racial, social, and environmental justice is described as “a diary of the COVID-19 pandemic with searing cultural and historic commentary.” Psycho/Pathogen is a collection of essays that was written while the world was in lockdown during the socially distanced 2020 US presidential election, a momentous year in American history with few parallels. Each essay carries its start date, the final piece, Camp Auschwitz, being January 6, 2021. “Rain predicted all of Trump’s moves and the failed coup,” observes the former president’s White House Director of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci, with President Vicente Fox, the 62nd President of Mexico, adding that Psycho/Pathogen boasts “farsighted political analysis.” The US House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack committed some eighteen months, millions of dollars, amassed thousands of documents, and called hundreds of witnesses to piece together the insurrection. Without any of that but with history as a guide, the author provided a virtual play-by-play in real time during 2020 that provides the book’s subtitle, “Intubating Democracy, A Cultural Diagnosis of the Virus of Hate”
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“Rain is part poet, part prophet, and all truth-teller.” Ice-T
Leading the policy positions and implementing the manifesto of one of the most effective current indigenous rights organizations, Rain is a successful film-maker, writer and poet. On his matrilineal line, Rain is Roma (Romani) and is generally included in popular lists of “notable Romani people.” He is of the Kalderash, Manouche, and Romanichal tribes. Rain is a member of the extended Strange Owl family from Birney and Lame Deer, Montana, on the Northern Cheyenne reservation. The name “Bear Stands Last”