It’s 1.25am. Donald Trump is the President Elect. There is nothing else to talk about. I want to remind future me that we knew this was important. We knew Donald Trump was only a symptom of a problem we could see growing and we couldn’t do anything because media and politics turned into a playground for a stupid elite. That it was too late to do anything a good two years before Trump was elected. That by the time he was elected we understood how inequality led to populism.
There is a lot of speculation about which policy he has announced he will implement. Lots of it well meaning. It doesn’t matter. Most of the nonsense he spouted isn’t possible, but whipping up hate will distract from that. More debt, tax cuts, selling off public assets to private hands, and whipping up hatred while lining the his pockets and those of his peers. Will he be able to build camps? He doesn’t need to, he already has a massive prison industrial complex. He has a police state ready on that score and he is Chief of Staff itching to use his armed forces. We might get a return of McArthyism, we might get lots of things. Rudy Guillani, Sarah Palin, and whole host of far right morons and nutcases are being lined up for jobs as we speak. Nigel Farage wants to the EU/US ambassador. Ultimately we know we are getting what was sold. What he said. Him. A narcissist, a compulsive liar, self confessed abuser of women, outright racist with a disregard for reality when it interrupts his ego. Reality might impede him, the machinery that all but stopped Barack Obama being President certainly won’t but hush, we mustn’t talk about White Supremacy. US women are trying to obtain birth control before their insurers make it more expensive or deny it altogether, or so am told.
We have commentators saying ignore the campaign, it was just schtick. It wasn’t just schtick that a racist, misogynist psychopath threatening to mirror Hitler got elected. That happened. Always take a psychopath at face value when they show you who they are. The ‘he was just joking’ schtick is about people acclimatising the way they do when entering into a deeply abusive situation they have to rationalise. We are about to see what people stand for. We will see who will stand their ground and we will see how power bends to accommodate men like Trump. That will be more damaging than anything Trump does in the long term.
Any semblence of a sane brexit just went out of the window, and the three Brexiteers just became a smaller part of the Dickhead Spring. Fascism looks set to rise year on year, nation by nation, and the EU may have just found itself at odds with the US. Which renders the position of a long defunct Atlantic Bridge precarious and useful only during the chaos. Vladimir Putin now has a populist in the Whitehouse, and populists on the front bench of the House of Commons, the combination pushes the unchallenged Conservatives to the far right, and ensures the British people are locked in.
The elite left think Trump is their opportunity because they are brats and think everything is their opportunity and if they just disenfranchise us long enough and the consequences are harmful enough we will understand they are our only solution. Years after sacrificing journalism to political comment our well paid commentariat are alarmed that their internet successors have done away with truth altogether. A protective seal around a dead neo liberal consensus now delivering us to what looks like a rising tide of fascism, and assisting in development of astroturf to shut down democracy full stop. Trump economics will lead ours, while our own part in the dickhead spring takes our economy and democracy over a cliff wrapped in a Union Jack. Fuelled by reckless self regard, we will aid the birth of a economic and social policy synthesis akin to that of the post war settlement, but our contribution may not be what we imagine.
ISIS will use his narcissism, Putin will use his weakness, and the power balance of the world will be permanently shaped this and eventually he will burn out in a pit of his own making.
Inequality is a euphemism. Whenever the word is mentioned, it is a description of power dynamics, dynamics between groups, even nations. An inequality crisis is one where power dynamics are changing and that only happens one way. History tells us this is not good.
So for the future me, this was my reflections at 1.38am, 5 hours after telling my daughter that the man in the White House won an election and its fine and all politicians are twats so this one hardly matters. The financial crisis happened when she was 2. The Tories got in when she was nearly 4. She’ll have voted in one maybe two elections before she ever sees political stability.We are all about to find out who we are, and even if like me you spent the last 6 years following the unravelling of the post war settlement, its still shocking. It’s still frightening. I don’t want to be part of a generation who have to relearn the lessons of the early 20th century. I don’t want my daughter shaped that way. We are not in Kansas any more and no amount of clicking your heels together will take you home to a safer time.
Still, the Brit in me takes solace in Trump as a colloquialism for fart.