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Struggling To Keep Up [Nov. 17th, 2016|08:51 pm]
Tony Grist
I've been saying for a while now that our politics were busted and I expected a revolution- and now it's upon us- and I'm not sure I understand what's going on but I intend to try.

I was expecting a revolution of the left- because that's where revolutions usually come from- but this is a revolution of the right- if that's the proper word for it- which I doubt. Perhaps we should go with what the revolutionaries call themselves and say "alt-right". Anyway, I've just been watching a young guy from Breitbart being interviewed on Channel 4 News- and he was nervy and clever and Jewish and gay- with white streaks in his black hair- and not like any rightist I've seen before. Also he had so much energy...

[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-18 09:27 am (UTC)
It's as though all the energy has drained from the left. I think these things are cyclical. Now one's up now the other.
Another thing that's weird is that the revolution is being led- in the States- by a 70 year old man- which isn't at all what one expects.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2016-11-18 12:29 pm (UTC)
I think to call Trump a revolutionary would be a misnomer. A revolution has to be bigger than oneself, and the man is a malignant narcissist only interested in stuffing cabinet positions with his children and cronies and hounding the media when it challenges him.

I don't think the right are stronger than the left. I think they were just willing to dispense with the normal standards of shame and restraint that help a society cohere.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-18 01:34 pm (UTC)
Isn't it always the case that a revolution is bigger than its leaders? The French revolution ate its leaders. So did the Russian revolution.

I think Trump's personal character is largely irrelevant. Change was coming with or without him.
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