Historians may one day look back upon these days of the Trump administration as an unintended stress test for the already eroded institutions of American democracy…It is encouraging to see some signs of resilience in the US, that offer a hopeful possibility for our own future.
The most optimistic interpretation of the news coming from the Netherlands would be to see it as a sign that November 8th of last year was the high water mark for right-wing populism.
This is, after all, the standard narrative that we hear. Silicone Valley vs Main Street in a cage match where only one challenger will emerge alive, and whether or not the fight is fixed, we all know who’s going to win. It’s common sense, the Way of the World, and there’s nothing to be done about it; everybody knows that, right?
To be sure, black activists have no obligation to make white people feel comfortable about confronting the racism in our society. In fact, making people uncomfortable is what any force for positive change should do. But there’s also something to be said for not being an asshole, especially to people that may want to be on your side.
We want to sympathize with Screamin Jay, just as we want to empathize with the “economically anxious,” overwhelmingly white, Trump voter. Clearly, they have been wronged after putting their faith in the unfaithful. But there is something more sinister going on here, if the necromantic imagery didn’t clue you in.
December 21, 1989: A clueless dictator gives his final speech, though he did not know then that it would be his final speech.
It’s easy to laugh at the Economically Anxious for being so easily duped by the Fake News, but liberals and progressives are duped by fake news all of the time.