Written when Donald Trump was elected President. And now he is there and it isn’t just a dream. And he hasn’t stopped the knee jerk, foolish rhetoric. He really is that unsuited to preside.
In the 20s, the Weimar republic – post WW I Germany – had hyperinflation; wheelbarrows of money, widespread penury. The Allies had imposed vengeful and immoral reparations. Most people suffered. Austerity reigned. Suffering creates resentment. Resentment wants a target. It wants to hear that it was someone else’s fault. Who did this to us?
That target might become the Establishment, and most of the Establishment have a sense that that is a possibility. So they work to become an ally of the resentful, lest they turn their attention their way. They cause much of the misery, and wrap it in myth’ look over there, there is your villain.
But there is still resentment. A sense of a deeply unfair world. A lack of hope that things will ever get better. The Establishment must protect themselves by refocusing that resentment on to others, to those outside of society – outside the sense…
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