Mr Trump is a failed President even before taking office. He’ll have to answer to the pitchforks and patarini who elected him sooner than later.
His fate depends on what motivated the Deplorables. If they were motivated by the prospect of manufacturing jobs returning in mass numbers to the US, their belief will be shattered. However, if they were motivated by identity politics (i.e., misogyny, xenophobia, and racism), then their faith will be fully rewarded by Trump’s Presidency.
There are pockets of reason and enlightenment strewn over a landscape of inbred cultural backwardness. Radical cosmopolitans must stand up and say no to ignorance and cultural backwardness, whenever and wherever revanchist populism surfaces.
There are also historical precedents for the Trump-Farage-Le Pen-Petry phenomenon. Cola Di Rienzo, Savonarola, Luther, and Robespierre attempted to channel the anger of “the people” towards various political ends. They lost control (the Peasants’ War of 1524-25, which was crushed with Luther’s help) and lost their lives in the process (Savonarola, Cola, and Robespierre).
The Trump campaign circus is now the Trump transition team circus.
The Nigel Farage power play came to naught. He remains a right-wing carpetbagger sans portfolio.
The new antisemitism will be directed by the alt-right guru who will take up residence in the office of the White House chief of staff.
Rather than “draining the swamp,” Mr Trump is filling it with his own children and his childish twitter bile.
The (failed) materialist assumption is that people who flock to Farage, Le Pen, Trump, and the AfD are responding to economic conditions. In reality, they are simply politicizing the culture of hate that is part of their traditional way of life. What needs rethinking is the state of the cultural conflict between the forces of reason and enlightenment and the forces of petty revanchism and historical backwardness.
The mob threatens to imprison Europe behind an iron curtain of ignorance and intolerance, pitchfork wielding folk headed by the likes of Hofer, Bachmann, Le Pen, Farage, etc.
It will end in Brexitears.
The noble squid is no weed.
Nothing says Prince like a duet of Mr Wonder and Ms Madonna.
Re “American Sniper”: We’ve reached peak war film. It’s a tired genre. Time to retire it.
A film critic has conscientiously pointed out that a fictional narrative of the life of Stephen Hawking is not a carbon copy of reality: “It would be a big mistake to take The Theory of Everything as a user’s guide to living with motor neurone disease.” Really? I note this not simply because it is my current pet peeve, but only because this sort of nonsense is ubiquitous, universal. I’m only surprised I didn’t notice this tendency earlier in life.
Jodi Ernst is the Marine Le Pen of the Republican Party.
The most noticeable tall buildings in NYC now are the middle-fingers sprouting up in Brooklyn and Queens, which tower over everything around them. But at least downtown Brooklyn was spared the embarrassment of a Frank Gehry toadstool patch when the original Atlantic Yards project crumbled.
Hopefully, Mr Dehlin won’t face banishment to the planet Kolob for uttering twenty-first century views on women and same-sex marriage.
Led Zeppelin III is an under-rated album. The gems are “Immigrant Song,” “Out on the Tiles,” and “Friends.” The surprisingly violent imagery of “Hats Off to (Roy) Harper” revealed to me the deep foundation of misogyny on which American blues tradition is built. The only clunker is the over-wrought “Since I’ve Been Loving You.” The album cover packaging was an added bonus.
The installation of Narendra Modi in India as Prime Minister is disturbing and potentially tragic. For the region and for women.
Michael Gove could have chosen to appropriate writers from the former colonies by referring to their works as literature of the British diaspora.
Marine Le Pen is sponsoring a neo-Fascist International.